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What's on this week: 21-27 June

13:31 20/06/2019
Our top picks of events and activities in and around Brussels

Step right up for last-minute tickets to the super popular Couleur Café, Brussels’ annual world music festival. Included in the dozens of acts across multiple stages are Ms Lauryn Hill, Craig David, Gentleman and Belgium’s own Zwangere Guy. But Couleur Café offers loads more than music: Join a dance workshop, visit the renowned cocktail bar Mamafoufou, chill in a tree hammock, eat any number of exotic dishes or get a tattoo. 28-30 June, Parc d’Osseghem

International club Full Circle hosts another talk with its finger on the pulse of society: A Wasteless Revolution features British environmentalist Tristram Stuart and Brussels Beer Project founder Sebastien Morvan to talk about how tackling the problem of food waste could go far in ending climate change. Full Circle events are always in English and open to non-members. 25 June 18.30-20.30, Chaussée de Vleurgat (Ixelles)

Over the last 14 months, the Kanal Centre Pompidou has transformed before our eyes from a car showroom and garage to a modern, eclectic art space, hosting both heady art installations and lively community events. To celebrate the end of that era – which they called Kanal Brut – a multidisciplinary festival is in order. The Kanal Festival invites the public to a neighbourhood party, dance by Ultima Vez, concerts and other performances and installations. You can even sleep over during Ambient Night. 21-30 June, Quai des Péniches

Brussels International Film Festival

The second edition of the Brussels International Film Festival (Briff) is already upon us, with movies, actors, directors, press and film enthusiasts descending on the capital for 10 days. Both fiction and documentary films drop viewers into family chronicles, political regimes, pacifist utopias and crime syndicates. Guest of honour is French director Michel Hazanavicius of The Artist fame, while a Belgian Panorama section lets you catch up on recent local cinema. And don’t miss the Briff Village on Place De Brouckère, with open-air screenings and live music. 20-29 June, across Brussels

Continuing its campaign to fight racist stereotypes, diversity campaign Success DiverStory is hosting round-table talks and debates on human resources, media, politics and networking. The volunteer-based non-profit was launched in September 2018 with a mission to change perceptions, advance the narrative on discrimination and inspire youngsters from diverse backgrounds to widen their horizons. (In French) 22 June 10.30-17.30, Rue Hôtel des Monnaies 52 (Saint-Gilles), Reservations via contact@sdstory.org

Classical meets rock’n’roll at Musiq3, a unique Brussels festival known for its diversity and appeal to young audiences. Catch the opening concert Diversity, where opera, Zumba and guitar flirt among themselves, or Strach, a lyrical chant combined with acrobatics. 28-30 June, across Brussels

What happens when European nations stop talking to each other? Shakespeare’s Henry V, that’s what. It’s one of the several performances on show during the Brussels Shakespeare Society’s Summer Festival, which also includes a day-long Shake-your-Speare Sunday Social. 20-29 June, Théâtre La Balsamine, Avenue Félix Marchal 1 (Schaerbeek)

Festival Esprit de Famille

The La Roseraie centre for circus and street theatre hosts its annual Festival Esprit de Famille, with shows for all ages throughout the venue and in the garden. Spoken dialogue is in French, with some shows accompanied by music rather than words. 23 June from 11.00, Chaussée d’Alsemberg 1299 (Uccle)

Fête de la Musique finds free concerts across streets and squares in countries around the world, and Belgium is no different. Taking place across Brussels and Wallonia, the three-day event includes slam and DJs on Place Jourdan, classical in the garden of the Forest Abbey and world rhythms in the Marolles. And that’s just the beginning. 20-23 June, across Belgium

Are you ready for the Grand Depart? Get into the mood at Cycling Legends, an exhibition at Autoworld featuring the biggest legends in cycling history, an overview of 100 years of the yellow jersey and Belgian cycling heritage. Until 28 August, Parc du Cinquantenaire 11

Intersections

OUTSIDE BRUSSELS

The charming city of Tournai kicks off the first edition of the new art triennial Intersections this weekend. Two Belgian artists, Daniel Locus and Dany Danino, have created site-specific work in 10 surprising locations. The art parcours creates connections among the cultural and historical dimensions of the spaces and gives visitors a new view of the city. 22 June to 22 September, across Tournai

While it’s easy to buy a ticket and attend one of the concerts, circus acts or theatre pieces associated with Summer of Antwerp, it’s also easy to just show up and wander around, soaking up the atmosphere. It’s the 25th anniversary of the event that sees loads of free activities in the streets of the port city, including musical acts, acrobatics, dance and processions. There’s a summer bar at the waterfront, and the super-cool Zomerfabriek (Summer Factory) is abuzz with exhibitions, film screenings and DJs both inside and out. 21 June to 1 September, across Antwerp

Couleur Café/©Vanessa Rasschaert, Briff/So Long My Son, Festival Esprit/La Mattina in Bap, Intersections/Daniel Locus’s ‘Louis’

Written by Lisa Bradshaw and Sarah Crew