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What’s on this week: 23-29 August

12:14 22/08/2019
Our top picks of events and activities in and around Brussels

Ancienne Belgique’s most-excellent summer festival is back in Brussels Park. Completely free and only in the evening, Feeërieën finds food trucks and twinkly lights among the trees and carefully selected local and international musicians playing from the park’s historical pavilion. Discover this year hyperkinetic footwork out of Chicago, disco funk from Somalia, Turkish psychedelia or Belgium’s own Dez Mona backed by the GoneWest Choir. As the name suggests, Feeërieën is magical. 26-30 August, Brussels Park pavilion, Rue Royal & Place des Palais

If you haven’t seen Dream Box at the Mima museum on the canal yet, do yourself a favour and attend the finissage, where you can experience the exhibition’s psychedelic box, magic piano and flying CD-Roms, as well as have a cocktail an dance to DJ Elzo Durt. 29 August 18.00-22.00, Quai du Hainaut 39

It’s an even-numbered Wednesday, which means that the free guided tour focused on the Marolles as experience by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is in French and English. Registration is required at info@itrineraires.be. 28 August 14.00-16.00

BXLBeerFest

Thousands of beer enthusiasts have already made BXLBeerfest a winner, flocking to discover 60 craft breweries from 10 different countries. The festival is organised by four local bar owners and aficionados in the wake of beer industry buyouts, takeovers and aggressive sales tactics. They want to put independent craft brewers in the spotlight because, they say, “the consumer deserves more than a standardised gulp of bland beer”. 24-25 August, Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86

It’s impossible not to have a good time at Fiesta Latina, Brussels’ annual celebration of Latin American culture. Concerts, DJs, dance (you included), crafts, food and, yes, limbo! Seriously, be there or be square. 23-25 August, Bois de la Cambre, Carrefour des Attelages

Ancienne Belgique pairs its evening Feeërieën festival (see above) with its afternoon Boterhammen in het Park, featuring musicians and bands who perform in Dutch. Spend your lunch hour at Brussels Park kiosk all week. 26-30 August, shows start at 12.00

Brussels Tomato Festival

If you're looking to give the music festivals a rest, check out the Brussels Tomato Festival instead. Yes indeed, it’s a thing. Find dozens of ways to prepare the venerable red fruit everyone thinks is a vegetable and discover other vegetables that really are vegetables. Get tips and tricks from farmers to grow your own, take a walk around the Jard’inspiration, follow a cooking workshop. There are kids’ activities, too, plus a gourmet village and craftspeople. The Brussels Tomato Festival – because 1,400 varieties are better than one! 24-25 August 10.00-18.00, La Ferme Nos Pilifs, Trassersweg 347

Pop-Pot is back from its summer break and setting up shop in See U. The nomadic dinner experience changes venue every month, popping up somewhere unique and atmospheric. It’s only €40 for two courses and apéritief. 29 August 19.00, Usquare, Avenue de la Couronne 227 (Etterbeek)

If you didn’t quite make it to the Provence this summer, don’t worry, it is coming to you. The travelling Village Provençal is in a different spot every week, and this week it’s at Cinquantenaire. Some 40 artisans and producers offer food, drink, crafts and other products straight from the glorious region. 28 August to 1 September 10.00-21.00

Sign up now: Start training for one of Belgium’s three editions of Race for the Cure, the largest fund-raising activity for research and treatment of breast cancer in the world. Sign up for the 6k run or 3k walk in Brussels, Antwerp or Namur. 29 September

Les Solidarités

OUTSIDE BRUSSELS

A crowd-pleasing line-up and sunshine on the horizon should prove to be a winning combination for the Les Solidarités festival in Namur this weekend. Popular Brussels singer Angèle and Mustii’s special summer show have ensured a sold-out Saturday. But tickets still remain for the French chanson flavoured line-up on Friday as well as a packed Sunday programme that includes headliner Clara Luciani (pictured). Socially conscious and family-friendly, the event also offers street theatre, kids’ activities and a village with more than 50 eco-themed stands. Shuttle buses are running from Namur’s train station and other cities. 23-25 August, L’Esplanade, Namur Citadel

The Enchanted Garden is aptly named, both for its permaculture approach to flora and its artworks. Expertly woven among the flowers, plants and trees, the works are part of a new exhibition every summer. The pieces by international artists are chosen for their ability to work with the nature around them. Stroll around this lovely piece of land in Jodoigne, Walloon Brabant, which also comes complete with a soundtrack: The Flower Suite by British composer Barbara Hills. Until 29 September, Rue Du Tilleul 33, Saint-Jean-Geest (Jodoigne)

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Written by Lisa Bradshaw, Sarah Crew