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What’s on this week: 2-8 July

12:41 01/07/2021
Our top picks of events and activities in and around Brussels

The clubs might still be closed, but Fuse is taking its techno beats back to Tour & Taxis for Plein Air again this summer. Every weekend in July, you are invited to open-air clubbing in the presence of food trucks, cocktails bars and the country’s best electronic musicians. The first two nights are already sold out, so get tickets now for the rest. Tip: On 11 July, they’ll be showing the final of the Euros on the big screen amid the beats. More dates could be added in August. Fri/Sat/Sun until 25 July, Rue Picard 7

Perspektiven at Bozar features several movies that screened at film festivals in Germany, mostly the famous Berlinale. Not only will you see good cinema, you’ll learn a bit about the profile of a few German festivals. Festival organisers and/or filmmakers will take part in Q&As. 3-6 July, Rue Ravenstein 23

A work by Miriam Cahn at the exhibition Ellis Island

Nine contemporary artists have contributed to Ellis Island, an exhibition concerned with exile and migration, reflecting their views on the world as a place of dispersion, confinement and wandering. Until 29 August, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Rue des Minimes 21

The biennial performance festival Trouble takes place in and around Studio Thor in Saint-Josse. Performances mix dance, experimental theatre, spoken word, music and visual arts for a super diverse and intriguing programme. 7-11 July, Rue Saint-Josse 49

 La lessive d’hier à demain

What is an ever-present gauge in society’s technical, cultural, social and economic development? How we do our laundry. The La Fonderie museum of labour and industry tells you why in the exhibition Derrière le hublot: La lessive d’hier à demain. Until 22 August, Rue Ransfort 27 (Molenbeek)

Catch the final weekend of Bozar@Urban Summer, a festival of numerous activities in the open air. The theme is ‘movement’, which means storytelling bike rides and guided tours on decolonisation and Brussels’ rich history. Until 4 July

An installation from the show Dinos Alive

Eighty dinosaurs come to life through the wonders of animatronics during Dinos Alive, an adventurous educational exhibition for all the family. Meet the many species of giant reptiles who dominated the earth for 140 million years as they roar and stamp about in their natural habitats. There’s also a play area and photo ops. Where else can you and your kid sit together on a Triceratops? Until 5 September, Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86

Belgian illustrators and comic strip authors collaborated on United Comics of Belgium, an exhibition devoted to the bizarro year 2020. They all contributed a strip, digital creation, sculpture or installation that exemplifies a year defined by illness and lockdowns. Until 12 September, Comics Art Museum, Rue des Sables 20

Book now: Tram Experience  It doesn’t start until September, and yet the Tram Experience is half sold out. So reserve your table now to enjoy fine dining in a 1960s tram that trundles you through Brussels for two hours. The three-course meal has been designed by star chefs from Belgium’s three regions and are prepared on board by Thibault Graville of Taste Great caterers.

A work by contemporary artist Shilpa Gupta

OUTSIDE BRUSSELS

Many works by Mumbai-based contemporary artist Shilpa Gupta have been brought together for the first time in Today Will End, a look at two decades of her sculpture, photography, audio-visual art and installations. Often interactive, her works explore desire, conflict, technology and censorship. Until 12 September, M HKA, Leuvenstraat 32, Antwerp

Leuven’s Summer of Sint-Pieter lunchtime concert series blows out 20 candles on its cake this year. Its staying power is due to its cheap price (€6), its location in the beautiful Schouwburg and its excellent programme of classical soloists and ensembles offering iconic works from Bach all the way to Messiaen, and more. Until 27 August, Bondgenotenlaan 21, Leuven

Paradise City in 2019

Book now: Paradise City  This electronic music festival in the bucolic grounds of the Ribaucourt Castle in Steenokkerzeel postponed its usual June date to August, which was a smart move. It can now welcome its maximum of some 7,000 people a day to see 85 international acts over four stages. Knees up! 13-15 August, Kasteelhoekstraat, Steenokkerzeel (Flemish Brabant)

Photos, from top: ©Isaac Ponseele/Fuse, work by Miriam Cahn/©Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, photo by Émile Henri t’Serstevens/©KIP-IRPA, ©Exhibition Hub, courtesy M HKA, ©Fille Roelants/Paradise City

 

Written by Lisa Bradshaw