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What’s on this week: Dance Day and cinema out the window
Bust a move from your living room during the first – and hopefully only, let’s be honest – digital version of Dance Day. The event that usually takes place across Brussels and Flanders is not just slapping up videos of dance for you to watch passively, oh no. It’s counting on YOU to act as Dance Day curator and post your own video. Dance in your crib, terrace, garden or street and post it to Dance Day’s Facebook page. Photos welcome, too, on its Instagram account. And dancers who were meant to perform on the day are sharing their moves as well. 25 April
The show must go on(line)! That’s what a group of eight musicians and fans thought when they launched Artists Unlimited – otherwise known as AU! – last month. The site will livestream concerts by local artists, and the first is happening this Sunday. The Livestream Festival isn’t previously recorded and will not be available later – it’s live and only live, just like in a concert hall. For a tenner, you will see 10 Belgian luminaries like Sioen, Absynthe Minded, An Pierle and Noémie Wolfs. Each plays in a different location, some of them surprising. 26 April ‘doors’ at 15.30
Find Pieter Bruegel in your WC or Victor Horta in your front hall as you dip into workshops offered by urban development and heritage agency Urban.brussels. The agency has tweaked the materials it has long provided to schoolkids to learn about local monuments and cultural heritage and put them all online. So now youngsters and adults can test themselves on their knowledge of façade styles, for instance, or discover what kind of influence certain design landscapes have on the public. The theme changes every week, and new material is put on the agency’s website and social media twice a week.
Dayna Ash is a force to be reckoned with. On the BBC’s 100 Women list last year, the Lebanese slam poet and activist is the founder of Haven for Artists, which offers a performance space but also a safe space for women and the queer community in Beirut. Passa Porta had to cancel its in-person talk with Ash, but went ahead and did it digitally and is sharing it now with you and me. (In English)
While there’s nothing quite like a real-life visit to one of Belgium’s most glorious repurposed industrial heritage sites, that’s off the table right at the moment. But if you can’t go to Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu will come to you. While its much-anticipated spring show Serial Eater has been postponed, the site’s Centre for Innovation and Design is putting up a series of videos on YouTube that reflect on its past exhibitions and the fascinating history of the former coal mining village near Mons. Director Marie Pok introduces the series, followed by bite-size presentations from the museum’s various guides. (In French and Dutch)
Theatre National has put 12 productions from past seasons online, free and everything. Most of them are in French, but Jan-Christoph Gockel’s Frankenstein is in English and German with English subtitles. It’s a great story, too: The Frankenstein monster is made with recycled objects, each with its own story to tell.
Remember when cinemas were open and movies were a collective event? Kinograph, the pop-up cinema at See U, lets you get that atmosphere back with Cine des Confinés. This most splendid idea sees Kineograph sending a digital file of a movie to anyone with a projector. Aim it out the window on a clear wall to share it with the neighbours. Participants will receive a file and a simple guide to conduct their projections, which will take place simultaneously at 21.00 on 25 April. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Photos, from top: ©iStock/Getty Images Plus, courtesy Urban.brussels, courtesy Grand-Hornu, courtesy Kinograph