What's on this week: 10 May


A coup by Ballet Flanders and Night of Arts in Hasselt: our pick of events in Flanders and Brussels


Royal Ballet Flanders’ final bill of the season brings together works by women from three generations who share a message of hope.

At the top of the marquee is a rare revival of German dance icon Pina Bausch’s 1978 masterpiece, Café Müller, created in close collaboration with the late artist’s own Tanztheater Wuppertal. This is the first time another dance company has been granted permission to perform the acclaimed work. The programme also boasts the world premiere of Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s meditation on the current refugee crisis, Ecdysis. The third work is American choreographer Martha Graham’s 1936 Chronicle. 13-18 May, Flanders Opera, Ghent

EVENT: Kunstennacht Hasselt

Hasselt’s arts community comes together every year around this time to kick the post-industrial city’s cultural life into overdrive. More than just a nocturne, Kunstennacht links most of its 28 sites in a walking tour that encompasses permanent venues like museums and galleries as well as pop-up installations and performances in public space. Venues outside the city centre are served by complimentary shuttles and bicycles. Highlights include interactive Japanese design at the ModeMuseum, breathtaking light installations at the Stadsmus, an exhibition by Flemish photographer Anton Kusters (pictured) and an after-party featuring dance music by Buscemi at Helabar. 11 May, 18.00, across Hasselt

FESTIVAL: Roeselare Jazz

Roeselare may be best known for its Rodenbach beer and vibrant cycling scene, but this fledgling jazz festival is putting the bucolic West Flemish town on the music map. A joint venture by local cultural centre De Spil and the organisers of the veteran Gent Jazz Festival, Roeselare Jazz features over a dozen of Flanders’ top genre ensembles on its two open-air stages. This third edition is headlined by Taxiwars, a supergroup starring dEUS frontman Tom Barman and New York-based saxophonist Robin Verheyen. There’s also an exhibition of portrait photography by Eva Vlonk. 13-14 May, Hanekop, Roeselare

FAIR: Beervelde Garden Days

Despite all appearances, it is officially springtime, and with it comes a host of garden fairs across Flanders. This is one of the biggest, with 220 horticultural professionals – from producers to designers to artisans – gathering together to dazzle visitors with an open-air display of floral abundance. The biannual event (there’s also an annual autumn edition) takes place at Beervelde, an English-style garden in the East Flemish hinterland. The scenic domain is owned by the Counts of Kerchove de Denterghem, patrons of the local garden scene for over a century. 12-14 May, Park van Beervelde

More events that deserve your attention

A Wilde Night Out: The English Comedy Club presents two plays in one, with an abridged version of Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance and a short, Wilde-inspired farce, The Impotence of Being Frank. 16-20 May, Warehouse Studio Theatre, Waelhemstraat 69a, Brussels

Grensgeval (Borderline): Guy Cassiers directs four actors and dance students in this performance about migration, part of Toneelhuis’ Beyond Borders series (In Dutch). Until 13 May 20.00, Bourlaschouwburg, Komedieplaats 18, Antwerp

Sharing Home: Interdisciplinary work between contemporary visual artists, dancers and musicians by the Austria-based company n ï m, wherein the performers explore the notion of home as a dynamic concept. 14 May 16.00, CAB Art Center, Borrensstraat 34-36, Brussels

Beth Ditto: The vivacious lead singer of the three-piece American indie rock band Gossip makes her solo debut, featuring “Fire”, her long-awaited first single. 13 October 20.00, Ancienne Belgique, Anspachlaan 110, Brussels

Ten Toon 200: Collection of works by Parkinson’s patients to raise awareness of the little-understood neurological condition, offering the chance to feel what it’s like to have Parkinson’s, which can make it difficult to sit, stand and move around. Until 20 May 14.00-19.00, AZ Jan Palfijn, Watersportlaan 5, Ghent

The Zookeeper’s Wife: New movie based on the real-life story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who became heroes to hundreds during the Second World War, co-starring popular Flemish actor Johan Heldenbergh in his first Hollywood role. From 10 May, in cinemas across Flanders