The Blue Laces symbolise the suffering of the victims of landmines and cluster munitions and the long road to living independently again. They refer to the work that Handicap International carries out in 60 countries for and with disabled people. Handicap International, on its 25th anniversary, invited artists and the people of Belgium to reinvent the Blue Laces. A panel of professionals has selected the works of art, out of over 250 entries, that are being exhibited on a 2.5 metre canvas at Place de l'Albertine in Brussels throughout December as part of the Winter Wonders festival. It is also possible to see the original works at the “Musée du Folklore et des Traditions” (Museum of Folklore and Traditions), near the Manneken Pis. The “little boy of Brussels” himself will wear the Blue Lace for the first week of December. To see the works of art, for further information or to buy a Blue Lace, please visit www.bluelaces.be
For the sixth year in succession, Brussels will be filled with the magic of the Winter Wonders festival throughout the month of December. Handicap International takes great pleasure in announcing that it will participate in the festival this year, presenting the results of its creative appeal at a large-scale outdoor exhibition.
A panel of professionals from the field of art had the difficult task of choosing 36 exhibits from the 250 entries received. The works of art selected have been printed in large format and placed on giant cubes, 2.5 metres in height. These ten cubes will be on display in Place de l'Albertine (opposite Mont des arts) from 30 November until 30 December.
From December 6, the public will be invited to discover the “Blue Lace” creations in a new light. This time the originals of the works created for Handicap International by artists, both amateur and professional, will be exhibited, rather than photographs of them.
No less than a hundred works of art including paintings, sculptures, photographs and jewellery will feature in the exhibition at the “Maison du Folklore et des Traditions,” just two minutes from Place de l'Albertine and 50 metres from the Manneken Pis.
This exhibition will also provide an opportunity for art lovers to purchase these works of art, supporting Handicap International on its 25th anniversary. The works, donated to the organisation by the artists, will be sold through an auction which will come to a close at the end of December.
Maison du Folklore et des Traditions
Rue du Chêne 19, 1000 Brussels (50m from the Manneken Pis)
From 6 to 23 December, open from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.
Accessible to disabled persons