10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Slumber sessions in Brussels, exhibition openings in Antwerp, art book fairs in Ghent and label nights in Liege.

Thursday 4th May: Maika Garnica at SOILcollective, Brussels

SOIL Collective, the non-profit group of young, independent curators are halfway through their year-long series of exhibitions exploring the powers and qualities of sound, and are showing no signs of slowing down. Antwerp’s Maika Garnica, who’s no stranger to the materiality of sound, will have her work on display over the weekend – don’t sleep.

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Thurday 4th May: Fanny Kaplan, Makino Takashi and Floris Vanhoof at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

Cutting-edge venue Les Ateliers Claus is kicking off the (early) weekend with a complete programme covering all the overlapping realms of music, film and photography. Moscovian noise group Fanny Kaplan, experimental film-maker Makino Takashi, and media-archaeologist Floris Vanhoof are sure to come with plenty of tricks up their sleeves.

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Thursday 4th May: Gnod and Orphan Swords at Gouvernement, Ghent

Mancunian left-wing, psychodrone outfit Gnod are crossing the Channel to spread some anti-capitalist love from Ghent’s Vooruit – how very appropriate. Supporting them is Brussel’s brutalist techno duo Orphan Swords. A night to release all your demons.

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Thursday 4th May: Cycle Ciné Music at Quai10, Charleroi

As if last week’s International Jazz Day festivities wasn’t enough, Charleroi is rolling out more odes to the beautiful legacy that is jazz with a two-part event. Quai10 is starting the night with a film screening of Bruce Weber’s Oscar-winning documentary on the turbulant and enigmatic life of trumpeteer Chet Baker. Le Vecteur will follow closely with an improv jazz set courtesy of Frame Trio. Treat yourself.

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Friday 5th May: Opening Kunstenfestivaldesarts at WIELS, Brussels

Centred in the city’s Palais de la Dynastie / Dynastiepaleis and taking place in more than 20 art spaces and theatre buildings across Brussels, Kunstenfestivaldesarts celebrates theatre, dance, performance, film and contemporary art, both Belgian and international. Expect three weeks of public interventions and displays challenging the notions of borders, defying formats and blurring artistic lines. Set to broaden its own frontiers as well, this year marks a first time collaboration with WIELS centre for contemporary art. Essential.

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Friday 5th May: Tokyo Sound Land at VK, Brussels

A triple bill of Japanese producers at Molenbeek’s Vaartkapoen, featuring Blueberry records-affiliate Ametsub, known for his sensitive beats and light ethereal house, sampler king Anchorsong – whose live sets have been described as watching a painter drawing on a white canvas – and melodic genius Daisuke Tanabe. The perfect slumber session.

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Friday 5th May: Tine Guns at Ingrid Deuss, Antwerp

Photographer Tine Guns is presenting her new series, After the flood, at Ingrid Deuss gallery in Antwerp. For the series, the Ghent-based artist headed to an artificial lake in Thailand, an area where an entire part of the surrounding jungle flooded, causing animals to be rescued by helicopters and moved to new, man-made islands. Be prepared for an exhibition bordering the dreamlike and the painfully realistic. Runs until 24th June.

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Friday 5th May: Nacht van de Experimentele Film at OFFoff, Ghent

Ghent University’s Film-Plateau coordinator Sofie Verdoodt is teaming up with Ghent-based label B.A.A.D.M. for the Night of the Experimental Film. Taking place this Friday – and set to feature guest appearances by PAN-affiliated Valerio Tricoli and Hiele, alongside a night-long selection of films themed around religion. Not to be missed.

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Friday 5th – Saturday 6th May: Ghent art book fair at 019, Ghent

019 art space, Be-Part and RIOT bookstore are hosting, for the second year in a row, their extensive art book fair by the Ghent docks. Next to contemporary art books by over 45 different publishers, visitors can enjoy an elaborate lecture programme, talks, and the presentation of Spanish artist Oriol Villanova’s brand new billboard.

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Saturday 6th May: Luik Records night at Reflektor, Liege

Prolific indie label Luik Records is hosting a label night at Liege’s Reflektor and presents two of its artists: Brussels-based post-grunge trio Sale Gosse and Monolithe Noir, who recently released an 8-track cassette tape on the label. From pogo to monumental soundscapes, it’s an event for which it’s well worth heading to la cité ardente.

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