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What's on this week: 26 July-1 August

20:21 25/07/2019

Tour & Taxis wants to be everyone's summer destination with pop-up restaurants, exclusive bars, live music, open air cinema, sports and activities. The T&T Summer Edition is taking place all over the extensive site: Place de la Musique, the Sheds and the Park. Taste your way around the world with pop-up restaurants from some of Brussels’ top eateries, including Kitchen 151 Brussels, LIL BOY, My Tannour, Humphrey chez PIAS, Fernand Obb Delicatessen and El Camion - Foodtruck. Green Lab will be there and if you want to get creative you can design your own signature cocktail with their help. Unwind with afterwork sets, or challenge friends to a ping-pong match or a pétanque tournament. Enjoy movie screenings under the stars at their free, open-air cinema with films curated by Cinema Galeries every Friday and Saturday. Learn new skills at their many workshops: try self-defence, circus tricks with Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles, basketball with Swish basketball Brussels, polo wheel with The Belgium Wheelers or roller soccer with The Shinobis Riders. Or foster your environmental stewardship with zero-waste, organic gardening with Parckfarm Tour & Taxis, and micro-mobility workshops with Dott. Every weekend (Thursday to Saturday) the programming will change. Until 29 September

How about a picnic in Osseghem Park, the beautiful beech forest right next to the Atomium? While you're there, enjoy the sound and light show ID A Circular Journey in the Atomium and the three current temporary shows at ADAM: Designing the Night: Graphic Design of Belgian Club Culture 1970-2000; IN-possible: the behind the scenes efforts underlying every industrial design object; and Spaces, Interior Design Evolution: 50 years of Belgian interior design.

Recyclart has moved from its original location under the train tracks at La Chapelle to a new much larger location near the canal in Molenbeek. They now have a large courtyard in which they have installed ovens and are holding bread-making workshops on Thursday evenings. This Thursday 1 August is the last Pain Publik of the season and participants will learn how to make and bake pizza. It starts at 19.00 and is free but you need to sign up at

Founded in 648, Stavelot is one of the oldest towns in Belgium and having been the capital of a small principality for centuries it’s full of architecturally significant buildings. One of the great pleasures of the Stavelot Festival is to hear live music played in beautiful settings and remarkable venues such as the abbey buildings, gardens and Roman cellars. The festival is 60 years old and used to be exclusively reserved for European chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries, but over the last few years early music and contemporary music have found their way into the programmes. What hasn’t changed is the very high quality of the musicians performing. 27 July to 10 August

If you missed the Wim Delvoye retrospective, worry not, it’s been extended to this Sunday. So you still have time to see the tattooed pigs, the upholstered pigs, the intricately carved tyres, the new and improved Cloaca, the video game bas reliefs, the twisted works and more. Fine Arts Museum, Brussels

At the Villa Empain, the show Flamboyant has been extended for six weeks so you have no excuse to miss it. The villa is arguably Brussels’ most spectacular Art Deco building and the show capitalises on this by bringing together 150 outstanding works of art from the 1920s and 1930s and exhibiting them throughout the house as if they were someone’s private collection. The result is extraordinary and unique, you will never have the opportunity to see these works all at the same time in such a perfect setting. End your visit with a meal at TERO Villa Empain located in what was originally the Baron Empain’s private salon.

There’s no Brussels Beach this year due to construction along the wharf, but the city still wants to offer a beachy escape to the citizens of Brussels, so they’ve come up with Hello Summer, four events in four locations. From 25 July to 4 August it's at the administrative centre terrace in front of the monument to the unknown soldier on Rue Royale, then from 8-11 August it's in the European Quarter on Ambiorix Square, from 15-18 August in Neder-Over-Hembeek and from 22-25 August in Laeken. Sports, music, dance, interactive workshops and other happenings. 

Here’s another event tailor-made for a picnic: the Royal Park Music Festival. This Sunday you have a choice of two concerts: world and jazz music by Elixir at 11.00 and the Hop ‘sh Bam Connection playing swing at 15.00. It takes place in the beautifully restored music kiosk in Brussels Park, where there’s plenty of room to lay out your picnic. Free.

Also in the Brussels Park, from Wednesdays to Sundays at 15.30 it’s Guignolet dans le Parc, classic puppet shows for the little ones and their parents. Guignolet has to suffer through trials and tribulations but in the end he triumphs. There's a different show every week.

The Korean Cultural Centre is holding the third edition of their Architecture Exhibitions. With a variety of photos, diagrams, texts, maps, videos, drawings and more they are presenting Shifting Ground, an exploration of a series of projects in Seoul that aim to breathe new life into buildings and urban areas with imaginative conversions and re-uses. Free, until 30 August

Written by Richard Harris