Leisure activities

Entertainment under the occupation was also regulated: the opening hours, programmes and audience numbers for entertainment venues were subject to tight German controls.

entertainmentThe cafés where the people of Brussels would go to talk among patriots, listen to music and dance came under particular scrutiny.

A number of theatres, such as the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie and the Théâtre du Parc, were requisitioned for events intended for the occupiers and to encourage the Belgians to appreciate German culture.

While the national sports events that had been held since the start of the 20th century were naturally put on hold during the war, football, cycling and pelote matches were often played locally between teams or between friends.