What’s on: Armistice Day weekend’s many memorials


Highlights of this week’s cultural agenda include concerts dedicated to Armistice Day, an exhibition about anxiety and Bruges’ big percussion festival

Armistice Day

There are few places where Armistice Day feels as personal as it does in Belgium. On 11 November, the day that the First World War officially came to an end, families knew that they would suffer no more casualties but also that their own lands would cease being occupied.

West Flanders, where the front line came up from France and pushed towards the sea, is the site of many memorials, including a special Last Post ceremony at 11.00 and The Great War Remembered concerts at Sint-Maarten Cathedral in Ypres. In Bruges, the Concertgebouw hosts Front: Shall Life Renew These Bodies, two nights of concerts featuring Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and an exhibition inspired by that piece. The government of Flanders’ website dedicated to the centenary of the First World War includes an agenda with more memorials and events.


It seems we’re all suffering from stress. While technology should have made our jobs easier, companies responded by piling on more work. And we’re never unplugged. Whether it’s burnout, overchoice, terrorism or climate change getting us down, some psychologists are referring to current times as the Age of Anxiety. This is explored in the Guislain museum of psychiatry’s new multimedia exhibition. While looking at the history of stress and differences in both the sources of it and the responses to it, it also explores what it does to us, physically and mentally. This being Guislain, works will be as challenging as they are diverse – and not a little foreboding. Until 27 May, Museum Dr Guislain, Ghent

Beat It!

This festival of percussive music – meaning drums but also marimba and other instruments that are struck or scraped – features an impressive programme of international stars. The absolute highlight is Japan’s Keiko Abe, not only a master of the marimba but a pioneer in modern playing techniques and compositions. There is no better marimba player in the world. Hugely popular Flemish experimental drummer Lander Gyselinck of Stuff fame, meanwhile, takes the stage with his sister, a dancer. But nothing it what it seems: She’s playing the drums, and he’s dancing. The performance sold out so quickly, Concertgebouw added another. Which is nearly sold out. 12-19 November, Concertgebouw, Bruges