Discover the new, hybrid programme for the 2021 Iris Festival! 


This year, the Brussels-Capital Region is celebrating its 32nd birthday with a new format specially designed to allow each of you to enjoy it in your own way.

On 8 and 9 May, join us online and at a handful of venues in the capital to celebrate our beautiful capital's birthday in style.

There will be something for everyone: concerts and stand-up comedy online and museums, guided tours and original activities to discover the capital's hidden secrets! 


Here is a little preview of the programme of this unique edition: 
Discover Brussels’ architectural symbols with music! 

What could be better than combining the architectural beauty of Brussels’ emblematic sites with the enchanting voices of the artists who characterise it! Treat yourself to an unexpected musical interlude... The Iris Festival, in co-production with the RTBF French-language national broadcaster, will be broadcasting exclusive online concerts by your favourite Belgian artists recorded in iconic and lesser-known locations around the capital. 

Win your own Brussels Card Discovery! 
The Iris Festival, in partnership with Brussels Museums, will shine the spotlight on the new Brussels Card Discovery. A unique card that allows you to visit 3 museums for a very attractive price. There will be many cards to be won at the Iris Festival, so make sure you keep your eyes open! 
Guided tours of the capital’s neighbourhoods! 

Brussels' guided tour operators reveal the secrets of the capital's neighbourhoods. This colourful programme that will take you on a journey to explore urban art, Art Nouveau buildings, extraordinary places, local initiatives and sustainable projects. You'll see Brussels in a whole new light! 

Set off on an urban scavenger hunt! 
Thanks to the Totemus app, discover two exclusive virtual scavenger hunts that will take you through Flagey and the European Quarter. It's a great way to learn more about Brussels and the hidden treasures of Flagey and the European Quarter. 
A spotlight on Brussels’ unique sense humour 

The Iris Festival is joining forces with Brussels collective What the Fun Production to present a series of humorous clips about life in Brussels written by Fanny Ruwet and Dena in collaboration with numerous artists from the up-and-coming Belgian comedy scene. It will be a wonderful opportunity to discover the best of Brussels and Belgian stand-up and will be sure to put a smile on your face! 

Meet the region’s public interest organisations (OIP) 
Brussels International, the Port of Brussels and other regional public interest organisations host activities to showcase their daily work: cycling tours of urban development projects, litter collection, diving demonstrations by the fire brigade and plastic fishing in a kayak on the canal. 

The Iris Festival doesn't end on 9 May! The rest of the programme of concerts and stand-up shows will be broadcast online in the days after the festival.