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What's on this week: 31 May-6 June
Frunch (Friday Lunch) is back for its sixth edition. Located in the BIP courtyard on Place Royale, Frunch combines rotating food trucks (three different ones each week), live music, a bar, and a large terrace space allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxed lunch break in the sun in the centre of Brussels. New this year, you can get a Frunch Member Card which gives you advantages.
Fridays 12.00-14.30 until 30 August
To launch the summer long extravaganza that is the Carolus V Festival we have Coudenberg Family Day in the underground ruins of the Coudenberg Palace. This year it’s a Family Day Bruegel special with the opportunity to play the games Bruegel painted in his Child’s Play. Children can learn how to shoot a crossbow while their parents participate in a zythology workshop. You can meet characters from the Ommegang in their 16th century finery and there will be costumes available to try on. And when you get peckish, there will be sweet or savoury dishes made with renaissance recipes.
The Environment Festival is celebrating 20 years with an expanded offering. It kicks off on Friday night in the BEL Building at Tour & Taxis with a Happy Ears Party. The concept is that two DJs are battling it out and you pick which one you want to listen on your headphones as you survey the crowd looking for people moving the way you’re moving. Saturday still at the BEL, you can participate in Ideate4climate and discuss the circular economy, smart cities, cooperation platforms and zero waste. Then on Sunday it’s the traditional Environment Fest all day at Cinquantenaire Park.
Beursschouwburg’s Out Loud Festival features three weeks of free concerts and DJ sets on the theatre's rooftop terrace with a very particular view over downtown. What is also particular is the concert acts that will be performing, from Angel-Ho: “Hard-ass, socially-engaged queer hip hop from Cape Town” to Trésor: “An ode to Françoise Hardy, Conny Plank and Jacno” to Snapped Ankles: “British kraut-punks dressed as trees. Because.” and another 15 or so equally unusual groups.
Wednesdays through Saturdays, 5-29 June
Art school La Cambre's fashion department has an internationally sterling reputation so the annual fashion show consisting of the designs of students reaching the end of their five years of study is a must-see event - on a par with the great Paris shows with its magic and electric atmosphere buoyed by a certain Belgian touch. This year, Show 19 is called La Cambre Mode(s) and is taking place at KANAL/Centre Pompidou.
31 May-1 June
Pulling from its collections as well as from CIVA, Design Museum Ghent, Van Buuren Museum, the Fondation Roi Baudouin, the Musée d’Arts Décoratifs de Paris, the Centre Pompidou and from private collections, Adam Museum is presenting Spaces: Interior Design Evolution, an exhibition dedicated to Belgian interior design from the late 19th century to the present day. The show explores how our interiors can be indicative of our ways of thinking and acting and of social upsets and technological advances.
Until 3 November
The Brazilian Embassy is featuring two photography exhibitions by Brazilian photographer Joao Farkas. The first one is on the Pantanal, one of the largest wetlands in the world and though protected by various designations is in danger due to climate changes. Farkas’ intention with this show is to feature the extraordinary beauty and variety of the landscapes, which are not even well known to Brazilians. His other show, Caretas de Maragojipe, is a series of portraits of carnival participants in an out-of-the-way part of Bahia, a very different carnival from Rio’s.
Avenue Louise 350, until 12 July
If you haven’t made it to the Atomium for ID-A Circular Journey yet, you are in luck - the immersive masterpiece has been extended until 1 September. The show commissioned by Innovative Display (ID) is the brainchild of the art collective Visual System. Their sound and light shows require the visitor to approach, listen, maybe step backwards to get it all, and the spheres of the Atomium are the perfect background.
This Sunday is the 20th Brussels Vinyl Record Fair in the lovely Galerie Ravenstein between Bozar and Central Station. They have everything from ABBA to Zappa, rock, soul, funk, reggae, disco, punk, chanson and more. The various dealers specialise in different genres so you can probably find whatever you are looking for.
Sunday 2 June is actually the day before International World Bicycle Day - but bikes will be celebrated on Sunday, with a programme featuring participatory, entertaining activities run by various associations. This very kid-friendly day will take place at the Cinquantenaire Park with the following activities for the young: Kidz on Wheelz, La Petite Fête Foraine, Miniature Velodrome, Cyclophone, Space-Bike, the Eddy Merckx game, Octos Bus and the Smoothie bike with Swapfiets (an anti-waste project). And there will be lots of live music.