What's on this week: 23 August


Three days of Latin art and music, sustainable food festival and open-air classical concerts: our top picks for the week in Flanders and Brussels

FESTIVAL: Fiesta Latina

The local Central and South American communities have been showcasing their art, music and food at this massive annual weekender since 2012.

Billed as “the most caliente festival in Brussels,” Fiesta Latina is three days of live music, trendy DJs, traditional dance troupes, Lucha Libre wrestlers, a mechanical bull, limbo contest, taco trucks, refreshing cocktails and – naturally – piñatas. The festival celebrates the diversity of New World culture from the ancient empires of Mexico to the contemporary streets of Brazil. Highlights include Franco-Mexican percussion band Kumbia Boruka and local rumba/fusion group Arumbo. 25-27 August, Ter Kamerenbos, Brussels

CLASSICAL: Lekker Klassiek

Antwerp’s new concept festival Lekker Klassiek combines cuisine and classical music in a spectacular setting. The sound is served up on two open-air stages by several ensembles hand-selected by music curator – and headliner – Jef Neve. Expect numbers from the world-renowned Ghent-based composer/pianist’s new album Spirit Control, inspired by a trip to Italy. In addition to the concerts, no less than 11 of the region’s top chefs are showcasing their signature dishes in the festival’s food village. Among them are Roger van Damme of Antwerp Michelin-starred lunch lounge Het Gebaar and Bruges “shockolatier” Dominique Persoone. 26 August, 15.30-midnight, De Schorre, Boom

FAMILY: Leven in ’t park

If it’s the last Wednesday in August, then it’s time for Destelbergen’s annual village festival. Set in the Ghent district’s stately Reinaertpark, the event boasts a massive community market and book exchange, with loads of family-friendly entertainment in the mix. There are dance workshops and musical theatre by the likes of Kapitein Winokio (pictured). Live music is provided by the winners of this year’s Local Heroes competition. The day-long event ends with an open-air screening of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, during which visitors are invited to bring a blanket and stretch out. 30 August, from 13.00, Reinaertpark, Destelbergen

FOOD&DRINK: (H)eerlijk Brugge

The second edition of Bruges’ sustainable food festival is a tasty way to learn more about what’s on your plate. The event, organised by the Brugs Food Lab, kicks off with a morning screening of a documentary on sustainable food. For the rest of the day, local producers offer free tastings of ethically produced dishes while associations put on cooking demonstrations and talks on waste and animal rights as well as organic and urban agriculture. There are also fair trade beverages. Dinner is served at a long table, community style. 27 August, 11.00, Astridpark, Bruges

More events that deserve your attention

Abba...Zappa: Work by Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot, who made his career shooting rock and pop icons in the 1960s and 1970s, including David Bowie, Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. Until 15 October, Doka Antwerpen, Lange Koepoortstraat 17, Antwerp

The Park to Be: Free activities for all ages, including creative workshops, yoga, horseback riding, conversation tables, bubble football and petanque, and featuring standholders from various organisations, including craftspeople and sports clubs. Until 27 August, Josaphatpark, Brussels

Mooov wijkt af (Mooov in Neighbourhoods): Turnhout’s film festival takes to rooftops, squares and parks across the region, with open-air screenings and pop-up bars. Until 2 September, across Flanders

Tricks on the Dead: Reading and screening of the docudrama Tricks on the Dead: the Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WW1 by Canadian director Jordan Paterson, a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Chinese labourers who were sent to the battlefields of Europe, tasked with clearing munitions and the dead. 2 September 19.00, CC Ghybe, Sint-Annastraat 13, Poperinge

Walking Dender 2017: 10th edition of the free evening market along the Dender River, featuring fine arts objects, culinary gadgets, entertainment and an artists’ village. 25 August 19.00-00.00, Koningin Astridlaan, Dendermonde

Museum Nocturnes: Catch Ostend’s final Museum Nocturnes, a summer Saturday night event, when nine museums stay open late and host activities. This Saturday you’ll find a linedance workshop at the Venetian Galleries and a guided tour of Leon Spillaert’s inspirations among the offer. 26 August, across Ostend