Steven Spielberg's Tintin premières in Brussels

Steven Spielberg's Tintin movie, "The adventures of Tintin: The secret of the unicorn", is receiving its film première in Brussels this weekend. The great man himself is coming to Brussels too.

To mark this event a statue of Tintin was unveiled at the Zavel (Sablon) in the City of Brussels on Friday. The unveiling of the statue is only one of the events staged to celebrate the release of the Tintin film.

The Tintin statue stands 1.80 metre high. Tintin is accompanied by his faithful companion, the dog Snowy.

The world première of Steven Spielberg's "The adventures of Tintin: The secret of the unicorn" is being screened in the UCG cinema at De Brouckère on Saturday.

Actor Jamie Bell is already in Belgium: "Tintin forms part of the Belgian identity. Belgium and Brussels are rightly proud. I am glad that the première is taking place in Brussels where Tintin was born and everything started. It's also a show of respect for cartoonist Hergé.

On Saturday morning old timers featured in the strip cartoon took part in a drive-past in Brussels. Acrobats of the Les Passagers group perform in front of the big Tintin mural in the capital at noon.

The première is being screened on Saturday afternoon. After the film Steven Spielberg will travel to Paris where the film is being shown again tonight.

The Tintin movie hits box offices in Belgium starting 26 October.