What's on this week: 6 September


Extra City grand opening, Marni Jazz Fest and Design September: our top picks for the week in Flanders and Brussels

EVENT: Design September

Brussels celebrates the applied arts with a month-long showcase of established and up-and-coming talent. The highlight of the design season in Belgium, Design September’s programme promises more than 100 design-related activities, from exhibitions to lectures to pop-up stores to parties.

Special guests include Limburg design luminary Pieter Stockmans and young Eindhoven-based Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell. The popular Arts and Crafts tour highlights the capital’s artisan jewellers. Over 20 jewellery workshops open their doors to visitors while the Hotel Be Manos hosts a jewellery exhibition. The Commerce Design Award recognises cutting-edge architecture and interior design in local businesses. 7-30 September, Across Brussels

FESTIVAL: Marni Jazz Festival

Each annual edition of the Marni Jazz Festival puts a different instrument in the spotlight. This year is all about drums, with six evenings of percussion-oriented concerts. Opening night sees the premiere of the Rêve d’Eléphant Orchestra’s latest work REO Percussions, a tribal drum blowout composed just for Marni. Other festival premieres include jazz veteran Stéphane Galland’s new world-music outfit The Mystery of Kem and rising young drummer Antoine Pierre’s latest project NextApe. Marni Jazz also boasts a swinging exhibition of jazz-inspired drawings by illustrator Serge Dehaes. 7-16 September, Marni Theater, Brussels

VISUAL ARTS: Extra City Reopening

Antwerp’s politically minded arts centre Extra City comes out of its years-long hibernation following a move to an old washhouse in Berchem, now completely renovated. This festive grand opening weekend includes the inauguration of the group exhibition Extra Citizen, featuring contributions by 14 young European artists. It’s the centrepiece of a series of accompanying performances and discussions with the concept of citizenship front and centre. Extra City curators Antonia Alampi, Iliana Fokianaki and Michiel Vandevelde invite all ages to discover that art is an essential ingredient in civic engagement.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Deep in the woods

If you haven’t yet dived into the wilderness this summer, this might be your last chance. The small annual festival is located deep in the Flemish Ardennes and can only be found by GPS. Tickets are cheap, but the line-up is grand. For its seventh edition, Deep in the Woods has snagged the multi-talented Mauro Pawlowski as artist in residence. Other highlights include Curtis Harding, Waxahatchee and Laura Gibson, as well as Chantal Acda, DAAU and Témé Tan. There is a camping site right next to the festival area and even babysitting for the kids. 8-10 September

Other events that deserve your attention

Tori Amos: The American singer-songwriter, pianist, composer and activist presents her hotly anticipated 15th studio album, Native Invader. 9 September 20.00, Capitole Gent, Graaf van Vlaanderenplein 5, Ghent

Spots Festival: Second edition of the festival that scatters hybrid music/theatre performances in unique locations across the city. 10-24 September, CC Hasselt

DocPoppies: The series of screenings of contemporary Belgian documentaries this time features Burning out by Jérôme le Maire, which addresses career burn-out among doctors and nursing staff. 12 September to 5 December, across Flanders

Ghent Film Festival Opening Night: The 44th edition of the world-renowned film festival kicks off with a red carpet affair featuring Flemish refugee drama Insyriated,with the director and lead actor Hiam Abbass in attendance, followed by a reception. Kinepolis event is by invite-only, but tickets are on sale for the same programme at Vooruit. 10 October, Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, Ghent

Brussels Gallery Weekend: Grand reopening of a new cultural season for the capital’s contemporary art galleries, with shows in more than 40 galleries and non-profit spaces. 7-10 September, across Brussels

Wiels Art Book Fair: Art book fair featuring more than 50 artists, publishers and collectors offering their photo books, catalogues, periodicals and other artsy printed matter for sale. Also lectures and other activities. 8-10 September, Wiels, Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels