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What's on this week: 14-20 June

21:02 13/06/2019

A Belgian phenomenon that travelled around the world, Dinner in the Sky is back in Brussels for 11 days. This time the suspended dining room will be hanging next to the National Basilica in Koekelberg and will feature 13 different starred chefs from Brussels for both lunch and dinner. 

It’s the third edition of Cubalandz, Bozar’s salute to the Caribbean island’s unique culture - a mix of African, European, Asian an American cultures. Of course there will be lots of music but also films, a dance show, an exhibition, video mapping, DJ sets and the best of Cuban cuisine, as well as family activities.
15 June, 16.00-2.00

The Brussels Urban Trail, a yearly footrace, is back and as usual it will be run in and out of historical buildings and a few hidden treasures, plus cafés, cinemas and metro stations. Choice of 5km or 10km routes. Departure and arrival at Galérie Horta. A novel way to explore the city.

Belgian living treasure Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has brought back three iconic dance pieces in Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg. Four roguish and vigorous women for Bartók, masculine leaping virtuosity for Beethoven and a “duet for three” for Schönberg. And to make the evening that much more special, the live accompanying music is performed by Ictus and the Brussels Philharmonic.
19-27 June, Kaaitheater

Performing arts theatre La Roseraie in Uccle closes each season with a Spirit of the Family Festival. It’s a day filled with indoor and outdoor shows (the theatre has an enormous garden), and attractions including theatre for babies.

The southwestern reaches of Brussels are still composed of farms and rural landscapes. On Saturday morning you can discover the area in a guided walk along the Vogelzangbeek (Birdsong Brook). Starting point is the entrance to Anderlecht Cemetery. Free but reservations are necessary.

Saturday is your last chance to take PointCulture Brussels’ origami workshop. Learn the history and vocabulary of this ancient Japanese art with Michael David, the only professional origamist in Belgium. For everyone from eight years up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Brass, the Forest Cultural Centere located in the beautifully preserved Wielemans-Ceuppens brewery, is presenting its Delicate Music Festival. Harps, synths, percussion, guitar, ethereal vocals - if this sounds like heaven to you, don’t miss it.

On Sunday, Bozar is presenting The Queen Symphony based on the group Queen’s music. The moving symphony by Tolga Kashif is played by the LFO orchestra with five soloists and 140 singers under the direction of Juri Briat. Before the concert an introduction will be given to the story of Queen and the origin of this symphony.

The Nuit Africaine which takes place every year in the spectacular Bois des Rêves (Dream Woods) in Ottignies is always a big draw. Now for its 25th edition it's changing its name to Les Afronautes but it’s still a magical day of African music and performance. This year the performers are from Algeria, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, France and Réunion.

Written by Richard Harris