What’s on: The best in recent queer cinema takes over Ghent

Summary

While Ghent revels in its fine LGBTI film festival programme, Brussels gets sophisticated at Brafa, and Sint-Niklaas puts a glow in dark winter days

Pinx at Sphinx

While Antwerp is home to Flanders’ big Pride celebration every summer, Ghent makes waves with its annual queer film festival. Pinx at Sphinx offers a small but carefully curated selection of films.

Highlights this year are Retablo by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, about a young teen in the Peruvian Andes who struggles with the consequences of his father’s secret, and Can You Ever Forgive Me (pictured), American director Marielle Heller’s Oscar-nominated adaption of the autobiography by Lee Israel, who in the 1990s, her writing career finished, took to forging letters by celebrities and literary greats. Every feature at Pinx is preceded by a short film. 30 January to 3 February, Sphinx Cinema,  Sint-Michielshelling 3, Ghent

Brafa Art Fair

One of Europe’s leading arts and antique fairs takes place in Brussels this week, with selections from antiquity to the 21st century. Brafa is great for browsing but even better if you’re in the market for a bit of home décor with a history. There’s also an exhibition by the Royal Chamber of Art Dealers that includes two works by Magritte from private collections and art talks in English, French and Dutch. While you can pick up pieces that cost a few hundred euros, you’ll be in the presence of gemstones, medieval sculpture and ancient tapestries that cost millions. 26 January to 3 February, Tour & Taxis, Havenlaan 86

Glow

“I see thee better in the dark,” wrote Emily Dickinson, a line that triggered the imagination of the organisers of Glow, an exhibition dedicated to objects that emit light in one way or another and other works that illustrate its power to determine our movements, observances or mood. The exhibition, at the Warp art space in Sint-Niklaas, East Flanders, opens with a New Year’s Drink this Sunday and is thereafter open on Fridays, Saturdays and by appointment. Vernissage: 27 January 14.00-17.00, then Friday & Saturday 14.00-17.00 until 23 February, Warp, Apostelstraat 20, Sint-Niklaas

Rise for Climate

While Belgium’s pupils have been taking to the streets in Brussels every Thursday, everyone is invited to the next big Rise for Climate march. The first march early last month saw more than 65,000 people protesting the lack of action on climate change. 27 January, start 14.00, North Station