What’s on: The history of Bruges at your feet


Top of the bill this week is Bruges’ annual Holy Blood Procession, a 1,700-strong enactment of Christian and social history

Holy Blood Procession

Every Ascension Day, the people of Bruges bring the vial containing the cloth purported to be stained by the blood of Christ out from the basilica and into the streets. It is the star of an impressive spectacle featuring 1,700 costumed figures.

The Unesco-recognised Holy Blood Procession sees citizens acting out the story of the Bible in short theatrical pieces.  But there are also contingents of musicians, soldiers, dancers, royalty, children and more, some marching and some on horseback or riding themed floats. The procession has developed over the years into a full-blown history of Bruges, with special attention paid to the city’s 15th-century golden age. Spectators line up along the procession route, but tickets are also available for seating along the way. 30 May from 14.30, across Bruges

Make Noise for Climate

It’s Youth for Climate’s final march before the regional, federal and European elections on Sunday, and that means par-tay. Make Noise for Climate starts with the now familiar protest march around the capital, but ends at Tour & Taxis with a festival, featuring speeches (sure), live music (cool) and an open-air party (woo-hoo!) Slongs and Absynthe Minded get in on the act. 24 May, march from Central Station at 13.00, festival at Tour & Taxis 14.30-19.30, Brussels

Le Corbusier: Linkeroever & Chandigarh

What’s life like in a planned city? Do things run more smoothly – and for how long? How does it affect people who already lived in the area before all the new buildings and bridges went up? Check out Le Corbusier: Linkeroever & Chandigarh, an exhibition devoted to the development of Chandigarh in northern India. A project headed up by the 20th-century Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, it is known as one of the most successful planned cities ever developed and is recognised by Unesco as world heritage. Le Corbusier also created a design for Linkeroever, which was never realised. What would it be like now if it had been? Until 18 August, Mas Museum, Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerp

Belgian Knockout

One of the biggest spectator sports in Flanders is … golf. You didn’t see that coming, but some 18,000 people flocked to the first edition of the Belgian Knockout at the Rinkven International Golf Club in Schilde, near Antwerp. They had been waiting a long time … The Belgian Knockout is the return of the Belgian Open to the European Tour after an 18-year absence. World-class golfers confirmed this year are British Masters winner Marcus Kinhult, English Challenge and Portugal Masters champion Tom Lewis, World Cup of Golf champ Thomas Pieters (pictured) and last year’s Knockout winner Adrian Otaegui. 30 May to 2 June, Rinkvan International Golf Club, Sint-Jobsteenweg 120, Schilde

Stuk Eindfeest

Leuven cultural centre Stuk is ending its season with a bang. The Eindfeest (Final Party) includes a barbecue, pancakes a crowd-pleasing sing-along and a ‘somewhat bizarre carnival’. Later bands, including Borokov Borokov and Shht take the stage, and still later clubStuk finds London DJs Tasker and re:ni spinning until god knows when. It all happens on a Tuesday night, and Stuk politely reminds us that Wednesday is a public holiday. 29 May from 19.00, Stuk, Naamsestraat 96, Leuven

Photos: Holy Blood/©Franck Toussaint, Knockout/©Dirk Waem/BELGA