Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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MAIN IMAGE: A red-hot heart getting white (A fragment from Cheval the Mailman’s collections of Hearts), Jean Lancri Acrylic, pastel wax, ink, tarlatan on canvas pasted on cardboard 2012. 34,5 x 37 cm ABOVE: Daniel Fauville in front of one of his sculpturefountains. FROM BOTTOM RIGHT: The beautiful Ferme du Pont de Bois. A view over the fields from the gallery. Daniel Fauville exhibition.

WONDERS IN WALLONIA

A centre of arts, culture and nature TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS | PHOTOS: GALERIE EPHÉMÈRE

Galerie Ephémère is a contemporary art, culture and nature centre in the heart of the Belgian countryside. This exceptional arts centre is located on the beautiful Ferme du Pont de Bois (The Farm of the Wooden Bridge) in Thuin, southern Belgium. The stunning surroundings boast a renovated farmhouse set in six hectares of rolling fields and countryside, as well as a picturesque rental cottage which can be hired out for overnight stays. 72 | Issue 31 | July 2016

The Ferme du Pont de Bois was transformed into a unique centre of arts, culture and nature in 2007 when owner and director Claude Thoirain-Rafhay inherited the farm from her parents. She continues to use the farm land, and has renovated the farmhouse to convert it into a remarkable arts hub.

A little piece of heaven in Wallonia For those seeking a cultural oasis, look no further than the Ferme du Pont de

Bois. The centre frequently hosts live music events, as well as conferences and lively discussions. The space allows for a multitude of possibilities and can be rented out for selected occasions, such as company events or meetings. The farm can easily accommodate 60 people for seated events, and up to 100 for receptions. In good weather, the six hectares of space can be used for outdoor events such as concerts. Painting courses by artists are also on offer to visitors.