We like to keep our ear close to the ground so we know what’s coming up in Antwerp and bring you the best insights on the sights to see and events to visit in our fantastic city.
There is a great schedule planned this month for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Of all the classical composers, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Late is arguably the most famous and certainly remains one of the most cherished in the history of the genre. The Royal Ballet of Flanders version of Swan Lake is produced by Haydée (who worked with the company on their 2006 production of Sleeping Beauty).
A more modern great is Atrifact, already 25 years old but it continues to challenge the way audiences observe dance. The Royal Ballet of Flanders are staging productions in Antwerp before before touring to Ghent and then internationally.
A city of fashion, Antwerp has been at the centre of European design for centuries. The latest exhibition at the Momu Antwerp is “BLACK. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume.” The meaning and symbolic references of the colour have been evolving and the exhibition illustrates the social changes reflected through paintings historic costumes and contemporary couture.
When visiting Antwerp a trip to Stadsschouwburg is a must. Located on Theaterplein Square the iconic building hosts some of the best in Belgian modern theatre. This June a new comedy, Boeing Boeing premiers. The author Marc Camoletti is one of our favourites and his new production is already attracting much critical and media attention. The play opens on June 4th and runs through till end of October.
The Royal Flemish Philharmonic has a special place in Belgian hearts and features in many annual celebrations. They are renowned for their flexibility and ability to play almost any style from classic to contemporary. Their next event in Antwerp will be the “Herreweghe in opperromantisch ballet,” conducted by Philippe Herreweghe on June 6th at The Roma on Borgerhout, less than 2km walk from the Astoria.
When I’m feeling adventurous I like to head down to the Augustine Music Centre or AMUZ as its known where there is a more contemporary program. The centre explores music from all periods in history and across all cultures and I find the broad spectrum fascinating and very engaging. Being housed in a baroque former church adds a quirky feel but AMUZ do sometimes perform in 0ther locations around the city. A particular highlight this summer is the Ensemble Clément Janequin on August 22nd who will perform enchanting songs drawn from the four volumes once belonging to Zeghere van Male, a merchant in Brugge in 1542.
There are many other exciting events in Antwerp this spring and summer and I’ll bring you some more suggestions very soon. If you have any you would like to share don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or find us on Facebook.