Brussels culture: Spirou4rights at the Atomium


In our latest Brussels culture article the Atomium says: You have the right to be you. Others too. Support human rights.

The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolized the democratic will to maintain peace among all nations and faith in progress, both technical and scientific. Finally, the Atomium, embodied an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind. Today the symbol of Brussels and Belgium still carries out these humanist values through its events and exhibitions.

Starting in Spring 2019, the Belgian landmark will be offering the opportunity to its visitors to rediscover the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through Spirou and 29 other comic book heroes.

Spirou was created 80 years ago by Robert Velter. The great Belgian comic strip hero is instantly recognizable in his red bellboy’s uniform and has always made a stand against tyranny. Defending values such as respect for others, justice, courage, generosity and liberty, the comic book hero is a perfect choice to be a Champion of Human Rights. Especially for this celebratory anniversary of the Declaration, as it was created 70 years ago in the wake of the Second World War, to have a common standard of achievements for all peoples and nations and to set out the fundamental human rights that need to be universally protected.

The collaboration between the partners encourages the public to reaffirm their commitment to the human rights by making the Spirou salute and sharing it to social media, using the hashtag #spirou4rights and #atomium4rights

The installation will be implemented on 2 levels of the Atomium, from 8 April – 4 November 2019. Check here for more information.

Smurfingly Belgian.
Totebag created for 60th anniversary of the Smurfs and the Atomium.
Available at the Atomium only.

Place de Belgique 1
1020 Bruxelles