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What's on this week: 22-28 May

21:40 20/05/2020
Our pick of events for the coming week - virtual and in real life

Friday is International Biodiversity Day - and the Africa Museum is holding a special webinar. A documentary film, The Last Male on Earth, will be shown at 20.00 followed at 21.30 by a live panel of international experts discussing: How far should people go to save an endangered species? Is armed resistance the only solution in the fight against poaching and illegal logging? Will African megafauna soon only exist in zoos, or as frozen sperm and egg cells? What about the often-dominant presence of Europeans in African conservation projects? In English and French with Dutch and French subtitles, the webinar is free and will remain available on online until 23 May at 20.00. Registration required. More info at: tine.geunis@africamuseum.be

In response to the pandemic disruption of cultural activities, BRAFA has been offering Keep Safe at Home with BRAFA Art Talks. The current talk is on Keith Haring, on the occasion of the extensive retrospective organised by Tate Liverpool and presented by Bozar, and is given in English by curators Darren Pih and Alberta Sessa. They will discuss his work including his painting of a section of the Berlin Wall. An overt political statement, the mural in Berlin was an "attempt to psychologically destroy the wall by painting it".

Curious about contemporary independent Russian cinema? With Russian Turn: Kino, Bozar is sending three examples of the latest Russian movies into your home. The films will stream from 26-28 May and include a coming of age story, a feel good documentary and a crime story.

With tourist travel curtailed due to the health crisis, the Brussels Waterbus is a way to take a mini-vacation and get away for a day or an afternoon. You can just enjoy the ride from Brussels to Vilvoorde and back or you can take your bicycle with you and from downtown Vilvoorde follow the bike path along the Senne river to Peter Paul Rubens’ magnificent country estate, or get off the boat at Drie Fonteinen and discover the beautiful park and mansion.

The gardens at Mariemont near Charleroi are spectacular and well worth a visit especially in the late spring. They were created for Mary of Hungary, Emperor Charles V’s sister, when she was governor of the Netherlands, and embellished by Archduchess Maria-Elisabeth of Austria, Charles's great-great-granddaughter when she was governor of the Netherlands 200 years later. And to make the visit even more memorable the Royal Museum of Mariemont is reopening on 26 May and the exhibition Bye Bye Future! The Art of Time Travel has been extended for five months. Visits require a mandatory reservation. During the reservation you will be able to choose a date and time slot. Upon arrival, each adult will receive a visiting kit, which includes free access to their next exhibition, The world of Clovis: Merovingian itinerary (13 February to 13 June 2021). Call 06 437 27 41, or email accueil@musee-mariemont.be

Almost 100 years after Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon and their team uncovered the untouched tomb of Tutankhamun, you can immerse yourself in the experience at the exhibition Tutankhamun: The Forgotten Pharaoh. Easy to get to since it is located in Euro Expo in Liège-Guillemins rail station, the show takes you into the three burial chambers "that have been recreated using the techniques of the time, with a previously unattained level of accuracy and historical reliability from the products used for the wall paintings to the writing methods used in Egypt 33 centuries ago". Also included are actual historical objects. Mandatory registration. Extended to 30 August.

Written by Richard Harris