12 things to do in Belgium this weekend

With the cultural calendar back in full swing following summer recess, this weekend sees a host of exhibitions, concerts, club nights, walks and talks for you and yours. Here’s a pick of 12 to pencil in your agenda.

1. Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th September: Art on Paper @ Bozar, Brussels

For its second collaboration with Bozar, Art on Paper, the fair concerned with works on paper, comes back to the downtown cultural institution for a weekend of solo and group shows (25 in total), artist prizes as well as a triptych of wall drawings.

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2. Thursday 8th September: Opening Brussels Gallery Weekend @ The Hope

Brussels art scene darling The Hope marks the start of Brussels Gallery Weekend with a late night dinner, drinks and a display of ceramic work by Italian Lorenza Boisi, Canadian Martin Hyde and French Paul Chazal, in collaboration with gallery Levy/Deval. The perfect way to wind down following a few hours of opening frenzy.

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3. Thursday 8th September: Friederieke Von Rauch – Enclosure @ Fifty One, Antwerp

German photographer Friederike Von Rauch (1967, Freiburg) loves to dwell in places, picturing them at their most basic, devoid of any gags or gimmicks. Her ‘Enclosure’ series, which she presents at Fifty One Gallery, shows three different convents, amongst which the famed La Tourette by Le Corbusier, Hans Van Der Laan’s Roosenberg in Waasmunster and Maria Regina Martyrum in Berlin. In Von Rauch’s photographs, a clear interest in architecture – especially so in a building’s structures and rhythm – is evident. Amongst the corridors and alcoves, the spaces seem secluded yet harmonious, and Von Rauch’s work seamlessly captures their ascetical atmosphere. Runs until 5th November.

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4. Thursday 8th September: Temp – Matthias Yzebaert and Dries Segers @ Tique, Antwerp

An exhibition bringing together the abstract photographic works of young Belgian artists Dries Segers (1990) and Matthias Yzebaert (1983) at Antwerp project space Tique. Each artists approach their medium in a drastically different way, with Segers’ work being purely meta, and Yzebaert’s being more candid.

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5. Friday 9th September: Foreseen presents: Residency Sebastien Durante @ ZSenne Art Lab, Brussels

Brussels-based artist collective Foreseen is hosts an exhibition for the fifth cycle of its residency program, showcasing works by French-born Sébastien Durante, who creates objects and artworks that explore the status of artists in today’s world. Your best chance yet to have a look at the future.

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6. Friday 9th September: Heartbroken #7 @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels

An all-nighter at Brussels cultural mecca Beursschouwburg, with a line-up that features Danish producer Why Be, German DJ Mobilegirl, Hotel Radio Paris host Detente, Estonian producer and NTS radio host Shift Tides, Liège’s very own ssaliva, Munix alliance Neverland as well as Heartbroken’s own Liyo and Steff. Say bye-bye to your Saturday.

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7. Friday 9th – Sunday 11th September: Artists Print V @ BRASS, Brussels

This weekend also marks the fifth edition of Artists Print, a weekend-long micropublishing get together organised by curatorial collective Komplot and Jeunesse et Arts Plastiques. Having grown into a reference amongst connaisseur as far as small-scale publishing works go, this year’s edition sees 40 independent publishers, artists and collectives present their latest creation at Forest’s criminally-underrated cultural centre Brass. For readers who like their books and publications signed, numbered and limited.

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8. Friday 9th September: Helena Almeida – Corpus @ Wiels, Brussels

Portuguese conceptual and performance artist Helena Almeida (1934, Lisbon) emphasises the importance of both political and personal expression in her work. Considered one of the most distinguished Portuguese artists of her time, her retrospective exhibition at WIELS covers her career’s different phases and periods, starting with her early abstract paintings and three-dimensional works and ending with her experimentations with photography and film. Her work is then placed within the broader context of the Portuguese and international art scene and contains contributions by Portuguese poet Bernardo Pinto de Almeida (1954), American curator Connie Butler (1963) and feminist scholar Peggy Phelan (1948). Runs until 11th December.

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3. Serralves Museum 2015 Helena Almeida FS 0555 Estudo foto de Filipe Braga

9. Friday 9th September: Ignatz & De Stervende Honden @ Het Bos, Antwerp

The timelessness, utter beauty and sheer delicacy of Ignatz’s modern-day folk soul is the kind of thing to give you goosebumps. With releases on cult imprint Ultra Eczema, KRAAK and Not not fun, the Belgian singer-songwriter takes to the stage at Antwerp’s Bosbar this Friday for the presentation of his latest release ‘The Drain’ (an album that made our “best Belgian releases so far” feature early this year). To mark the occasion, he’s taking along his bass and drums duo ‘The Dying Dogs’ (made up of Les Ateliers Claus’ Tommy Denys and Erik Heestermans), and invited improv trio Charles Vögele as supporting act. Not to be missed.

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10. Friday 9th – Sunday 11th September: HORST Festival @ Horst

The third edition of the two-day festival that simultaneously serves as the opening ceremony for the two-month long arts festival with the same name, HORST takes place in a moated castle a stone’s throw from Leuven, and boasts a particularly eclectic and unexpected line-up with hotshots Julio Bashmore, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Soichi Terada, UpHigh Collective and many more. Essential.

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11. Saturday 10th September: The dispersed museum talk @ KVS

As part of the Brussels Gallery Weekend official programme, Brussels’ KVS hosts a round-table discussion involving local artists, curators, gallerists and collectors with the aim of reimagining the role and functions of Brussels’ contemporary art museum. Initiated by curator and Kadist art foundation director Joseph Del Pesco, with contributions by filmmaker Sven Augustijnen, Komplot founder Sonia Dermience, Independent director Liv Vaisberg and others.

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12. Saturday 10th September: Listener, The Sedan Vault and Mont Doré @ Kavka, Antwerp

Kavka, the refurbished school  that now serves as a creative youth centre,  hosts a series of three concerts by US emo garage outfit Listener, Belgian postcore trio The Sedan Vault and hardcore screamo five-piece Mont Doré for a night that promises to be high in emotion. Not for the faint of heart.

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