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A shopping experience like no other TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: L’ESPLANADE
Conveniently located at the beating heart of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium’s Walloon Brabant, this shopping address is worth keeping in mind. It offers around 130 brands as well as access to leisure time with friends and family. L’esplanade shopping centre spreads itself along the pedestrian street of Rue Charlemagne and within a luminous mall. Here, different activities and events are organised all year round, with a special set of activities for the Easter holidays. These include ‘gift-fishing’,
where children will have to wear boxing gloves to pick as many gifts as they can – prizes include cinema tickets and, of course, chocolate.
of services and products, the shopping centre truly is a central point of commercial and leisurely activities in the heart of this lively pedestrian city.
“We pride ourselves on being a very cosy and family-friendly space that people enjoy spending time in. Our advantage is the large glass structure all around, which brings a lot of light in throughout the day,” says Alexia Tilgenkamp from L’esplanade.
“It is also very easy to find us coming from outside of Louvain-la-Neuve,” says Tilgenkamp, “our visitors just have to take the E411, take the 8a exit and follow the road. We look forward to welcoming them in this exclusive space.”
With a 13-room cinema, one of the largest bowling halls of the region and a large offering
Nuit des Choeurs: one amazing night – twice! TEXT: MARTIN PILKINGTON | PHOTOS: NUIT DES CHOEURS
the Abbey of Villers-la-Ville is beautiful in itself, but the special lighting and the multitude of candles spread over the site make it simply magical. Six diverse vocal groups, from pop to opera, will entertain and move the audience who can also satisfy their gourmet-selves on site too. And it culminates in a massive firework display!” he enthuses. Ultra-modern technology and magnificent music in an ancient Belgian abbey. Benoît Meurens is excited. Super-spectacular event organisers Tour des Sites have more than 600 sound and light shows and similar extravaganzas to their credit across Europe, but their director is confident that August 26 and 27 will see the apotheosis of their art in a 12th century abbey in central Belgium. “Our 2016 edition of Nuit des Choeurs (Night of the Choirs) will be fantastic. The setting of
Since the first edition of Nuit des Choeurs in 2000, the concept has not changed: six stages are spaced around the atmospheric Abbey ruins, each hosting a different vocal ensemble, with three stages in action at any one time and repeated performances throughout the evening. In what is truly a promenade event, the audience can stroll from stage to stage to take them all in. Tickets for the show alone start at 25 euros, though many opt for passes that include refreshments and VIP treatment – with corporate hospitality packages another possibility.
As Meurens concludes: “With acts ranging from Murray Head to the Estonian National Male Choir, it’s going to be one amazing night – twice!” www.nuitdeschoeurs.be Issue 28 | April 2016 | 59
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