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Keep the Summer going! Outdoor Brussels is greeting you with Culture Everywhere !

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Published at 02/09/2020
By Richard Harris

Brussels still has lots of outdoor cultural events to enjoy through September and into the Indian Summer.

The summer isn’t over in the streets and squares of Brussels by a long shot and we have a plethora of varied and engrossing events to prove it! Enjoy performing arts including dance, theatre, circus arts, as well as live music, DJ sets, outdoor movie screenings, installations, and art walks aplenty.

Theatre and More Under the Stars

Festival Prenons l’Air, a co-production of the Bruxellons! Festival and the Théatre Le Public, joins Under the Molenbeek Sun to present live theatre in an iconic Molenbeek venue, the courtyard of Karreveld Castle. Four plays that run the gamut of emotions from childhood secrets to a rebirth through widowhood. Prepayed tickets required.

Under the Molenbeek Sun also presents concerts, movies and workshops on the grounds of Karreveld Castle as well as in  two other Molenbeek outdoor venues, the inner courtyard of the House of Cultures and the Maritime Community Center. If you’re a Freddy Mercury fan don’t miss Frédéric, Jean-François Breuer’s riveting homage to the iconic singer that blends theatre and concert. Free, but reservations are required.

  • Through Sunday September 27th

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Dance in the Gardens

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts, cancelled this spring, is putting on a special late summer program entitled Every Inside has a an Outside in the garden of the Schaerbeek Maison des Arts, a venue which is a hidden gem of Brussels and well worth discovering, as well as in the next door Halles de Schaerbeek. The theme is the body in the public space including these two outdoor performances: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Radouan Mriziga taking the measure of the body in the architecture of a public space, and Gwendolyne Robin using fireworks and the Brussels sky to expand our limits.

  • September 4th to 8th
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Dance to the Beat in the Streets

The Percusounds Festival takes over the heart of the pedestrian zone in downtown Brussels for its 6th edition. Devoted to drumming and all forms of percussion, fourteen groups will play the syncopated sounds of music from Brazil to Burundi and get Brussels dancing. Resistance is futile, the need to dance will be irresistible! And to go with the moving and shaking and to keep your energy up you can partake of a world tour of exotic cuisines.

  • September 4th to 6th.
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A Cornucopia of Culture Outdoors

BOZAR is offering the third edition of BOZAR Open Air which this year will take place in two locations, first of all the original outdoor space along the short rue Baron Horta which as usual will feature a guingette with food and drinks by CoucouBrussels, but new this year is Bas Smets’ Horta Horizons installation in which the visitors will be able to relax in comfortable seating. Also new is the second location, the rooftop terrace on the rue Royale which provides stunning views of Brussels. This edition will launch the season’ theme Art & Well-Being and will feature a grand opening, DJ sets and live music, film screenings, theatre and dance, an art installation, creative workshops, amateur arts, discussions and talks. The open-air screening will feature European cinema with new films and classics from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the UK and Spain. Among the films is Keith Haring: Street Art Boy (UK), Quit Staring at my Plate (Croatia) and the classic Toto le Héros that single-handedly launched the Belgian film renaissance.

  • September 5th to October 18th
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Accent on Art with a capital A

Brussels has truly become one of the planet’s undisputed centers for contemporary art with the perfect combination of art galleries, art dealers, art patrons and artists. What could be more rewarding than taking a number of strolls through Brussels’ art neighborhoods when over three dozen art galleries open their doors for Brussels Gallery Weekend? There will be exhibitions, receptions, private viewings and lots and lots of discussions. It’s a great way to meet people.

  • September 3rd to 6th
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Short films and international stars

Mont des Arts (c) Mike Meysmans

Due to the pandemic the Brussels Short Film Festival is back five months late and shorter than usual but it is back all the same and it includes three free open air screenings on the stairs of the Mont des arts. Grab a beer and a snack from the food trucks and enjoy the best of short films of the last couple of years in a beautiful setting.

  • September 2nd to 12th
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The Brussels International Film Festival is also back months late but not only is it co-presenting films from Croatia and the Czech Republic outdoors at BOZAR but it is also offering free screenings of two feel good classics Raiders of the Lost Ark and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? at the Mont des arts.

  • September 3rd to 13th
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An American Tradition, Brussels Style

The drive-in theatre, which joined Detroit and Hollywood to create the supreme American icon of the mid 20th century is seeing a renewed life due to the pandemic and now Brussels can boast having the biggest screen in Europe with Movie Drive.

Whether you come in a car, on a motorcycle, a bicycle or on foot, you will be welcome to Brussels’ own drive-in movie with its 340 square meter LED screen. The LED screen allows for daytime as well as traditional nighttime viewing and the array of movies genres is dazzling: classics, cult films, feature length animation movies, biopics, horror movies, family fare and some classic Belgian films. Among the choices for September are Get Out, The Lion King, Parasite, Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Scream, Inception, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Notebook, The Godfather, and Pulp Fiction.

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