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What’s on this week: 11-17 February

Espace Vanderborght (c) Eric Danhier
11:45 10/02/2022

Some 800 works of art by 270 Brussels artists, amateur and professional, fill Espace Vanderborght for the 9th edition of Carte de Visite/ ARTopenKunst (main image) The five-floor museum, located in the city-centre near Galéries Royales Saint-Hubert, is a modernist building constructed in the 1930s for furniture dealers Nouveaux Établissements Vanderborght Frères. The multidisciplinary exhibition invites each artist to show three works with a focus on women and street art plus digital art. 11-13 FebruaryRue de L’Ecuyer 50

Baronian Xippas gallery

Browse local art galleries  – who are showing off some of their finest works – at the Brussels Art Walk. Some 36 of the capital’s top addresses are participating in the open-door event, while some also display exhibits from eight Parisian galleries and one London gallery. The initiative is a collaboration with the prestigious Brussels art and antique fair Brafa (postponed this year from January to 19-26 June). Collectors and art-lovers alike can discover diverse and stylish collections in galleries in the Sablon area and Avenue Louise (Baronian Xippas gallery pictured). Download the map here: 17-20 February 11.00-18.00, multiple venues

Don & Moki Cherry

Argos centre for audiovisual arts in Brussels stages a new exhibition Organic Music Societies highlighting the singular collaboration between American avant-garde jazz trumpet player and composer Don Cherry and Swedish visual artist and designer Moki Cherry. The pair (parents of the equally talented Neneh and Eagle-Eye Cherry) have created a visionary, spiritual and holistic practice in which global folk music, environmental paintings and tapestries, film projection and living theatre come together in an artistic explosion of sound and art. Take advantage of a cosy listening station in the exhibition space to listen to the album released for the show. It’s curated by Niels Van Tomme, Lawrence Kumpf and Naima Karlsson. 12 February to 1 May, Rue du Chantier 13 

Knowledge in the city festival Bozar

Some of the social, political, economic and environmental challenges facing Brussels-Capital Region come under the spotlight at the opening evening of the festival Knowledge For the City: Create, Share, (Re)imagine at Bozar. Climate change, mobility and access to healthcare are among the pressing topics for the region in the discussion in English. Bringing together academics, policy makers and scientists, the festival is an initiative of the academic journal Brussels Studies (subsequent festival events in Fr or NL). 16 February, 19.00, Bozar, Rue Ravenstein 23

Todos Caeran La Balsamine

Cervantes’ Don Quixote serves as inspiration for the theatrical show Todos caerán by Le Colonel Astral group at La Balsamine (pictured). It’s an absurd road trip - travelling across the ages - that explores a quest for identity that is not derailed by missed attempts or bitter disappointments. The work, postponed from 2021, is written by Francesco Italiano and staged by Guillemette Laurent. 16-26 February, Avenue Félix Marchal 1 (Schaerbeek)

LEAF 2022 TASCHEN  Sebastião Salgado, Amazonia

Prints and multiples make a rare appearance centrestage thanks to the Boghossian Foundation’s Limited Edition Art Fair (LEAF) at Villa Empain. It’s an opportunity for the general public to pick up a range or original  artworks, offset prints, engravings, lithographs, serigraphs, ceramics, photographs – all produced in limited series. For its third edition, the fair shines a light on emerging and specialised publishing houses, including Anima Ludens, JPB Editions, Three Star Books and Taschen. Renowned editors, international galleries and major Belgian institutions such as the CIVA Foundation in Brussels, and the Centre for Engraving Printmaking in La Louvière all participate. 11-13 February, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67 (Ixelles)

Full Circle Roel Sterckx China talk

Continuing its series of pertinent and thought-provoking discussions, professional networking club Full Circle hosts the hybrid talk China: What makes it tick? Flemish-British sinologist and anthropologist Roel Sterckx argues that to understand China today we must learn to think Chinese. Take part in the hybrid event either at the Full Circle Clubhouse or online. 17 February 18.45, Chaussée de Vleurgat 89 (Ixelles)

Don't miss Full Circle's Social Single Apero on Saturday evening. The relaxed networking event - with a nod to Valentine's Day on Monday - has some special ice-breakers up its sleeve as well as signature cocktails. What's not to like! 12 February 19.00-21.00, Chaussée de Vleurgat 89 (Ixelles)

Bright Brussels’ fringe programme this weekend features the Sibelga Light Market in the Royal Park, dedicated to repairing damaged light fixtures and selling second-hand lights. Public transport network Stib/Mivb joins in the winter light event with the interactive installation Traces at Schuman station inviting visitors can leave a digital imprint. Take advantage of late-night openings at the following museums: the KBR Museum, the Art & History Museum, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, the CIVA, the BELvue Museum. Several tour organisations will also be offering evening guided tours of the festival. Until 13 February, across the city

The American Women’s Club of Brussels runs online yoga classes every Thursday and the first session is free. Register for Chair Yoga Zoom via the club’s website to receive your login code. Until end June, Thursday 14.00-15.00


L’Essence du jazz is a musical conference with live performances and narration by Joëlle Strauss. The Belgian singer, violinist and pianist presents the history of jazz from its birth to the 1950s at Saint-Anne’s church. Reservations: 14 February, 13.30, Rue de la Paix 1, Waterloo

Universal Human Rights ©Jeroen Van Looy

Kazerne Dossin’s new temporary exhibition Universal Human Rights not only explains the origins and importance of human rights in the world, it aims to inspire with testimonies from pioneers and activists in the field. The museum, memorial and research centre dedicated to the Holocaust presents the exhibition in three parts, beginning with the second world war and the background to the Declaration of Universal Human Rights in 1948. Says director Tomas Baum: “As a source of inspiration – or even contestation – it is a subject that concerns everyone, without distinction.” Exhibits from the embassies of France, Great Britain, United States and Chile provide an international element, while interactive trails are especially designed for children and youngsters. Until 11 December, Goswin de Stassartstraat 153, 2800 Mechelen

Sylvia Hubert Amiel

Literary legend and feminist icon Sylvia Plath is the inspiration for the musical play/screening Sylvia by Compagnie Artara, directed by Fabrice Murgia. Throughout her short life, Plath (1932-1963) battled post-war society’s pressures on women and depression. Proving that her legacy remains undimmed, this Belgian production at Théâtre Royale de Namur includes music by the An Pierlé Quartet. 17-19 February, Place du Théâtre, Namur

KICKS festival - Leslie Artonov

The biennial Festival KICKS, aimed at teenagers and adults, is a multidisciplinary performance programme that interrogates youngster’s fears and desires while encouraging them to open their eyes on the world (Leslie Artonov's On ne sait pas ce qu'on va faire, pictured). Staged at the Ancre in Charleroi, the cutting-edge festival collaborates with other activities in the region, including the major exhibition Teen Spirit at BPS22 (opening 12 February), plus a series of concerts, workshops and talks. Until 26 March, Rue de Montigny 122, Charleroi

JEF festival poster

Staged in six cities as well as offering online screenings, Flanders’ film bonanza for children and young people JEF Festival includes feature films, shorts and a side programme of workshops, gaming and more. The 34th edition is showing in cinemas in Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Kortrijk, Leuven, Roeselare and Hamme. Actors Ben Segers and Naomi Janssens serve as ambassadors. 19 February-6 March, multiple venues

Written by Sarah Crew