10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Controversial Japanese screenings, local trap and festivals. 10 things to do in Belgium this weekend.

1. Wednesday 13th July – Sunday 17th July: Dour Festival

Dour, without a doubt one of Belgium’s most beloved festivals, sets off its 28th edition with one hell of a line-up, spread out over five days and nine stages. This year’s programme once again shows the festival’s affection for homegrown burgeoning talent the likes of Senamo & Seyté, Kenji Minogue, STIKSTOF, Lawrence Le Doux, Cocaine Piss, The Black Heart Rebellion and La Jungle, along with a plethora of international artists such as Septa, Floating Points, Mac DeMarco, Fatima Yamaha and many, many more.

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2. Thursday 14th July: Objet Papier Ciseaux @ Espace Moss, Brussels

A new summer concept in Brussels’ favourite gallery-come-hairdresser, Espace Moss. In a collaboration with La Caravane – a restorer of second hand furniture and design pieces –  illustrator Valentine Laffitte and the space’s owner Moussa Moss will be sharing their experience with adults and children alike.

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3. Friday 15th July: Klub Erreur night, Brussels

A night of old school synth punk and experimental music at Café L’Hoogstraat in the Marolles neighbourhood, with live industrial noise by Carrageenan and Shinda Onnanoko, followed by an array of DJ sets by  Chris Mufin, Lucius Fhyleomerras Lucius 4 yeux, INTRA MUROS / YERSINIA PESTIS, Hoel Von Helvet, Telephone, Gabriel Othmezouri, Chinese Take-Away and Serena E. Kippenbergen.

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4. Friday 15th July: SPEK @ Klub Goud, Antwerp

A clubnight high in the sky with nothing but tunes to dance to by Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler, Kong and Sixsixsixties.

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5. Friday 15th July: Hantrax & Bonnie Banane @ Het Bos, Antwerp

An evening that’s completely free at Antwerp’s Bosbar this Friday, with concerts by Antwerp underground virtuoso Hantrax and Paris cool kid Bonnie Banane.

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6. Friday 15th July: Gentse Feesten

This Friday marks the start of the Gentse Feesten, the yearly festival that takes over the entire city for ten days of concerts, parties, street performances and seemingly never-ending nights. Not for the faint-hearted.

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7. Saturday 16th July: Honey: Bread and Butter – Jessica Gispert & Melike Cara @ Komplot, Brussels

Brussels art space Komplot presents German artists Jessica Gispert and Melike Kara, whose installations and compositions metaphorically refer to the human body and contain traces of mythological motives. Exhibition runs until 28th August.

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8. Saturday 16th July: L’empire des sens @ Cinematek, Brussels

A screening of the Japanese cult movie by Nagisa Oshima that spiked heavy controversy worldwide upon its release because of the explicit content deemed inappropriate at the time. The film is part of the ‘Classics’ programme at the Brussels’ cinema, that also currently includes movies by Bertolucci, Fassbinder and Bergman.


9. Saturday 16th July: Yung Internet EP release @ Het Bos, Antwerp

Antwerp trap party collective ClitClap invites Yung Internet, a grimy rap trio from Amsterdam, for the release of their most recent EP at Bosbar.

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10. Sunday 17th July: Rauw @ NTGent, Ghent

Sunday to Wednesday mark the last dates of Rauw, a dynamic dance theatre by children, about a seven-piece gang that plays together while standing strong against what seems like an invisible threat, and results in a powerful and at time fragile piece. Directed by dance company Kabinet K, Rauw has been praised nationally as well as internationally.

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