The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Curator and musician at Prairie (1970)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I started working for concert venues in the Netherlands and Belgium when I was 19, putting up posters and being a roadie. Soon come, I started organising my own parties and found myself at Recyclart for ten years. I also promoted various events for venues and institutions ranging from experimental music to the subgenres of electronic music. Since 2009, I have been working as a freelancer, launching and co-curating the multidisciplinary Bozar Electronic Arts Festival and other events related to Bozar Electronic, setting up film programmes related to music for various festivals, co-programming the Deep in the Woods festival and developing my own musical project Prairie (Shitkatapult, Denovali.)

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

Brussels has been decisive in the way that it is the city that enabled me to take my passion for music promotion to a professional level. When I came here, there was still so much to be done. I worked for Recyclart for ten years and this has definitely shaped me and allowed me to unfold my vision of cultural city planning, music and arts in general.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Brussels is easy-going.
  • It has a huge cultural offer.
  • It’s a great base from where you can travel easily.

Brussels has been decisive in the way that it is the city that enabled me to take my passion for music promotion to a professional level.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • I don’t have a driver’s licence.
  • It’s faster, healthier, cheaper and funnier than the car or public transports.
  • I originally come from Holland.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels and explain why.

  • The Sonian Forest, especially around Groenendaal, because you can be completely by yourself, get a sense of space without hearing a single car, and when the sun sets you can spot deer and birds.
  • Linkebeek, more specifically at Vallée des Artistes and its surroundings, because it has some kind of psychedelic, aristocratic vibe mixed with rich hippies. The architecture is amazing, with small hidden paths, streams and a hilly countryside. It’s simply a nice place to get lost in a very preserved and lush environment.
  • Behind Cureghem/Kuregem, where I live, I like cycling along the canal. You can go all the way to Charleroi from there, and it’s an easy escape from the city to get into the countryside. Along the canal, you’ll see a mix of old abandoned and new industries and dream about cool watery spots where anything is be possible.
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