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Leuven is the capital of the province of a Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located 26 kilometers or 16 miles east of Brussels, with other neighbouring cities of Mechelen, Aarschot, Tienen, and Wavre. The township comprises the historical city of Leuven and the former municipalities of Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, a part of Korbeek-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal. It is home to Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewing group and one of the top five largest consumer goods companies in the world. It is also the location of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the oldest Catholic university still in existence.
Nowadays Leuven is a real "student city", as during the academic year many residents in its centre are students. Leuven sports one of the liveliest bar scenes in Belgium. Besides boasting the "longest bar" in Belgium, the Old Market, dozens of bars and cafés crammed into a central square in Leuven, it's also the proud home city of Belgium's smallest bar, Onder den Toog which can be found in Noormannenstraat. The Catholic University Leuven is the oldest Catholic university still in existence in the world and the biggest university in Belgium. There are also a number of hogescholen (Vocational university) such as the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, as well as a university college: Groep T.
Leuven is well known for its summer rock festival Marktrock. The main football club of the municipality is Oud-Heverlee Leuven, the successor of K. Stade Leuven. In 1996 the Afrika Film Festival in Leuven was launched by a group of volunteers, specialists in African cinema, who are represented by the association Film & Cultuurpromotie VZW. This festival works with the university, local, national and international organizations and associations to assure cultural diversity in the city and to foster sustainable development towards the African artists, actors and filmmakers. It runs traditionally in the last two weeks of April. The festival is known for its special contacts with the cinema world of D.R. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Africa and Mozambique. The Afrika filmfestival has also a decentralized program in a number of cities and villages in Brussels, Flemish Brabant, Limburg, Antwerp and East Flanders. Every year, the festival supports or puts into film distribution for the Benelux African films, which is an essential policy to guarantee cultural diversity and sustainable developmenent. www.afrikafilmfestival.be
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