Discover Benelux | Culture | Out & About
The Amstel river and the city canals drifting towards the Amsterdam city centre will be lit up with the incredible works of light artists from home and abroad. The long winter nights from late November to January become a lot more enjoyable with magical lights in all colours, shapes and sizes filling the capital and its canal houses. The Illuminade is a historic walking tour through the glowing city, taking you through and past the beautiful winter illuminated art works and invites you to interact and participate in the light. This guided walking tour of Amsterdam is available from 11 December. www.amsterdamlightfestival.com Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 12-14 December A unique chance to learn more about cinema in the Arab world is coming to Rotterdam. The Arab Camera Festival explores the art of film-making in another part of the world and gives a surprising insight into social and political developments in the countries they dive into. Over the years, the festival has become a stage for debuting filmmakers and those who want to address more controversial themes in a visual
medium. Definitely worth a watch! www.arabcamera.nl Salon du Vin et de la Gastronomie Namur, Belgium, 12-14 December There is no doubt this is the season to indulge and there is no better place for such gastronomic luxury than the Salon of Wine and Gastronomy. This is when the major names of the food and beverage industry come together to showcase all their mouth-watering specialties, from the sweetest honey to scrumptious sausages. Along the way you will be able to sneak a taste of cheese, fresh truffles, tapenade and olive oil – what is not to like? www.namurexpo.be Excellent Wonen & Leven Fair Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 12-15 December From all over Europe, high-end brands will participate in this year’s excellent and exquisite lifestyle fair in Rotterdam. For five days Ahoy will be hosting all kinds of desirable objects, ranging from sparkling watches and jewellery to fast cars and yachts. The setting will be nothing short of spectacular and dazzling fashion
shows, stunning performances and a thrilling final auction are expected to make this event impossible to miss. See page 28 for more information. www.excellentbeurs.nl
International Record Fair Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 21 December All lovers of pop and rock should take the time to visit the lobby of the Rockhal in central Luxembourg this month. Almost a million records from the last 50 years will be put on sale, ranging from CDs and rare 45 rpm singles to music DVDs and VHS cassettes. Over 40 exhibitors from all over the world are bringing their stock to the fair, including posters, t-shirts and other fan articles that are often impossible to find anywhere else. Always wanted a book about your favourite artist from back in the day, which was long sold out by the time you got to the record store? The chances are this might be your lucky day. www.rockhal.lu Art in Redlight Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27-30 December For a decade now the historic Beurs van Berlage fills with art treasures and treasure hunters on the final days of the year. An independent art fair of spectacular proportions featuring dance, design, art, light installation and music. Up-and-coming as well as established artists will take the stage, creating an atmosphere that can only be experienced. See page 88 for more information. www.artinredlight.com
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.