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What's on this week: 7-13 June
Aimed at children but also much enjoyed by adults, SuperVliegSuperMouche is Brussels’ art festival for families. Organised by Wiels, it takes place outdoors in the Parc de Forest and features hundreds of artists, dancers, circus performers, magicians, musicians, and even farm animals as well as a carousel, puppets and a special babies’ corner. Over 50 shows, interactive installations and activities.
For an evening of music from the Indian Ocean head over to the Théâtre Molière and their Muziekpublique concert series. Sakili, a trio from Rodrigues, an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, will present a concert of Sega which mixes African drumming and percussion with the waltz, the polka, Scottish sounds and the mazurka. Sakili play banjo, accordion, and drums and vocals. Followed by an after party with classic vinyl by NGHE and the music of Réunion, Mauritius and the Seychelles by Drache Musical and Rebel Up Sebcat.
7 June, 19.00
The weekly Roller Bike Parade is back every Friday evening in Brussels throughout the summer. Rollerblades, bicycles, scooters, longboards and even electric gears are welcome. Rolling DJs bring the music along on both the 6km and the 20km loops. Also taking place in Antwerp, Hasselt, Nivelles and Wavre. In Brussels every Friday 20.00, starting point Place Poelaert.
7 June-13 September
As part of the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death, the multi-talented street mural collective Farm Prod has been commissioned to realise a dozen murals that form an itinerary from the Porte de Hal to the Sablon through the Marolles that pay homage to the great 16th-century Brussels artist. Inauguration 13 June.
Three years ago the Vaux-Hall, a fairytale trellis Louis XVI style building in the Royal Park was completely restored and now, each summer weekend, we can enjoy Vaux-Hall Summer which consists of free programmes of short films curated by BSFF, workshops, music, games and dance.
Until 11 August
As many Belgians can tell you, Eddy Merckx won his first Tour de France the same day Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. While many places are celebrating Merckx’s accomplishment, Art Sablon is honoring the Moon with a show that gathers together antique objects and paintings, contemporary art and natural history specimens. Featured are three Soviet space suits, one of which is a prototype from the Russian space programme that was abandoned and forgotten but also classified top secret after the American landing.
12 June-27 July
Couldn’t make it to the Edinburgh Fringe last summer? No worries, because the Fringe Festival is coming to Brussels. The Made in Scotland Festival is bringing six productions to Brussels - three dance, and three theatre - to six iconic Brussels venues. They range from the intimate to the provocative to the witty and evocative, sometimes radical and relevant, sometimes friendly and fun. The Halles Saint-Géry will be the hub of the festival with talks, workshops, and events during the day, and meeting points, gatherings and drinks into the night. And the closing party bash will be at Recyclart’s new venue.
11-14 June, free but reservations required
Three Brussels art fairs, the AAB, the BAAF and the BRUNEAF have joined together to create Cultures - The World Arts Fair. It’s taking place all over the Sablon from 12-16 June. The opening night is particularly festive but whenever you get there during the five days you will be able to enjoy hundreds of museum quality pieces from all over the world. And who knows, you might just have to take a piece home, but remember, when you ask how much and the person says 250, you probably need to add three zeroes to that.
On Friday 7 and 14 June, you can take yoga sessions (beginner or experienced) surrounded by classic art in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts; the teacher is an adept of the Sivananda holistic system. One hour, starts at 12.15 (please arrive ten minutes earlier). Sessions are in English.
Also this Friay you have the opportunity to spend an evening with a very interesting guy: Stevie Van Zandt AKA Little Steven. Guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, actor on The Sopranos and on Lilyhammer, activist, he also has a career on radio as a rock historian. He will be appearing at the Ancienne Belgique with his band The Disciples of Soul.