12 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Baile vibes in Antwerp, Belgian Biënnales in Ghent and bodily sculptures in Brussels.

Thursday 23rd March: Philippe Van Wolputte at Levy Delval, Brussels

Over the course of ten years, Antwerp-based artist Philippe Van Wolputte explored abandoned and forgotten spaces and made them accessible to the public before their eventual destruction. Conducting interventions in these different spaces, Van Wolputte shows at Levy Delval, through photographs, video works and collages, the possibilities of these spaces and their function in our urban environment. Runs until 29th April.

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Thursday 23rd March: Art Nouveau?Art Deco at CIVA, Brussels

Belgium is a treasure trove of art nouveau and art deco gems, and CIVA are rightfully celebrating its long legacy in these all-encompassing art forms. The capital region’s official archive centre for all things architectural, urban planning, landscaping and environmental has assembled all the relevant data and resources – relating to Brussels – to present an insightful and intriguing exhibition on one of Belgium’s shining eras.

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Friday 24th March: La Race and Regis Turner at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

French night at Les Ateliers Claus, with Et mon cul est du tofu?-affiliates Headwar and synth melancholia pur sang by Regis Turner. Go cry your eyes out.

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Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March: Passa Porta festival, Brussels

Passa Porta literary festival hits Brussels once again, and with a programme that encompasses over a hundred Belgian and international writers – both emerging and established – who’ll engage in debates and readings in 20 places spread out around the city, all in the theme of risk-taking in an uncertain age, we’re sure it’s bound to be a worthwhile weekend. Don’t miss it.

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Friday 24th March: Performatik17 at Kaaitheater, Brussels

Threading the line between performance and visual arts, Kaaitheater’s Performatik festival celebrates movement in all its forms, with this year’s edition focusing entirely on the subject of bodily sculptures. The program encompasses conversations between Alioum Moussa and Maarten Vanden Eynde about the meaning of (in)dependence, moving theatre by visual artist Grace Schwindt, choreographies by DD Dorvillier, and much, much more. Innovative and unexpected, just the way we like it.

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Friday 24th March: Biacho and Rebel Up! at Het Bos, Antwerp

It’s locals only at Antwerp’s Het Bos this Friday, where the crème de la crème of the city’s contemporary art scene gets together for the Biancho group exhibition. Participating artists are Denie Put, Benjamin Demeyere, Bauke Noppen, Mathieu Verhaeghe, Kris Van Dessel, Tom Poelmans, Nel Aerts, Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, Dennis Tyfus, Lieven Segers, Bendt Eyckermans, Vedran Kopljar, Nick Andrews, Baldvin Einarsson, Ken Verhoeven and Vaast Colson. And if that weren’t enough, Rebel Up’s afterparty with Príncipe’s DJ Noronha, Celeste Mariposa and Calacas ensure you’re in for night-long baile vibes. Can’t wait.

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Saturday 25th March: Eric Croes at Sorry we’re closed, Brussels

La Louvière-born artist Eric Croes delves deep into the subjects and themes he holds dear through the fine craftsmanship of ceramics, appropriating the ancient technique as his own to offer a new narrative. Underpinned by hints of joy and even euphoria, Croes presents a series of 26 sculptures in ceramic, where bronze and wood, sewn together with an alphabet primer as well as pieces of blue denim, become a large patchwork. Through a sketchpad, each letter of the alphabet is assigned to a page, then translated into three-dimensionality, resulting in one sculpture per letter – linking what at first seem like incompatible objects and ideas. Runs until 20th May.

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Saturday 25th March: De Biënnale van België at In de ruimte, Ghent

The second edition of De Biënnale van België once again celebrates contemporary Belgian. Next to a week-long exhibition – that includes works by, amongst others, Kasper Devos, Xavier Mary, Yannick Val Gesto, Amina Saâdi and Mathias Mu – visitors are in for series of concerts curated by Kraak during the opening night this Saturday, a Sunday cinema night hosted by OFFoff and a closing night with local Kerm label, who invited Razen, Regis Turner, Weird Dust, Orphan Fairytale and Zoot Rufski & Cosmo Knex. Serious stuff.

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Saturday 25th March: Innershades release party at AMOK, Aalst

Celebrating Innershades’ latest cassette release on Brussels’ Unknown References imprint, the Aalst producer throws a bash in his hometown at AMOK for a night bound to have your feet moving non-stop (we promise), and invited Second Best, High Street, Sons of Melody and Ambri Adri for the occasion. The perfect chance to get your hands on one of the gorgeous cassette tapes and the accompanying fanzine by Iwein De Keyzer.

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Sunday 26th March: Pretty Lightning at Labokube, Brussels

Heavy psychedelic blues hailing from Germany. Expect throbbing drums, eerie vocals and explosive guitar riffs. Not for the faint hearted, but an ideal Sunday excursion, if you ask us.

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Sunday 26th March: Classic album Sundays at Le Cercle des Voyageurs, Brussels

While it’s been 50 years since The Velvet Underground released their iconic album with singer Nico, its legacy still stands strong. Celebrating one of the era’s most influential musical collaborations, Classic Album Sundays is hosting an intimate listening session at downtown Cercle des Voyageurs bar. Essential.

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