30 years of global rhythms
Couleur Café is a diverse and vibrant music festival in Brussels, Belgium. Early each summer, the festival invites an eclectic lineup of performers from across the world, celebrating a wide-ranging selection of global rhythms.
With a strong focus on music of African and Caribbean origin, the sonic offerings range from traditional sounds of reggae and Afrobeat to modern funk, soul, jazz, hip hop and RnB.
A huge part of the festival's appeal also comes from the colour, creativity and carnival atmosphere that pervades proceedings in the Belgian capital, with drum groups, dancers, flamboyant fancy dress and a no shortage of delicious food and drink.
The festival takes place in Ossegempark, a large green space in the north of the Brussels next to the famous Atomium monument.
Ossegempark, Brussels, 1020, Belgium
BY PLANE: From Brussels Airport, take a train to Gare Du Nord, followed by a tram to Esplanade. Alternatively, you can catch a bus from the airport to Strombeek-Bever Nieuwelaan. The festival site is a short walk from both.
BY TRAIN: From Gare Du Midi, take the subway to Heysel. The stop is a short walk from the park. From the Central station, walk to nearby tram stop De Brouckere and take the tram up to Esplanade.
Children under 10 are allowed to attend for free with an adult; they must fill out an identification card with their name and their parents' phone number at the festival gate. Bear in mind that whilst children are allowed, there is no nursery and it's recommended that pushchairs aren't brought on site.
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