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Brussels is a very mixed and changing place in terms of people, cultures and languages. Located in the Flanders, it was first a Flemish city but over time, more and more Walloons established in the capital and many municipalities (the region called Brussels-Capital is composed of 19 municipalities) became predominantly French-speaking. There is also an important community of Africans (from the former colony Democratic Republic in Congo), many of them living in the neighborhood of Matonge, as well as North Africans from Morocco, and migrants from Central Europe. Lately, as the capital city evolved into an international political and business centre, many expats return to Brussels, reinforcing the international dimension of the place.
Although a small city compared to other European capitals, Brussels is a very lively place, day and night, with hundreds of events taking place in its diverse neighborhoods throughout the year. Spring and summer are filled with music and performing arts festivals like “Les Nuits du Botanique”, the “KunstenFESTIVALdesArts”, the “Zinneke Parade”, the “Couleur Café” Festival or the “Jazz Marathon”. Historical and popular events like the “Ommegang” are also notorious. During July and August, “Bruxelles-les-Bains” is an urban beach scene on the banks of the canal, with concerts, sports and shopping. In December, a “European Christmas Market” unfolds on the Grand’Place. Besides these annual events, there are tons of theatres, movie theatres, centers for the performing arts, museums but also many bars, cafes, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife that keep locals and tourist busy and entertained all year round.
“Brusseleirs” are fans of soccer, the national sport, in particular of the local team Anderlecht (from the name of one of the municipalities of Brussels) and each game of the “Red Evils” (“Diables Rouges” or “Rode Duivels”), the Belgian national team, is a major event.