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What’s on this week: 15-21 April

Ukraine Benefit Concert Full Circle
12:47 14/04/2022
Easter entertainment, sparky performance and dance, plus movie screenings from around the world… Discover our pick of upcoming spring activities!

What better way to spend your Easter Sunday evening than at the Ukraine Benefit Concert at Full Circle House. Chamber music is provided by violinists Tatiana Koichurenko and Alexandra Raikhlina (pictured, main image), and all proceeds go to organisations working with Ukrainian refugees who fled the war. If you can’t make it, you can still donate via the website. 17 April 19.00, Chaussée de Vleurgat 89 (Ixelles)

Equinoxes Festival

A brand new festival is born this spring: Les Équinoxes features an array of concerts, from electronic to world music, and promises to be the most inclusive festival Belgium has ever seen. Launched with a feminist sensibility, half the line-up consists of female artists, while different generations mingle for a festival that also includes a village of NGOs, a conference, a kids’ zone and other fun activities. 16 April, Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86

Easter egg hunt Indigo Hotel

If you’re in search of an Easter activity, look no further than Hotel Indigo’s traditional free egg hunt on Sunday afternoon. The Place Rogier establishment will be hiding eggs in its Serra restaurant. Nobody will be allowed to return home empty handed, promises the hotel. Registration necessary to receive pre-event clues; meet up at the hotel's Urban Picnic bar at 2pm. 17 April, 14.00-17.00, Place Charles Rogier 20

Gourmet hunt Fernand Obb

Calling all gourmets! Saint-Gilles deli Fernand Obb is hooking up with two other Brussels artisan companies, Laurent Gerbaud chocolatier and the Brasserie Cantillon for the second edition of its Easter shrimp croquette hunt. One hundred golden tickets are being distributed around 10 landmark places in the capital. They guarantee the lucky winners the choice of a shrimp or cheese croquette, a selection of Gerbaud chocolates or a bottle of Cantillon classic gueuze. Register on Fernand Obb’s Instagram account or Facebook page to obtain the pre-hunt clues. 17 April, 12.00-20.00, Brussels city-centre and Saint-Gilles

BSFF tent Flagey

Spring means two things in Brussels: The Japanese cherry trees are in bloom on Avenue Emile Max and the Brussels Short Film Festival tent is set up in front of Flagey. The hub of this fun festival, it’s a great place to grab a drink and meet a special guest or two. It’s the 25th anniversary of BSFF, which features the best short films from around the world. (Don’t miss the Bulletin’s competition for free festival passes, running until Sunday). 20-30 April, across Brussels

Danse des 5 rythmes _ Du Souffle à la Terre - Danses en fête

Dancers of all ilk, age and experience deliver foot-tapping performances across Brussels and Wallonia in the first edition of Danses en Fête. The mass dance celebration takes place ahead of the International Dance Day on 29 April. More than 50 initiatives, from shows, performances, workshops, screenings, flashmobs and more are being staged in each province (including Danse des 5 rhythmes in Brabant Walloon, pictured). Check the website for the full programme. 20-24 April, multiple venues in Brussels and Wallonia

Casting Diva Courants d'air festival

The Festival Courants d’air launches its 16th edition in a new big top in the courtyard of the Brussels Conservatory, the music and drama school that attracts an international bunch of young creatives. The annual event for students of the conservatory and other performing arts schools in Brussels and Wallonia, present a total of 30 projects. From dance and music of all stripes to visual arts and street theatre, some 270 rising stars perform in landmark cultural spaces around the city. The opening concert by Casting Diva (pictured) is a multicultural performance reflecting the diversity of the festival, incorporating a Russian musical tale, an homage to a Polish composer, a new work by a Spanish student, all under the lead of a young French director. 20-24 April, Rue du Chêne (big top), plus multiple venues

Moscow Square

Cinematek is screening hard-to-find and fully restored masterpieces during 120 Years of Hungarian Cinema. The 11 films on the programme were all milestones in one way or another, from Michael Curtiz’s silent film A Tolonc (The Undesirable) to Ferenc Török’s 2001 debut Moszkva tér (Moscow Square, pictured above), which would prove emblematic for a new generation of filmmakers. A related exhibition takes place simultaneously at the Liszt Institute. 20 April to 11 May, Baron Horta 9

One World Be My Voice

The Czech Republic’s outstanding One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival offers some of the best of its programme to the capital of Europe. See, for instance, The Case, the timely story of Maria Eismont, a Russian lawyer defending political activist Konstantin Kotov, or Be My Voice, a look at one Iranian woman’s determination to change her country’s fanaticism around the hijab. Screenings take place across the capital and are followed by discussions with civil rights activists, politicians or NGOs. Subtitles and related activities are in English; it’s all free, but reservations are necessary. 20-28 April, across Brussels

Photo Kaupo Kikkas

Book now: Flanders Symphony Orchestra Chief conductor Kristiina Poska (pictured) leads the internationally-renowned FSO in its performance of Stravinsky’s masterpiece Petrushka at Bozar. This 1947 version is much more of a concert work than the original 1911 ballet score, yet it still revels in the colourful sounds of Russian folk music. Rachmaninov’s concerto for piano 2 is also on the programme with Russian soloist Lukas Geniušas. 16 May, 20.00, Rue Ravenstein 23

Outside brussels

Keyboard, work by Frans Floris, courtesy Lier City Museum

How painters chose to pose their subjects in previous centuries is the subject of endless study and debate. Props delivered a message, and that message was often wealth and sophistication. Welcome to Keyboard: Virginals, Harpsichords and Organs, an exhibition in Antwerp’s splendid Snyders&Rockox House featuring paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries including these instruments. Besides showing off a family’s status, they were used symbolically, often providing the key to a hidden message. Until 26 June, Keizerstraat 10, Antwerp

Photo Two Dogs Company

Step aboard a train on the Belgian rail network and travel from the ‘real’ world to an unreal, virtual world thanks to a new series of immersive video installations Screens. It’s just the latest Europalia Trains & Tracks arts festival event, conceived by artist Kris Verdonck and the Two Dogs Company. The video is screened in the final carriage on selected trains; check the programme for the full schedule. Free entrance with purchase of train ticket. 19 to 24 April, aboard selected SNCB/NMBS trains

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Head to Namur’s Place d’Armes for an immersion in colourful local folklore at the annual FolkNam celebration. The Walloon capital is staging the 24th edition with a traditional artisan market – displaying wooden games dating from the 18th century - a historic village, workshops and folk music and dance. A procession through the city-centre in the afternoon will gather various dedicated companies who’ll also perform medieval re-enactments. 16 April, 10.00 until late, Place d’Armes, Namur

Beer hunt

The biggest beer hunt in the world! That’s the title of this alternative Easter activity at Aywiers Abbey on bank holiday Monday. The second edition of the event will see 500 hunters in search of 3,000 beers hidden in the grounds of the abbey, including a golden beer. Fear not, there’ll first be a classic chocolate egg hunt for children, and music, an outside bar and light refreshments are served all afternoon. Register via Facebook. The event is organised by Lutgarde abbey brewery. NB: This event is currently sold out, contact the organiser for possible cancellations. 18 April, 12.00 (chocolate egg hunt); 12.30 (beer hunt), Route de l'État 170, Lasne

Written by Sarah Crew and Lisa Bradshaw