What's on this week: 18 June


Teenage angst, gypsy musicians and Hyacinth Bucket: our pick of events across Flanders and Brussels

Classical: B-Classic

What happens when you unite a bunch of musicians not used to performing with each other in the afternoon, and then organise a concert of the very same bunch of musicians in the evening?

It’s a habit the Limburg festival crew of B-Classic does not want to give up. This time gypsy and classical musicians gather all around the province for a “Bohemian Rhapsody”. A close collaboration with the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren produced a new composition by folk artist Dick Van Der Harst (pictured), based on the presence of humans in the same region – from prehistory to Roman times – and presented on opening night.
20-29 June across Limburg province

Concert: Violent Femmes

At first he was shocked to hear about a possible reunion of his band, 50-year-old Gordon Gano has told everyone who will listen. The punk band originating from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and fronted by Gano called it quits when he got sued by a fellow band member, bassist Brian Richie, for selling their trademark song “Blister In The Sun” to fast food chain Wendy’s. But the offer to play the American festival Coachella was too tempting. And now they’re even coming over to Europe to perform, once again, their entire eponymous 1983 debut album, full of existential teenage frustrations.
19 June 20.00 at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

Cinema, Freedom and Europe

From the opener, Walesa: The Man Of Hope by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, to Mother Europe from Slovenian director Petra Seliskar, to How We Played The Revolution from Lithuanian Giedre Zickyte, all the comedy, drama and documentaries projected at this tiny film festival focus on the process of transition and European integration. The perspectives of the artists, with roots in Central and Eastern European (Communist) regimes and the former Yugoslavia, may vary, but the aversion to borders and the craving for freedom is interchangeable.
23-25 June at Bozar, Brussels

Get tickets now: Patricia Routledge

The hilariously proper Hyacinth Bucket, brilliantly embodied by Patricia Routledge, has a wide range of fans in Flanders since the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances was a primetime success on local television for many years. Recently, Routledge (pictured) has also gained an enthusiastic following for her one-woman show Admission: One Shilling. After acclaimed performances in England and select dates in Flanders in 2012, the now 85-year-old British actor returns one last time to perform the show, accompanied by Australian classical pianist Piers Lane (pictured right). Together they recall the National Gallery concerts pianist Dame Myra Hess gave during the Second World War – the hall blacked out to avoid being bombed.
20 December 20u15 at De Warande, Turnhout

More events that deserve your attention

Rock/Pop on the Dock: Rock bands on Saturdays and DJs on Sundays: it is the tested formula of this festival organised by dock workers. For their 15th edition, Solid, a band fronted by Brian Lynch (the husband of former tennis player Kim Clijsters) play songs from their debut album. 20-21 June, Gaarkeuken 110 (behind Kinepolis), Antwerp

Molenzik: The Brussels district has every reason to party. This weekend not only the beloved concert hub VK* celebrates its 25th birthday with free concerts on the renovated city square, but the street theatre festival Ô de Molenbeek emphasises why the district has been awarded Cultural Capital of 2014. 20-22 June, Gemeenteplein, Brussels

De Langste Dag: A favourite among locals and shopaholics looking for bargains before the sales start, this fair, organised on the longest day of the year, also offers street theatre, a car show and a “hairdresser’s town”, all in the pedestrianized heart of the student city. 21 June, 10.00-19.00, across the city centre, Leuven

Meetjesland BIERfeest: The entrance to this regional beer heaven is free, but do bring some change to fill your 17-centiliter degustation glass with a selection of one of the 60 beers presented by 15 local breweries. 21 June, 15.00-24.00, Godshuis, Leemweg 11, Sint-Laureins (East Flanders)

New Squares: Anton Corbijn: The Dutch photographer and director not only displays his iconic black-and-white portraits of musicians but also the result of more recent photo shoots with visual artists such as Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. Until 5 July at Zeno X Gallery, Godtsstraat 15, Antwerp

Danny Devos: Picnic at Hanssens Park: Antwerp performer and installation artist Danny Devos reconstructed a Vilvoorde park he remembers from his childhood in an old Bruges cotton factory on a scale of 1:10, confronting visitors with his obsession for serial killers. It’s quite a day out. Until 29 June, 13.00-18.00, De Bond, Buiten Smedenvest 1, Bruges

Teenage angst, gypsy musicians and Hyacinth Bucket: our pick of events across Flanders and Brussels.

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