Brussels 2000 cultural events: Tapestries and begonias

BRUSSELS -- Throughout 2000, this city will celebrate its shared title European City of Culture. Some of the celebrations expected to be most popular follow:

  • "The Golden Age of Brussels, Tapestries of the Spanish Crown," at Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule, May 17 to Sept. 20. Eighteen masterpieces dating to the late 15th and 16th centuries are being shown for the first time in Brussels, where they were created for monarchs.
  • The Grand Carrousel of the Sablon, at Caserne Albert, June 4 to 10. Inspired by the equestrian games of the 17th and 18th centuries, this unusual spectacle combines horses, riders, jugglers, acrobats, falconers and stilt-walkers.
  • Carpet of Flowers, at Grand'Place, Aug. 12 to 15. One million begonias are arranged on the cobblestone square by the flower growers from Ghent in a different design each year.
  • Voices of Europe and Bjork, at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Aug. 29. The special concert will bring together 90 singers between the ages of 16 and 23, 10 from each of the nine cultural cities, to form a united choir singing in the languages of each of these countries.
  • Conductor Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir will tour with Icelandic singing star Bjork and the choir.

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