Before heading off for a few days in Brussels, Belgium, I did a bit of research about what was on during my stay.
I also started looking for b-boying equipment (knee and elbow pads) and although I didn’t find any information where to get it in the city😢😞, I fell upon the following PDF article from Bozar and visit.Brussels. That article teased my curiosity 👀 and I decided to check Bozar’s website further. When you visit their homepage, you will be given the option to select between French (FR), English (EN) or Dutch (NL) languages before being landing on the programme page.
If you are planning a trip to Brussels or are already there, the exhibition I attended is still on over the weekend until Sunday 17th September 2017 at the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. 😉
Book online, print it and bring your print-out or otherwise, have the PDF version on your mobile phone ready to be scanned, like this one! With your ticket, you will be entitled to get a free coffee or a free glass of wine if you order a pastry or a meal.
There are also other events that are still on until the end of September such as dance, theatre, literature, etc, so navigate through Bozar’s website and look around.😎
However, if you are not around for that period of time, don’t worry, I have taken few pictures and videos of the exhibition 😉 (I can’t talk about the other programmed events, though).
When I entered the Centre for Fine Arts, there was a screen showing a b-boy doing few moves and also providing visitors with dance tutorials on basic b-boying steps. Take a look at some of the video snippets filmed with Snapchat!
After that, I walked up the stairs to enter the exhibition area, which was a mix of audio, visuals, and videos explaining the hip-hop movement history. There was a big screen displaying a film of all world b-boying dance competitions.
Then, the exhibition went through the very beginnings of hip-hop in the USA and quickly move to the Belgian hip-hop history from music, arts, to dance. Again, everything was translated into French, Dutch, and English. Please note however that for some of the pieces, I couldn’t get the whole translated text in pictures. Remember that you can pause each picture in the slideshow to read the information. You will find 2 short videos showcasing b-girls dancing, Stromae singing and Rab djing below this slideshow.
At the very end of the exhibition, they had a 360 degrees screen showing different clips simultaneously. I have recorded few bits of the main ones:
I hope you learnt a few things about the evolution of hip-hop. Any of you want to volunteer to translate into English the few pieces that do not have a translation?