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Wallonia in the writings of great authors www.walloniedesecrivains.be

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n 2011, Wallonia will honour great authors. Many of them have visited our region or have settled here.

The author Georges Simenon was born in Liège, but chose to set his novel “The Tenant “ in Charleroi, and Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem “Marie” was inspired by his stay in Stavelot. The French poet Paul Verlaine served a prison sentence in Mons following his altercation with Rimbaud. After his release, he stayed in Wallonia at a small inn in the Ardennes, where he wrote his poetry collections “Sagesse” and “Jadis et Naguère”. I was delighted when I first heard the suggestion of promoting these authors and their links with Wallonia. This is a new means of introducing people to our beautiful region and to help them appreciate its many treasures, riches and beauties, as revealed in the authors’ writings. Verlaine, Apollinaire, Hugo, Masson and Yourcenar… Our cities and villages, our culture and heritage are still steeped in the words of these great authors today. So many highly talented men and women of letters who set down in writing the memories and emotions they felt in our region. This year, therefore, I invite you to discover Wallonia through the writings, landscape sketches and letters produced during their stays here! The big-hearted dreamer and artist Julos Beaucarne, sponsor of this theme, will guide you along your way. Many different activities are planned dur ing the year: events, exhibitions, seminars, the publication of the book “Wallonia as seen by great authors” and plenty of other escapades in Wallonia. May this tourist and literary initiative be for you a source of discoveries and pleasure, whether you choose to experience it in prose or in verse!

Paul FURLAN Minister of Tourism, Walloon Regional Government.

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Julossponsor Beaucarne, of the themed year 2011 © Daniel Fouss

 P oetry is not only beautiful, it is rebellious” said Raoul Duguay, the poet from Quebec. Poetry speaks directly to the soul, it is stronger than any weapon or cataclysm or tsunami. Poetry is our friend, our big sister. It is stronger than death and it travels through time. We first become aware of it through lullabies, then through timeless children’s counting rhymes which are passed from generation to generation. These familiar words travel with us all through our lives, a sort of baggage of words, consonances and dissonances. A Breton proverb says that poetry is stronger than the three strongest things on earth: pain, fire and storms. Poetry is closely linked to laughter, exuberance and joy. Words can heal our souls. What a pity it is then to see poetry excluded from schools, books and the radio, imprisoned in a sort of quarantine.

Fourteen museums in Wallonia invite you to follow in the footsteps of great authors For many years the museums who are members of the non-profit association “Museums and Society in Wallonia” have actively participated in themed events each year. During the four seasons of 2011, these fourteen museums invite you to follow in the footsteps of great authors, in particular Victor Hugo. We invite you to have a look at the calendar of events without delay. The “MSW” logo makes them easy to spot! Musées et Société en Wallonie (MSW) Rue du Moulin de Meuse 4B 5000 NAMUR Tel. : 081 420 050 Fax : 081 420 059 E-mail : info@msw.be Website : http://www.msw.be

www.walloniedesecrivains.be

“The child walks the dog under the summer moon”. This haiku by Shoha says more than an entire book. Music is the ally of poetry, when the words of a poem become the lyrics of a song, they are projected much further, they open our ears and our hearts. The words alone are already very, very strong, but, if music is added, they become even stronger and they echo in our ears after the sunset, they cradle us and they encourage our minds to think revolutionary thoughts. They caress our neurones when we have to cross rivers of sorrow and suffering. Don’t hesitate to let words help you, let them cradle you, give in to their caress and their tenderness. Enjoy your word-filled journey, accompanied by a calming melody. The music and the words will continue even though you fall asleep… you no longer have to face the night alone. As Belgians, we are lucky enough to have been able to host some of the greatest poets after they were forced to leave their own countries by the police. Victor Hugo haunted Waterloo. Apollinaire lived at the Constant boarding-house in Stavelot until the day his mother and his brother did a moonlight flit and left without paying their bill. He even wrote a poem in the Walloon dialect for Mareye, a girl he loved. And Baudelaire lived in Brussels. These exiled poets left their traces on our country, and their ghosts still tiptoe along the corridors of our abbeys, and across the fields and forests of our collective memory.

Julos Beaucarne Tourinnes-la-Grosse, Wallonia, Belgium Thursday 10 February 2011.


Calendar of Events Event

New Owl investigates: a strange creature is haunting the Forest and Rivers Museum

Victor Hugo Walking Tour

From 1 March to 30 December

A leaflet distributed to visitors offers them the opportunity to participate in a special visit to the Forest and Rivers Museum, guided by our mascot, a little owl with golden eyes. This year, she once again needs you to help her with her investigation. Objects have disappeared, strange noises have been heard and the animals are frightened. It looks like the museum has been taken over by a worrying occupant. Forest and Rivers Museum The only small clue we have: the soul of a famous dead person was unable to resist the desire to live in the rooms of the Forest and Rivers Museum, where it can rediscover the forests, moors and rivers it enjoyed so much during its last visit… back in 1865! Hidden objects, guessing games and challenges in each room will gradually build up information on the “ghost”. www.berinzenne.be

From March to December As Victor Hugo passed through Salmchâteau (Vielsalm) in 1862, he was touched by the beauty of the landscape and immortalised in one of his poems one of the village’s beauty spots at the time: the Magdalene Bridge, with the ruins of the Castle of the Counts of Salm in the background. This walking tour shows participants many of the interesting things in the village, with added comments by its illustrious visitor. www.vielsalm-gouvy.org

Vielsalm

© OT Liège



© Villers-la-Ville Abbey

April

Villers-la-Ville Abbey Event

Liège

Spring at the Abbey

Guided tour

25 April, from 10h to 18h

Discover Liège by following in the footsteps of some famous nineteenth-century visitors

As part of the “Spring at the Abbey” event, a day of traditional activities for families, Villers-la-Ville Abbey offers a chance for visitors of all ages to follow in the footsteps of Victor Hugo by participating in a guided tour or a treasure hunt or a words workshop. There will also be market stalls selling local produce and handicrafts, enjoyable and creative workshops, guided tours, games, displays and various other activities all day long. www.villers.be

24 April, from 14h30 to 16h30

Liège

© Forest and Rivers Museum

Walk

Forest and Rivers Museum

© MT Vielsalm

Vielsalm

March 

Led by Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Gérard de Nerval and other authors, enjoy a passionate journey back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the city was losing its mediaeval features and entering the modern age. Guided walking tour for individual participants. Reservations at the Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 04 221 9221, email: office.tourisme@liege.be) www.liege.be/tourisme

Exhibition

Liège in Victor Hugo’s time

May

 © OT Liège

Liège From May to September

© OT Liège

Victor Hugo was one of the first French poets and authors to tour Belgium in 1837. He passed through the country again when he travelled along the Meuse valley in the summer of 1840 on his way to the Rhine. He passed through Liège then, and again in 1864. He left behind beautiful descriptions of the city in a period when the city was expanding rapidly and undergoing drastic changes linked to the growth of heavy industry and an economic boom. The great Romantic author summed up Liège in a single sentence, as if he knew a secret: “Liège is one of those old cities that is in the process of becoming new” (from “The Rhine, Letters to a friend”, letter VII). Ground floor of the Grand Curtius Museum (admission free). www.liege.be/tourisme

Liège

Guided tour

Discover Liège by following in the footsteps of some famous nineteenth-century visitors 14 May, from 14h30 to 16h30 Guided walking tour for individual participants Led by Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Gérard de Nerval and other authors, enjoy a passionate journey back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the city was losing its mediaeval features and entering the modern age. Reservations at the Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 04 221 9221, email: office.tourisme@liege.be) www.liege.be/tourisme Liège



Villers-la-Ville Gourmet Walk

Poets of good food 22 May

On Sunday 22 May, the Brotherhood of Hospitable Monks of the Abbey will hold their 10th Gourmet Walk. At various points along this enjoyable walk, participants will stop to sample dishes from a delicious menu of local specialities, served in our village that has been honoured by visits from many poets, including Victor Hugo! www.hostieux.org

Liège

© Folon Foundation

Villers-la-Ville Abbey

Folon Foundation Exhibition

Images for words From 27 May to 11 September Around fifty of Folon’s works of art – watercolours and engravings – illustrate selected texts by the great names of literature. The artist’s poetry is mixed with the greatest words of Prévert and Apollinaire and it offers a colourful journey to the heart of the dreamlike and fantasy-filled universes of Jorge Luis Borges (“The Circular Ruins”), Lewis Carroll (“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”), Franz Kafka (“Metamorphosis”), Boris Vian (“Autumn in Peking”), Orson Wells (“The Invisible Man”), and so on. A meeting of images and words that is not to be missed! www.fondationfolon.be

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Š OT Liège

Liège

June 

Habay Event

Le Pont d’Oye Arts Festival

Liège

Liège

Package for groups

Guided tour

Discover Liège at the time of Victor Hugo

Discover Liège by following in the footsteps of some famous nineteenth-century visitors

From 13 June to 30 September

17 June, from 14h30 to 16h30

Themed package for groups: choose a guided tour, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition “Victor Hugo in the industrial revolutionâ€? at the Metallurgy and Industry Centre. Reservations at the Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 04 221 9221, email: ofďŹ ce.tourisme@liege.be) www.liege.be/tourisme

Guided walking tour for individual participants. Led by Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, GĂŠrard de Nerval and other authors, enjoy a passionate journey back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the city was losing its mediaeval features and entering the modern age. Reservations at the Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 04 221 9221, email: ofďŹ ce.tourisme@liege.be) www.liege.be/tourisme

From 1 to 5 June

Liège Metallurgy and Industry Centre

Š Christian Deblanc

The Arts Festival in Le Pont d’Oye grows bigger every year and attracts more and more international visitors, especially from France. The 2011 festival runs from 1 to 5 June at the Château du Pont d’Oye at Habay. This year’s theme is “Lire - DĂŠlireâ€? focussing on the poems of Arthur Rimbaud. www.festivalpontdoye.com www.foret-anlier-tourisme.be

Exhibition

Victor Hugo in the industrial revolution From 13 June to 30 September

Liège

Liège

Silly - Cow Sheds

Š MMIL

Š OT Liège

Iconic pieces of industrial archaeology serve as a starting-point for an exploration of some of the facets of the life and work of Victor Hugo, through texts which illuminate the material remains of a century of technological, social and political upheavals. This themed exhibition will help visitors learn about industrialisation through Hugo’s vision of machines; about the living conditions of the working class through the position papers written by this author and politician, and about Hugo’s attitude to science and progress. By looking at products made in nineteenthcentury foundries, which cast the Waterloo Lion and Emperor Napoleon I’s zinc bath, you can re-live Hugo’s exile and his fascination with the Emperor. www.mmil.be

Silly Exhibition

Cow Sheds From 26 June to 10 July As part of the “Cow Sheds� exhibition-walk, the Silly Tourist Information Centre will organise an event on the theme of “Victor Hugo in the countryside� at the Chapelle de St-Marcoult. It is designed to be light-hearted and is aimed to show family groups the links between Victor Hugo and nature, the countryside and the farming world. www.silly-tourisme.be

Guided tour

Discover Liège by following in the footsteps of some famous nineteenth-century visitors From 13 June to 30 September Themed one-day package for individual visitors: smartphone tour, themed lunch and guided tour of the exhibition “Victor Hugo in the industrial revolutionâ€? at the Metallurgy and Industry Centre. Reservations at the Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 04 221 9221 email: ofďŹ ce.tourisme@liege.be) www.liege.be/tourisme

Metallurgy and Industry Centre

July 

Water and Fountain Museum Exhibition

Views of an era‌ Victor Hugo Š Water and Fountain Museum

From 1 July to 31 December

Water and Fountain Museum

www.walloniedesecrivains.be

Travel back through time to ďŹ nd out about the daily lives of the characters in Victor Hugo’s novel “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€?! The Water and Fountain Museum invites you to experience aspects of the fascinating and romantic past which heralded modern-day society: how water was distributed, how illness was treated, the places of industrial power and innovation‌ Many different subjects arise from this temporary exhibition, which follows in the footsteps of Victor Hugo, between ďŹ ction and reality. www.lemuseedeleauetdelafontaine.be

 Blegny Mining Museum Literary Cruise

Literary Cruise Summer Throughout the summer, the Blegny Mining Museum will offer literary cruises aboard the “Pays de Liègeâ€? boat. During the cruises, a writer and expert on Victor Hugo will read various texts by Hugo and contemporary authors which describe the places the boat will pass. www.blegnymine.be


Š Euro Space Center

July  Euro Space Center Exhibition

Š Wellington Museum

Euro Space Center

Be a Star, or From Astronomy to Victor Hugo‌ From 1 July to 30 September The close links between astronomy and Victor Hugo are explored in this exhibition, which provides information about astronomy in history and today through the major projects of the ESC. Astronomy is inďŹ nitely large and inďŹ nitely small (or inďŹ nitely close and inďŹ nitely far). At various points in the exhibition, texts by Victor Hugo are displayed. They will help us rediscover our galaxy, because his words can caress the stars, however far away they may be. www.eurospacecenter.be

Wellington Museum Exhibition

Victor Hugo and 150 years of “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€? at Waterloo From 1 July to 15 October On 30 June 1861, at 8.30am, Victor Hugo wrote “The Endâ€? on his manuscript of “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€? in the “HĂ´tel des Colonnesâ€? at Waterloo, opposite the Lion which he criticised endlessly. The exhibition “Victor Hugo and 150 years of “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€? at Waterlooâ€? will take visitors back through the stages of the novel’s writing, re-drafting, publication and public and critical success, and is presented in collaboration with well-known museums in Belgium and France and private collections. www.museewellington.be

Namur Citadel Event

“Mary Tudor� open-air show

Arthur Masson Centre Exhibition

Childhood in the writings of Victor Hugo From 3 July to 25 September Through the life of Victor Hugo, his novels and poems, his travels and his struggles for the rights of children, this exhibition will explain to visitors Hugo the author’s vision of childhood. The exhibition includes period illustrations and photos, unpublished documents, artefacts, rare books, drawings and caricatures. At the same time, our “School of Yesteryearâ€? (a classroom dating from 1932) will host events on Victor Hugo, “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€? and his visits to Belgium. Visitors will be able to use period school equipment. www.espacemasson.be

Namur Citadel

Š Villers-la-Ville Abbey



Villers-la-Ville Walk 26 August On 26 August, from 18h onwards, the Tourist Information Centre of Villers-la-Ville in Walloon Brabant will offer a range of walks for visitors to choose from that will take them to the most beautiful corners of Villers-la-Ville: a woodland walk towards the sunset; a walk followed by a guided tour of the exhibition “Wallonia through the writings of great authors�, etc. Participants should wear suitable shoes and clothing. In addition, Villers-la-Ville Abbey will exceptionally remain open until 20h30.

From 19 to 31 July In collaboration with the City of Namur’s Citadel Service and the Citadel Events Committee, the “Passion Gardenâ€? theatre company will take up residence inside the Citadel. For almost twenty years, “Passion Gardenâ€? has been ďŹ ghting for new plays. Now it sets its sights on the “sacred cowâ€? of Victor Hugo. Having enjoyed success in the large venues of the Far West, the young theatre producer Marc Weiss has now decided to explore the delicate workings of the Romantic theatre. The Citadel’s walls are not big enough to contain our personal vision of this play by the great Victor Hugo. Our production will show you Victor Hugo as you would never have imagined him and Mary Tudor will reveal herself to you. www.citadelle.namur.be

August

 Š Bois-du-Luc

Š David Rivir

Wellington Museum

Event Villers-la-Ville Abbey

Open-air ďŹ lm: “The Hunchback of Notre Dameâ€?

Liège

26 August

Event

Liège in Victor Hugo time 27 August On Saturday 27 August, Liège will set its watch to Victor Hugo time. A day of events that are not to be missed!. The programme includes: “open-doorâ€? visits, music, theatre, cinema, a walk, food and polka-dancing. www.liege.be/tourisme

On 26 August, the Tourist Information Centre of Villers-la-Ville in Walloon Brabant will present an open-air screening of Disney Studios’ classic animated ďŹ lm “The Hunchback of Notre Dameâ€?, based on Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre-Dame de Parisâ€?, published in 1831. Assemble at 21h, 150m from Villers-la-Ville Abbey. Admission is free, and you should bring something to sit on, warm clothes and a torch. www.paysdevillers-tourisme.be

Le Bois-du-Luc Mining Museum

Š OT Liège

Event

Victor Hugo and the nineteenth century discover speed 14 August The advent of the railways was a technological revolution, but also a sensory one. Trains (and later motor-cars) transported many artists, including Hugo, Dumas, Mirabeau, Lemonnier and Verne, who raised questions as they travelled towards the new horizons of an unbelievable modernity. To ďŹ nd out what the men and women who so vehemently attacked those mysterious speed machines experienced, come and join us at Le Bois-du-Luc, where our workshop will introduce you to all sorts of revolutions. Liège

www.walloniedesecrivains.be


Exhibition

Around “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€? and “Hugomaniaâ€?

Haberdashery Museum

Š O. Clynckemaillie

Bernier Centre at Waterloo

Exhibition

Victor Hugo, Romanticism and Realism at Comines-Warneton: between ďŹ re and water...

From 1 September to 30 October This exhibition will develop the theme of “Victor Hugo for everyone� using drawings, caricatures, strip cartoons and unusual books and artefacts. It will also attempt to demonstrate that the “human� approach favoured by Hugo remains relevant today. www.espacebernier.be

From 10 to 24 September Victor Hugo (1802-1885) had one of the greatest minds of the nineteenth century. He was an author, an artist, a politician and an aesthete. He visited the towns surrounding Comines-Warneton several times, and even thought of settling in Ypres. Hugo’s descriptions of these journeys (made in 1837 and 1864), to which this exhibition adds an evocation of Hugo’s “polysensualâ€? side, reveal the artistic and social life of Comines-Warneton, illustrated by drawings and paintings by two of the town’s most well-known artists: Eugène Verboeckhoven (1798-1881) a Romantic painter and sculptor, and Charles Degroux (1825-1870), one of the founders of Social Realism in Belgium. A unique opportunity to hold a mirror up to Hugo’s work, and to see reected in it the middle class, as well as “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€?. www.villedecomines-warneton.be

September  Š Spa Springwater Museum

Spa Springwater Museum Š Arthur Masson Centre

Seminar and Exhibition

“When Victor Hugo thought about Spa� by Guy Peeters 10 September, at 20h

Spa Springwater Museum

Liège Guided tour

Discover Liège by following in the footsteps of some famous nineteenth-century visitors 24 September, from 14h30 to 16h30 Guided walking tour for individual participants. Led by Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, GĂŠrard de Nerval and other authors, enjoy a passionate journey back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the city was losing its mediaeval features and entering the modern age. Reservations at the Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 04 221 9221, email: ofďŹ ce.tourisme@liege.be) www.liege.be/tourisme

Š Stavelot Abbey

October 

At ďŹ rst sight the theme of “Victor Hugo and Spaâ€? seems to be a paradox, or at least unfair advertising. For it is true that Hugo visited Spa three times during his exile in Belgium in the 1860s, but he spent a total of less than seven nights here. And seven nights out of the thousand he spent in Belgium is very few. However, Hugo’s business correspondence and his letters to his relatives shine quite a different light on his relationship with the hot-springs resort, so that it is not at all unfair to claim that Spa really meant something to Victor Hugo. There are thus plenty of reasons to remind ourselves in 2011 of Victor Hugo’s relationship with Spa. And, at the same time, why not also remind ourselves of the other French republican exiles who made their way to Spa at the same time? This seminar will be accompanied by an exhibition on the darker side of gambling in Spa that will be open to the public on 10 and 11 September. www.spavillaroyale.be

Arthur Masson Centre Seminar 10 September, at 17h30 and 17 September, at 17h30 “Hugo and Childhood� by Jean-Marc Hovasse www.espacemasson.be

Arthur Masson Centre Seminar 25 September, at 15h “The man who laughs and the children who weep� by Jean-Luc Wauthier www.espacemasson.be



November 

Stavelot Abbey Travel diaries by Victor Hugo & Guillaume Apollinaire From 7 October to 15 January 2012 Stavelot Abbey presents “Travel Diariesâ€?, an exhibition dedicated to two exceptional authors, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) and Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918). They both travelled through our region in the nineteenth century. They were both writers, poets, sketchers, nature-lovers and deďŹ nitely not immune to feminine charms! They share their memories immortalised by their pens and pencils. www.abbayedestavelot.be

Š Fred Anciaux

Exhibition

www.walloniedesecrivains.be

Arthur Masson Centre

Silly Event

Strip-Cartoon Festival Victor Hugo and his times 20 November During this festival, visitors will be able to meet different strip-cartoon artists who have produced albums based on Hugo’s stories or set during his lifetime. After informal meetings with the artists, there will be a book-signing session of their work, which will delight strip-cartoon lovers of all ages. www.silly-tourisme.be


December 

Royal Mariemont Museum Event

The Castle-owner and the Author Victor Hugo’s works in Raoul Warocqué’s library 4 December, at 14h30

© Royal Mariemont Museum

When Victor Hugo died in 1885, Raoul Warocqué was still only a teenager. In 1890, shortly after his twentieth birthday, Warocqué purchased an illustrated, large-format edition of Hugo’s complete works, in forty-four volumes, printed on Japan paper. Was this a shrewd investment? After all, Victor Hugo the man, as much as the author, was already by then a sort of historical monument and therefore certain to appreciate. However, we cannot assume Warocqué made his choice motivated by mere speculation, or how can we account for the many other books he would buy during his lifetime to embellish his library at his home, the Château de Mariemont? What were the reasons for Warocqué’s passion for Hugo, an author whose life and political beliefs would lead us to think he had little in common with a rich industrialist from Hainaut? From the Belgian countryside as sketched by Hugo, to his account of his love-affair with the beautiful Juliette Drouet, to the praise heaped on him by his friends and contemporaries, the magnificent books from the private collection at the Château de Mariemont will be used to invite visitors on an illustrated journey which will enable them to discover, through the passion of the château’s owner, new facets of the author’s life. www.musee-mariemont.be Royal Mariemont Museum

Private Office of Paul FURLAN, Regional Minister of Tourism Rue du Moulin de Meuse 4 5000 NAMUR Tel. : 081 23 4711 - Fax : 081 23 4720 E-mail : info-furlan@gov.wallonie.be Website : http://furlan.wallonie.be

Maison du Tourisme du Parc des Canaux et Châteaux Place Mansart, 21-22 7100 LA LOUVIERE Tel. : 064 261 500 Fax : 064 312 288 E-mail : maisondutourisme@lalouviere.be Website : www.parcdescanauxetchateaux.be

Maison du Tourisme Hesbaye et Meuse Rue Paix-Dieu, 1b 4540 AMAY Tel. : 085 212 171 Fax : 085 212 176 E-mail : hesbayemeuse@skynet.be Website : www.tourisme-hesbaye-meuse.be

Maison du Tourisme de la Picardie 7700 MOUSCRON Tel. : 056 860 370 Fax : 056 860 371 E-mail : mtpicardie@skynet.be Website : www.visitwapi.be

Maison du Tourisme des Thermes et Coteaux Avenue des Thermes, 78B 4050 CHAUDFONTAINE Tel. : 04 361 5630 Fax : 04 361 5640 E-mail : info@thermesetcoteaux.be Website : www.thermesetcoteaux.be

Maison du Tourisme de Waterloo Chaussée de Bruxelles, 218 1410 WATERLOO Tel. : 02 352 0910 Fax : 02 354 2223 E-mail : info@waterloo-tourisme.be Website : www.waterloo-tourisme.be

Maison du Tourisme de la Botte du Hainaut Rue de Noailles, 6 6460 CHIMAY Tel. : 060 219 884 Fax : 060 219 885 E-mail : info@botteduhainaut.com Website : www.botteduhainaut.com

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Liège Place Saint-Lambert, 32-35 4000 LIEGE Tel. : 04 237 9292 Fax : 04 237 9293 E-mail : mtpaysdeliege@prov-liege.be Website : www.mtpaysdeliege.be

Maison du Tourisme des Ardennes brabançonnes Rue de Nivelles, 1 1300 WAVRE Tel. : 010 230 352 Fax : 010 230 356 E-mail : info@mtab.be Website : www.mtab.be

Maison du Tourisme Val de Sambre et Thudinie Place Albert Ier, 2 6530 THUIN Tel. : 071 595 454 Fax : 071 595 453 E-mail : info@mtvaldesambre.org Website : www.valdesambre-thudinie.be

Maison du Tourisme du Roman Païs Rue de Saintes, 48 1400 NIVELLES Tel. : 067 220 444 Fax : 067 219 888 E-mail : info@tourisme-roman-pais.be Website : www.tourisme-roman-pais.be

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Charleroi Place Charles II, 20 6000 CHARLEROI Tel. : 071 861 414 Fax : 071 866 157 E-mail : maison.tourisme@charleroi.be Website : www.paysdecharleroi.be

Province of Walloon Brabant

Maison du Tourisme de la Hesbaye brabançonne Hôtel des Libertés Grand-Place, 1 1370 JODOIGNE Tel. : 010 229 115 Fax : 010 815 967 E-mail : hesbaye.brab@skynet.be Website : www.hesbayebrabanconne.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Villers en Brabant wallon Rue de l’Abbaye, 55 1495 VILLERS-LA-VILLE Tel. : 071 880 980 Fax : 071 879 800 E-mail : info@paysdevillers-tourisme.be Website : www.paysdevillers-tourisme.be

Province of Hainaut Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Mons Grand-Place, 22 7000 MONS Tel. : 065 335 580 Fax : 065 356 336 E-mail : ot1@mons.be Website : www.monsregion.be Maison du Tourisme du Tournaisis Placette aux Oignons, 20 7500 TOURNAI Tel. : 069 354 285 Fax : 069 354 286 E-mail : tournaisis@ideta.be Website : www.visitwapi.be

Province of Liège Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Vesdre Rue Jules Cerexhe, 86 4800 VERVIERS Tel. : 087 307 926 Fax : 087 312 095 E-mail : info@paysdevesdre.be Website : www.paysdevesdre.be Maison du Tourisme des Cantons de l’Est Place Albert Ier, 29 A 4960 MALMEDY Tel. : 080 330 250 Fax : 080 770 588 E-mail : info@eastbelgium.com Website : www.cantonsdelest.be Maison du Tourisme « Ourthe-Amblève » Route de Louveigné, 3 4920 SOUGNE-REMOUCHAMPS Tel. : 04 384 3544 Fax : 04 384 3546 E-mail : info@ourthe-ambleve.be Website : www.ourthe-ambleve.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays des Sources Place Royale, 41 4900 SPA Tel. : 087 795 353 Fax : 087 795 354 E-mail : info@paysdessources.be Website : www.paysdessources.be

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Herve Place de la Gare, 1-3 4650 HERVE Tel. : 087 693 171 Fax : 087 693 179 E-mail : info@paysdeherve.be Website : www.paysdeherve.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Huy – Meuse – Condroz Quai de Namur, 1 4500 HUY Tel. : 085 212 915 Fax : 085 232 944 E-mail : mthuy@pays-de-huy.be Website : www.pays-de-huy.be Maison du Tourisme des Vallées de la Burdinale et de la Mehaigne Rue de la Burdinale, 6 4210 BURDINNE Tel. : 085 251 696 Fax : 085 251 796 E-mail : mtourisme@burdinale-mehaigne.be Website : www.tourismebm.be Maison du Tourisme de la Basse-Meuse Rue des Béguines, 7 4600 VISE Tel. : 04 374 8555 Fax : 04 374 8551 E-mail : info@basse-meuse.be Website : www.basse-meuse.be

Province of Belgian Luxembourg Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Bastogne Place Mc Auliffe 60 6600 BASTOGNE Tel. : 061 212 711 Fax : 061 212 725 E-mail : info@paysdebastogne.be Website : www.paysdebastogne.be Maison du Tourisme de Gaume Rue des Grasses Oies, 2b 6760 VIRTON Tel. : 063 578 904 Fax : 063 577 114 E-mail : mtg@soleildegaume.be Website : www.soleildegaume.be

Tourist Federation of the Province of Liège Boulevard de la Sauvenière 77 4000 LIEGE Tel. 04 237 9526 E-mail : ftpl@provincedeliege.be Website : http://www.liegetourisme.be Tourist Federation of the Province of Hainaut Rue des Clercs 31 7000 MONS Tel. 065 36 0464 E-mail : federation.tourisme@hainaut.be Website : http://www.hainaut.be

Tourist Federation of the Province of Namur Avenue Reine Astrid 22 5000 NAMUR Tel. 081 77 6757 E-mail : tourisme@ftpn.be Website : http://www.paysdesvallees.be Tourist Federation of the Province of Belgian Luxembourg Quai de l’Ourthe 9 6980 LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE Tel. : 084 41 1011 E-mail : info@ftlb.be Website : http://www.ftlb.be

Maison du Tourisme du Pays du Val de Salm et des Sources de l’Ourthe Avenue de la Salm, 50 6690 VIELSALM Tel. : 080 215 052 Fax : 080 217 462 E-mail : info@vielsalm-gouvy.org Website : www.vielsalm-gouvy.org Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Saint-Hubert Rue Saint-Gilles, 12 6870 SAINT-HUBERT Tel. : 061 613 010 Fax : 061 615 444 E-mail : info@saint-hubert-tourisme.be Website : www.saint-hubert-tourisme.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays de la Semois entre Ardenne et Gaume Esplanade du Panorama, 1 6820 FLORENVILLE Tel. : 061 311 229 Fax : 061 313 212 E-mail : info@semois-tourisme.be Website : www.semois-tourisme.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Marche et de Nassogne Place de l’Etang, 15 6900 MARCHE-EN-FAMENNE Tel. : 084 345 327 Fax : 084 345 328 E-mail : infotourisme@marche.be Website : www.maisontourisme.nassogne.marche.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays de la Haute-Lesse Place de l’Esro, 60 6890 REDU (LIBIN) Tel. : 061 656 699 Fax : 061 656 516 E-mail : hautelesse@swing.be Website : www.haute-lesse-tourisme.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays d’Arlon Rue des Faubourgs, 2 6700 ARLON Tel. : 063 219 454 Fax : 063 226 089 E-mail : info@arlon-tourisme.be Website : www.arlon-tourisme.be

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Province of Walloon Brabant Avenue Einstein 2 1300 WAVRE Tel. 010 23 6331 E-mail : tourisme@brabantwallon.be Website : http://www.brabantwallon.be

Maison du Tourisme du Pays d’Houffalize La Roche-en-Ardenne Place du Marché, 15 boîte 37 6980 LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE Tel. : 084 367 736 Fax : 084 367 836 E-mail : info@coeurdelardenne.be Website : www.coeurdelardenne.be

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Provincial Tourist Federations

Maison du Tourisme du Pays d’Ourthe et Aisne Grand-Rue, 16 6940 BARVAUX-SUR-OURTHE Tel. : 086 213 081 Fax : 086 214 065 E-mail : info@ourthe-et-aisne.be Website : www.ourthe-et-aisne.be

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Wallonie-Bruxelles Tourisme (W.B.T.) (Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles (OPT), ASBL) Rue Saint-Bernard, 30 - 1060 Bruxelles Tel. : 02 504 0200 Fax : 02 513 6950 E-mail : info@opt.be Website : www.belgium-tourism.net www.wallonia-tourism.be

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de la Forêt d’Anlier Grand Place, 3 6840 NEUFCHATEAU Tel. : 061 275 088 Fax : 061 275 096 E-mail : info@foret-anlier-tourisme.be Website : www.foret-anlier-tourisme.be Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Bouillon Quai des Saulx, 12 6830 BOUILLON Tel. : 061 465 211 Fax : 061 465 218 E-mail : info@bouillon-tourisme.be Website : www.bouillon-tourisme.be

Province of Namur Maison du Tourisme de la Haute-Meuse dinantaise Avenue Colonel Cadoux, 8 5500 DINANT Tel. : 082 222 870 Fax : 082 227 788 E-mail : info@dinant-tourisme.be Website : www.dinant-tourisme.com Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Namur Square Léopold 5000 NAMUR Tel. : 081 246 449 Fax : 081 262 360 E-mail : info@mtpn.be Website : www.mtpn.be Maison du Tourisme du Val de Lesse Beauraing-Houyet-Rochefort Rue de Behogne, 5 5580 ROCHEFORT Tel. : 084 345 172 Fax : 084 367 930 E-mail : info@valdelesse.be Website : www.valdelesse.be Maison du Tourisme Sambre-Orneau 5030 GEMBLOUX Tel. : 081 626 966 Fax : 081 626 965 E-mail : mtso5030@hotmail.com Website : www.sambre-orneau.com Maison du Tourisme de l’Ardenne namuroise Rue Albert Raty, 83 5550 VRESSE-SUR-SEMOIS Tel. : 061 292 827-26 Fax : 061 292 832 E-mail : tourisme.vresse@belgacom.net Website : www.ardenne-namuroise.be Maison du Tourisme des Vallées des Eaux Vives Rue de la Falaise, 3 5660 COUVIN Tel. : 060 340 140 Fax : 060 340 143 E-mail : info@valleesdeseauxvives.be Website : www.valleesdeseauxvives.be Maison du Tourisme « Condroz-Famenne » Rue de l’Eglise, 4 5377 HEURE-EN-FAMENNE Tel. : 086 401 922 Fax : 086 401 923 E-mail : info@valleesdessaveurs.be Website : www.valleesdessaveurs.be

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Tourist Information Centres

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Commissariat Général au Tourisme Avenue Gouverneur Bovesse, 74 5100 Jambes Tel. : 081 325 611 Fax : 081 325 607 E-mail : info@tourismewallonie.be Website : www.tourismewallonie.be

Musées et Société en Wallonie (MSW) Rue du Moulin de Meuse 4B 5000 NAMUR Tel. : 081 420 050 Fax : 081 420 059 E-mail : info@msw.be Website : http://www.msw.be

A brochure by Wallonie-Bruxelles Tourisme, asbl (W.B.T.) (Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles, asbl - O.P.T.). Coordination: MSW / Benoît Malengreaux – WBT / Pierre Coenegrachts. The information in this brochure has been carefully compiled. The editor cannot be held responsible for changes which occurred since compilation. Editor: Viviane Jacobs, Directrice générale. Concept and prepress: www.helloagency.com


Exhibition

Wallonia in the writings of great authors Throughout 2011, the exhibition “Wallonia in the writings of great authors” will tour to different venues in Wallonia and France. The exhibition is in two parts.

Wallonia as seen by great authors

Over the centuries, great writers from all over the world have unceasingly described the thousand-and-one different types of landscape in Wallonia. From Pliny the Elder to Georges Simenon, from Charles Baudelaire to Marguerite Yourcenar, not forgetting Lord Byron, James Fenimore Cooper, Alexandre Dumas, Théophile Gautier, Victor Hugo, James Joyce, Gérard de Nerval, Arthur Rimbaud, George Sand, Sir Walter Scott, Paul Verlaine and even Jules Verne. All of them left accounts of their visits to our region. Some came here to visit relatives, others to flee from epidemics, revolutions or dictatorships, others to seek sanctuary here. Others travelled here by pure chance, crossing our plains and forests on their way to Germany or the Netherlands. Some came after reading descriptions of our cultural and heritage treasures written by their predecessors. It is obvious that Wallonia has an effect on every visitor. This exhibition was devised to accompany a book by Yves Vander Cruysen and Tommy Leclercq, in which they have reconstructed the itineraries of these famous literary figures in Wallonia. With the aid of modern photos which illustrate the authors’ accounts of their travels, they show how much Wallonia, from Arlon to Waterloo and from Verviers to Thuin, remains a beautiful and attractive source of inspiration.

Wallonia in the writings of Victor Hugo More than 170 years ago, Victor Hugo, the grand old man of French literature, travelled through our towns and countryside for the first time. Nobody realised at the time that, a few years later, Hugo and his family would choose to go into exile in Belgium. This exhibition was suggested by the non-profit association “Museums and Society in Wallonia”, and invites visitors to follow in Hugo’s footsteps through our region, and to see the landscapes and interiors which inspired his writings and thoughts. This special journey is illustrated with photos, extracts from his books and letters and his sketches. This delicious mixture of the past and the present allows visitors to experience some of Wallonia’s cultural and heritage riches by following in the footsteps of this poet and genius.

From 21 March to 30 March Namur, Belgium Moulins de Beez

From 7 to 8 May Lille, France The trade fair “Les Belges sont là !” From 13 to 31 May La Louvière, Belgium Maison du Tourisme du Parc des Canaux et Châteaux

From 10 to 11 September Namur, Belgium

From 1 to 9 October Tournai City Hall From 13 to 30 October Stavelot Stavelot Abbey

From 3 to 21 June Waterloo

© OPT – JP Remy

Thuin

From 24 August to 8 September Villers-la-Ville, Belgium Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Villers en Brabant wallon

From 15 to 30 September Mons Mundaneum

From 21 July to 21 August Braine-le-Château, Belgium Tourist Information Centre

© OPT – JP Remy

© OPT – JP Remy

© SPW – Guy Focant

Musées et Société en Wallonie Rue du Moulin de Meuse, 4b - 5000 Beez email: info@msw.be Tel: 081/42 00 50 Website: www.msw.be

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Exhibition Tour Calendar

From 24 June to 18 July Vielsalm, Belgium Maison du Tourisme du Pays du Val de Salm et des Sources de l’Ourthe

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A former journalist and curator of the Waterloo battlefield, Yves Vander Cruysen has written several books on the history of Wallonia. He likes to recount history based on relatively insignificant day-to-day events. For him, the great authors’ accounts of their travels are a rich source of quotations which increase the prestige of Wallonia, a region he knows like the back of his hand.

From 15 to 25 April Berck-sur-Mer, France International Kite Festival

Orval Abbey

Tommy Leclercq is a modern humanist who studied at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Paris XII (Val-de-Marne). He has worked for twenty years in local and regional government (notably as head of Elio di Rupo’s private office when Di Rupo was Minister-President of the Walloon Regional government), and is also a Lecturer at the Haute Ecole Condorcet in Charleroi. He is widely regarded as an expert on tourism in Wallonia.

River Semois

From 7 to 26 November Liège Library of Chiroux From 16 to 31 December Lobbes Relais de la Haute Sambre

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