Art, architecture and late summer activities


A round-up of activities in Flanders and Brussels this week

The week in activities: 9-15 October

Late Summer in the Maasland: For five weeks in a row, five cities in the Meuse Valley host special evening programmes beginning at dusk. In Kinrooi, take a river cruise and release illuminated wish-balloons over the Meuse river. In Oud-Rekem, take a guided walk through the village, which will be awash in lights, and watch a performance by a fire breather. In Stokkem, experience the stillness of nature on a torch-lit boat ride.

An atmospheric evening walk in Leut begins and ends at a castle, and a special twilight tourist train goes from Maaseik to the historic village of Aldeneik.
Until 2 November, across Meuse Valley
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Brusselse Sporen
For the third year in a row, Brusselse Sporen (Traces of Brussels) highlights connections between the capital and other cities in Flanders. Each year, two cities are given the spotlight. The programme in Ostend wraps up on 13 October, while the activities in Hasselt kick off on 12 October with demonstrations by celebrity chef Giovanni Oosters and beer tasting with Julien Vrebos at the Smaaksalon in the city centre.
Until 27 October across Hasselt, Ostend & Brussels

Brussels Accessible Art Fair
The 10th edition of a juried art fair that encourages direct interaction between artists and potential buyers. Admission is low, and pieces are priced starting at €100 to encourage first-time buyers. Works include photography, sculpture, painting and ceramics.
10-13 October, Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Brussels

Nacht van de Duisternis
Once a year, cities and their residents turn out their lights to enjoy the natural darkness and draw attention to energy savings. Events are organised across Flanders, and, if you have kids, the Planetarium of Brussels hosts a fine one – an evening of stargazing, concerts, guided tours, games and other kids’ entertainment offsite at an old monastery. 
Saturday, 12 October, 18.30-00.00, Red Cloister Art Centre, Brussels 

Architecture Day
The celebration of contemporary architecture in Flanders looks at sustainable development this year with the theme “Flowering Landscapes”. Featured projects suggest ways of doing more with less space. New this year is the choice of a Capital City, which is Genk. Its development from industrial zone to modern community serves as a template for the challenges facing the rest of Flanders and similar regions across Europe. Check the website for the complete programme of guided tours, lectures, bike tours and exhibitions in every province.
Sunday, 13 October, across Flanders

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