Discover Benelux, Issue 44, August 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Antwerp  |  The Perfect Summer Trip

Cycling tour. Photo: Frederik Beyens

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Sunday Shopping First Sunday of every month Many shops in Antwerp’s historical city centre open on the first Sunday of every month, with musical performances and pop-up events adding to the festive experience. Shop till you drop in areas such as De Keyserlei, Meir and Wilde Zee, and do not forget the Diamond District! Antwerp Pride 9 - 13 August Antwerp Pride celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, with sporting events, cultural activities and, of course, some major parties. Attractions to look out for include Saturday’s colourful parade and a spectacular closing event in Grote Markt on the Sunday. Centraal Station. Photo:

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Cirque@taque 12 August This hugely popular festival offers a range of top entertainment for children and parents

alike in the stunning setting of Hof de Bist in Ekeren. From bouncy castles to circus acts, clowns and fun concerts, it is the perfect excuse to let your hair down. Bollekesfeest 18 - 20 August Bollekesfeest (Bollekes Festival) began 11 years ago as a culinary festival and has evolved into a contemporary folk festival showcasing local music, produce and traditions. This free event includes performances, tours and walks, not to forget delicious food and drinks. At the centre of the action is the Market Square, Groenplaats and Steenplein. Antwerp City Drops 23 - 24 September For the second time in Antwerp, this exciting festival puts the international urban scene in the spotlight. Dedicated to urban sports, lifestyle and culture, Antwerp City Drops will include workshops, markets, food and music.