Brussels in Geek Mode

From March onwards, Brussels will be putting on its finery and becoming the capital of pop culture. There’s no doubt that it has the necessary qualities — a quirky, festive and creative spirit. From Comic Con Brussels to BIFFF and even the Brussels Games Festival, fans of the genre will be spoiled for choice.

Brussels is bursting with enough events, game bars and escape games to delight geeks of all kinds. This year, the capital is putting on a series of unmissable events for gamers and cosplayers.

Here’s a brief overview:

Anima 2019

Anima, Brussels’s international animated film festival, is back with original shorts and feature-length films for young and old alike. For 10 days, Flagey will be vibrating to the rhythm of animation and cartoons — ranging from poetry, humour and happiness to intrigue and mystery. Anima also offers kids’ workshops, a stage for teenagers, concerts, conferences, and so on, putting the spotlight on all lovers of the genre.


Paddy la petite souris © JEFF


Dates: 01 – 10/03/2019
Venues: Cinematek & Flagey

Comic Con Brussels

The most popular comic convention is coming back to Brussels. It welcomes more than 10,000 visitors each year. Visitors will be amazed by fantastic cosplay costumes, get to meet world stars and get lost among the hundreds of specialist stands: comics, cosplay, gaming, films, manga, series, collectables, clothing, games, gadgets and lots more.



Dates: 02 – 03/03/2019
Venue: Tour & Taxis

Made in Asia & Youplay!

Made in Asia & Youplay!, the biggest event for Asian pop culture, manga and video games, awaits fans of the genre at the Brussels Expo. More than 300 exhibitors, shops, fun and cultural activities, concerts with brand new material and international guests will be there.

Youplay!, the largest event in Benelux region for gaming, video and video games, is once again taking over the Brussels Expo, much to the delight of gamers. They’ll get to discover the newest board games, test the latest consoles and experience new VR technologies and, as the icing on the cake, they’ll have the chance to meet their favourite Youtubers.


MADE IN ASIA 2018 – Dimanche

MERCI pour cette dixième édition du salon MIA. MERCI aux formidables bénévoles, à Brussels Expo, nos prestataires, les increvables exposants et les associations et artistes motivés qui ont animés leur stand avec passion. MERCI pour ces 10 belles, enthousiasmantes et enrichissantes années en votre compagnie, une aventure passionnante de 10 ans qui termine sa première decenie aujourd’hui et que l’on n’oubliera jamais. ARIGATO et à bientôt pour une nouvelle décennie du salon MADE IN ASIA !———————-DANKU voor deze tiende editie van de beurs MIA. Danku aan de fantastische vrijwilligers, aan Brussels Expo, aan de super standhouders, verenigingen en artiesten die hun stand met passie bezielen. Danku voor deze 10 mooie en leerrijke jaren, die vandaag ten einde komen et dat we nooit zullen vergeten. ARIGATO en tot binnenkort voor een nieuw decennium voor de beurs MADE IN ASIA!

Publiée par Le salon MADE IN ASIA sur Dimanche 18 mars 2018


Dates: 08 – 10/03/2019
Venue: Palais 5, Brussels Expo


The Brussels International Film Festival is an oasis of great films that will get your adrenaline pumping, with cinematic nuggets of horror, science-fiction and thrillers of every kind. You can enjoy around 150 films in the presence of the actors and directors, a bodypainting and make-up contest, a manga market, a zombie parade and a vampires’ ball. Don’t be afraid!



Dates: 09 – 21/04/2019
Venue: BOZAR

Star Wars© in Concert

The legendary Star Wars saga broadcast on the big screen, with the epic soundtrack of John Williams performed live by the National Orchestra of Belgium, under the direction of Dirk Brossé… a breathtaking experience!



Dates: 02/06/2019 (episode 4) and 26/10/2019 (episode 5)
Venue: Palace 12

Brussels Games Festival

The Brussels Games Festival is THE games festival for all audiences and all generations. A free, friendly and jovial celebration at the height of summer in Brussels!



Dates: 23 – 25/08/2019
Venue: Parc du Cinquantenaire

Comic Strip Festival

The ‘must-attend’ comic book event is back with a host of new features.


Brussels Comic Strip Festival

Did you know that some of our fav comic heroes, like Tintin, Lucky Luke, the Smurfs, or the Marsupilami, were born in Belgium? Their legends come to life in Brussels during the Brussels Comic Strip Festival!

Publiée par Brussels Comic Strip Festival sur Mardi 15 août 2017


Dates: 13 – 15/09/2019
Venue: Brussels Park