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Couleur Café Festival 2020

The most exotic and colourful festival of Belgium is a mixture of urban music and contemporary art

Couleur Café Festival in Brussels 2020 - Best Time
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The initial idea behind the Couleur Café Festival was to make a tribute to African and Caribbean rhythms and to introduce artists that play ethnic music. Today, the festival brings together soul and funk music, hip-hop and reggae, blues and salsa, ska and other contemporary genres inspired by ethnic music. Every year, around 70,000 festival-goers come to Brussels to take part in the vibrant and exotic event. The festival used to be held in Tour & Taxis, a former train station. In 2017, it moved to the Ossegempark, a picturesque park near the Atomium.

Couleur Café Festival in Brussels - Best Season 2020
Best time for Couleur Café Festival in Brussels 2020
Best time to see Couleur Café Festival in Brussels 2020
Best time for Couleur Café Festival 2020

Since 1990, visitors to Couleur Café have been enjoying the diversity and connection between different music styles and cultures. World-class stars such as Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill, Cesaria Evora, Goran Bregovich, Ben Howard, and many others have performed at Couleur Café.

Best time to see Couleur Café Festival 2020
Best time to see Couleur Café Festival 2020
Best time to see Couleur Café Festival 2020

It is not only the concerts that attract visitors to Couleur Café, though. Various outdoor activities, street food spots, cosy chill-out zones, bars, dance workshops, craft markets, and art installations contribute to the festival atmosphere.

Best time to see Couleur Café Festival 2020
Best time to see Couleur Café Festival 2020