A huge variety of concerts will follow across the various festival locations (Hainaut, Saint-Hubert, Brussels, Namur, Stavelot, Liège and Brabant Walloon) right up until 16 October. “Each of the festivals have their own DNA,” explains Philippe Vandenbergh, head of communication for Festival de Wallonie. An overall theme presides over the festival each year; for 2016 the focus is on the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures. Vandenbergh explains that although the theme was conceived two years ago, it now feels particularly poignant: “We didn’t come up with this theme because of the attacks in Brussels. But we have decided to dedicate it to the victims – not just of Brussels – but those affected by terrorism across the world.”

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