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Belgian events in Denmark 2016-2017

13 February 2017


On this page we collect information about events and happenings in Denmark involving Belgian artists, politicians, writers, athletes, and more. Please also visit the Facebook site of the Belgian Embassy in Copenhagen where you can find more information: “Belgium in Copenhagen

Do send us your tips for events or activities happening in Denmark involving Belgian artists or organizers. You can mail your suggestions at: Copenhagen@diplobel.fed.be


Winter Jazz Festival presents Belgian band

On Thursday 23 February 2017, the Belgian jazz band LAB trio will present their third album “Nature City” at the Winter Jazz Festival in Denmark.

The LAB trio consists of drummer Lander Gyselinck, bassist Anneleen Boehme and pianist Bram de Looze. Their acoustic sound is described as urban jazz with elements from electronic, underground and hip-hop cultures. Since the Trio's founding in 2007, they have received several awards and prizes, including a double - Audience Prize and Grand Prize - at the prestigious Avignon 'Tremplin Jazz' festival in 2011. Visit the link down here for tickets and to read more about the exciting Belgian trio visiting Copenhagen soon!



Belgian (co-)productions at CPH PIX 2016

During CPH PIX 2016, from 27 October to 9 November, no less than 12 Belgian (co-)productions were on show! Among others, The Ardennes, winner of 8 Belgian film prizes and the next Belgian hope for an Oscar, on 3rd, 5th and 8th November 2016. Other Belgian films include Baden Baden, Couple in a Hole and Raw

For the full programme and tickets: http://www.cphpix.dk/





Concert in Copenhagen by the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Leuven 

On Friday 4 November 2016, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Leuven was performing together with Københavns Universitets Symfoniorkester and Belgian trumpet soloist Roeland Henkens at Festsalen, the prestigious hall of the Københavns Universitet. 


Ouverture Romeo & Juliette - Tchaikovsky (18 min.)

Concerto for trumpet Op. 18 - Böhme (15 min.)

Symfonie n°1 - Rachmaninov (42 min.)

The concert starts at 18:30. Free entrance


Concert in Copenhagen with Natacha Atlas & BandNatach Atlas & Band

Natacha Atlas & Band played at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 20.00 hrs at VIFTEN (rødovre). Natacha Atlas is a Belgian-Moroccan singer, born in Schaarbeek, Brussels, known for her fusion of Arabic and Western electronic music, in particular hip-hop and drum and bass.

All Belgians in Denmark were offered a special reduced ticket price with 20% reduction to experience her wonderful voice.




Dance performance STEREO puts music in the air by a Belgian composer

Stereo Recoil Performance Group

From June 2nd till June 5th the modern dance performance STEREO was shown at Takkelloftet, the Opera House in Copenhagen. STEREO is a powerful disruption of the senses by award winning Recoil Performance Group. Prepared with 3D glasses you can lean back and experience an intense duet between a man and a woman in a tilting graphic and musical universe.

Performances were on June 2nd and 3rd at 6 pm, and June 4th and 5th at 4 pm at the Opera in Copenhagen. Later in 2017, the piece will tour in Denmark, more info at: http://recoil-performance.org


The Belgian Theatre CAMPO visits the Copenhagen Stage Festival in May 2016

Next Day CampoCAMPO, based in Gent, will present their performance “Next Day” in Dutch (with Danish subtitles) at the CPH Stage festival in Copenhagen.

In Next Day, Paris-based director Philippe Quesne catapults us into another world, where extreme situations of the ordinary take place. Twelve kids (aged 8 to 11) are the object of a human microcosm with uncertain boundaries, mixing dream and reality, music and languages, loneliness and the group.

The 12 small individuals, all to a certain degree dancer, artist and musician, form a bizarre community. Are they abandoned? Are they lost? Today they’re innocent & carefree, but who will they become in the society we’re preparing them for? And what if we would consider them – as they proposed themselves to Philippe Quesne during the rehearsals – as trainee-superheroes, gathered in an institute to save the world?

TIME: Wednesday 01st June 2016 6.00pm

VENUE: Folketeatret, Nørregade 39, 1165 København K

TICKETS: http://cphstage.billetten.dk/index/eventdetails/eventno/56414

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/95605041


Fiets & Werk groups 17 local non-profit organizations visiting Denmark

Fiets en WerkFiets & Work director Jan Vanhee and representatives of 10 of the organizations, from Brussels, Ghent, Aalst, Kortrijk, Mechelen, and other Flemish cities, made a trip to Copenhagen on 23-25 May 2016. They met with Morten Kabell and Torben Gleesborg, respectively Mayor and Executive Director of Copenhagen Municipality’s Technical and Environmental Administration, and exchanged views with GoBike, Buddha Bikes and Cycling without Age. They also discussed bike rental/sharing and bike parking solutions.

Last leg on the programme was a visit to the residence of the Ambassador of Belgium where they could continue talks with a number of Danish guests. An occasion also for Torben Gleesborg and Torben Dyrvig to discuss cooperation between the Municipality and GoBike which manages the 1800 e-bikes at the disposal of tourists and locals at 100 spots throughout Copenhagen.


Delegates of the Benelux Parliament welcomed in Copenhagen

Benelux delegationOn 19 May 2016 a delegation of the Benelux Parliament participated in a conference on Eastern Partnership in Copenhagen, hosted by the Nordic Council. On the night of 19 May the Ambassador of Belgium in Copenhagen and his spouse hosted a dinner in honor of the three members of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the Secretary General of the Benelux Parliament.

On the picture, left from the hosts: Uffe Balslev, Head of Department, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency, and Hrannar Arnarsson, General Secretary, Social Democratic Group in the Nordic Council. To their right: Torkil Sørensen, International Cooperation Advisor, Nordic Council, the MPs Maya Detiège (also President of the Benelux Parliament), Jef Van den Bergh and Wouter De Vriendt, and Christine Bogaert, Secretary General of the Benelux Parliament.


Belgian performance at the SpringFestival in Copenhagen

Spring FestivalFrom 15 to 29 May 2016 the international children’s theatre festival “SpringFestival” will take place in Copenhagen.

For six days, the festival transforms ZeBU, BETA, Amager Bio, Børnekulturhus Ama’r and the entire Amager Kulturpunkt to a Mecca of theatre, dance, modern circus, and other types of performing arts intended for children and young people.

At the Spring Festival 2016, the Belgian theatre installation “Hip Hip Hip!” from artist Audrey Dero will be presented. Hip Hip Hip! is a play for children that takes place in a small cabinet with small figures. The contribution to this years’ festival is made possible in co-operation with the Embassy of Belgium in Copenhagen.

Read more: http://springfestival.nu/en/events/hip-hip-hip/



Nadar Ensemble at SPOR festival

MirrorBoxThe festival for contemporary music and sound art SPOR festival will take place in Aarhus from 13 - 15 May 2016. The Belgian outstanding Nadar Ensemble were selected as guest curators for the festival. The ensemble and their two artistic directors Peter Mathyssens and Stefan Prins have been working closely with the SPOR team to curate and create a complex and unique festival program. Prins' piece Mirrorbox Extensions will also be presented at the festival - performed by Nadar Ensemble. 

The piece will be presented in the title concert of the festival WYSI(N)WYG! Friday the 13 May 19.00 at Godsbanen Aabne Scene. Here Nadar Ensemble will perform both the piece by Stefan Prins as well as a Bluff by composer Michael Beil (DE) and theater director Thierry Bruehl(FR). Before the concert and in the intermission we will be showing the short film trilogy Plot Point by the Belgian film director Nicolas Provost.

Read more about the compositions here: http://www.sporfestival.dk/2016/vaerker/&workid=839

Red more about the film trilogy here: http://www.sporfestival.dk/2016/vaerker/&workid=827


Lawrence Malstaf at SPOR Festival

Also at the SPOR festival in Aarhus (13 – 15 May 2016) the Belgian renowned installation and performance artist Lawrence Malstaf will present his two works Shrink (1995) and Mirror (2002).

In Shrink living bodies are vacuum packed and vertically suspended and in the installation Mirror, the viewer’s bodies are dissolved by a digital "mirror". 

Photo: Lawrence Malstaf, Shrink 1995, Tallieu Art Office. 

Read more about Shrink: http://www.sporfestival.dk/2016/vaerker1/&workid=723

Read more about Mirror: http://www.sporfestival.dk/2016/vaerker1/&workid=722



Distinction for Lars Engel, Honorary Consul of Belgium in Haderslev

A dinner at the residence of ambassador of Belgium Pol De Witte and his spouse in honor of the honorary consuls in Denmark, on Friday 29 April 2016, was the occasion to bestow a Belgian distinction on Lars Chr. H. Engel, honorary consul of Belgium in South Jutland.
This distinction, already established in 1897 by King Leopold II, has become a modern token of appreciation for all kinds of achievements and services rendered to our country. With this medal of Chevalier in the Order of the Crown, King Philippe of Belgium rewards one of its fine representatives in Denmark, Lars Engel, for a career of more than 10 years as honorary consul in Haderslev. As with his father who bore the title for almost 30 years, Belgium feels privileged to be represented by this most respected family active, as F.Engel K/S, in the production and sales of work wear, fashion and hunting clothing.


Belgian short dance film has made it to the Danish top 10

The Belgian film “Pe en Né” by Natalie Leenders was voted into the top 10 at the Danish film competition 60secondsdance 2016. This is quite an achievement as they received 264 films from 39 countries. 60secondsdance is an international online competition for dance films with the duration of one minute. The competition is co-produced by four partners: Loikka Dance Film Festival (FI), Dansehallerne/ScreenMoves (DK), ScreenDance Festival (SE) and DansiT/Multiplié Dance Festival (NO).

See more at: http://60secondsdance.com/



Book of condolences following the terrorist attacks in Belgium

Following the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Belgium, a book of condolences was open for messages at the Embassy of Belgium in Copenhagen on 23 and 24 March.

Heartfelt thanks to all Danish and diplomatic friends (from over 50 countries) who signed our book of condolences, laid down beautiful flowers at the Embassy and posted letters and e-mail messages.




Brussels State Secretary Bianca Debaets on visit to Copenhagen

Belgium's capital Brussels is interested in the way Denmark deals with child care, elementary education and the links between both.

From 30 March to 1 April 2016 a delegation of policy makers and practitioners, led by Bianca Debaets, State Secretary in the Brussels Capital Government, was on a finding tour in Copenhagen.

On 30 March the group and some of their Danish interlocutors were received by the Ambassador of Belgium and his spouse for a buffet-dinner.



Visit of Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput

Picture: Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput and Danish Defence Minister Peter ChristensenOn Monday 14 March 2016 Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput paid a visit to Denmark. His counterpart Peter Christensen hosted a working lunch for the minister and his team at the Royal Danish Hunting Club in Klampenborg.

The ministers compared notes on the defence reforms in Belgium and Denmark, exchanged views on the current geopolitical situation and on the operations both countries’ armed forces are contributing forces to, in particular the Coalition against ISIL/Da’ech. Minister Christensen also informed te Belgian side about Denmark’s Arctic policy.

In the afternoon a number of detailed briefings were organized at Kastellet in Copenhagen. Minister Vandeput visited the monument in remembrance of the Danes who perished in overseas operations. He also paid a visit to the exhibition “A Distant War” at the War Museum. This exhibition depicts in a very realistic way the war theatre in Afghanistan where the Danish armed forces lost 42 soldiers.


We Stood like Kings

On 9 March 2016 the Belgian post-rock band “We Stood like Kings” was in Copenhagen to play their own music to “A Sixth Part of the World” (1926), a silent movie from early Soviet times directed by Dziga Vertov.

The band played an outstanding concert. The audience at the Cinemateket was delighted. “A Sixth Part of the World” is the band’s second silent movie project. They also composed a sound track to “Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grossstadt” (1927). Next will be the American film “Koyaanisqatsi” (1982). The aim is to compose music which is at least as good as the initial soundtrack by Philip Glass.The Brussels-based band was founded some 4 years ago. It consists of Judith Hoorens on piano & synths, Philip Bolten on electric guitar, Colin Delloye on electric bass and Mathieu Waterkeyn on drums.

The event was co-organised by the Cinemateket and the Embassy of Belgium in Copenhagen.


Opening of a new Belgian Beer Bar


On 27 February 2016 a Belgian beer bar opened its doors in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. The place, named “Koelschip”, has an amazing range of Belgian lambic-based sour beers (geuze and kriek) on offer, including the best of Oud Beersel, Lindemans, Girardyn, De Neve and Timmermans.

The bar not only serves superb Belgian beers and snacks. The place, named “Koelschip”, also looks like an authentic Belgian “brown” pub. The bar is an idea of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the well-known co-founder and owner of “Mikkeler”.

Mikkeler exports micro brewed beer to 40 countries. Beer geeks can find Mikkeler bars not only in Copenhagen and Aarhus, but also in the US, Spain, Iceland, Japan, South-Korea and Thailand.

Present at the opening were the owner, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the Ambassador of Belgium in Copenhagen Pol De Witte, Theo Dirix of the Embassy of Belgium, beer conferencier and author Carsten Berthelsen, and many beer lovers, coming from as far as Uppsala, Sweden.

Koelschip’s address is Stefansgade 35, 2200 Copenhagen.