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Smurfs exhibition inaugurated at Avenues Grand Plaza
September 23, 2018, 9:56 am
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An exhibition of Smurfs is being held at the Avenues Grand Plaza as part of the Belgium Week celebrations from 20 to 26 September. 

The exhibition was inaugurated by Ambassador of Belgium H.E. Piet Heirbaut on Thursday in the presence of Avenues management and visitors to the mall. The Smurfs exhibition gives visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to plunge into the magical world of these little blue elves.

In his opening address Ambassador Heirbaut mentioned that the exhibition being held at the Avenues marks the 60th anniversary of creation of the Smurfs characters and that he hoped the exhibition would provide visitors with a rare insight into the Smurfs world.

He welcomed everybody to visit Belgium to learn more about the Smurfs and the many other famous comic book characters created in the best Belgian tradition and added that there were museums in Belgium dedicated to comic book figures like Tintin, Smurfs and Lucky Luke.

Ambassador also thanked their partners and sponsors on the occasion which includes Avenues Mall, Le Pain Quotidien bakery and Godiva chocolates. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (the pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958.

There are more than 100 Smurf characters, and their names are based on adjectives that emphasise their characteristics, such as ‘Jokey Smurf’, who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs. ‘Smurfette’ was the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series.

The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.

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