What's on this week: 3 May


Belgian pride, epic brewery crawl and concerts by musical newcomers: our pick of events in Flanders and Brussels

FESTIVAL: Belgian Pride

Brussels’ annual pride parade has expanded into a two-week festival of events celebrating inclusion and LGBTQI+ community life in Brussels. The theme of this year’s edition is “Crossing Borders” and highlights issues of migration and asylum, particularly as experienced by queer migrants.

Belgian Pride kicks off on 4 May with the MiniPride parade, a folkloric procession from the Town Hall to the Manneken-Pis, dressed for the occasion in a Gaultier-designed Pride costume. The festival culminates on 20 May with the big parade, which draws tens of thousands. There are also exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, drag shows (pictured) and parties galore. 4-20 May, across Brussels

CONCERT: Lost Frequencies

Although a relative newcomer to the dance music scene, Lost Frequencies is already a global chart-topper. The face behind the alias is that of young Brussels-born DJ Felix De Laet. In 2014, his remix of Easton Corbin’s drawling country tune “Are You with Me” dominated dance floors and supermarkets around the world. The track earned De Laet invitations to perform at clubs and festivals from Belgium to Brazil. Now, an industry veteran at age 23, De Laet has released a follow-up album Less Is More and is headlining Antwerp’s Lotto Arena with support from Nick Delgado and Henri PFR. 6 May, 18.30, Lotto Arena, Antwerp

FOOD&DRINK: Toer de Geuze

Flanders’ epic brewery crawl celebrates its 20th birthday in a big way. The event, which sees several breweries in the Pajottenland area of Flemish Brabant open to the public, has been a biennial tradition since 1997. This is the first time the festivities will stretch across an entire weekend and include camping possibilities for visiting lambic-lovers. This anniversary tour is also the largest thus far, with nine breweries set to open their doors and let the taps flow. Among them are Lindemans, Mort Subite and Oud Beersel. The collaboration is to be immortalized in a limited edition “Megablend” beer. 6-7 May, across Pajottenland and Senne Valley

CONCERT: Grey Lotus

Dutch experimental folk group Grey Lotus was born in 2008 as a creative partnership between vocalist Joost Verhagen and multi-instrumentalist Daan Arisz. The pairing has since blossomed into an ensemble featuring pianist and avant-garde composer Niels van der Weiden, vocalist Judith Wesselius and bassist Matthijs Tuijn. The group’s sound has also expanded to embrace free jazz as well as industrial influences. The band recently celebrated the release of their third album Acacia with a marathon run of Record Store Day performances at shops across Amsterdam and their home base Haarlem. Now they return to Flanders to present their latest work. 5-6 May, Papa Jos, Antwerp and Kinky Star, Ghent

More events that deserve your attention

Bach Heritage Festival: Festival dedicated to Bach’s music and the influence he had on the composers who followed him, featuring a birthday concert for conductor (and festival curator) Philippe Herreweghe and a succession of performances by renowned ensembles. Until 21 May, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

In Between Violet and Green: Inspired by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, an architect, photographer, singer and musicians transform into technicians of the imagination, fusing sound and visuals into a shifting landscape of impressions. 4 May 20.30, CC De Spil Roeselare and 5 May 20.00, CC De Ververij Ronse

Pablo Francisco: Stand-up by the American comedian, impressionist and sound effect extraordinaire, best known for his off-the-wall characters and spot-on impersonations of celebrities, family and a multitude of nationalities. 3 May 20.00, Zuiderpershuis, Timmerwerfstraat 40, Antwerp

The Sisters of Mercy: The post-punk veterans from Leeds have added a second date to their Brussels stop to accommodate fans of the self-proclaimed “industrial groove machine”. 5 September 19.00, Ancienne Belgique, Anspachlaan 110, Brussels

Chocolate Secrets: Free exhibition about the origins of cocoa, featuring Mayan ceremonial drinking cups, European porcelain chocolate pots, statues from cocoa plantations and original canisters and posters from Antwerp chocolate confectioners. Until 3 September, MAS, Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerp

Mechelen Hears Voices: Mechelen’s leg of the Festival of Flanders, featuring the best of vocal classical music, including rising star soprano Lore Binon. Until 14 May, across Mechelen