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What’s on this week: 9 to 15 June

Corvette - Autoworld
11:52 08/06/2023
Iconic sports cars, cutting-edge performances, classical music and art nouveau design… check out our guide to upcoming events and culture

Legendary American muscle car the Chevrolet Corvette turns 70 this year and to celebrate this landmark occasion Autoworld Museumis hosting a special exhibition showcasing eight different generations from 1953 onwards. With 16 immaculate examples of this iconic vehicle on display, this is a must-see for any petrol-heads. To mark the celebration of the daringly-designed sports car, a limited edition poster signed by Ever Meulen is on sale in the museum shop. Until 27 August, Autoworld , Parc du Cinquantenaire


Video clips are in the spotlight at the fifth VKRS Festival this weekend. Dedicated to clip art in Brussels, the event offers clip competitions, professional meetings, masterclasses and live music. For emerging artists, a speed-clipping session creates an opportunity to meet videographers and musicians. 9 & 10 June, Riches-Claires, Rue des Riches-Claires 24

chefs laudico

Discover the cuisine of the southeast Asian archipelago during the Philippine Culinary Week at the Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel. With more than 7,000 islands, myriad influences have left their mark on its dishes, resulting in a delicious combination of salty, sweet, sour and savoury umami favours. Taste some of its top specialities prepared by Filipino celebrity chefs Rolando and Jacqueline Laudico. Until 10 June & 12 June, Place Jourdan (Etterbeek)

Midsummer Mozartiade

Catch a new production of Mozart’s most popular opera, The Magic Flute, during the annual Midsummer Mozartiade. It happens in the Theatre Royal des Galeries, while passers-by in the beautiful Galeries Royales will be serenaded by the EtCaetera wind quintet. The event includes free lectures as well as a free concert at the Notre-Dame du Finistere. In July, The Magic Flute will also be performed in Mons and Namur. 12-18 June, Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and other venues

Art Nouveau

Brussels continues to showcase its heritage architecture and design with the free exhibition Art Nouveau. Unique objects with a tale to tell. As part of the capital’s Art Nouveau Brussels 2023, the BELvue museum and the King Baudouin Foundation display quality pieces acquired by the foundation that highlight Belgium’s pioneering role in the movement. From Victor Horta’s exemplary furniture to Paul Hankar’s designs for stores and restaurants and sumptuous pieces of jewellery by Philippe Wolfers, this is a rare opportunity to discover some emblematic arts and crafts masterpieces. Until 7 January, BELvue museum, Place des Palais 7

Exit Festival 2 (c)Courtesy Halles de Schaerbeek

Could you summarise the content of your three-year college degree in eight minutes? That’s the challenge facing graduates of Brussels’ school of circus arts during the Exit Festival. The performers have learned technique and skills involving strength, balance and timing, but they have also broadened their concepts of culture and performance in working closely with students from around the world. The result is two hours of energy and audacity but also a portrait of a generation figuring out how to live in an upside-down world – figuratively and literally. 14-18 June, Les Halles, Rue Royale Sainte-Marie 22 (Schaerbeek)


As befits the title, Mosaik Festival is a fascinating mixture of different and individual events all coming together to make one larger whole. Encompassing comedy, music, cabaret and burlesque shows as well as children’s improv workshops and even a musicians jam-session, the four day-long event offers something for all interests. 15-18 June, L'Os à Moelle, 153 Avenue Emile Max (Schaerbeek)

Ballon Rouge

Why do red balloons fly high outside some 20 shops in the European quarter every second Tuesday of the month? Well, the ACCJM - Association des Commerçants du Carrefour Jean Monnet - likes to celebrate the shops’ diversity and brilliant customer care. At every participating store, prizes are on offer for clients, including wine and chocolate tastings, prize raffles, price discounts, second free drink and more. At around 19.00, every biodegradable red balloon will be assembled on Carrefour Jean Monet and released simultaneously to celebrate the occasion. Check out ACCJM’s Facebook page to find out which shops are participating and when they open their doors. 13 June 19.00, Carrefour Jean Monnet



“I always imagined Paradise to be some kind of a library,” famed Argentine writer (and librarian) once said. We couldn’t agree more and encourage readers to pay a visit to Serve the City’s 2nd Hand English Book Sale at Stonemanor British store in Everberg, a few kilometres east of Brussels. You’ll find previously loved fiction, non-fiction and books for kids at the sale, where you can also donate your own books you no longer need. It’s a win-win. 10 June 10.00-15.30, Steenhofstraat 28, Everberg (Kortenberg)

Bruges Beer Festival (c)Visit Flanders

The Bruges Beer Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary by moving into the city’s Meeting & Convention Centre, which just opened last year. Some 500 brews will be available from 80 breweries, mostly Belgian but with a smattering of other Europeans breweries on site. For the designated drivers among you, there are also non-alcoholic libations available as well as food and a raffle, where you can win … beer. 10-11 June, BMCC, Beursplein 1, Bruges

Peter Depelchin

Belgian multidisciplinary artist Peter Depelchin explores mythology in Hommage à Pan at Château de Thozée in Namur province. The contemporary artist, born in Ostend in 1985, honours the ever-fascinating hybrid creature Pan, while examining the ability of everyone to undergo metamorphosis and change. Depelchin takes visitors on a journey through Greek antiquity, Baroque art, symbolism, modernism and modernity, all through his own prism that’s equally ironic, amused and passionate. Part of a dual exhibition, the second show is currently staged at the Rops Museum in Namur. Until 2 July, Château de Thozée, Rue de Thozée 12, Mettet

Photos: Art Nouveau. Unique objects with a tale to tell (c); Mosaik Festival, singer Mamie Georgette; Bruges Beer Festival (c)Visit Flanders

Written by Sarah Crew, Lisa Bradshaw, Louis Kernoa-Pascoe, Damien Maguire