What’s on: When V-bombs fell in Antwerp


While online entertainments are still the norm, Antwerp’s MAS Museum opens an exhibition on a dark period in the city’s history

Everyday Fear

As the coronavirus crisis starts to wind down, some of us are left with an existential angst about the future of humankind. But there have been much more immediate threats to life and limb in the past.

The exhibition Everyday Fear at the MAS Museum relates the history of Antwerp at the end of the Second World War. The target of violent V-bomb attacks for months, the city was left in ruins, and thousands of people were killed. Until 13 September, Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerp

Africa Film Festival online

While Leuven’s Africa Film Festival has been postponed to the autumn, it is generously providing movies from its previous programmes to watch online for free. Check out the comedy Il a déjà tes yeux (He Even Has Your Eyes) about a couple who are shocked to discover that the baby they are about to adopt is white, or Burkinabè Rising, a documentary about nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A new film is added every week.

Rights of Nature

Friday is World Environment Day, and social justice organisation 11.11.11 is hosting the free webinar Rights of Nature. In English, the talk brings together several international experts to discuss whether ecosystems should have legal rights in the same way humans do. It’s a concept that exists in a handful of countries around the world – should Belgium be one of them? 5 June 15.00-16.00

Singing Brussels

While Bozar’s big Singing Brussels event – in which perfectly ordinary people learn to carry a tune and eventually get onstage for an audience of some 6,000 to see (and hear) – of course had to be cancelled, it has turned into a day-long digital event. Everyone is invited to take part in the workshops, will be given live throughout the day. All the workshops are provided in English and either French or Dutch. Just after 20.00 that evening, 11 radio stations will play The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun”, and everyone can sing along – whether they took part in workshops or not. Sing from your front stoop or terrace to entertain the neighbours, and don’t forget to film yourself. Recordings will be spliced together to create a big, virtual choir. 7 June, from 10.00

Photos, from top: ©Jean Dillen/Stad Antwerpen; courtesy YouTube; ©Brutto Film/iStock/Getty Images Plus; ©Caroline Lessire/Bozar