Venue & Hosting City
This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans has been waiting to share its treasures with you: its Gothic monuments, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.
The region’s stormy history is no doubt the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness: Brussels adapts to its visitors, so everyone feels at home here, whatever the season, whatever your age, whatever your interests.
People like Brussels for its broad thoroughfares and little side streets; getting lost in them is a real pleasure because the different city districts are full of surprises. Be guided by the hand, by your eyes and by your heart.
There's just something about Belgium. Maybe it's the friendly & welcoming people who with three official languages still find it easy to converse in English, the 4th unofficial language. Maybe it's the stunning architecture decorating the quaint cobblestone squares. Or perhaps it's the incredible cuisine found in the vast array of restaurants where each meal seems better than the last. Energetic and carefree, the overall mood in Belgium is infectious, summoning in all of us to live as Belgians and enjoy life to the fullest.
Well situated between France and Holland, Belgium encompasses all the best that Europe has to offer in an area no bigger than 30.528 sq km. Within the span of one day you can take a romantic cruise, hunt for diamonds, enjoy waffles, get lost in a castle, discover antiques at an outdoor market, and explore a fine art museum. A dense train network throughout the country and makes navigation simple and comfortable for travellers.
Often called the “Essence of Europe”, Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual. Flanders in the north, a flatland criss-crossed by canals, is proud of its medieval art cities, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. To the south in Wallonia, you will find the rolling hills of the Ardennes, countless castles, and the cities of Liege, Namur and Tournai. The city of Brussels is one of the world's great cosmopolitan capitals, home to both the European Union and NATO, as well as a wealth of international trade and finance companies.