In a big park on the outskirts of town we have an open-air amphitheatre with a stage surrounded by a fountain. We only use it in summer, and international acts are invited
to play. More info soon.
For more than a month, there’s music, movies, stunts and parties all over Antwerp’s hidden corners, like an industrial site in the harbor where everybody watches the sunset (and nothing else) from a wooden stage. Usually there’s some pretty impressive street theatre as well, like the giant elephant or the princess of Royal Deluxe. In the first three weeks of August, a big screen is set up near the river and some temporary sand-dunes are spread out under a large hangar – open at the sides to allow the breeze to blow through. No cinema will ever beat this. But watch out: the ‘Summer’ is so popular that the bigger concerts and acts are sold out in no time. Never mind if you don’t get to those, because you can always catch free jazz, afro music or tango on a little square. Prices vary, but movies and outdoor concerts are usually free.
Linkerwoofer, on the river’s left bank, is a typical Belgian festival with lots of Belgian bands, affordable drinks and a good vibe. With a nice view on the Schelde and the Antwerp skyline, makes the experience whole.
The Antwerp Queer arts Festival is an arts festival questioning sexual and gender identities.
It does so by combining an artistic, activist and academic stance. And by inviting both local and international artists. Very interesting for everyone.
Every year the gay people from Antwerp put on their naughty shoes and come together on the streets to celebrate their flamboyant sexuality. Rainbow flags, kissing ladies and men, weird and sexy outfits, it all fits in the concept. No one is judged and everybody is comfortable with who they are. Don’t be scared to come and take a peak, gay people don’t bite (hard).
For the over 30 years people from Antwerp have been getting their yearly dose of jazz at Middelheim park. With its wide range of Jazz styles, it’s one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Belgium.
The Laundry Day Festival started as a small street festival that didn’t even have a stage. Today it’s a giant electronic music festival that has 13 stages, over 100 artists and over 60.000 visitors each year. It all may be a little less cosy these days, but that also means that there’s just more people having fun at the same time.
Expect the world’s best heavy bands, spread over three unique stages drenched in that underground atmosphere. Beware of the sandstorm!