10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

From Indoor mini-golf and Icelandic girl rap to a digital arts fest and a heartbreaking line-up, we’ve got your weekend plans covered.

1. Thursday 23rd June: Les Garages Numériques @ Cinéma Galeries, Brussels

A ten-day affair dedicated to the digital arts that will have all of your five senses applaud in unison, with exhibitions by Joanie Lemercier, Herrmutt Lobby, Filip Sterckx, Lionel Maes and Romain Tardy, conferences, and label nights by Under My Garage and Cosmic Pop records. Read our interview with the festival’s curator here.

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2. Thursday 23rd June: Théophile’s Papers present “You got to love me” a multiple by Adrien Vescovi @ The Hope, Brussels

At Brussels’ latest food, drink and contemporary art darling The Hope, French multidisciplinary artist Adrien Vescovi presents his book “You got to love me”, released by itinerant publisher Théophile’s Papers, along with a series of custom made hammocks to read it in. Make sure to join us next Friday 1st July at The Hope for the first of a series of evenings dedicated to our Favourite Belgian Releases.

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3. Thursday 23rd June: Cracks @ Art & Marges, Brussels

Art & Marges, the Brussels museum for outsider art, presents seven series of photos, all taken by homeless photographers armed with throwaway cameras. An intimate, and at times melancholic account of our capital’s city streets. Runs until 18th September.

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4. Friday 24th June: The Sideshow @ A-Tower, Antwerp

This Friday, on the 13th floor of Antwerp’s infamous skyscraper A-Tower, young artist collective RUIS kicks off the first edition of The Sideshow, a week-long free arts festival. The opening exhibition includes work by photographers Eva Donckers and Miles Fischler, painter Charlotte van Renterghem, and etcher Dorothea Dejonckheere, amongst others. The busy programme includes lectures, an art trade fair, and there’s even a mini golf course. Until 2nd July.

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5. Friday 24th June: Artenova opening @ D-Art, Mechelen

Curators Nadia Bijl, Melanie Deboutte and Evelyn Simons present a combination of established names and burgeoning new talent at Artenova, an exhibition that compiles the work of 28 artists in a space covering 2,000 square meters and part of Mechelen’s yearly artist parcours D-Art. Until 3rd July.

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6. Saturday 25th June: Heartbroken @ Universal club, Brussels

The sixth edition of the emotionally loaded and moody Heartbroken parties brings you a live set by Uli K, a DJ set by London’s Endgame, Berlin-based Mechatok and Nevrland, a pairing of Ekster’s ssaliva and Munix.

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7. Saturday 25th June: Not really a finissage @ 7 Quai du Commerce, Brussels

Collector, film maker and avid supporter of young contemporary art Frédéric de Goldschmidt opens up his private collection – which includes sculptures and installations by 75 artists – to the public during an afternoon brunch. Accompanying the exhibition are dance performances by Icelandic duo Rósa Ómarsdóttir and Inga Hákonardóttir.

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8. Saturday 25th June – Sunday 26th June: Fortune festival @ BRASS, Brussels

Brussels artist squad Fortune Collective seizes on Forest’s cultural centre BRASS for an eclectic, weekend-long festival that boasts an impressive line-up featuring Icelandic girl rap crew Reykjavíkurdætur, French experimental troupe Collectif_sin, Brussels-based lo-fi synth heroine Musique Chienne, and Samuelspaniel‘s ambient tunes.

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9. Sunday 26th June: BEAM @ Huis van den Berghe, Sint-Niklaas

A day-long affair of top notch Belgian experimental electronic music and arts in a monumental old brewery bang on Sint-Niklaas’ Grote Markt. Bad man line-up, with live performances by producers SKY H1, Kassett, and Oaktree.

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10. Sunday 26th June: Soft Structures – Textile Turns @ CIAP, Hasselt

A group show combining homegrown and international multidisciplinary artists entirely themed around the significance and meaning of textile in today’s world at Hasselt’s contemporary art centre CIAP. The artists taking part in the group show include Rossella Biscotti (IT), Sarah Browne (IE), Hana Miletic (BE/HR), Emilie Pallard (FR) & Niels Heymans (NL), Judith Raum (DE), Remco Torenbosch (NL) and Vincent Vulsma (NL). Until 2nd October.

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