Antwerp, Belgium – August 2001

It’s a hot summer evening when I’m writing this – 30 degrees Celcius last time I checked, a bit too hot for me, though we did just have a brief rainshower. I went to the opening night of the Sfinks festival (see last month’s article) last night and had a blast.

As in July, you’ll find plenty of things to do this month – also check out last month’s article for events that last the entire summer. And for a list of music festivals all over Belgium, click here. (note: if you have a ticket for Pukkelpop, you don’t have to pay for the train there from anywhere in the country!)


Scheldekaai 28

August’s performances include “Issu de Cercle” by Cirque Provisoire (Aug. 6-17) and “Troje, of de avonturiers van de verloren stad” (Troy, or the adventurerers of the lost city) by Cirque Baroque (Aug. 20-31). Tickets cost 200 BEF, reservations can be made through 03/213.86.60 .

Liverpool aan de Schelde

Every Friday and Saturady evening between Aug. 3 and Sep. 1, Liverpool Warehouse, Scheldekaai 29

A series of concerts and parties, organized by 5 voor 12.

Viva Cinema Musica

Aug. 8 – Sep. 2, Hangar 19A

European, African and Latin American films that have something to do with music, shown in open air. Includes Wim Wenders’ documentary on Buena Vista Social Club (Aug. 15), and Brassed Off (Aug. 30), one of my favourite movies. Doors open at 9pm, films start at 10; entrance is free. Click here for a schedule (in Dutch).

The Night of the Museums

Aug. 11, twelve museums

Museums will be open from 11pm to 2am this night. Museums participating in this event are:

  • the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Leopold De Wael-plaats),
  • the Museum of Contemporary Art (MUHKA; Leuvenstraat),
  • the Plantin-Moretus museum (Vrijdagmarkt 22),
  • the National Navigation Museum (Steenplein 1),
  • Vleeshuis (Vleeshouwersstraat 38-40),
  • the Ethnographic Museum (Suikerrui 19),
  • the Folklore Museum (Gildekamersstraat 2-6),
  • the Royal Palace (Meir 50),
  • Rubenshuis (Wapper 9-11),
  • Mayer Van den Bergh (Lange Gasthuisstraat 19),
  • Maagdenhuis (Lange Gasthuisstraat 33) and
  • Elzenveld (Lange Gasthuisstraat 45).

    Entrance is free, and there will also be live music in or near most museums.

    Laus Polyphoniae

    Aug. 25 – Sep. 2, St.-Carolus Borromeuschurch/ Elzenveld


    Classical music festival. Includes some free concerts. Click here for some background info, and here for a schedule (the latter only in Dutch).

    Hove Live

    Aug. 31 – Sep. 1, Festivalpark Hove

    Annual music festival in Hove, a village near Antwerp. No big names, the only band playing this year I actually know is Think of One, a rather interesting local band. For more info, check out the festival’s website (in Dutch only).