10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Stripclub rap, rave culture exhibitions, end of year student shows and book releases. Oh, and we’re throwing a party for our new edition too.

1. Thursday 16th June: The Discover Edition Release Party @ Bozar, Brussels

We’re taking over Bozar’s Horta Hall tomorrow for the release of our June-July edition. Line-up features Liège-based post-rock band It It Anita, post-grunge trio Sale Gosse, hip hop parody act KZK, master record digger DJ soFa and Holger’s Sixsixsixties. Make sure to come early (20h30-21h00) as we’ll be handing out 50 of our “Pazop” trucker caps to the first 50 readers to come say hello.

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2. Thursday 16th June: Ampere & M HKA Energy Flash @ Ampere, Antwerp

To mark the opening of Energy Flash, its exhibition dedicated to 80s and 90s rave culture, Antwerp’s M HKA will be throwing a party at Ampere, with Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür – who’s been playing his signature tech house all over Europe under the Musik Soldat moniker – and Renaat Vandepapeliere – co-founder of iconic Belgian label R&S records – manning the decks.

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3. Thursday 16th June: Menstruation Sisters and Dennis Tyfus ‘Summer Whine’ Book presentation @ M HKA, Antwerp

To mark the release of his new book of drawings Summer Whine, cult record imprint Ultra Eczema founder Dennis Tyfus invites Sydney-based avant-garde noise rock band Menstruation Sisters for the presentation of his new book of drawings, ‘Summer Whine’.

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4. Friday 17th June: Soufre par Trapier Duporté @ Espace TORX, Brussels

Artist collective Foreseen builds bridges between contemporary art institutions and students, organising exhibitions, events and artist residencies. For their latest residency program, the itinerant collective showcases French duo Trapier Duporté’s installation ‘Soufre’ which is themed around paint, liquids and food, creating a dialogue between these three elements.

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5. Friday 17th June – Sunday 19th June: Island presents @ LaVallée, Brussels

Flawless contemporary art gallery Island presents the end of year works of Brussels’ fine art academy ARBA-ESA at the city’s ever-ubiquitous La Vallée in Molenbeek, with an after-party featuring Jean Amoris, Nicolas Einthoven and Dragan Markovic. An opportunity to preview tomorrow’s talent as seen through the eyes of one of Brussels’ sharpest galleries.

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6. Friday 17th June: After Scale Model: Dwelling in the Work of James Casebere @ Bozar, Brussels

James Casabere creates strikingly evocative works that depict simple and complex table-top models in solitary spaces. Having exhibited several times in Belgium already, After Scale Model is Casabere’s first institutional solo show in the country. The exhibition centres around three of his works – one sculpture and two photographs – that mark the artist’s connection to Belgium. Runs until 4th September in the context of The Summer of Photography.

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7. Friday 17th June: Foreign Places @ Wiels, Brussels

The opening of WIELS’ latest group exhibition brings together works by Eglė Budvytytė, Sara Deraedt, Patricia Esquivias, Beatrice Gibson and Alex Waterman, Toril Johannessen, Fiona Mackay, Emma van der Put and Robin Vanbesien, all former participants in the center’s solid residency program. Their works, rooted in urban exploration photography, all explore, in their own ways, notions of global migrations, mass tourism and unexpected perspectives of contemporary city life. Runs until 14th August.

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8. Friday 17th June: Exhibition Masters’ Photography Sint-Lukas @ Mensura, Brussels

Master students of art school Sint-Lukas present their final year work at the Mensura buildings, bang in the center of Brussels. Includes the works of Heleen Seys, Puck Rouvroye, Axel De Marteau, Iris Vanderzeypen, Emre Celikcan , Cillian O’Neill, Besma Ben Said, Yun-Oien Chu, Max Meyer, Calixthe Poncelet, Eva Donckers (a  regular contributor of ours), Gaïa Kaboukos, Antoine Grenez and Lisa Haesevoets. 

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9. Friday 17th June: Fêtes de la Musique de Watermael-Boitsfort @ Place Antoine Gilson, Brussels

The sleepy  commune of Watermael-Boitsfort comes to life this Friday with a series of  free concerts by local hip hop heroes Roméo Elvis and Le Motel, Jeanjass and Caballero, 77, Le Dé and Junior Goodfellaz for the Fête de la Musique. Organised by La Brique, the Brussels-based association helping musicians out with production, management and events.

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10. Saturday 18th June: Slice of pie @ Scenario Urban Club, Brussels

To celebrate its first anniversary, Brussels-based concert promoter Slice of Pie brings Canadian rapper Tommy Genesis to the city’s Scenario Urban Club, a strip club right on Place Simonis, for her first European tour. With opening slots by local trap star STR (listening to an exclusive mix he recorded for us here) and half-American half-Japanese, Brussels-based singer, producer and contemporary dancer RIN.

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