The boats have arrived in Bordeaux for Fête le Fleuve, the River Festival! Unfortunately I’m away all week next week, which is when all the activities are happening, so I dropped by the riverside tonight for a quick look at the festivities as it is a rare warm and non-rainy day. Let the celebrations begin!
The 24 heures vélo event is the main annual beer festival in Louvain-la-Neuve (and in all of Belgium), where students come from all around the country to participate in a 24-hour relay bike race. There are two types of bikes: the regular fast bikes and the funky “folkloric” bikes designed by each team. The event is said to be the second largest beer festival in Europe, after Oktoberfest, and there are concerts and activities happening all around the city throughout the entire night. I was here for the event last year and am lucky to be around this year as well, before I say goodbye to Louvain-la-Neuve! Our institute (Institut de la matière condensée et des nanosciences) had quite a team, and while I didn’t participate in the race itself (I would have been so slow they’d think I were dead), I was there at the relay station to show my support. Here’s Amir on our folkloric bike (right) coming back from one lap around the course. Good job team! (I haven’t uploaded pictures from this year’s race yet, but you can see last year’s event album here.)
So yes, the “Midi-Minuit de la Jongle’Rue” art festival is taking place in Louvain-la-Neuve today. When I got off work, there was a show happening at the Grand Place. The show seemed to really appeal to little kids, as they seemed quite amused by the performers. Lots of people were out and about, enjoying the outdoor show in the gorgeous sun.
On the way home today I saw some artists hard at work near the bus station. There’s a lot of stuff going on in different parts of Louvain-la-Neuve these few days. I don’t know what exactly is happening, though I would guess it has something to do with the Midi-Minuit thing that the Circokot is planning.