As the nightlife of Brussels kicks back into action, one of the venues that we’re looking forward to returning to is the iconic Chez Maman.
I caught up with Sugar Love for a behind-the-scenes look at what we can look forward to.
Has the venue been renovated during lockdown?
People will be surprised – we’ve made some changes!
We have brand new toilets, and a bigger dressing room for the artists – the whole place has been given a revamp.
Another big investment was in the new sound system and new lighting for the stage. We really wanted to improve our lighting – to make us even more gorgeous on stage.
Not everything has changed. We’d done some redecorating just before Covid hit, and not many pe
But don’t worry – you will remember the place. It is still Chez Maman!
During the closure, the Chez Maman family has been busy creating online content such as the Girls At Work series. Will the online content continue, or is all attention switching to live performances?
Doing the series Girls At Work was a great way to keep our creativity running and also a chance to show everyone that we were not dead yet. We were fighting to keep creating and to keep the name of Chez Maman going.
The internet give us the opportunity and the tools for us to experiment with new ways of sharing our art and our talents with the entire world, and we are so excited to do it.
So yeah, get ready for more and more of us on the net!
Chez Maman is one of the institutions of nightlife in Brussels. What sort of people come to Chez Maman for a night out?
It’s true – Chez Maman is the place to be in Brussels. When we get people like Katy Perry or Jean Paul Gaultier coming to see us because they’ve heard about our shows, that’s a good feeling.
Our clientele includes all kinds of people – from celebrities, politicians, and royals to mister and miss normal.
Are they gay or straight? We don’t know about that. We don’t care about labels.
Here, we welcome fabulous and gorgeous sweet people who are looking for a good time with wonderful drag queens.
What sort of shows or performances can we expect from the relaunched Chez Maman?
We still have our classic numbers but we’re going to be performing some new stuff – especially now with such beautiful lighting.
We’ve also been working on a lot of new costumes and wigs. We’ve been busy during lockdown. Come and see all of our hard work!
If I was visiting Brussels, and maybe I don’t speak French or Flemish, would I still be able to enjoy a night at Chez Maman?
Of course, darling – that’s one of the beauties of Brussels and Chez Maman, language is not a barrier for us.
As for me, honey, I speak Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, and English – so, try me. You can all try me!
What do you hope that people feel when they come to Chez Maman?
I hope that they enter a place where there is no pressure of any kind. A place were you can be yourself without being afraid, scared or ashamed of anything.
Chez Maman is simply a place were you come to be free and have a good time, with good music, open-minded people, and super-gorgeous drag queens.
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