Open Air Cinema

Well, we now have one month of summer left, so I’ve been on the hunt for things to do outdoors. For those of you sticking around in August (like me), there are several open air cinemas set up around Brussels, providing a great way to enjoy an evening under the night sky.

The pleinOPENair film festival kicked off last weekend and continues this Friday and Saturday with film screenings and other activities. The theme this year is the railway, which is very fitting for Brussels, as it has about 30 stations (and 267 km of railways!) within the city limits. Originally the screenings were to be held at Gare du Midi (rather appropriate) but for some reason the festival was forced to move and is now taking place at Square Ursuline (skate park), located near the Sablon at the corner of Boulevard de l’Empereur and Rue de la Chapelle.

The festival is organized by Cinema Nova which is dedicated to independent films and drawing attention to urban issues. The schedule for Friday and Saturday is quite diverse, with a concert by hiphop/electro/jazz group Voodoo Clan starting at 8pm tomorrow, followed by a short film and the main attraction showing at 9:40pm. The feature film on Friday is The Navigators, a 2001 British film directed by Ken Loach about reactions of rail workers to the privatization of the railway.

On Saturday, there are guided visits around the Midi area (French and Dutch, 3pm and 5pm), a concert with children’s percussion group Fanfakids at 8pm, a short film at 9:30pm and finally a screening of the Moroccan film classic Cairo Station at 9:40pm. All activities are free of charge and there will be food and drinks available during the evening. See all the details here.

If you don’t happen to catch pleinOPENair this weekend (or aren’t really into the railway theme), there are a few other places around Brussels to enjoy a movie outdoors this month.

The popular Potemkine bar in Saint Gilles hosts regular movies outside against the impressive backdrop of Porte de Hal. Check out their Facebook page for the latest info.

There’s also an outdoor cinema set up at Wolubilis (la Place du Temps Libre) every Wednesday in August at 10pm. The Woluwe-Saint-Lambert commune along with Cinefilms and Cook&Book sponsor the free screenings and provide a great way to see a movie mid-week. Looking at the schedule, I noted they are showing Iron Lady on 8 August, the French comedy Les Intouchables on 22 August and Crazy, Stupid, Love on 29 August (hello Ryan Gosling!).

Finally Camera Belgica and Cinematek are hosting an outdoor movie at the BELvue! Museum every Thursday night until 23 August. After taking a stroll around the museum, visitors can enjoy a film in the garden right next to the Royal Palace. All of the films are Belgian and will start as soon as night falls (museum opens at 8pm). The cost is €5 and includes the visit to the museum. See the schedule here.

Now just cross your fingers it doesn’t rain! 🙂

Images via pleinOPENair and Potemkine.

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