Flemish Cultural Compass: Ballet, opera, art market and more

Exhibitions, music, architecture, books, festivals… this is Belga English's pick of cultural activities in the region, published every Sunday.

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen's newest production, PUUR, will sweep across Ghent's stage this weekend. This contemporary ballet, choreographed by Wim Vandekeybus, "explores extreme violence against the innocent". Inspired by ancient mythologies and modern-day genocides, Vandekeybus tells this story using dance, theatre and film to portray provocative imagery. PUUR runs until 30 March in April, followed by a second run of performances in Antwerp from 28 June to 7 July.

At La Monnaie in Brussels, the ambitious two-part production Rivoluzione e Nostalgia opens this weekend and plays until 7 April. Musical highlights from Giuseppe Verdi's first 16 operas create a collage of storytelling focusing on social unrest in 1960s Europe and, later, how those protests are captured and viewed in an art museum in the late 2000s.


The NATIONA(A)L Artist Market at the Hoxton Hotel in Brussels features more than 60 local artists and cultural initiatives in fashion, visual arts, design, music and books this weekend. On Sunday, from 12.00 until 19.00, the organisation urges visitors to "buy from artists while they're still alive".

Also in Brussels until 31 March is the Biennale of Women in Art - Edition Zero- A Show of Resistance. The exhibition will bring together 25 contemporary female artists from a variety of backgrounds living and working in Belgium.

"The objective of the Biennale of Women in Art is to continue to amplify the movement, already initiated by various actors around the world, that contributes to establishing greater gender parity in art," organisers say. Vanderborght Space will host this event's lectures, performances, discussions and installations.


For evening activities, the Listen Festival covers a range of music genres in various hotspots in Brussels. Until 31 March, explore unique venues featuring club nights with electronic, hip hop, house, techno and global sounds around the capital.

Finally, Antwerp's Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) will present a new exhibition: Jef Verheyen: Window on Infinity. Starting on Sunday, the Flemish artist's work will return to Antwerp 40 years after his death, making this the first major solo exhibition in his home city. His work encompasses ceramic experiments, painting and playing with darkness and light.

Also opening this weekend
NW, a new cultural centre in Aalst

Ongoing events
BANAD Art Nouveau and Art Deco Festival, around Brussels, until 24 March.
Tales from the underground: Bruges in the year 1000, Gruuthmuseum, Bruges, until 3 November.


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