A few years ago, after the last harvesting activities, Villers Abbey slept slowly in the spring and waited for Easter weekend to attract visitors in driving again. It is no longer the optics of the non-profit organization that manages this exceptional site, and winter is now a tourist season like everyone else.
The proof, the exhibition of images by Russian photographer Elena Shumilova, which has already attracted more than 1000 people, is still available until January 8th. But there are other activities on the agenda for this year. Thus, on 7 December at 20:00 in the Romanesque cellar, opera singer Georges Trezegnies will present winter Holidays Franz Schubert. This is an unusual concert: There will be an "opera-song" translated into French to respect the principle of lies, where each note must be in harmony with the text. A visual animation on the screen helps the viewer to understand the work.
Exhibition at the temples
From 19 December to the end of March, the monastery will also host an exhibition dedicated to the Templar Knight. A subject that fascinates and still makes a lot of ink, especially when talking about the famous treasure. The exhibition – designed at Stavelot's monastery – consists of didactic panels, but also objects borrowed by an association and his aim is to help the curious to figure out what is myth and what is real. It will be open to the public, but also to school groups and an educational file will be developed.
Then, for the third year in a row, the Cistercian site will welcome the end of the year for the rally company Tempo d'Eole. From 21 to 28 December, the troupe presents its new show titled "The Blue City" under a heated tent. It will involve blend of riding center, aerobatics, dressage, acrobatics … and poetry.
Night trip to Viva
Operation Viva for Life did not leave the monastery collegiate indifferent. Like last year, the non-profit organization is committed to joining those who mobilize everywhere for this reason. Friday 30th. November she arranges a special Viva for Life evening. Those who order on the website www.villers.be will be able to benefit that evening from a visit to the Cistercian area at night.
From 18:30, they will discover the monastery in the light of torches, accompanied by guides. And after this goes to night, the audience will be able to attend a concert. With a radical change of tone. In the (beautiful) Roman monastery of the monastery, which will obviously be heated, the five Bulletproof musicians will not do medieval songs or chamber music. This tire group Brabant Wallon is mainly specialized in restoring Anglo-Saxon pipes from the 80's to today.
They will vibrate the cellar's worldly vault to the sound of Muse, Coldplay, U2 or Nirvana. The price, 15 euros for the evening, includes both the visit to the Cistercian area and the concert scheduled from 20 hours 30.