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Belgium in Cracow: Escapade 2012
May 31, 2012   
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Cracow turned into the cultural and business capital of Belgium in the second half of April when the Belgian embassy and the Belgian Business Chamber joined forces to organize the Belgian Escapade 2012, an event comprising the opening of an Honorary Consulate of Belgium, Belgian movie nights, a business mixer, a cuisine show, and an art exhibition.

Working on Belgian Escapade 2012, the organizers teamed up with the Delegation of the French Community and the Walloon Region, the representation of Flanders, Brussels Invest & Export and the Sheraton Cracow hotel.

During the event, fans of photography, music and European cinema were presented with unique opportunities to interact with Belgian art. There was an exhibition of movies and works by Belgian surrealist René Magritte and a concert by the quartet of jazz saxophonist and flutist Steve Houben, one of Europe’s best musicians, with a guest performance by Belgian singer Mélanie de Biasio.

Cracow residents were able to put their familiarity with all things Belgian to a test in an urban game entitled “Around Belgium in 180 Minutes.” Walking around Cracow, they encountered characters from Lucky Luke comic books and from paintings by Magritte, discovering the beauty of Belgium and finding out what they really knew about the country. The game was a fun experience for kids, especially when they took part in chocolate-themed competitions and were treated to original Belgian fries.

In a major event of Belgian Escapade 2012, Wojciech Malinowski, general manager of the Lhoist Polska company, was appointed the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Cracow. “My main task will be to establish economic relations between our region and Belgium and help people in both areas get to known each other better, a goal to be achieved through tourism and education,” Malinowski said.

Visitors to Belgian Escapade 2012 were particularly fond of culinary workshops with top Belgian chef Jean Bos whose molecular cuisine has won him many new fans in Cracow.
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