Out & About: June 2023
TEXT: DANA MARIN
That celebratory summer feeling is here, and the longer days mean spending more time with family and friends. As June bursts into life, embrace the sunshine and embark on a cornucopia of exciting events tailored to all ages and interests. From outdoor markets to immersive digital experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month.
Fête de la Musique
16-21 June, various cities, Luxembourg
The biggest music event in Luxembourg brings hundreds of concerts around the country. Musicians of all genres and skill levels will perform in public spaces such as parks, streets and squares. The program is diverse, aiming to entertain all audiences. The festival is a celebration of cultural diversity, promoting music as a universal language that brings people together.
Erwin Olaf & Hans Op de Beeck: Inspired by Steichen
Until 11 June, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Edward Steichen’s death and features contemporary artists Erwin Olaf and Hans Op de Beeck collaborating for the first time. Photographs, watercolours and sculptures come together to create a unique experience and new, unexpected connections between three artists who are quite different.
3 June, Leiden, the Netherlands
Who hasn’t dreamed of spending a night in a museum? Museum Nights are popular events in the Netherlands, taking place in various cities. In June, it’s time for Leiden’s museums to open their doors for a night. The 15th edition of Museum Night Leiden offers a thrilling array of museum events in the city, ranging from creative workshops and discussions, to guided tours of the city. The event takes place between 8pm and 1am, followed by an afterparty. There are many museums open that night, among them, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Museum Volkenkunde, Hortus Botanicus Leiden and more!
Open Garden Days
16-18 June, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Every year, on the third weekend of June, Amsterdam unveils one of its hidden treasures: the canal gardens. These gardens, privately owned or belonging to an institution, are closed to the public during the rest of the year. On the Open Garden Days weekend, people can admire the amazing green oases and marvel at the mastery of the gardeners who designed them. This year’s theme is: The Canal Garden as Decor. The event is also an opportunity for visitors to get a unique view of the canal houses from the gardens’ vantage point.
Until 24 September, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial’s eighth edition brings art to the streets! With Jasper Krabbé as curator, ARTZUID showcases a two-kilometre art route in the Amsterdam Zuid neighbourhood, featuring 50 artworks by Dutch and international artists. One of the best things about this exhibition is that it is accessible to everyone, with no schedule or entrance fee required.
Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
Until September, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Taking place at the beautiful Vondelpark in Amsterdam, the Open Air Theatre features a broad variety of performances – from concerts to stand-up comedy and from dance to classical music. Every weekend, people enjoy the gezellig atmosphere of the park and spend quality time with friends and family.
BAM! Brussels Artisan Market
3 June, Brussels, Belgium
BAM is a chance to discover unique talents and original gift ideas. The Brussels Artisan Market will feature around 40 local and sustainable creators showcasing their work in jewellery, textiles, cosmetics, decorations and more. There will be food and drinks on offer, as well as activities for children, making this a fun day out for the entire family!
Until 24 September, Brussels, Belgium
The artist collective Visual System will occupy the exhibition space of the Atomium and create a digital experience that invites people to become immersed in sounds and light. Through an abstract narrative and raw emotion, RESTART elevates light, sound and architecture to a poetic level, creating an intimate and mesmerising experience.
28-30 June, Brussels, Belgium
The Ommegang Pageant has its origins in the 14th century, when it was a procession of the guilds and bodies constituting the city of Brussels. For a few days each year, Brussels’ Grand Place sees the past coming back to life through a historical re-enactment of the gala of 1549 procession, accompanied by music and dance, pyrotechnical effects and other captivating performances.
13 June, Brussels, Belgium
The famous hard rock band Kiss is coming to Brussels for a concert, part of their extended End of the Road world tour. This is the band’s final concert tour, ending in December 2023 in New York, where the band started. Fans will be thrilled to find out that Skid Row is a special guest for this show!
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