Leisure: What’s On in Belgium over the coming weeks.
JAZZUARY : Brussels puts jazz in the spotlight in January with 1 month, 3 festivals, 46 concerts, 8 concert venues. The capital of Europe will vibrate to the sound of jazz at the beginning of 2020. From 8 to 25 January 2020, no fewer than three jazz festivals will be feature in Brussels’ cultural life: the Brussels Jazz Festival, the River Jazz Festival and the Djangofolllies. Three unmissable events with three distinct identities that will showcase both new talents from the Belgian jazz scene and international stars. The Belgian capital has become an essential stopover for musicians and lovers of the genre. Brussels is the city with the highest number of jazz concerts per capita in the world, after New York and Paris. Drummers will be showcased at this 6th festival with, among others, Lander Gyselinck (St6cks), Tom Skinner (Wildflower), Makaya McCraven and Anton Eger on the programme. 8 to 18 January. Flagey. www.flagey.be
Silence/Shapes : Presented at the Espace Wallonie in Brussels, Filippo Minelli’s photo exhibition highlights the most beautiful aquatic sites in our region. Through his project Silence/ Shapes, the Italian artist intends to give a physical form to the silence by materializing it using a colourful cloud of smoke. After artistic performances noticed all around the world, he dropped his suitcases, for a time, at home. On the occasion of the theme year Wallonia Land of Water, the photographer was invited to practice his art on iconic sites in the Wallonia region of Belgium. La Lesse, the Eau d’Heure Lakes, the Château de Walzin and a waterfall in Malmedy have all been the sites of his creations, always with an approach that is respectful of the environment, places and inhabitants.
Espace Wallonie de Bruxelles: Marché aux Herbes, 27, 1000 Brussels
Keith Haring : BOZAR presents a major retrospective of the legendary American artist, Keith Haring. As a friend and artistic companion to Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring was a unique figure in 1980s New York. Haring is primarily known for his iconic motifs: barking dogs, crawling babies and flying saucers.
He strived to make art “public” by displaying it in his Pop Shop, the media or in subway stations and collective urban spaces. He drew inspiration from abstract
expressionism, pop art, Japanese calligraphy and the work of New York graffiti artists. His singular, seemingly spontaneous style embodied the energy of his time, from space travel to hip-hop and video games. The huge retrospective of this legendary American artist offers a chance to (re) discover his life’s work, activism and continued influence. The chronological and thematical exhibition reflects the broad range of the artist’s practice, with more than 85 drawings and paintings complemented by videos, collages, posters, murals, archive documents. 6 December 2019 to 19 April 2020. BOZAR. Tickets: €18 www.bozar.be