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Brussels has the privilege – or the misfortune, depending on the way you look at it – to be known as the centre of European institutions and culture. However, the city’s political aspects can be explored in a much more engaging way than one might think. Girls Heart Brussels, an initiative from Visit Brussels, is an event that contributes to show the beauty of Belgium’s capital. We already wrote about them before, but this time we visited the city in order to be able to take you along on the journey and make sure you won’t miss out on what next editions might bring!

Each time, Girls Love Brussels partners up with an already happening event. The fifth edition embraced the Art Brussels weekend, resulting in an eclectic mix of all things feminist and artistic. A good example of this was the film Brussels, an intimate and almost diary-like story that is made and narrated by South Korean-born, Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang. After falling in love with a woman, she decides to stay in Brussels and, along the film, she shares her quest for identity in today’s rising climate of racism and xenophobia.

One of Brussels must visits during any Art Weekend is WIELS, where they currently show the exhibition The Absent Museum, which includes a selection of pieces to stress the importance that a museum has in creating and exchanging ideas. In line with this, was also Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s performance Small Tragic Opera of Images and Bodies in the Museum, featuring an operatic chorus and raising questions about identity, representation, art and its institutions.

Despite the fact that most of the art we got to see reflected the progressively transnational identity of today’s Europe, we did not leave Brussels with a bitter after taste, on the contrary. Girls Heart Brussels ensures a fun weekend full of activities that will actually teach you something about the city, the world and contemporary female society, by celebrating women of all backgrounds.

Sanne Nooitgedagt

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