4 tips for cultural trips!

4 tips for cultural trips!

After a scorching summer, the academic year has finally begun. Many of us are already dreaming of the autumn break, Christmas break and maybe even the Easter break, while others are desperately holding on to those last rays of sunshine. Luckily there are plenty of cultural events to look forward to in the upcoming months! Now I can hear you thinking: you don’t have time to scroll through dozens of brochures, to browse the web for the perfect movie or theater play. That’s where I come in! Just for you, I have compiled a top 4 of cultural getaways you absolutely can’t miss out on. Enjoy!

1 – MUSEUM: Stephan Vanfleteren

Belgian talent + portrait photography = Stephan Vanfleteren. Even when you’re not active in photography, chances are you’ve heard of this success formula before. Among the general public, Vanfleteren is well known for his black-and-white portraits (take those intense, naked-torso-pics of the Red Devils for example) but documentary and artistic photography are also part of his resume. FoMu composes decades’ worth of photographs in Vanfleterens’ first major retrospective. Undoubtedly worth a visit!

Great news! Are you younger than 26 years? Then you only pay €3 for your entrance ticket at FoMu.
Present can be visited from Fri 25 October.  Here you can find all the information about this exhibition.
Elvis & Presley - Stephan Vanfleteren

©Stephan Vanfleteren

2 – MOVIE: Shadow of the Vampire

As soon as October hits I start raving to my friends about Halloween. Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite events of the year and that’s why I picked the perfect horror movie you can go watch with your friends! Shadow of the Vampire is a horror movie about, well, another horror movie. It tells the story of filmmaker F.W. Murnau and his cast and crew, who travel to Czechoslovakia to shoot the movie Nosferatu (you know, the 1921 horror film with Max Schreck as, well, kind of a silly-looking vampire). To make the whole thing more believable, Murnau cast a real vampire to play the role of Count Orlok, but he needs to make sure his cast and crew don’t find out (because they’d totally freak out). However, can said vampire control his thirst for human blood while on set? Check out the trailer below!

When you’re under 26 years, you only pay €5 for your movie ticket. Can this night get any better?
Shadow of the Vampire Tue 15 October at De Cinema.

3 – DANCE: Faded

The reason I love dance performances is the way they manage to captivate me through movement alone, without uttering a single word. The manner in which dance portrays emotions and shares them with the audience has always fascinated me, and so a dance performance couldn’t lack on this list.

Loannis Mandafounis isn’t a fresh face at deSingel; in the past, he has danced in performances by William Forsythe, with his own choreographic work and as a performer in work by Laurent Chétouane. Now, Mandafounis is back with a ballet solo, his very own ‘grand finale’. Faded shows a dancer’s career; the challenges they face, the obstacles they battle, and their fight with the inevitable. As a dancer’s career progresses, their body becomes exhausted, and so the question stands: for a dancer, is a triumphant farewell still possible?

People under 25 pay €15 for their entrance ticket (presale) and if you’re under 19 you only pay €10. Score!
Faded Fri 29 November and Sat 30 november at deSingel.

4 – MUSIC: LYDMOR

I’m the kind of person who loves being surprised by alternative songs and experimental jams. There’s nothing more enjoyable than browsing Spotify for hours on end in search of the most excentric bands, and so I made it my mission to find a unique concert to finish off this list.

Jenny Rossandar – a.k.a. LYDMOR – brings you sensual synthpop straight from Copenhagen. Her music has something recognizable but surprises at the same time ánd is super danceable! Now I can go on for hours about how I adore her songs, but a music video really does speak louder than words (or me, for that matter). That’s why I added one on the bottom of this article!

On presale, you pay €13.50 for your ticket. With the money you save, after the concert, you can order a beer at TRIX’ bar. The perfect way to finish off the evening!
LYDMOR Tue 5 November at TRIX.
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