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Culture beat: 27 March

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17:42 29/03/2015
Palestine festival, a Greek style-temple opens and an Artist Weekend in Mons

Celebrating the bite-sized: Festival XS is a circus, dance and performance feast at Théâtre National until Saturday. Each evening, some 100 artists – both seasoned and up-and-coming - deliver 20 short shows from 18.00. Each performance is between five and 25 minutes; you can purchase a pass on the night (50% of seats are available with reservation).

Eye on Palestine is an arts festival focusing on the troubled Middle Eastern land. It looks at the reality of life in Palestine, projecting quality and thought-provoking films, as well as performances, concerts, workshops and talks. Screenings include The Wanted 18, an amusing documentary combining animation and interviews about a Palestinian community buying their own dairy cows (pictured). The country's artists, frequently isolated, are joined in the festival by Belgian counterparts (choregrapher Alain Platel, among them). The fifth edition is at KVS with events also at Théâtre Marni, Jacques Franck Cultural Centre and. EOP is a non-profit Belgian collective. Until April 5.

Foraging for food is more than collecting and cooking wild plants, it’s about discovering the countryside and appreciating nature. It’s also important to know what’s safe and tasty to eat. Ben Brumagne from Brussels has scoured the world for edible plants on his bike and now organises wild food dinners. There’s one this evening in his home commune of Laeken and further suppers on the agenda 10, 17 and 24 April.

It’s a woman’s world at the Lady salon in the Creative District of Schaerbeek (in front of RTBF/VRT) on Saturday and Sunday. The third edition of the annual fair has seven distinct zones, ranging from trends, practical and active life, beauty and wellness, lingerie, culinary delights, and more.

The Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion opens for the summer season from Saturday in Cinquantenaire park. It is accessible Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons until 25 October. The Greek temple-style building was built by renowned Belgian architect Victor Horta between 1891 and 1897. Its purpose was to house a marble relief sculpture by Jef Lambeaux, representing the passions of humanity. The state-owned pavilion re-opens following renovation. Lambeaux’s sculpture will be restored in-situ between 11 May and 26 June.

Outside Brussels

The multidisciplinary event Artist weekend – Mon(s) ideal takes over the Carré des Arts and the Alhambra today and tomorrow. In the face of a changing world, various artists explore new avenues for expressing their creativity. They include choreographer David Rolland who proposes a street art walk with sound and poetry, theatre students reciting activist literature and a political poster workshop. Full details at Mons2015.

There’s night-time fun for all the family at Namur this Saturday in a nocturnal torch-lit tour of the city’s citadel fortress, from 21.00 to 22.00. Discover Belgian life in the turbulent 19th century during the promenade visit. €10 for parents, under-12s free.

Written by Sarah Crew