What's on this week: 17 May


A three-day celebration of contemporary art, poetry readings and living room concerts: our pick of events in Flanders and Brussels

FESTIVAL: Gluren bij de buren

Most music festivals are vast, muddy, impersonal affairs but the organisers of Gluren bij de buren dared to put on one of human proportions with a 10-day fest that unfolds in the living rooms of volunteers.

A handful municipalities in Antwerp province will host 40 living room concerts by local groups with styles ranging from the Dutch-language pop of Salon Jacques to the Balkan beat of Skratt to the foot-stomping Flemish folk sounds of accordion quartet Decolores. Entry is free but online registration is required for each performance. 19-28 May across Antwerp province

THEATRE: The Only Way Is Up

Young Flemish performers Boris Van Severen and Jonas Vermeulen first dazzled the theatre world with their 2014 debut The Great Downhill Journey of Little Tommy. Part rock concert and part contemporary theatre, Little Tommy played from Ostend’s Theater Aan Zee to Edinburgh’s prestigious Fringe Festival. Now the pair present their latest. The Only Way Is Up continues to fuse disparate genres, in this case electronic dance music and opera. The plot follows four protagonists at successive stages in their lives as their circumstances and attitudes change. Expect plenty of beats and neon. (In English) 24-26 May, 20.30 at Campo, Ghent

VISUAL ARTS: Antwerp Art Weekend

This third edition of Antwerp Art Weekend brings together over 60 of the port city’s galleries, art spaces, temporary exhibitions and museums for a three-day celebration of contemporary art. In addition to their usual offerings, many of these are extending hours and adding content. The biggest single event is Night of the Visual Arts at the event’s main hub De Studio. Kicking off Saturday night and stretching well into Sunday morning, this white night of artistic revelry combines a pop-up exhibition of young Antwerp talent and a dance party organised by the local DJ collective TRAP. 19-21 May across Antwerp

LITERATURE: Poetry of Loss

Cardiff-based arts association Literature Wales collaborates with Brussels’ own Passa Porta to celebrate the work of Romantic poet Hedd Wyn and other artists who lost their lives on the battlefields of Flanders during the First World War. Wyn’s literary career was just taking off when he was conscripted and cut down during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. The evening features readings by National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn, performance by Welsh singer Gwyneth Glyn and commentary by literary critics Geert Buelens and Patrick McGuinness. (In English and Welsh) 23 May, 20.00 at Passa Porta, Brussels

More events that deserve your attention

Elvis in concert!: In celebration of what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, the King of Rock & Roll “performs” on screen in a unique collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, featuring an appearance by his former wife, Priscilla Presley. 19 May 20.00, Paleis 12, Miramarlaan, Brussels

The Shape I’m In: Five Meetjesland musicians bring their own version of groovecore, a solid blend of stoner rock, blues and grunge, on two guitars, bass, voice and drum. 20 May 21.00, De Karper, Kortrijksesteenweg 2, Ghent

Tomeka Reid Quartet: The Chicago-based cellist, composer and melodic improviser performs with her band, including guitar, double bass and drums. 24 May 20.15, Handelsbeurs, Kouter 29, Ghent

Mouw: Original dance and theatre performance with special characters showing that it’s all right to be different, featuring unusual music instruments and aimed at kids up to age four. (in Dutch) Until 13 June, across Flanders

Brussels Pride Parade: The theme of this 22nd edition of the annual Brussels parade celebrating the LGBT community is “asylum and migration”, with a focus on the experiences of LGBT refugees. 20 May 12.00, Kunstberg, Brussels

Jasmin Frelih: Free literary brunch with the Slovenian writer and striking new voice in contemporary European literature, whose futuristic stories and debut novel have met with critical acclaim for their take on individualism, social relations and the canvas of human existence (in English). 20 May 11.00-12.00, De Groene Waterman, Wolstraat 7, Antwerp