What’s on: Mechelen throws its first ever Museum Night


Mechelen’s Museum Night debut is limited but includes its brand new museum, while a huge picnic takes over Antwerp’s Harbour House and

Museum Night Mechelen

Spend the night at a museum – or flit between three – during Mechelen’s first Museum Night. Check out vintage toys at the Toy Museum, remember the Holocaust at Kazerne Dossin or hobnob with the cultural aesthetes of the Renaissance at the brand new Museum Hof van Busleyden.

One ticket buys access to all three museums until midnight. As a bonus, Bus-Kruid will arrive with food and drink trucks for late night cravings. As an added bonus, the Hof van Busleyden will be in the midst of a three-day grand opening festival. 22 June, across Mechelen

Picnic at Harbour House

Care for a little Columbia coffee? How about some West African chocolate? The world is on your plate at the port of Antwerp’s big family picnic, taking place on the ground of the distinctive Harbour House. The port is providing the picnic, which features food and drink that figures heavily in port traffic. So you’ll also get fresh fruit and nuts, along with sandwiches and pastries. Half the proceeds from ticket sales goes to Mercy Ships, floating surgical units that tours the world, assisting those with little access to medical care. 24 June 10.00-14.30, Zaha Hadidplein, Antwerp

Ria Pacquée: Slam, Ramble, Perform

A  pioneer in public performance art, Antwerpenaar Ria Pacquée produced video and photography as well, often of the actions she was carrying out. Her 1970s “happenings” inspired other artists, both in Belgium and abroad. Streets, markets, churches – no public space was off limits to Pacquée’s observations, which she would document to create pieces that commented on the way we live. Or she would enter the fray herself, becoming a performer in an everyday scene – with often hilarious results. This retrospective covers decades of work and can serve as either an introduction to this protest-inspired genre of art or a look at how it played out in Flanders. Until 19 August, De Warande, Warandestraat 42, Turnhout

Photo: “The Lawyers Office”
 (c)New Orleans Museum of Art, museum purchase through Ella West Freeman Foundation