What’s on: Lissewege’s fairy-tale light festival


A charming village bathed in lights is our top pick of activities this week, but Brussels and Antwerp both have sublime summer options


Lissewege, a district of Bruges, is a lovely little whitewashed village on any day, but this weekend it’s a real fairy tale when thousands of candles fill up windowsills and light installations guide visitors through the glowing streets.

There are also fire shows, a “magical garden” and, special for this 20th edition, a chance to help set the “biggest fireworks ever in the town” alight with your own sparkler. Everything is free to access. 17-18 August 21.00-23.30, Lissewege (Bruges)


Cinema Nova’s annual festival puts film in unlikely spots in the capital. That doesn’t mean cobblestone squares or hidden gardens, it means abandoned fields or industrial zones or, such as this year, underneath a viaduct and in an export warehouse for second-hand cars. The setting fits the theme, which for this edition is Brussels’ ongoing love affair with the automobile. PleinOPENair also includes guided walks and debates, and everything is free. It’s advisable, however, to reserve a place in advance for the walks. 22 August to 1 September, across Brussels


Where you can you hear Bach and Mozart next to Slongs Dievanongs or Ed Sheeran? At Antwerp’s Monday night carillon concerts under the cathedral’s bell tower on Groenplaats. Some pieces are written specifically for carillon bells? but others are simply adapted, and anything goes. Carillon players play live for the weekly summer concerts, and there are two more editions. You get to cast a vote for what will be played at the final concert on 27 August. Vote on the website by 20 August and then just show up in Groenplaats, or surrounding streets, and listen. 20 & 27 August 20.00-21.00, Groenplaats


American lo-fi indie rocker Charlyn Marie Marshall, better known as Cat Power, has finally released a new album, six years after Sun. Wanderer releases on 5 October and carries a title inspired by Marshall’s nomadic lifestyle. Having grown up moving around a lot in the US, she spent the last few years “going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale,” she told Pitchfork, “with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.” In any case, expect more of the soulful voice and lyrics, with gospel and blues influences, for which the 46-year-old is known. This show is bound to sell out, so pick up tix while you still can. 26 October 20.00, Ancienne Belgique, Anspachlaan 110, Brussels