Here’s how Belgium celebrates 60th birthday of the ‘Smurfs’

Belgium celebrated the 60th anniversary of the ‘Smurfs’ on Tuesday.

To celebrate the anniversary, authorities in Brussels have turned the town blue. A special “Smurf Experience” has been laid on at the Brussels Expo park, where visitors can explore a real-life Smurf village. The interactive show is spread over 1,500 square meters.

The exhibit boasts nine rooms, including the Smurfs’ village, a cage where evil sorcerer Gargamel wants to imprison them, and an array of sound and video presentations.

“The Smurf Experience” is the creation of Spanish set designer and story-teller Marcos Vinals Bassols.

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Video animations, loud sound effects, audio guides and a virtual reality tour all help visitors plunge into the Smurfs’ universe.

The Smurf Experience will run at the Brussels Expo Event Center till January 27, 2019.

Meanwhile, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel officially unveil a Smurf-themed fresco, which has been painted onto the roof of a bar at the hotel.

The Smurfs were first introduced as comic book characters in 1958, created by Pierre Culliford, who used the pseudonym “Peyo”.