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What’s on this week: 3-9 July

17:47 02/07/2020
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The Le Kiosque open-air bar and eatery is back in la Cambre. While last year’s many activities have largely ground to a halt because of stupid Covid-19, Jazz in the Woods is at least happening every Wednesday. Sip a cocktail in a bucolic setting against a background of groovy music. Open daily 9.00-22.00, jazz on Wednesdays 19.00-22.00, Avenue du Panorama, Bois de la Cambre

Dance clubs aren’t allowed to re-open yet, so Fuse is taking the party outside. The new Fuse PleinAir at Tour & Taxis sees DJ-scored liveliness and a kick-back-with-cocktails vibe in an already atmospheric spot. Reservations are required for specific time slots in the afternoon and evenings. Currently only spots for the opening week are on offer, but more nights will open up later. A €12 ticket buys you €10 in drinks. Or you can just bring your lunch along earlier in the day and hang out for free. Whatever you choose, don’t miss Fuse this summer. From 9 July, Tour & Taxis, entrance at Rue Picard 7

70 Years Porsche

From its origins in 1950 Austria to its iconic reputation all the way up to today, the Porsche is one of the most respected sports car brands in the world. The exhibition 70 years Porsche 356 puts 20 versions of the famous 356 model on view as well as decades’ worth of competing brands, such as the Denzel, Zagato and Hardtop Karmann. And should cars impress one family member more than another, Autoworld is hosting a summer bar under the famous Cinquantenaire arch. Until 30 August, Autoworld, Parc du Cinquantenaire 11

Centrale for Contemporary Art presents the Videonline Festival, a selection of more than 20 films and video works by recent art and film school graduates. Three films will screen online daily for free, and viewers can vote on their favourite for the audience award. 7-14 July

Coucou Brussels at Poelaert

The Coucou Brussels open-air summer lounges are back in five locations: Mont des Arts, Place Flagey, Carrefour de l’Europe (in front of Central Station), Place Poelaert and under the Atomium. Serving as both bar and info point, you can pick up tips for things to do in Brussels along with your pint. Open by 11.00, they don’t close until the sun sets.

Having largely gone the way of wagon wheels, the drive-in movie is back in fashion as cinemas around the world shut their doors due to the coronavirus. Brussels is getting in on the act in a big way – with the biggest cinema screen in the world. Tour & Taxis is hosting Movie Drive, a programme of films shown on a monolithic screen – three times larger than any in the country. It is also fitted with technology to allow screenings in daylight. And no worries if you don’t have a car: Space is being made for those who cycle or walk in, too. The programme is full of crowd-pleasing classics like Grease, The Exorcist and Trainspotting, as well as family-friendly fare. All movies in original language with French and Dutch subtitles. 3 July to 30 September, Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86

Design Studio at Horta Museum

The Horta Museum, where the Brussels master of Art Nouveau lived and worked, celebrates the grand opening of the newly renovated Drawing Studio. From his residence that he built himself in the late 19th century, Victor Horta would draw his architectural elements in his private study and send them to the drawing studio, where a dozen or so young architects scaled them to size. From there, they went to the basement, where sculptors made casts of them. The new Drawing Studio display illustrates exactly how this process worked with original drawings and casts. Simultaneously, the museum is opening the temporary exhibition Secrets of the Studios, where the drawings process of several of Horta’s contemporary artists and architects can be seen through illustrations – from the first stroke to the finished product. Until 27 September, Rue Américaine 25 (Saint-Gilles)

The guinguette at See U is back open, and that calls for a festival. There are loads of activities at the site, including concerts, exhibitions, workshops, BBQ, yoga, petanque – and more. Entrance is free. Until 5 July, Rue Fritz Toussaint 8 (Ixelles); guinguette open until 20 September

Cinemas re-opened this week, and Cinematek is serving up a couple of great classics: Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock and Paths of Glory, an early work by Stanley Kubrick. Vertigo until 11 July, Glory 4-5 July, Rue Baron Horta 9

Poster from Belgium in One Hell of a State!


The Mundaneum offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know Belgium a little better. The exhibition Belgium in One Hell of a State! is made up of more than 200 illustrations, cartoons, advertisements and posters that reveal various aspects of 400 years of local social and political history. There’s a chance to taste three new beers specially brewed for the exhibition, too. Until 18 April 2021, Rue de Nimy 76, Mons

While it has been forced to scale back this year, the Zomer van Antwerpen could not be deterred and has programmed concerts, theatre, circus and other creative acts on public streets and at the popular waterfront Zomerbar. Most of it is free, and programmes can be downloaded in three languages. Until 4 September, across Antwerp

Photos, from top: Courtesy Le Kiosque, courtesy Autoworld, courtesy Coucou Brussels, ©Paul Louis/Horta Museum, courtesy Mudaneum

Written by Lisa Bradshaw