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What’s on this week: 5-11 March

18:10 04/03/2021
Our pick of Brussels’ best activities – online and off – for the coming week

Head to the Alice Gallery to see Window, a solo show by American artist Jeffrey Cheung. Known for founding Unity Queer Skateboarding, which brings together all of his passions – art, skateboarding and queer people of colour – his work is bold, colourful and brimming with life. Until 1 April, Rue du Pays de Liège 4

International Women’s Day is on 8 March, and Brussels-City is hosting Women’s Rights Week. There are many events and activities, including an audio walking tour flagging up women’s contribution to the city, online film screenings and a panel of women talking about their accomplishments. Design Museum Brussels is hosting the movie Women of the Bauhaus, and VUB sponsors Gender Week, with talks, movies and workshops. Various dates, online and across Brussels

The Brussels’ improv duo The Sudden Knot is collaborating with international improv pros via video and inviting you to watch. You can even make suggestions for what they have to act out via the livestreams. For their next event, they work with Jorge, part of an improv troupe in the Philippines. (In English) 5 March 14.00

 A scene from Two Tars

Film archive Cinematek has launched Thursday live sessions, with old silent films shown with live piano accompaniment. Next up is Two Tars starring the great Laurel & Hardy, followed by a compilation of American animation and All You Can Eat, a look at Belgian food production of years gone by. These sessions are not recorded, so they only come around once. Thursdays from 11 March 15.00

March is Black History Month in Belgium, and there is no shortage of cool and interesting events taking place. Join a talk on colonial statues and street names, for instance, dance to decades of chart hits by black Belgian musicians or follow the workshop Herstory, Spells, Proverbs and Reads. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Until 26 March

Catch the ‘adrenalin-feuled jazz’ of Brussels band Echoes of Zoo as they celebrates their debut album Breakout with a free livestream from Ancienne Belgique. AB also celebrates Black History Month with a number of free concerts in March. 5 March 20.00

 A little girl watches The Queen and Her Favourite

Do you fancy being the Queen’s favourite or the King’s favourite? La Monnaie gives you the choice with two operas in concert. The Queen and Her Favourite features highlights from Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina D’Inghilterra, in which Queen Elizabeth I’s love for Leicester turns to anger when she discovers his secret marriage. The following evening, The King and His Favourite includes arias from Donizetti’s La Favorita, which sees King Alfonso XI of Castille trying to replace his lawful spouse with his mistress. The livestreams come complete with the story of a little girl witnessing it all from the audience. Queen 11 March 19.30, King 12 March 19.30

Exactly one year after concert halls had to shut their doors, Belgian pianist and songwriter Miguel Wiels is taking to the Sportpaleis stage in Antwerp. Together with his band, he will play for 24 hours straight. Numerous singers have signed up to front for the band, and it will all be streamed live. 12 March from 18.00

 A photograph from the exhibition L’Amérique Latine Eraflée

The work of several photographers comes together for the striking exhibition L’Amérique Latine Eraflée (Latin America in Tatters), a look at several countries with great contributions to civilisation but burdened by a century of civil war, drug trafficking, corruption, guerrillas and dictatorships. 7 March to 27 June, Fondation A Stichting, Avenue Van Volxem 304 (Forest)

Book now: Get wine delivered to you door in time for an online tasting event live with Brussels-based importer Mosto and an Italian wine producer direct from Italy. You’ll get a red and a white from the Friuli region, both near impossible to find in Belgium. If you miss Mosto’s at-home tasting this month, there is another in April. Tastings are led in English. 17 March 18.45

 An image from the exhibition Illusions

OUTSIDE BRUSSELS

You will either have great fun or be driven completely batty at Illusions, an exhibition devoted to works with two images in one, that are optical illusions or that appear to move. You will leave with the realisation that you cannot always trust your own senses. Until 30 May, Cité Miroir, Place Xavier Neujean 22, Liège

Don the HoloLens to see Leuven’s Sint-Pieters church in a whole new way. Sit at the table with Jesus and his Apostles, see the city’s saint Proud Margaret come to life and watch the church go up in flames. Gosh. Grote Markt, Leuven

Photos: ‘Alicia’ by Jeffrey Cheung, courtesy Alice Gallery; La Monnaie ©Hugo Segers; Volando bajo, Mexico, 1989 ©Pablo Ortiz Monasterio; Illusions courtesy Cité Miroir

 

Written by Lisa Bradshaw