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
Conductor Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir will tour with Icelandic
singing star Bjork and the choir.