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Flowertime: Brussels Town Hall becomes a Garden of Eden

© Fabian De Backer

The fourth Flowertime festival kicks off today! From 14 to 18 August, visitors will get to see the Grand Place and Brussels Town Hall as they’ve never seen them before. Flowertime is run by the City of Brussels and the Brussels Flower Carpet team with the Floraliën flower festival organisers as artistic directors. It brings together a host of internationally renowned florists, who have taken over the building with their short-lived creations of dazzling colours and heady scents. Flowers from all over the world will be on display to the delight of green-fingered visitors!

© Fabian De Backer

Here’s a quick sneak peak of what awaits at this fourth Flowertime:

  • As a tribute to the sensitivity and universality of emotions, this year’s theme is “a world of floral emotions”. More than 30 floral artists from 13 countries, ranging from Flowertime regulars to newcomers, and young talents to established names, will treat us to an enchanting blend of cultures at this prestigious flower show.
  • Despite being part of the Grand Place UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, Brussels Town Hall is surprisingly poorly known among locals. During the four-day Flowertime festival, visitors will enter from the Grand Place through a stunning floral tunnel made of 500 fuchsia plants. They will then have the rare opportunity to see 13 of the most beautiful rooms – including the Wedding Hall and the ornate Gothic Hall – bedecked in flowers.
  • The Manneken Pis, Brussels’ most famous statue, will also be joining in the fun until 16 August with a superb pair of floral dungarees created by Geoffroy Mottart. This Brussels-based floral artist has made it his mission to give a new lease of life to statues in parks around the city, and previously dressed the Manneken Pis in 2017.
  • Every evening, visitors will be serenaded by the Jose Luis Montiel Moreno trio, who have put together a special floral playlist for the occasion. A regular fixture at summer events in Brussels, Jose Luis Montiel Moreno composed the soundtrack for 2018’s Mexican-themed flower carpet sound and lights show.

© Fabian De Backer

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