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Italian Wine, Street Opera and Free Massage

All of this packed in one night. Last Friday. Here we go:

7:00 pm

I arrive with an hour delay to the expo Arte in Tavola, hosted by the region of Calabria in the former home of the Dukes of  Brabants in the Grand Place. The visit is again organized by the InterNations Brussels Singles Activity Group. I find them around a stand tasting some really good wines. The expo is small and cozy. The producers explain to us about the quality of their products in Italian. La vita e bella!

Arte in Tavola

Arte in Tavola

8:00 pm

Place du Grand Sablon, covered by a forest of 35 fir trees designed by students of the “Ecole National superieure des arts visuels de La Cambre”. The trees are all different and very original. Among them – wooden huts which sell food and mulled wine. On a small stage in the middle three opera singers, two women and a man, perform one after another or in duets Carmen. They act the drama of the love triangle in a convincing and yet amusing way. I especially like the part where the two women make a duo about their beloved ones holding trendy magazines and showing the pictures of some movie, rock or fashion male stars. All of this is part of the initiative Nocturnes du Sablon which takes place for four days in a row (29/11/2012 – 02/12/2012).

Place du Grand Sablon

Place du Grand Sablon

Place du Grand Sablon

Place du Grand Sablon

21:40 pm

Urban Ecology Centre again. But it looks very different now. It’s all dark and the space in front the stage is covered by chairs and people sitting on them. A band is playing and a woman with a distinctive voice is singing something jazzy. Three massage tables are spread behind the audience and female massagists working on the bodies on those laying on them. There is a list where one can sign in for a free massage and people on the tables change every 15 min. While I am getting my share, another band comes on the stage and starts singing “OM”, followed by some meditative transcendental music. The massage is amasing on its own right but in combination with this music is making real magic to me. But this is not all. One can have a vegetarian soup, a couscous and a home-made (to be more precise Centre-made) desert for 2.50 euro each. I had the coconut soup and it was very delicious! There is a box for volunteer donations at the entrance which support the activities of the Centre. Knowing that by enjoying a wonderful evening one contributes to a good cause gives a totally different dimension of the experience.

…after the wine, opera and massage

This I call a varied night. Time to go to bed.

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