What’s on: Barrell races, rodeo and jousting in Ghent


Flanders Horse Expo tops our agenda picks of the week, a programme of diverse showmanship, competitions and pony rides, good for the whole family

Flanders Horse Expo

Whether you are an expert rider or have never been on a horse in your life, Flanders Horse Expo welcomes you to this biggest event of its kind in the Benelux. While there are competitions, a market and buying and selling for those serious about equestrianship, the event is mostly about grand races and shows.

See horse-drawn wagons race around obstacles with stunning precision, rodeo, stunt shows, seminars, readings, pony rides for the kiddies and … wait for it … jousting. Yee-haw! 22-24 February, Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter 1, Ghent

Passa Porta Festival Prelude

It’s one month until the Passa Porta Festival, a biennial literary event that sees more than 100 authors in 70 readings and talks across Brussels. So the multi-lingual literary organisation is hosting the Passa Porta Festival Prelude, where local celebs – including actor  Charlotte Vandermeersch (pictured) and slam poet Anissa Boujdaini – tell you who they’re looking forward to seeing at the festival and read from their work. (In Dutch and French) 28 February 20.00-21.00, Passa Porta, Antoine Dansaertstraat 46

JEF Festival

The JEF Festival of film for young people casts its net wide age-wise, with something for tiny tots as well as cynical teenagers. Adults can also find flicks to their liking, such as the new Flemish film Binti (pictured) about an undocumented 12-year-old girl whose life of school and video-blogging is suddenly upended, Los Bando, a Norwegian movie about alt rock teenagers on a road trip to a band competition, and the stop-motion adventure Captain Morten and the Spider Queen. There are also concerts, workshops and meet-ups with directors and actors. 23 February to 10 March, across Flanders

Get tickets now: No Such Thing as a Fish

Tickets are selling like hotcakes to this live recording of No Such Thing as a Fish, the wildly successful podcast derived from the legendary BBC quiz QI. The geekishly funny researchers behind the quiz programme present the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts known to humankind. With 1.5 million downloads a week, No Such Thing as a Fish is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and the stage recordings have sold out major international performance halls. 4 June 20.15-22.30, Arenberg, Arenbergstraat 28, Antwerp

Photos: Charlotte Vandermeersch/Dirk Waem/BELGA, Binti courtesy Bullet Proof Cupid