The terrorist threat level in the capital being raised to the highest level has led to numerous events being cancelled this weekend. The metro will not be running until at least Sunday afternoon, and the Brussels-Schuman station will remain closed. Other closures are expected. On Saturday afternoon, the President-Minister Rudi Vervoort announced the cancellation of all activities in public buildings, markets, sports competitions and the closure of shopping centres.
On Saturday, cancellations affected the Flemish parliament, the Sound/Check event at Ancienne Belgique, concerts at the Botanique, the Kaa theatre, the Gaul Royal Circle ball, amateur football matches, regional basketball matches and provincial hockey matches.
The Johnny Halliday concert at Palais 22 has been postponed, and will now take place on Saturday the 26th of March. On Heysel plateau, the Cocoon salon will still take place.
Several public places remain closed: the Atomium Bozar, the European Parliament visitor’s centre (Parlementarium), the Kinépolis UGC and Stockel cinemas, the Inno stores, the City 22, Westland, Woluwe and Stockel Square shopping centres, the Toison d’Or gallery, the Filigranes book store, the Etterbeek sports centre and swimming pool, and the You night club. The Apple Store also shut on Saturday. In Woluwe-St Pierre, the library, cultural centre and W-Hall are shut. In Saint-Gilles, the Parvis market has been cancelled, along with the Abbatoir market in Anderlecht.
The Natural Science museum will not open this weekend. In Uccle, the Longchamps swimming pool, sports centres, libraries and cultural centre will remain closed.
On Sunday, as well as the sports events mentioned above, the Midi market, the “zero18” children’s festival in Flagey, the Bring me the Horizon, and Fidlar concerts at the AB and the Islam Chipsy and Eek concerts at Beursschouwburg have been cancelled. The “Snow Queen” show at the Cirque Royal has been postponed until the 6th of January.
Sarah Johansson (Source:Belga)