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. This year artists like Bootsy Collins, Kurt Vile, Jose Gonzalez and Patti Smith will share the stage.
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 from a wooden stage. Usually there’s some pretty impressive street theatre as well and 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. 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. Prices vary, but movies and outdoor concerts are usually free.
Crazy for Dries van Noten and Veronique Branquinho but always short on cash? We know the routine! The stylish but poor might want to know that stock sales are organised twice a year spread over the North of town. In order to create some space in their warehouses, Antwerp’s most famous designers sell their leftover stock at reduced prices: you might walk out fully dressed for the money normally spent on underwear (fashionable underwear, that is).
Expect the world’s best heavy bands, spread over three unique stages drenched in that underground atmosphere. Heavy rock, psycho and doom rendez-vous are all represented here. Bands include KADAVAR, SAINT VITUS, SATAN’S SATYRS, HIDDEN TRAILS,... Beware of the sandstorm!
To really get into the Christmas card mood, swing by the Kerstmarkt of Antwerp. There is loads to see, eat and drink. After your 5th pancake, second German sausage, 4th glue wine and third dose of churros you can go ice skating, to lose all the weight you gained and if you really want to, have a fake snow snowball fight ;). At New Years Eve you can watch the fireworks and kiss your loved ones. Have fun and merry Christmas!