Brussels street art

People don’t really know much about Belgium.

At best, it boils down to this: Atomium, Manneken Pis, chocolate, French (!) fries… and comics!

Belgium has such a rich tradition of comics – its best known export would definitely be ‘The adventures of Tintin‘ by Hergé.

However, there are numerous others like Lucky Luke, Gaston or the Marsupilami, and Brussels has made a beautiful homage to them by painting huge or small walls all across town with scenes from famous comic strips.

It’s a nice way to discover the Belgian capital, starting with the Comic Strip Museum, and then go on your own little discovery tour throughout town by following the comic strip walk.

This Friday I assisted in the inauguration of the latest additions!

At the occasion of the Brussels gay pride in two weeks, and to honor his achievements, German comic strip Author Ralf König got his own LGBT-themed fresco in the heart of the Brussels gay quarter.

Greek artist Fotini Tikkou, who first had covered walls in Brussels with her LGBT frescos, also inaugurated a gallery of 11 artworks that pose a number of thought-provoking questions.

It was organised by the Brussels Rainbow house, with support from the city.

My friend Fabrice, who is also back from his trip through India, got one of his books ‘signed’ by the master himself…