What’s on: Poetry Week presents slams and books made of chocolate


While Poetry Week spills beautiful words over the region, an Antwerp gallery presents a solo show by David Lynch and comics come to the Flemish periphery

Poetry week

A lovely way to discover Flanders’ poets is this annual events with loads of readings, poetry slams, prizes, a poetry parcours and, in one shop in West Flanders, a poetry collection made of chocolate.

Don’t be too worried if you’re Dutch isn’t perfect: Hearing words combined in new and creative ways is a lovely way to experience even a language you are learning. When checking out the long list of activities, keep in mind that Poetry Week takes place simultaneously in the Netherlands, so check the address before setting your heart on something. Until 6 February, across Flanders and the Netherlands

Man in the Rain

Love him or hate him, I think we can all agree that filmmaker David Lynch produces some pretty weird stuff. And it doesn’t stop at movies. In fact, Lynch studied painting first, and it was only through a desire to make a “moving painting” that he discovered his penchant for cinema. Check out Man in the Rain, an exhibition of watercolours, lithographs, photos and even woodcuts by the American cult icon. Until 10 March, Keteleer Gallery, Leopoldstraat 57, Antwerp

Marcel Lucont

Good news for expats living in the Flemish periphery … English Comedy Brussels is expanding into Flemish Brabant! The same stand-ups that perform at the monthly Black Sheep Tuesday show will take to the CaliClub in Drogenbos the following evening. The CaliClub show makes its debut this week with multiple award-winning comic Marcel Lucont. Or rather, that’s the name of British comedian Alexis Dubus’ alter ego, a wine-swilling Frenchman with plenty of opinions about the UK, delivered in a terribly exaggerated accent. His show at the Black Sheep is sold out, so Drogenbos is your only chance to see him. 6 February 20.30, CaliClub, Grote Baan 234, Drogenbos