What's on this week: 12 July

Summary

Alt rock fest, minimalist paintings and street photography our top picks for the week in Flanders and Brussels

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Rock Herk

Billed as Belgium’s oldest alternative rock music festival, Rock Herk has been bringing cutting-edge punk, dance and rap to Limburg since 1983.

Over the decades, the event – in Limburg just over the border from Flemish Brabant – has grown into a weekend-long affair with two stages, dozens of international acts and an audience of 15,000. This 35th edition aims to be the biggest yet. Headliners include local heros Black Box Revelation, American grunge band Dinosaur Jr and German house duo Booka Shade, recently become a trio with the addition of Irish singer Craig Walker. 14-15 July, Park Olmenhof, Herk-de-Stad

VISUAL ARTS: Richard Tuttle: Light and Color

Richard Tuttle has been a frequent visitor to Belgium since the late 1970s, but this is his first major solo exhibition here. It’s been two years in the making, too. Not content to simply revisit his earlier works, the American minimalist conceived an entirely new project, incorporating the canvases of pioneering Ostend modernist painter James Ensor, to whom an entire wing of host museum Mu.ZEE is consecrated. Tuttle promises a visually stimulating and conceptually edifying dialogue between his 24 original, site-specific works and Ensor’s enduring masterpieces. It is on the level of colour, above all, that Tuttle approaches his illustrious forebear. Until 5 November, Mu.ZEE, Ostend

CLASSICAL: Guso Meets Saratoga

Two touring orchestras cross paths in Bruges for a concert of global proportions. The Ghent University Symphony Orchestra may not have travelled far for the event, but the Saratoga High School band, orchestra and choir came all the way from California to broaden their young players’ horizons. The programme also spans the Atlantic with early 20th-century works by Spanish avant-garde composer Manuel de Falla and Argentine tango pioneer Astor Piazzolla. Other stops on the Saratoga High School Shadow Tour include Ghent’s Sint-Baafs Cathedral (16 July) and Bruges’ Sint-Salvator Cathedral (17 July). 18 July, 20.05, Concertgebouw, Bruges

PHOTOGRAPHY: Street Heart

This exhibition collects more than 200 photographs snapped in the streets of Brussels and other Belgian cities by Lila Sylviti, a Greek transplant to the capital. All the works on display share one common element: a heart. It might be large or small, obvious or hidden, intentional or incidental but the universal symbol of love is there, embodying the vital energy of the city and its communities. It’s not all peace and love, though. The symbol can also be used ironically to underline the potential apathy and ugliness of urban life. Still, where there’s heart, there’s life. 9-23 July, Brass’Art, Brussels

More events that deserve your attention

Asad Qizilbash and Carlo Strazzante: Intimate Brussels world music venue hosts Pakistani maestro Qizilbash, who crosses South Asia’s cultural divide by performing Hindustani raga on the traditional sarode. Strazzante accompanies on the Indian tabla and the African udu. 14 July 20.00, Art Base, Zandstraat 29, Brussels

KID Rock Festival: Forget about Detroit’s dirt rocker of the same name. This summer music festival designed for those aged seven to 12 combines playground fun with street theatre and concerts by the likes of Gers Pardoel and DJ Zina. 14 July, Zuidlaan 151, Wetteren

Suzy Embo: Retrospective exhibition of unsung Flemish photographer who chronicled the post-war arts scene in Europe. Includes informal portraits of influential Belgian artists like Pierre Alichensky and international figures. Until 8 October, FoMu, Waalsekaai 47, Antwerp

Art Is Comic: Six European street artists explore the role of dark humour in contemporary pop art through paintings, prints, installations and multimedia. Until 31 December, Mima, Henegouwenkaai 41, Brussels

Cathedral Festival: Bruges fairy-tale cathedral hosts organ concerts throughout the summer. This week’s star performer is Spanish organist Ignacio Ribas Taléns, whose repertoire spans European history from early church music to the modern avant-garde. Until 23 September, Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, Sint-Salvatorskoorstraat 8, Bruges

International Folklore Festival: Annual free festival that brings musicians and dancers from around the world to the Flemish coast for an open-air celebration of cultural exchange. 9-16 July, Theaterplein, Koksijde

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