The conference takes place at the Wild Gallery, a former industrial building of 1902 in the direct vicinity of the Brussels South railway station (Bruxelles-Midi). The address is Rue du Charroi 11, 1190 Brussels.
Brussels / Belgium
Brussels is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, with about 1.1 million inhabitants of 170 different nationalities. These communities all have their shops, restaurants, cultural and nightlife institutions, making Brussels a wonderfully diverse, colourful and bustling city. It hosts the seat of different levels of the Belgian federal state (our so-called institutional lasagna), of the Benelux, the NATO and the main institutions of the European Union. Despite its international dimension, Brussels still breathes the atmosphere of a village in its many districts. Also, the many parks in Brussels and the green belt of forest and farmland around it, make the escape from the city only a ten minute drive.
Named “Europe’s unexpected art world hotspot” and a city that “has quietly emerged as one of the continent’s most exciting creative hubs”, Brussels counts many art museums and galleries (Royal Museums of Art and History, Magritte museums, Bozar, comics art museum, etc.) and holds a treasure for architecture adepts (Victor Horta's town houses, Art Nouveau, Art Deco). Around a cobbled rectangular market square, Grand-Place features late 17th century buildings emblematic of municipal and ducal powers and the old houses of corporations and guilds. If you are looking for a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times, go see the Atomium, built as part of the Belgian pavilion for the 1958 World’s Fair. Manneken Pis is a landmark 17th century bronze sculpture depicting a naked national hero who saved the city by urinating on the burning fuse of a bomb.
Traveling to and from Brussels
Brussels has two airports: Zaventem and Brussels Charleroi. Every 15 minutes there is a direct train connection from Zaventem to Brussels, taking only 17 minutes. Other major European cities are nearby. From Paris it only takes you 1h20, from Amsterdam 1h30, from London or Cologne 1h50 and from Frankfurt 3h, all by train. Brussels has three main train stations with direct connections to destinations in Belgium and abroad.
Attendees taking advantage of their time in Belgium can explore other Belgian cities easily. By train it takes you 0.5h to Antwerp (diamonds, fashion, photography museum, sea port), Ghent (stubborn people, the Mystic Lamb, hipster bars and art museums) or Leuven (one of the oldest universities of Europe, beguinage) and about 1h to Bruges (fairy tale medieval town). Public transportation is rather cheap for European standards.
Traveling in Brussels
Traveling in Brussels is easy. The Brussels subway, tram and bus line network will take you anywhere.
Short term public bike rental is also available throughout the city.
Transportation to and from the venue will be arranged. There is an ongoing shuttle bus service from the Brussels South railway and subway station (Bruxelles-Midi) to the Wild Gallery.
Public transportation also offers easy access (tram and/or bus) to the venue. There is a bus stop right in front (bus line 49) and around the corner (bus line 50) of the venue.