What’s on: Jump, slide and fall at Air Games
It’s your final chance this year to discover the inflatable obstacle course that is Air Games, while an arboretum tour in English, Open Business Day and Film Fest Gent offers endless opportunities for fun
Ostensibly, it’s a race, but most people don’t take it that seriously, seeing as a lively air-filled adventure more than a competition. This isn’t an inexpensive activity, but it does come with a snack, drink, place to put your stuff, a warm-up by professional coaches, a T-shirt and a medal! Air Games travels around Belgium, and this is the last stop this year. Open to ages 12 and up. 6 October, Puyenbroeck, Puyenbrug 1, Wachtebeke (East Flanders)
Tour of Arboretum
Outside of offers for tourists visiting the art cities, guided tours in English are few and far between in Flanders. It’s worth it to check out, then, a series of guided tours for international residents hosted by the province of Flemish Brabant. Coming up this weekend, for instance, is a tour of the Sonian Forest’s arboretum in Tervuren. Later this month, you’re invited to a tour of a geuze brewery (with tasting, natch). A wide variety of tours in English continue into next year.
Film Fest Gent
The largest film festival in Belgium kicks off on Tuesday and takes over the city of Ghent for 11 days. There are hundreds of features, shorts, talks and special guests. The event is also host to the World Soundtrack Awards, a chic gala where the public can hobnob with the industry’s most famous composers. Hollywood Nightmares: Scary Symphonic Scores, courtesy of the Brussels Philharmonic, should also prove more than entertaining. Don’t let language stop you from seeing a flick: Many film are in English, and those that aren’t often have English subtitles. The festival closes, by the way, with a screening of The Mustang, starring Flanders’ most internationally renowned actor, Matthias Schoenaerts. In English and getting very good reviews, it’s the story of a prison programme wherein inmates must break wild horses. 8-18 October, across Ghent
Hundreds of companies and non-profits invite the public behind the scenes of a working day during Open Bedrijvendag, or Open Business Day. This year there is a focus on the circular economy, sustainable entrepreneurs and organic horticulture. Get a tour of the family-owned Hollebeek farm in Kruibeke, for instance, or Festicup in Herk-de-Stad, which produces reusable plastic cups for festivals. There’s also special maps with cycle routes so you can visit more than one business in a specific area. And everything is for free.
Photos from top: Courtesy Air Games, ©Gympie De Rat Productions/VBTA, courtesy Sony Pictures, courtesy Made in Vlaams-Brabant