Bastions of democracy
Places where people assemble play a vital role in the functioning of democracy. They range from Parliament and courts through to parks, and in fact it was a gathering in Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark (or Parc Royal as it used to be known) that led to the formation of Belgium. In libraries, museums and conservatoires, we encounter new ideas, learn about other eras and discover different cultures. All of these encounters give rise to the ideas that are the lifeblood of democracy. This walk will take in some of the places that forged and continue to nurture Belgian democracy, giving you an insight into how the country works. On Saturday, the tour will start with the Parliament of the French Community, where you will find various artworks symbolising democracy on display. You will learn more about Belgium’s current federal, regional and community institutions, its constitutional monarchy and the separation of powers, as well as how all these elements are organised. You will also see the major role that culture plays in building democracy.
In cooperation with Le Tamanoir.
Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 (in English) and Sat. and Sun. at 10:00 and 13:30 (in French) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)
Starting point: in front of the Rue de Louvain/Leuvenseweg 13, Brussels
Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.