Programme

Walking tour

From Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark to Avenue de l’Exposition coloniale (fully booked)

© Alfred de Ville de Goyet

Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark is home to various monuments built during the colonial era, recalling Belgium’s former colony of the Congo, the personal property of King Leopold II, and glorifying the leading figures in its creation. On this walking tour, you will cross the park and head towards Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan. Once known as Avenue de l’Exposition coloniale, it was built to connect the two main areas of the Colonial Exhibition: Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark and Parc de Tervuren/Tervurenpark, where a palace dedicated to the Congo Free State was erected. You will learn about the thinking behind the Colonial Exhibition, the objectives of Leopold II, and the desire of Western countries at that time to showcase the benefits of colonisation. You will notice that some of the street names you encounter allude to characters or events from the colonial period. Art Nouveau, which featured in the exhibition, and its exponents (Henry van de Velde, Gustave Serrurier-Bovy, Paul Hankar) will also be discussed.

In cooperation with E-Guides.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 14:00 (FR) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: entrance to Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark on Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée/Blijde Inkomstlaan, Etterbeek

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.