Le mois de février en Belgique

[February] is finally here… We’re glad to inspire you with some of the upcoming cultural events. 

First, discover cultural activities and outings in February in Belgium: 

  • The Festival of Lights in Ghent : you shouldn’t miss it because that only happens every 3 years. It’s the perfect opportunity to (re)discover the city by night, through works of art and sound and light shows created by (inter)national artists. The circuit is just over 7km long, but you won’t regret it. It’s until the Sunday 4 of February. Further information on Ghent Light Festival 
  • “Play with me” at the Liège theater, a playful and interactive artistic creation by French artist Eric Arnal-Burtschy. If you’re a musician (or not), come and play and compose a musical work. A moment of creative sharing from the 3rd of February to the 16 of February. 
  • Then, it’s time take out your masks and fancy dresses: it’s carnaval in February. The launch is scheduled for the Sunday 11 to the Monday 13th February. One of the most emblematic carnaval is in Binche, which this year will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of UNESCO recognition. Parades are being organised in several towns around Brussels until March. Find out more here.


Another point is about events in Brussels, save the dates of these cultural events : 


  • Firstly, for art lovers, don’t miss the 15th edition of the Affordable Fair Art. From the 7 to 11 February at Tour & Taxis. Contemporary art in all its forms, this is the time to discover new artists. An “After Work” version not to be missed on the 8th and 9th of February, with live painting, artist talks and book signings until 10pm, all over a drink.  
  • The Bright Festival runs from 15 to 18 February, from 6.30pm to 11pm, a walking circuit from the Royal Quarter to the European Quarter. The end-of-year festivities are a long way off, and this event gives us a bit of magic to look forward a warmer season. This circuit is totally free but there are also special (paying) tours. There’s activities for everyone!  




  • Festival Anima is the International Animation Film Festival. the Marni and the Cinemathek runs from the 23rd February to the 3rd March at Flagey. It’s about 172 short films, with 82 international titles, 24 Belgian titles and 66 “out of competition”. Find out more about the programme here. 
  • Last but not least, check out the exhibition Badass: les héroïnes de bande dessinée jeunesse, at La Fabrique, the cultural space of the Alliance Française. Discover heroines unlike any others, funny, intelligent or even valiant, who turn their flaws into strengths and, above all, who aren’t afraid to fail! This exhibition is free. You can register here. 


That’s it, we’ve come to the end of our selection of cultural events in Belgium and Brussels, and with these suggestions you shouldn’t be bored!