Brussels: Grand Place –Son et Lumière

Brussels is a city than generates many feelings. Having visited Brussels so very often in former days’ the positive memories remain vividly in my heart and mind. Although the city may have changed, there is a specific and moving spectacle encompassing light, music, and a feeling of history.

The Grand Place is located in the centre of Brussels and blessed with a myriad restaurants and brasseries.

One evening, darkness descended upon the Grand Place like a stage curtain enveloping this atmospheric square. There was silence for a few moments as people either wondered what was happening or already knew what to expect. Either way, the expectation descended upon all in the square.

Suddenly and with the most incredible explosion of simultaneous light and music, the iconic and beautiful buildings lit up, as if a firework display had greeted this glorious square with multi-coloured columns of lights, blessing the area in harmony with music such as I had never heard before.

Classical, wonderous, almost heart-stopping in its intensity and feeling, bringing the history, past, and present, and perhaps for those with imagination, a glimpse of the future, greeting the star-struck onlookers including myself with an almost dream-like plateau of music and light.

Son et Lumière: An outdoor spectacle. A rapture of historic joy, one moment hurtling down to the depths of the earth and then soaring skyward, to where the stars twinkled, inviting those fortunate enough to witness the spectacle to slowly drift down to the ground as the music greeted one with a wave-like power of tidal synchronicity, washing over the senses of light, sound, physical and sensual enlightenment as the music reverberated, almost shaking the air with its intensity.

The music enraptured, enveloped, and transported me to another universe. A paradise of wonder. While writing this description, the sound, the light, the awe, and wonder of that evening visit me as if awakening from a dream to be left in awe as the dream was in fact reality.‎

The music of Vangelis’ ‘1492, Conquest of Paradise’ remained to light up the sky even as the lights quietly dimmed.


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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