The hour is late. A group of people is standing in a darkened railway station. All are looking in the same direction. They could have been commuters checking an information screen in order to catch their last train home – if it wasn’t for the fact that a bunch of them is dancing and the first train won’t be arriving till the next morning.
Recyclart (check the Recyclart article) organizes music concerts, art and photo expositions, lectures, workshops, performances, etc. in the peculiarly poetic Brussels-Congress train station – making it my favorite venue in Brussels.
This most quiet station is to be found underground on the most congested train route in Belgium, right in-between stations Central and North. Built in 1952, it partly functioned as a giant air vent to let the steam of the then still used steam trains escape from the train tunnel. During weekdays, only a couple of trains stop every hour. A small number of commuters working in one of the giant offices nearby quickly get off and on. After 19:00 and on weekends, the station is dead.
Except when an event is held. Then, the bar opens. The slightly decayed glorious modernist architecture and wooden wall-paneling turn into a venue hall. Light comes from the empty ticket offices, although these were closed down more than a decade ago. An underground evening takes shape in a faint hum and vibration of trains passing by…