and Brussels grand place is an amazing Barroco style monument that stands like a fairy tale story. In the famous chocolate stores Godiva and Leónidas, one can spend the whole day tasting and deciding whether to buy champagne bombons, praline chocolates or the exquisite hot cocoa.
One of the typical cultural issues Belgium continuously develops is its classical music; its history, where it all began, and is always growing. There are multiple famous Belgian orchestra directors, and we were lucky to meet two of them, enjoying their magnificent work at the Sala José Félix Ribas in Teatro Teresa Carreño.
Piet Swerts and Jan Van Der Roost shared the plató in a brilliant joint concert with the Venezuelan’s Symphonic Youth Simón Bolívar Orchestra, to comemorate the 175 anniversary of Belgian independence, and also the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Venezuela. The Sala José Félix Ribas vibrated for two days with this magical concert that held the special magic, and invaded the senses. The power of music is definitely enchanting.
After this magnificent presentation, guests were guided to the terrace area, where Cristine Stevens, the Belgian ambassador to Venezuela, who recently arrived the country, hosted an elegant cocktail, where everyone enjoyed lively talks and made toasts to this wonderfulcountry, whose capital, Brussels, was declaraed in the symbolic year 2000, among one of the “European Cultural cities”, jointly with Bergen, Helsinki, Rijswijk, Cracow, Prague, Avignon, Bolonia and Santiago de Compostela.
By Melina Bertocchi
Daily Journal Staff
Photos by José Antonio León