What’s on this week: 27 July


Festivals of classical, African and rock music, plus an urban photography expo: our pick of events across Flanders and Brussels


The Gentse Feesten has wrapped, but Ghent still has plenty of party in it. Sint-Denijs-Westrem, a village on the outskirts of the city, hosts the free weekend festival Dioniss for the ninth year. The main square comes alive with street theatre, live music, games, workshops, food trucks and a summer terrace.

Most of the action, including performances by Antwerp electro group Soldier’s Heart and Brussels indie-fusion band Fùgù Mango (pictured), happens on day two. Dioniss doesn’t neglect the kids either. Its family programme boasts puppet shows, live rock music, stand-up comedy and a family-friendly DJ. 29-30 July, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Ghent

CLASSICAL: Zomer van Sint-Pieter

Leuven classical music festival Zomer van Sint-Pieter was conceived in 2001 as a spin-off of the successful Brussels series Midis-Minimes, which had been regaling the capital with daily lunchtime concerts throughout the summer for 15 years. Now the Leuven festival celebrates its own crystal anniversary with a season full of the world’s best musicians performing works by history’s most seminal composers. Concerts start promptly at 12.15. The coming week sees performances by Brussels-based cello quartet Tetracelli (pictured), Eastern European folk duo Deborah Nemtanu and Natacha Kudritskaya and more. Until 31 August, 30CC, Leuven

VISUAL ARTS: Cities and (Velo)cities

The sixth edition of the Summer of Photography biennale is in full swing with events across Brussels. The exhibition Cities and (Velo)cities weaves together two of the major threads in contemporary photography: the technical problem of capturing movement in a still image and the ethical problem of urban space, its representation and its effects on the everyday lives of citizens. Supported by the Visegrad Fund, photographers from Poland, Hungary and the Czech and Slovak Republics explored their own cities and present their impressions here. Until 28 August, De Markten, Brussels

FESTIVAL: Sfinks Mixed

Now in its 41st edition, Sfinks Mixed has always been way ahead of the curve when it comes to world music. The free four-day festival was one of the first to promote artists from Africa and the Caribbean. Its scope has since expanded to embrace folk styles from around the world, including homegrown genres. This is the only festival where you’ll see Flemish folk-rock singer Guido Belcanto and Jamaican reggae star Marcia Griffiths on the same stage on the same day. Sfinks doesn’t just mix music. There’s also a market with crafts from around the world and a kids village with non-stop amusement for the young ones. 28-31 July, Molenveld, Boechout

More events that deserve your attention

JMSN: Fresh off his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Detroit-area singer and multi-instrumentalist JMSN (pronounced Jameson) releases his third album and undertakes a headline tour of Europe. 2 October 20.00, Ancienne Belgique, Anspachlaan 110, Brussels

Guy Slabbinck: Scramble for Africa: Ghent artist revisits Belgium’s controversial colonial history with this triptych of large-format paintings, prominently displayed in DOK’s windows. Until 31 July, DOK, Koopvaardijlaan 13, Ghent

Bart Lodewijks: Photographic documentation of Dutch conceptual artist Lodewijks’ monumental but ephemeral chalk drawings. In the context of the Summer of Photography biennale. Until 4 September, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

Suikerrock: Thirtieth anniversary edition of sweet summer music festival is headlined by Deep Purple and boasts an appearance by national heroes dEUS. 29-31 July, Tienen

M-idzomer: Open-air city festival features international acts like Mark Lanegan Band as well as contemporary art. 28-31 July, M Museum, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven

Brussels Beach: With its weekly kids concerts (every Wednesday) and open-air museum exhibits (every Saturday), the capital’s pop-up beach is a paradise for families. Until 7 August, Saincteletteplein, Brussels