If you are a regular reader of CheeseWeb, you’ll know we think life in Belgium rocks! What you may not know is that Belgium literally rocks all summer long at hundreds of music festivals across this tiny country. Over 280 festivals take place in Flanders and this year, Visit Flanders has launched a unique initiative called Flanders is a Festival and we are thrilled to be part of it.
This summer, 100 journalists and bloggers will be visiting various festivals across Flanders and we will be part of that lucky group.
Our immersion into the wonderful world of Flanders’ festivals begins tonight at the Afro Latino festival in Bree. We’ll be reporting next week on our visit to the event but we wanted to give you a heads up about this festival as there are still a few tickets left for the weekend.
The Afro Latino festival is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring musicians from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and here in Europe. There will be more than 40 musical acts on three stages as well as a world market and salsa dance classes.
The festival starts tonight and runs until Sunday. Visit the Afro-Latino website for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.
If Latin music is not your thing or if you can’t make it this weekend, don’t worry; there is a festival for everyone in Flanders this summer. From the Ghent Jazz Festival to the Belgium Rhythm’n Blues Festival to Reggae Geel and of course good old rock at Suikerrock, every style of music is represented. If you’re looking for something beyond music check out TAZ (Theatre Aan Zee) or the Street performers at MiramirO.
Of course we can’t list all of the incredible festivals here but watch this space as we visit Afro-Latino, the Antilliaanse Feesten and Laus Polyphoniae and be sure to like our Facebook page where we will keep you informed on what’s happening this summer, including more great festivals. If you tweet, follow us at @Acornn and watch out for #fiaf12 for all the news on the Flanders is a Festival project.