What’s on: Larger than life sculptures take over Havenhuis


A ‘peaceful army’ of sculptures in an Antwerp landmark, the festival dedicated to Belgian film and fiery evenings with Bokrijk await you during your holiday break

Dialogue with Emperor Qin

Antwerp is the last stop on this extraordinary exhibition’s seven-year tour of China and Europe. It hit the road in 2010, with 30 two-metre high sculptures – one from each member state of the European Union and three from China.

The Brussels-based arts organisation Inspiring Culture told every participating artist to create a sculpture based on Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s famous terra-cotta army. What emerged is “a new peaceful army, one dedicated to sharing ideas between cultures”. In keeping with the exhibition’s democratic nature, Croatia added a sculpture when it became a member of the EU in 2013. Until 16 February, Havenhuis, Zaha Hadidplein 1, Antwerp

BE Film Festival

The festival dedicated to Belgian cinema continues in Brussels throughout the weekend. It’s that one chance to see any local films you’ve missed on the big screen throughout the year. A highlight is Fien Troch’s award-winning Home, a jittery little movie about a group of teenagers that builds up to an inevitable – yet still shocking – conclusion. Enfants du Hasard (Children of Chance) from Thierry Michel and Pascal Colson is decidedly more optimistic – and even true. The documentary follows a number of pupils from an immigrant background as they steer their way through a year of primary school. Until 24 December, Bozar & Cinematek, Brussels


We tend to think of heading to Bokrijk open-air museum when the weather is fine, but the family-friendly heritage site is putting its best winter foot forward with this festival that sees some of the park’s themed grounds turned into recreations of centuries’ old entertainments. You’ll find an old fashioned fair featuring organ music and fireworks, walls that have stories to tell and a ‘fire parade’, which promises to warm things up a bit. 26-30 December & 5-7 January, Bokrijklaan 1, Genk

Photo: Irish artist Linda Brunker’s contribution to Dialogue with Emperor Qin
©Courtesy Inspiring Culture