The jealousy of friends who are relaxing in the South of France while you’re stuck in the sweltering city is sure to fade fast when you catch sight of the festival’s Summer Bar. The colorful hammocks hung up from trees, groups of friends playing petanque and refreshing drinks at the beach (yes, there’s even a beach) don’t sound too shabby, now do they? Kids can enjoy books from the Summer Library or enjoy a tale or two by the narrator who visits every day. In the evening, the lights of the river Schelde that can be seen twinkling are bound to work their magic on the lovebirds among us.
June 27 – August 31. Every day from 2pm to 12am.
For a full month, Antwerp will home to the country’s coziest outdoor cinema, located in a hangar next to the river Schelde. Over the years, Cinema Urbana has become a fixture of summer in Antwerp, with its free entrance, enchanting décor and excellent programming. Plop down on one of the mountains of sand, bring a blanket and watch one of these silver screen gems included in this edition’s theme ‘Wonders & Miracles’. With movies all about magic, robots and otherworldly phenomena, who knows what might happen as night falls around you.
July 27 – August 27. Movies play from Thursday to Sunday and start at 10pm.
Check out the full program here.
Plantinkaai across from the underpass
Boulevard Conakry by Terya Circus
You’ll find the Summer of Antwerp’s Circus at its Summer Bar, where it’s home to different performances almost every day. One of the most lively and dynamic ones is Boulevard Conakry by the African acrobat troupe Terya Circus. For their first show, the group of 16 young acrobats and musicians have drawn inspiration from the always bustling market of Conakry (Guinea’s capital) where the vendors use every tactic imaginable to sell their ware: dancing, singing, juggling … Terya Circus brings an ode to the market of life in a whirling show.
August 17-28. Wed-Fri 8pm and Sat-Sun 3pm + 8pm.
She is my sister by Moonstein
The Summer of Antwerp leaves no leaf unturned when looking for unique spaces to host their shows, so behold She is my sister, a play set in the St. Anna Woods at neighborhood Linkeroever. When young Anna slips out of bed as quietly as possible to not wake her brother, she goes to hide in the woods. But when her brother Claude takes longer than usual to find her, the magical world of Moonstein starts to envelop her with its mysterious characters and unusual habits. For Claude, the search becomes a race against the clock.
July 6 – August 21. Wed-Sun 8pm.
Sint-Annabos (entrance via Noordscheldeweg)
An abandoned gas factory in the Zurenborg neighborhood is enough for the Summer of Antwerp to fill the weeks of summer with plenty of urban vibes. Under the motto ‘sporty days, party nights’, free workshops are taught by experienced dancers and athletes during the day while music, film and all around fun times with friends take over in the evenings and nights. The DJ’s serving up their best beats on Global Bass Thursdays, Future Bass Fridays and Urban Saturdays will leave no one standing by the end of the week.
Open every day except on Mondays. Take a look at the full program here.
The red ball, the giant traveling art piece by American artist Kurt Perschke that keeps popping up in the most unexpected of places – squeezed between the walls of a UK alley for example, or on a boat travelling down Paris’ river Seine – is coming to Antwerp. Over 10 different days, you’ll find it in 10 different locations across the city.