What’s on: From war to forbidden love at Mooov

Summary

From cinema to theatre to comedy, and a very significant commemoration event, the world is in Flanders this month

Mooov

Cinema from around the world with a broad range of social themes, from poverty to forbidden love, is the focus of Flanders’ annual Mooov Film Festival.

Check out, for instance, the critically acclaimed Sir, in which a wealthy Indian man falls in love with his servant, or Another Day of Life, a fascinating blend of live action and animation recounting the true story of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski’s unforgettably dramatic journey through 1970s war-torn Angola. The festival is based in Turnhout and Bruges, with partial programmes in other Flemish towns. 23 April to 5 May, Turnhout and other locations in Flanders

Anzac Day


A full day of ceremonies mark Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealand’s national day of remembrance, in the Westhoek. Both countries’ embassies host a programme that begins at dawn at the Buttes New British Cemetery in the Polygon Wood, moves on to Tyne Cot for a laying of wreaths, takes in a special Last Post at the Menin Gate and ceremony at the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres and ends with a commemoration service in the Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery in Comines-Warneton. All the events are open to the public, and buses from Brussels have been arranged by the Australian and New Zealand embassies for their citizens. 25 April, across Westhoek

Opera21


Major Antwerp venues join music theatre companies and the Opera Vlaanderen for this unique and creative festival that takes in a broad range of performance, all driven by music and song. While there’s no specific theme, several shows put historically significant women in the spotlight, including Harriet Tubman, Sylvia Plath and Simone De Beauvoir. There is also an emphasis on societal polarisation, with the world premiere of Les Bienveillantes, an Opera Vlaanderen original based on the novel of the same name (The Kindly Ones) following the exploits of a coldly observant Nazi officer, and Third Space, a hybrid of music and dance exploring human lives dominated by social media. 24 April to 4 May, across Antwerp

Kevin Bridges


“Applaud the man who lost four stone.” (applause) “In just 10 years.” English-language stand-up has really taken off in Antwerp, and its latest gift is Scottish comic Kevin Bridges. From his gym exploits to the independence referendum, his subjects are ripe for send-up, and his delivery is straightforward. There are no gimmicks with Bridges, but there are a lot of laughs. (Kevin, if you’re listening, please tone down that accent for us foreigners.) 26 April, Stadsschouwburg, Theaterplein 1, Antwerp