Must-see entertainment in Belgium

  • Muzikantenhuis


    Ropes, horse harnesses and the sayings of Rumi on the walls give this very inexpensive café a slightly cheesy atmosphere, but the free traditional Turkish…

  • Lou's Bar


    This blues-rock-oriented bar is so small that on Sunday afternoons when there's live music (from 4pm), the band takes up most of the space, with drinkers…

  • Théâtre du Namur


    Namur's elegant main theatre sits just off the Grand Place. The wide-ranging repertoire features orchestras, ballet, modern dance, cabaret, jazz groups…

  • NT Gent Schouwburg


    Home to Ghent’s premier theatre company. It also offers interesting ‘open rehearsals’ and workshops, but naturally almost everything’s in Dutch. Its cafe…

  • Opera House


    Don't be perturbed by the building-site setting – at the time of research work was underway to clean the grime off the once-beautiful 1907 neobaroque…

  • deSingel


    Near Antwerp's southern ring road, this multifaceted arts complex incorporates two theatre/concert halls that offer a highly innovative program of…

  • Le Forum


    Le Forum is a splendidly restored 1921 art deco masterpiece of a theatre that hosts larger-scale concerts, notably with French superstar singers from…

  • Stade Roi Baudouin


    In Heysel the national stadium hosts major cycling races, athletics meetings and international football matches. For club matches, Brussels’ most famous…

  • Cinema Lumière


    Just a couple of blocks back from the Markt, this art-house cinema screens a well-chosen program of foreign films in their original languages.

  • Théâtre du Vaudeville


    Cabarets, concerts and various theatre productions take place at this old theatre within the Galeries St-Hubert. Program leaflets are available in the…

  • Damberd


    This local institution has been a pub since the 18th century and a jazz club of sorts for more than 30 years. There are regular live performances across…

  • Charleroi/Danses


    Charleroi’s cultural high point is its world-renowned avant-garde dance company, which performs here at Les Écuries theatre.

  • Sportpaleis/Lotto Arena


    Sportpaleis is Belgium's foremost stadium-style performance arena, with events from P!nk to Plácido Domingo to the Harlem Globetrotters and celebrity…

  • Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg


    Behind a restored Renaissance facade, the state-of-the-art Royal Flemish Theatre mounts edgy dance and theatre productions, occasionally in English.

  • Cinema Churchill


    A three-screen art deco cinema with a grand stained-glass facade. Most films are shown in their original language with French subtitles.

  • Trix


    Great, slightly out-of-town venue with a calendar of alternative and up-and-coming bands, both international and local, plus DJ nights.

  • De Centrale


    Multicultural centre offering a range of world music concerts and dance performances (flamenco, Turkish, North African, Asian).

  • Chez Maman


    Chez Maman features the capital’s most beloved transvestite show: Maman has been wowing the crowds here for over 20 years.

  • Café Hopper


    An unpretentious, ever-popular bar with free live jazz sessions most Sunday afternoons (4pm) and Monday evenings (9pm).

  • Anderlecht Football Club


    The home of Anderlecht football club. You can buy tickets, shirts and memorabilia at the fanshop.

  • Théâtre Les Tanneurs


    Sitting on the edge of the Marolles, the theatre is known for dynamic drama and dance.

  • De Vlaamse Opera


    Ghent’s 1840 opera hall boasts horseshoe-shaped tiered balconies and elegant salons.

  • Handelsbeurs


    Historical central concert hall for anything from classical music to Latin and blues.

  • Arsène50


    Last-minute discounted and half-price tickets for cinema, theatre and assorted shows.

  • Bronks Youth Theatre


    Offers theatre, mime and workshops for toddlers and children most weekends.

  • Forest National


    The city’s temple for larger international gigs and local favourites.

  • UGC De Brouckère, cinema.

    UGC De Brouckère


    This 12-screen multiplex opposite the swish Hôtel Métropole is the capital's grande dame. Sip a beer and relax in armchairs while watching the latest…

  • Hot Club Gent


    Hidden down the tiny alley behind ’t Dreupelkot jenever (gin) bar, this is a great place to seek out live acoustic music. Be it jazz, gypsy, blues or…

  • de Warende

    Northeast Belgium

    The 1972 facade is architecturally questionable but Turnhout's cultural centre was renovating its theatre at the time of research. There's an exhibition…

  • Café Trefpunt


    On Monday evenings, when most other places close, Trefpunt has jam sessions or live concerts. Standards tend to be high as performers want to impress the…

  • Charlatan


    At perennial favourite Charlatan you might find live music in virtually any genre (from 10pm), sometimes with a cover charge. It generally opens long…

  • Casino


    While it's hardly the Bellagio, Ostend's seaside casino still brings visitors to town. Its location in the iconic Kursaal building helps, as do visiting…

  • Piano Bar


    The blandest bar on Namur's liveliest square makes amends by hosting free live music most weekends, and regular events midweek. Check its Facebook page…

  • Flanders Expo


    Though primarily used for trade fairs, Flanders Expo also hosts occasional big-name rock concerts. It’s at the southern terminus for tram 1, 4km beyond…

  • FNAC


    Ticketing for performing arts.

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