What's on this week: 22 March


Marrakesh market in Ghent, Birdman in concert and a documentary film festival: our pick of events in Flanders and Brussels this week

FESTIVAL: Djemaa El Fna

Ghent street festival Gentse Lente has been promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding since 2013. Every year local organisers recreate Marrakech’s famous Jemaa el-Fna in the heart of the East Flemish capital.

The market is alive all day long with music, dance, street theatre, children’s activities and, of course, food and drink. This free event coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and aims to bring Ghent’s various communities together. The task is all the more urgent in the current political climate. 23 March, 16.00, Bij Sint-Jacobs, Ghent

VISUAL ARTS: Kraanvogels en kersenbloesems

For centuries, East Asia has loomed large in the European artistic imagination as a land of beauty and mystery. This exhibition (Cranes and Cherry Blossoms) explores myth and reality through graphic novels by contemporary Flemish and French artists. Among them are award-winning Gentenaar Carll Cneut and Parisian illustrator Rébecca Dautremer, who presents a visual adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s 1996 novel Silk. The show is part of Hasselt’s Yokosofestival, which celebrates the 25th birthday of the city’s Japanese Garden with a programme of events and activities throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Until 14 October, Literair Museum, Hasselt

CONCERT: Antonio Sanchez

Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s whirlwind film, was as pioneering for its brilliant cinematography – seemingly shot in a single, uninterrupted take – as its trailblazing score, a continuous series of solo drums that paced, tickled and propelled the movie forward. It was written and performed by the Mexican jazz drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez. The four-time Grammy Award winner is touring the US and Europe with a performance that takes the delectable Birdman experience one step further by way of a “cineconcert” in which Sanchez plays the score onstage while the 2015 Best Picture winner unfolds onscreen. 27-28 March 20.30, Bozar, Brussels

FILM: Millenium Film Festival

This annual festival showcases the year’s most eye-opening, socially engaged documentaries. Screenings are hosted at five venues, including festival hub Cinéma Galeries. Prizes are awarded in international, youth and worker’s categories. There’s also a new Belgian film prize. In keeping with the festival’s participatory ethos, the competition is refereed by an audience jury of film buffs and activists in addition to the professional jury. This edition opens with South Korean director Hyewon Jee’s crowdpleaser Singing with Angry Bird (pictured), the story of a former opera singer who puts together a children’s choir, earning the nickname in the title for his less-than-patient temperament. 24 March to 2 April, across Brussels

More events that deserve your attention

Trivium: The American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, rampages through Europe  with an extensive run of headline shows. Think Metallica, Machine Head. 25 March 19.00, Trix, Noordersingel 28, Antwerp

The Pursuit of Love: Charity concert in aid of Chain of Hope Belgium, by the International Chorale of Brussels, featuring a programme of madrigals performed with baroque ensemble El Capricho del Duende and recorder ensemble Il flauti dolci. 24 March 20.00, St Anne’s church, Oudergem; 26 March 15.30, St. Jan’s church, Tervuren 

Table Top Shakespeare: UK theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment present the complete works of William Shakespeare in 36 separate performances, using only one table and a set of ordinary household objects (in English). Until 26 March, Campo Victoria, Fratersplein 7, Ghent

Across Japan: A look at the unique cross-fertilization between Japanese and Western fashion, and in particular the fascinating innovations introduced by Japanese avant-garde designers in combination with Western interpretations of Japanese aesthetics. Until 3 September, Modemuseum Hasselt, Gasthuisstraat 11, Hasselt 

Donna Haraway: Brussels filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova talks with the American philosopher, activist and science-fiction enthusiast following a screening of his film about her, then she reads from her work the following night. (In English) 30-31 March, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

Courtisane Film Festival: This yearly experimental film festival screen dozens of works by some of the world’s most cutting-edge filmmakers. 29 March to 2 April, across Ghent