Belgium’s biggest music festival has a new home for 2017.
The Couleur Café Festival has been taking place in Brussels every summer for 25 years and is one of the biggest festivals in the Benelux countries. The Festival, which this year takes place from 30th June to 2nd July, attracts some of the biggest names in soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop and Latin music, bringing a truly global party to the Belgian capital. The Festival has attracted more and more visitors over the years, with numbers expected to reach about 75.000 this year.
After many fine years at Tour & Taxis, Couleur Café is moving to a magnificent park by the Atomium. What’s special about the festival is that it’s not only a gathering of music enthusiasts, it’s a 3 day cultural experience set on 3 stages. The musicians are an exciting mix of well- known names and emerging and lesser known talents from across the world; the festival prides itself on creating a real carnival atmosphere.
In addition to the music there are also arts displays, craft markets, dance workshops, cocktail bars and street-food vendors selling all manner of global cuisines, making this a gastronomic as well as a music festival. The Rue du Bien Manger contains 40 world food restaurants providing flavours from all over the world. The Festival organisers are very committed to sustainability; not only does every restaurant offer at least two vegetarian dishes, they only use biodegradable plates and cutlery. To reinforce these efforts, all waste gets sorted. Various associations make use of their food stands to support social, cultural and educational projects in underdeveloped countries or for underprivileged groups in Belgium.
If you’re going to be in Brussels at the beginning of July and you enjoy urban music, it’s worth getting tickets for the Couleur Café Festival as well as visiting the usual popular sights of Brussels such as the Grand Place, the Mannekin Pis and the Atomium.