Walking tour

Street and Art by the canal: a fine line between art and vandalism?

The streets of Brussels could be compared with a big open-air street-art gallery. Everywhere we turn, we see graffiti art, tags, throw-ups, stickers and stencils, making for a dazzling display of colour! Works of street art are just as numerous as they are diverse. Some of them reflect a conventional artistic tradition, while others seem to be nothing more than vandalism. Street art is often confrontational and disturbing, much like the city itself. A piece that is an affront to some is a provocative masterpiece to others. So it should come as no surprise that city authorities too approach street art in different ways: some have criminalised it and attempt to prevent it, while others tolerate it and even recognise it as an art form. This tour will take you through the colourful ‘urban gallery’ that is the neighbourhood beside the canal, explaining the basic principles of graffiti as well as some of its finer points and discussing the works of artists like Ralers, Créons, CTS, OakOak and, of course, Bonom, a true master of the art.

In cooperation with Brukselbinnenstebuiten.

Practical information

Sat. at 14:00 (Dutch) and Sun. at 10:00 (French) (duration: 2 hours 30 minutes).

Starting point: at the entrance to Comte de Flandre/Graaf van Vlaanderen metro station (at street level, on the canal side), Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
Advance booking recommended: call 02 218 38 78 or email Up to 25 people.
1 5 Comte de Flandre - Graaf Van Vlaanderen
89 Comte de Flandre/Borne - Graaf Van Vlaanderen/Paal