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This week, an agenda entirely dedicated to those who are standing up for culture, defying the non-sensical, arbitrary government decision to close down the country’s theatres and cinemas (instead of shops, bars, or restaurants) – places that have proven over the course of the pandemic to take sanitary measures extremely seriously and who have been doing everything in their power to ensure a safe experience. See you there!

Cinema: A Hero at Cinema Galeries

Wednesday, 29 December, 21h20 Brussels

“A Hero”, launched at the reputed Cannes film festival this summer and a contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, tells the tale of Rahim, who is in prison because of an unpaid debt. The seemingly straight-forward story unfolds into a gripping portrait of Iranian society in the social media era. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi already scored at the Oscars with “A Separation” in 2011 and “The Salesman” in 2016. “A Hero” is currently on view at Cinema Galeries in Brussels.

Cinema: Animal at Kinograph

Thursday, 30 December, 19h00 Brussels

The very timely “Animal” explores the subjects of climate change and mass extinction of species through the lens of two teenagers. Driven by the realization that our world as we know it might be inhabitable 50 years from now, they undertake a journey during which they examine human kind’s relationship to the natural world, discovering how deeply our present and future are tied to other living species. This week on the big screen at Kinograph in Brussels.

Theater: Kosmos at Atelier 210

Until Thursday, 30 December Brussels

“Kosmos” by Jasmina Douieb and Lara Hubinont playfully deals with existential, deeply mind-boggling questions such as what happened before dinosaurs, the Big Bang, before the notion of time as we know it? Incorporating a multitude of objects and toys, the two lightheartedly touch upon Greek cosmology, and more. Live on stage at Atelier 210.

Exhibition: Collection Jos Knaepen at Le Delta

Until 9 January Namur

Le Delta in Namur currently dedicates an exhibition to the entire collection of art lover Jos Knaepen, who especially had a penchant for the genre of abstract art. For 50 years she built up an impressive body of works including pieces by heavy-weights such as Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Miro, and many others.

Cinema: The Hand of God at Caméo

Saturday, 1 January, 17h30 Namur

A coming of age story set in Naples of the 80s with young Fabietto, a passionate football fan, at the center. A sudden tragedy and an encounter with Diego Maradona play a vital role in the captivating, beautifully shot Italian drama. “The Hand of God”  which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival is on view at Namur’s Caméo.

Jazz: Sunday Afternoon Sur La Terre at Ferme Madelonne

Sunday, 2 January, 15-20h00 Gouvy

Every Sunday, this cozy bar located in a former farm in the village of Gouvy in Belgium’s far east invites music lovers to enjoy live jazz music in an intimate setting. Ferme Madelonne can look back on a long history of concert programming that goes back all the way to 1978. By the way, the owners offer free testing at the entrance!

Cinema: Amélie at Cinéma Churchill

Thursday, 30 December, 19h45 Liège

Cinéma Churchill in Liège brings back a modern classic that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year: Amélie. The quirky French hit from 2001, an unconventional romantic comedy centering around the lovable, socially awkward Amélie perfectly portrayed by Audrey Tautou is accompanied by the popular soundtrack from Yann Tiersen.

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