What’s on: Europe’s only ethnic-minority orchestra plays Flanders

Summary

British orchestra Chineke! makes its debut on the continent, while a show on digital art and Antwerp’s new cinema are great bets this week

Chineke!

London’s unique Chineke! Orchestra make stops in Bruges and Antwerp on their first tour of the continent. Europe’s only orchestra made up of a majority of black musicians, it is inspiring change in the UK’s classical music industry by highlighting its lack of diversity.

For four years now, Chineke! has helped musicians find their place in an area where they are sorely under-represented. The tour programme includes Romantic works by Weber, Coleridge-Taylor and Brahms. 8 November 20.00, Concertgebouw, Bruges; 16 November 20.00, Desingel, Antwerp

NTAA’19

While we’ve all stared at a 17th-century painting and thought ‘how on earth did he get those folds in the curtain just so or manage to recreate that lace ruff so perfectly?’, a visit to the exhibition of the New Technological Art Award will have you asking similar questions. The works might be digital, but they come with their own set of challenges. A mere 20 projects were chosen by an international jury from more than 700 entries. They come together in the NTAA’19 exhibition and compete for several prizes. These works expand the traditional idea of art, as art, science and technology both merge with and challenge each other. Entry is free, and the vernissage is 1 November. 2-24 November, Zebrastraat Art Platform, Zebrastraat 32, Ghent

De Cinema

Have you discovered De Cinema yet? The new venue opened at Antwerp youth culture house De Studio last summer. The city’s contemporary art museum M HKA moved its Cinema Zuid programme to De Studio, and the result is a new centre that encompasses a wealth of film-related activities for all ages. This weekend you can find a revival of Gone With the Wind, moving family film Coco and J.Lo’s new blockbuster Hustlers, which goes some way to illustrating De Cinema’s diversity of offerings. There’s also a live soundtrack performance with Asian Dub Foundation playing music from the legendary 1990s French film La Haine. Maarschalk Gérardstraat 4, Antwerp

Get tickets now: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Tickets have been flying out the door for Belgian stage director Mesut Arslan’s version of the Edward Albee classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? While you might know the story – a long-married couple invite a younger couple over for drinks and proceed to launch cruel remarks at each other – you’ve never seen it played like this. Arslan manipulates the foursome with 12 voices that intervene on their behalf – or to contradict them. While some statements are amplified, others are weakened. Gradually, a game of hierarchy, peer pressure and power unfolds in which the audience is left to question not only the motivations of the characters but of the society that surrounds them. The Dutch-language production kicks off at KVS in Brussels, where it is already sold out, but tickets are still available for its tour across Flanders. English surtitles are onscreen in Antwerp and Ghent. Until 26 February, across Flanders