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Scottish culture in the spotlight

On the day on which Belgium’s footballer take on Scotland in a Euro 2020 qualifier, a four-day festival of Scottish culture gets under way in Brussels. From Tuesday 11 until Friday 14 June the Made in Scotland festival brings some of the best of Scottish music and theatre to the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe.   

In addition to thousands of members of the Tarten Army that will be in Brussels for Tuesday evening’s game, another very important Scot will be in the capital on Tuesday. First Minister Nicola  Sturgeon (SNP) will officially open the Made in Scotland festival at the De Kriekelaar cultural centre in Schaarbeek. From Tuesday until Friday those that wish to be able to enjoy dance performances, plays and concerts free of charge a six locations across the capital.

Speaking in an interview with the Francophone public broadcaster RTBF, the Scottish Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop (SNP) said “We want to maintain our cultural links with the EU. This festival will show to a wide audience that we are to cultural and commercial  cooperation with other countries”.

As well as the De Kriekelaar in Schaarbeek, there will be performances at the Beurschouwburg, the Sint-Gorikshallen and Zinema in Central Brussels, Theatre de la Vie in Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Recyclart in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. The Sint-Gorikshallen will be the festivals’ hub with day time readings and lectures about Scottish culture.  

Click here for more information about the Made in Scotland Festival.