What's on this week: 13 September


Street photography showcases, cocktail weeks and cinema as an art form:our top picks for the week in Flanders and Brussels

VISUAL ARTS: Brussels Street Photography Festival

Europe’s first festival devoted entirely to street photography was inaugurated last year in Brussels. Conceived by urban arts association Cakri, the event promotes street photography as a social and academic tool as well as an art form.

This edition provides a platform for over 75 young photographers from around the world. The festival hub is the Ravenstein Gallery, where BSPF kicks off, where the finalists exhibit their work and where the prizes will be awarded. Other events, including a guest exhibition and several artist talks, are hosted by Muntpunt and other venues. A preview of all submitted photos takes place this weekend. 16 September, 6-8 October across Brussels \ Georgio Valentino

FILM: Forum Berlinale@Brussels

If you are the kind of person who looks askance at your friends’ blockbuster movie viewing choices, you will love Forum Berlinale@Brussels, a selection of films from the Berlin International Film Festival’s avant-garde section. These are movies that remind us that cinema is an art form. Among them are the Austrian documentary From a Year of Non-Events, which lives up to its name as it records the daily life of a long-retired farmer over the course of year. El mar la mar, meanwhile, creates sheer poetry out of the excruciating trek across the Mexican desert to reach the promised land on the other side of Trump’s imaginary wall. 18-19 September at Bozar, Brussels \ Lisa Bradshaw


Los Angeles-based performance artist Anna Homler made waves in the 1980s with a series of interventions as the wryly pagan Breadwoman, a costumed character who fused quasi-shamanistic chants with live electro-acoustic treatments. A cassette tape of vintage Breadwoman performing with late composer Steve Moshier was reissued last year to great acclaim. Homler followed up the act with the international and transdisciplinary collective Pharmacia Poetica. The group has been invited to Brussels to stage its latest work, Weather, in which Homler makes improvised sounds on toys while German sound artist Will Saunders plays glass bottles and video artist Hans Diernberger projects visuals. 16 September, 20.30 at Ateliers Claus, Brussels \ GV

EVENT: De Warande Openingsfeest

De Warande celebrates the opening of its 13th season with a weekend of music, circus, theatre, dance, literature and more. Turnhout’s sprawling cultural campus takes advantage of all of its varied spaces – both indoors and out – to give visitors a taste of the 2017-18 programme. Among the headliners are French acrobatics troupes Cirque Rouages and Les P’tits Bras as well as Heavy Hoempa, a nine-piece Dutch marching band that performs hard rock standards. There are also markets and DJ parties. The festivities even spill over to the grounds of the neighbouring castle, where food trucks will be parked and ready. 16-17 September at De Warande, Turnhout \ GV

Photo by Sylvain Biard

More events that deserve your attention

EU Mies Award: Presentation of the best European architecture projects realised in the last two years, selected from the results of the EU Mies Award, a prestigious biennial competition. Until 22 October, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23

Rita McBride: Explorer: New and existing work by the American artist and sculptor who combines architecture and design with her signature humour and a keen eye for space and context. 15 September to 7 January, Wiels, Van Volxemlaan 354

Kathy Griffin: The American comedian famous for her no-holds-barred brand of storytelling, breaking down pop and political culture, especially where it concerns the US president. 16 November 19.00, Arenberg Theatre, Arenbergstraat 28

Medieval Festival: Event for all ages, with stands run by knights in armour, maidens and farmers, acrobats and minstrels, artisans and makers of mead, cider and other products from the middle ages, in addition to weaponry demonstrations, musical performances and more. 16-18 September, Vorst Abbey, Sint-Denijsplein 9

Positief agressief: Authors Marjan Gryson and Veerle De Waele present their book Positief agressief (Positive Aggressive), while 10 speakers discuss the role anger has played in their lives and work. Raymond van het Groenewoud provides the music. (in Dutch) 19 September 19.30-23.30, De Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1

Brussels Cocktail Week: First edition of the event dedicated to spirits and talented bartenders, with food and cocktail pairings, tastings and guest bartending sessions. Until 17 September, across Brussels