Welcome to Charleroi Métropole!

A vast expanse with just over 550,000 inhabitants, Charleroi Métropole shows an unexpected economic form as well as a remarkable cultural dynamism. Located in Wallonia, Charleroi Métropole is made up of a group of 29 municipalities. Once a fertile land of the industrial revolution, the city of Charleroi, the largest in Wallonia, is the "central" centre of attraction of this multifaceted territory. Land of welcome for many often very innovative projects, land of tourism and culture, land of excellence, agricultural and forest land with a strong rural character, all this at once!

Charleroi Métropole, in its own components, can boast a great complementarity. The northern part - the region of the city of Charleroi - is essentially made up of a (very) dense urbanised fabric and a crown of cultivated land. The southern part (Thudinie, Botte du Hainaut, Pays des Lacs, Calestienne, south of Entre-Sambre and Meuse,...) offers a rural, agricultural and forest character, favourable to tourism as well as singular economic specialities, an unsuspected wealth of crafts, folklore and heritage and small dynamic centres. Between the two... beautiful differences that finally bring together!

The Charleroi Métropole area boasts undeniable assets and successes such as several business parks at the cutting edge of new technologies or internationally renowned research centres (in total, nearly 700 companies active in aeronautics, space, health, agri-food, transport, logistics and communication....), but also Belgium's second largest airport after Brussels-National, efficient training centres, creative and avant-garde cultural institutions, preserved tourist sites, vast forest massifs, a coastline larger than that of the North Sea and a tangible and intangible heritage recognised by UNESCO.

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This autumn, Gaston is coming to Charleroi for his 60th birthday, and the whole town is going to do its utmost to celebrate his big blundering child. The "Gaffes sur la ville" program concocted for the occasion is varied, joyful and terribly "Gastionnian": snail race on the Place de la Digue, competition for the most beautiful seagull cry, and even a culinary master class devoted to the recipes invented by Gaston. There will also be a Gaston ...

Patrick Willocq au Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi

Songs of the Walés, the exhibition dedicated to Patrick Willock by the Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, is the result of various stays that the self-taught photographer took to the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in an Africa where he lived part of his childhood and adolescence. Patrick Willocq, born in 1969 in Strasbourg, spent most of his life abroad, including 23 years in Asia and 7 years in the Democratic Republic of ...