Belgium – the homeland of the saxophone, chocolate and the Smurfs. A country whose citizens speak three languages, and where one and a half million residents are foreigners, including over eighty thousand Poles. This is the 16th year in a row that the Belgian Business Chamber has organised and invited visitors to the Belgian Days. Between November 15 and December 3, in Warsaw and Wroclaw, it will be possible to learn more about the culture, culinary traditions and film art of the country. The planned events will also provide plenty of opportunities to share business experiences.
Belgian culture in Warsaw and Wroclaw
During this 16th edition of the Belgian Days in Warsaw and Wroclaw, there will be a number of different cultural events taking place. One of the first was the official completion of work on the Polish-Belgian mural being created by Noir-Artist. “Colours do not matter. The contrast between black and white is the highest form of cleanliness,” the mural artist says about his creations. The official unveiling of the work took place at ul. Dunajecka 11 in Warsaw, Ochota district on November 20.
The Belgian Business Chamber invites all music lovers to a free Polish-Belgian concert by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the great Belgian conductor Herman Engels. “Soon, on November 28, in the Small Hall of the Warsaw University of Technology, as part of the “Great Music in the Small Hall” cycle of concerts, a number of specially-selected works by Polish and Belgian composers will be performed,” explains Małgorzata Napierała-Vincent, Managing Director of the Belgian Business Chamber.
This year’s edition of the Belgian Days will include the first exhibition to be held in Poland of the individual works of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs. On November 25, at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, a special tour guided by the curator of the exhibition will be organised so that visitors can become more familiar with the artist and his work.
Children and adults alike will be able to discover Belgium in Warsaw during the special “History-Art-Cuisine” walk which will be conducted in two languages (Polish and English) on November 29, at 11 a.m. The first stop of the walk will be at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, at ul. Senatorska 32 in Warsaw, for a meeting with Her Excellency Mrs. Colette Taquet, the Ambassador of Belgium.During the walk, participants will have the chance to taste typical Belgian specialities (waffles, chocolate and beer).
Belgium is famous worldwide for its delicious mussels, its 800-plus brands of beer and its fries served with many different sauces! Most of those delicacies could be tasted on November 19, during the evening event “Mussels and Fries with a Belgian Chef”.
On November 27 the Belgian Chocolate Workshops will be held. On the same day, the Belgian Business Chamber also invites visitors to the Belgian Beer Workshops combined with food pairing, i.e. the art of choosing the right food to go with a particular type of beer. The workshops begin at 5.30 p.m.
A strong finish to the Belgian Days will be provided by the Belgian Film Festival, which will be held in Wroclaw. Following last year’s successful event, this year the Belgian Business Chamber has again prepared a real treat for movie-goers. During the festival, on December 2 and 3, film lovers will be able to see a number of co-production movies from the Benelux countries and France, including Peter Brosen and Jessica Woodworth’s “Anomalia”, awarded the FIPRESCI prize and the Special Prize of the Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival in 2012. Tickets are available at Nowe Horyzonty Cinema in Wroclaw.
Belgian business in Poland
Belgium stands not only for culture, art and cuisine. It is also one of the most economically developed countries in Europe with GDP of USD 508.2 billion, i.e. USD 45,537 per capita. The tax awareness of Belgians is one of the best examples of the civil society in Europe. It is worth noting that, in recent years, over 500 Belgian companies have entered the Polish market and the presence of 80,000 Poles in Belgium is completely understandable. More and more of our compatriots are working in the structures of the European Commission, and the friendly business start-up procedures and competitive fiscal system are extremely attractive to businessmen from Poland. The celebration of the 16th Belgian Days is a perfect opportunity to increase business cooperation between our countries. During the CEO Forum, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to share their experiences and views and establish mutually-beneficial business relationships. The special guest at the Forum will be Minister Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the European Parliament, former Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner. One of the topics to be discussed will be European Funds for Poland for the years 2014-2020. During the meeting, the prestigious Belgian Business Chamber Award will also be presented to the best Belgian company in Poland in 2014.
The Business Lunch, a business-related meeting, will also be held in Wroclaw. The event is aimed at establishing business cooperation between companies in Poland and Belgium. The participants – Belgian businessmen and Polish entrepreneurs as well as representatives of the local authorities – will focus on the potential benefits resulting from conducting business in the Lower Silesia region. One of the main topics of the Business Lunch will be the plans for the development of Lower Silesia in the years 2014-2020. The event will be held under the honorary patronage of the City of Wroclaw and the Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, the Lower Silesian Chamber of Commerce and the Lower Silesian Agency for Economic Cooperation.
The events in Warsaw will be held under the honorary patronage of the Capital City of Warsaw Municipal Office and the Śródmieście District.
For details about the Belgian Days and to register for a particular event, visit the web page of the Belgian Business Chamber at www.belgium.pl, or call: +48 22 456 40 09.