Programme

Walking tour

The colours of Belgian politics

When you really think about it, colours are immensely important in politics. Just think of the colours used for flags, parties, coalition government agreements and region and community symbols. Here in Belgium, blue stands for the liberals, red for the socialists and green for the environmentalists. The black lion is the symbol of Flanders, while the blue-and-yellow iris represents Brussels. And then there is the black, yellow and red of the Belgian flag – not to be confused with the blue, white and red of our French neighbours! Taking in notable buildings and sites like the Federal Parliament building, the Royal Palace, the Brussels Parliament building, various party headquarters and ministerial offices and the Brabançonne statue, this tour will give you a chance to delve into Belgian politics and discuss – as neutrally as possible – the country’s institutions and the buildings housing them, as well as topics like royalty, democracy and Belgium’s compromise-based political culture.

In French only.

In cooperation with Once in Brussels.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 13: 45 and 16:30 (duration: 1 hour 45 minutes).

Starting point: at the foot of the Brabançonne statue, Place Surlet de Chokier/Surlet de Chokierplein, Brussels
Advance booking required at www.onceinbrussels.be (in the ‘Activities’ dropdown menu, select ‘Discoveries and lectures’ and click on ‘Heritage Days: The colours of Belgian politics’ to book your place). Up to 20 people per tour.
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2 6 Madou
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29 63 65 66 Madou