Our IDEAS events are unique encounters with a wide range of inspiring speakers, thinkers, do-ers from around the world.

Upcoming events

    • 27/08/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles

    Daria van den Bercken

    Thu 27 August / Music / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Experience the magic of a virtuoso classical pianist in the intimate setting of Full Circle's salon. Since her last visit to Full Circle back in 2016, classical pianist Daria van den Bercken has stepped up her unique campaign to extend classical music’s reach to new audiences, across all ages.

    She'll be updating us on her work, playing for us and discussing her ideas on how to draw contemporary audiences to classical music through innovation and boundless energy. This is a unique opportunity to hear a classical pianist play her repertoire in the intimate setting of Full Circle's living room. 



    Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is an unconventional classical pianist, celebrated for the fresh ways she brings piano music to life, and is regarded as ‘a model for musicians of the future’. Her original and successful approach in bringing classical music to wider audiences has focussed on educational and social outreach. Since at least 2012 she has been playing the piano on alternative stages and platforms. Her award-winning project ‘Handel at the Piano’ led to the prestigious Amsterdam Prize, countless concerts worldwide, and a weekly series about classical music on prime-time Dutch television. She previously won the Concertgebouw Vriendenkrans Prize 2005 and the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2006 and 2008. Daria performs regularly around the world and is committed to actively reaching out to younger audiences.


    • Website www.dariavandenbercken.com

      • 26/09/2020
      • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
      • Full Circle House – Chaussée de Vleurgat 89, Ixelles 1050


      Chamber Music Session

      Music / Sat 26 Sep / 7:30 - 9:00 PM

      Discover the magic of Chamber Music in an inspiring setting. Join our partner, Brussels Muzieque and their award-winning musicians.

      Brussels Muzieque is a brand new platform that invites some of the finest musicians in Brussels to create transformative performances and experience the shared passion for chamber music in an intimate setting.


      • Robert Schumann
      • Reinhold Glière
      • Johannes Brahms


      • Flute · Antonio Capolupo
      • Viola · Monika Mlynarczyk
      • Cello · Eduardo Tonietto
      • Piano · Marco Prevosto

        • 02/10/2020
        • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
        • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles

        Notes on a Murder 
        Salon / Fri 2 October / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

        One morning Peter Vermeersch received a letter informing him that he had been randomly selected for jury service. What seemed to be a straightforward case of robbery soon turned out to be a much more complex affair. Before he knew it, Peter found himself in the depths of the Palace of Justice in Brussels, confronting questions about the true circumstances of a murder, having to deal with the rituals of justice and a shy, unrevealing suspect.

        What does it feel like to be a victim, or a relative of the victim? What do you truly do to someone by punishing him? And where does this punishment lead? Does it help? Does the convict come out of jail worse than he went in? What is true justice?  

        Vermeersch is one of the brightest contemporary Belgian public intellectuals. He reflects on violence, on the true value of punishment and justice today, and shares his penetrating insights on what better forms of justice and fairer laws might look like. 



        Peter Vermeersch is a Belgian professor of social science and politics, as well as a writer of essays and literary non-fiction, and a poet. His work focuses on minority politics, nationalism in East-Central Europe and the Balkans, democratisation and, most recently, restorative justice. His previous novel Ex: Over een land dat zoek is (Ex. About a Country that is Gone) was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize, the Bob den Uyl Prize, the Golden Owl and the E. du Perron Prize. In 2016 he won the Literature Prize of the Province of West Flanders. Peter has studied, lived, and conducted research in several European countries and he is now research coordinator of the LINES Institute (Leuven International and European Studies) at the University of Leuven. He was previously visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2007-2008). Together with David Van Reybrouck, he brought to life the European Constitution in Verse!  

        GOOD READS 

        • 2019 Aantekeningen bij een moord  
        • 2014 Ex: Over een land dat zoek is  
        • “Innovating democracy in times of crisis: solution or utopia?”, Open Citizenship  
        • The European Constitution in Verse

        KEY LINKS 

        • Website: http://www.petervermeersch.net
          • 15/10/2020
          • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
          • Full Circle House – Chaussée de Vleurgat 89, Ixelles 1050


          Weinberg’s Rhapsody on Moldovian Themes 
          CHAMBER MUSIC / Thurs 15 Oct / Doors 7:00 pm Concert 7:30 pm

          Stunning folk-inspired classical music composed by Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the outstanding composers of the second half of the twentieth century. His Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes is a concise medley of tunes that embrace folk influence, both melancholic and high spirited, culminating in a joyous and unstoppable dance.

          Whether you’re new to 20th century music, or already sold on its charms, you’ll find yourself captivated by this colorful composition performed by violinist Sadie Fields and pianist Stéphanie Salmin.

          Full Circle has teamed up with Brussels Muzieque, a brand new platform, to invite some of the finest international musicians in Brussels to create transformative performances and experience the shared passion for chamber music in an intimate atmosphere. You’ll have an intense and direct interaction with outstanding musicians thanks to our unique candlelit setting.

          Join us for a cozy and folk-infused chamber music session on Thursday 15th October to enjoy some much-needed warmth and musical poetry.  


          • Violin: Sadie Fields
          • Piano: Stéphanie Salmin


          • Antonín Dvořák · Violin Sonatina in G major, op. 100
          • Mieczysław Weinberg · Two Songs Without Words
          • Mieczysław Weinberg · Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes
          • Béla Bartók · Violin Rhapsody No. 1
          • Edvard Grieg · Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, op. 13


           SADIE FIELDS 

          • Canadian violinist Sadie Fields performs worldwide as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is the violinist of Belgium-based Trio Khnopff, the violinist of the Festival Trio in Canada, and she plays with the New European Ensemble in the Netherlands.
            Sadie has won awards from over twenty UK and international associations and competitions, and she regularly broadcasts on radio stations throughout Europe, and in the UK, Canada, and New Zealand. Her recordings, including the complete Brahms Sonatas on Champs Hill Records, and ‘Weinberg – 1945’ by Trio Khnopff, have met with great critical acclaim in Europe and North America, and two of her discs have been chosen as ‘Chamber Choice of the Month’ in the BBC Music Magazine (most recently in January 2020), and ‘Chamber Disc of the Quarter’ by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Sadie has been a Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and the Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library, and she has given masterclasses in the UK, Canada, and China. Her principal teachers include György Pauk, Yair Kless, and Atis Bankas, and Sadie has also been guided and mentored by Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, and Ferenc Rados. Sadie holds a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music, London.


          • Belgian pianist Stéphanie Salmin graduated with highest distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Mons, the Hochschule der Künste in Bern (solo diploma), and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. 
            She was the first prize winner of several competitions such as the Grand Concours International de Piano (Paris), the Young Talent Competition (Manage), the André Dumortier Competition (Leuze), the Belfius Classics Competition (Brussels), and the Excellentia Competition (Brussels). Stephanie also won numerous awards with Duo Solot, which performed extensively for 10 years. The Duo was the winner of the 2010 International Four-Hand Piano Competition of Valberg (France). In 2016, the Duo won the Audience Prize at the Festival des Nouveaux Talents in Villers-sur-Mer (France) and won the Youth Prize at the Piano Competition in Evian (France) for the show 'Cinéma à quatre mains' .
            Stéphanie has performed with several Belgian orchestras, including the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Sturm und Klang Orchestra, the Namur Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre des Etudiants du Conservatoire de Mons, the Young Belgian Strings, the Namur Chamber Choir, and also abroad with the UK based Academy of St Martin in The Fields, the European Musicians Orchestra, and the Bern Philharmonic Orchestra.
            She regularly gives concerts in Belgium, France, Switzerland, England, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Korea, Poland and has recorded several recitals for Musiq3 and Klara radio.
            • 27/11/2020
            • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
            • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles

            LAURA MUCHA
            Love Factually 
            Salon / Fri 27 Nov / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

            Love is all around. Laura Mucha, international lawyer turned best-selling poet and author, has dived into one of life’s most elusive and complex subjects. Growing up with her mother and grandmother, and in the absence of a romantic relationship to observe, she always wondered about love until she finally embarked on her own quest.

            For the past years, Laura has been travelling all over the world to find out not only what love is, but also why and how we love. The result of her extensive exploration is a revealing look at love from all angles – scientific, psychological, emotional and philosophical.

            Laura blends the most intimate stories she has gathered around the world with enlightening scientific insights, for a compelling and entertaining evening.   



            After starting out as an international lawyer, Laura Mucha fortunately changed career. She is today an award-winning poet, author, broadcaster, performer and speaker. She writes for adults and children alike. Love Factually is her first non-fiction book for adults. In 2016 she won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize and her poems have been published around the world - as well as being illustrated, set to music and performed. 

            GOOD READS 

            • 2019 Love Factually: The Science of Who, Why and How we Love

            KEY LINKS 

            • Website https://lauramucha.com/  

            Past events

            15/07/2020 [Salon & e-Salon] Poetry with Inua Ellams
            09/07/2020 [Chamber Music]: Solo harp concert with Emma Wauters
            09/07/2020 Full Circle HOUSE members bar
            01/07/2020 POSTPONED NEW DATE TBC [Salon] The Good State with A.C. Grayling
            01/07/2020 POSTPONED NEW DATE TBC[Salon] Afropean with Johny Pitts
            27/06/2020 Club Dining
            25/06/2020 [Chamber Music] Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher (Hybrid event)
            25/06/2020 Full Circle HOUSE members bar TONIGHT
            11/06/2020 Full Circle Members' Bar
            28/05/2020 Full Circle VIRTUAL Members' Bar
            25/05/2020 [e-Salon] The Coronavirus Slump: Goodbye rentier capitalism, hello basic income with Guy Standing
            20/05/2020 [e-Concert] Brussels Muzieque platform performs Glière
            14/05/2020 [e-Masterclass] How to Write a Film Score with Nigel Clarke
            07/05/2020 Full Circle VIRTUAL Members' Bar
            30/04/2020 Full Circle VIRTUAL Members' Bar
            28/04/2020 [e-Salon] What can philosophers offer us in confinement times?
            23/04/2020 Full Circle VIRTUAL Members' Bar
            23/04/2020 POSTPONED [Salon] Tales of a Digital Anthropologist with Daniel Miller
            16/04/2020 Full Circle VIRTUAL Members' Bar
            09/04/2020 [e-Salon] After COVID: Can we do things differently?
            26/03/2020 CANCELLED Pop-up Speakeasy Bar
            06/03/2020 [Salon] The Light that Failed with Ivan Krastev
            13/02/2020 Chamber Music Session by Brussels Muzieque
            04/02/2020 [Salon] The Gendered Brain with Gina Rippon
            27/01/2020 [SOLD OUT] The Future of Sapiens with Yuval Harari
            24/01/2020 [Postponed] Classical Music in a Cosy Space with Daria van den Bercken
            07/12/2019 Belgian Design Christmas Market
            28/11/2019 [Salon] Where transparency meets ignorance with Linsey McGoey
            19/11/2019 [Debate] The Future of Work: with robots & basic income, will work become play?
            13/11/2019 [Salon] The Great Economists with Linda Yueh
            06/11/2019 [Salon] The Commons with Michel Bauwens
            24/10/2019 [Live] Chamber Music Session by Brussels Muzieque
            15/10/2019 [Salon] We, Myself & AI with Herman Konings
            03/10/2019 [Salon] Faith Systems & Identity Politics with Tarek Osman
            25/09/2019 Season 7 Launch
            25/06/2019 [In conversation] A Wasteless Revolution with Tristram Stuart & Sébastien Morvan
            18/06/2019 [Salon] Babel, a Language Tour of the World with Gaston Dorren
            04/06/2019 [Salon] The Economics of Happiness with Andrew Oswald
            20/05/2019 [Salon] In Therapy with Susie Orbach
            14/05/2019 [In conversation] Women Change the World with Helen Pankhurst & Zing Tsjeng
            07/05/2019 [Salon] How to Tell the Truth with Data with David Spiegelhalter
            02/04/2019 [Salon] Improvising Politics on the European Stage with Luuk van Middelaar
            28/03/2019 Triptych #3: Fast-forward Climate Migration
            14/03/2019 [Salon] Philosophy For Life with Jules Evans
            06/02/2019 [Salon] Welcome to the Reputation Age with Gloria Origgi
            25/01/2019 Triptych #2: Techno-migrant
            11/12/2018 [Dinner] Talking to North Korea with Glyn Ford
            07/12/2018 [Members Lunch] How To Get Happy with Hugh Dow
            04/12/2018 [Salon] Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth
            27/11/2018 [Salon] Thinking the Unthinkable with Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon
            20/11/2018 Triptych #1: Open Borders and the Future of Migration
            08/11/2018 [Salon] How The World Thinks with Julian Baggini
            23/10/2018 [Salon] Against Creativity with Oli Mould
            20/09/2018 [Salon] Belgium, A Utopia For Our Times with Philippe Van Parijs
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