15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Ethnoyoutubers in Brussels, Gaming galore in Antwerp and clandestine checkpoint-inspired art in Ghent. Do the right thing.

1. Wednesday 8th Feb: Ignatz at HS63

The timeless blues-folk of Ignatz, Kverk’s real-time experimental sampling and ethnoyoutube (whatever that may be) by alexandredavidgabriel in the intimate setting of HS63. We can’t possibly think of a better way to commemorate the midweek.

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2. Thursday 9th Feb: Fumaca Preta and Yôkaï at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

A sonic journey at Les Ateliers Claus taking listeners from gentle jazz and afro-Ethiopian grooves to Brazilian psych-inspired distorted funk.

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3. Thursday 9th Feb: Act! Cut! Play! at De Studio, Antwerp

A collaboration between MoMu Fashion Museum, Fashionclash Festival and Dutch-Flemish cultural centre De Brakke Grond, Act! Cut! Play! presents three cutting-edge movies exploring the ins and outs of the fashion world. The end result, all of them collaborations between designers, dramatists and directors, will be continuously screened this Thursday alongside several installations at De Studio.

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4. Thursday 9th Feb: Night shop at Charlatan, Ghent

A boundary-breaking night of musical performances by WWWater and One Man Party, a special guest and a host of DJ sets at Ghent live venue par excellence Charlatan. Be There.

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5. Thursday 9th Feb: Shilpa Gupta at KASK, Ghent

Through the confines of sound, video, sculpture, photography and performance, Shilpa Gupta (1976) delves into the clandestine practices of border regions, the 2710-kilometre fence dividing Bangladesh and India – the longest safety barrier in the world – specifically. Part of her ongoing exploration of political, religious and military issues, Drawing in the Dark, Gupta’s upcoming solo exhibition at Ghent’s KIOSK comprises a central sculpture, 24:00:01, alongside drawings and photo collages meant to depict the daily reality of illegal border practices, from smuggling to checkpoint markers and cannabis plantations – favouring the pure forms of found objects. A practice urging her to call her work ‘everyday art’, aiming to incite discussion on the aforementioned issues close to Gupta’s heart. The Bombay-born artist engages in a lecture at KASK, offering insight into her practice and work.

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6. Friday 10th Feb: Capelo at L’harmonium, Brussels

Capelo, the duo gracing our country with the softest emo pop since Lio, at artistic house L’harmonium, alongside French four-piece Turquoise, hosted by webzine La Vague Parallèle. Dreamy.

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7. Friday 10th Feb: Heartbroken at Club Universal, Brussels

It’s all about sharing and love at Heartbroken’s special Valentine’s edition. Go and enjoy Staycore founders Dinamarca and Ghazal’s suave rhythms, Orlando Volcano’s dancehall inspired club tracks and Nevrland’s emotional ventures. DJ duo and Heartbroken’s driving forces Steff and Liyo are both on tear drying duties, and Brussels afrobeat royalty Deejay Oulare is set to hit the turntables until the very first sun rays.

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8. Friday 10th Feb: We Bring You at Fuse, Brussels

Brussels party collective We Bring You blows out four candles this Friday, inviting legendary Japanese house producer Soichi Terada for the occasion, accompanied by Dutch vinyl digger extraordinaire Interstellar Funk, German groove master Max Graef and a Brussels-Ghent b2b with Bafana and Borealis. Divine dancing guaranteed.

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9. Friday 10th Feb: Katharina Aigner at ISELP, Brussels

Brussels’ art space ISELP invites Vienna-based artist Katharina Aigner for a Carte Blanche, she installed the exhibition ‘Some arguments later’, centred around the moving image. This Friday she’ll be giving a talk at the space, creating an open studio and a platform for discussion between herself, Eitan Efrat, Pieter Geenen, Meggy Rustamova and Sirah Foigel Brutmann.

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10. Friday 10th Feb: Orpheu at Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

It’s that time of the month again when Orpheu hits Épicerie Moderne for a night of eclectic house and nonconformist techno, courtesy of Maoupa Mazzocchetti and Paris-based D.K. aka 45 ACP.

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11. Friday 10th Feb: Belgian showcase festival at Trix, Antwerp

For the eighth time now, Antwerp-based concert venue Trix hosts its Belgian Showcase Festival, a weekend of performances that feature the cream of the crop of our country’s musical talents. High on our must-see list are TheColorGrey, Zwangere Guy, WWWater and Miaux – and those are just four of the 28 acts represented on the line-up. Don’t sleep.

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12. Friday 10th Feb: Screenshake at Het Bos, Antwerp

Putting the spotlight on Belgium’s indie gaming culture, Screenshake is a weekend filled to the brim with talks, workshops, exhibitions, live music – breakcore legend Sickboy is playing on Saturday – and, of course, lots of games. All taking place at Antwerp’s unofficial cultural favourite Het Bos.

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13. Saturday 11th Feb: Daisyworld of Mordor Land at Komplot, Brussels

Diesel Project Space founder and visual artist Xavier Mary teams up with unsung hero of Belgium’s underground electronic music scene Ssaliva team up for an afternoon at Komplot that’s promising, to say the least.

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14. Saturday 11th Feb: Harry Gruyaert at Fifty One, Antwerp

“It’s not about cars”, Harry Gruyaert’s first solo exhibition at Antwerp’s Fifty One gallery features the work of the Belgian-born and now Paris-based photographer, which is ridden with a cinematographic framing and a remarkable sensitivity to colour, shapes and light. Runs until 8th April.

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15. Sunday 12th Feb: Projet 1 at Espace MOSS, Brussels

Marolles neighbourhood hairdresser-cum-artspace Espace MOSS’ owner Moussa launches Projet, an exploration of the relationships and links between hair and art. Inviting artists to take over the space on a monthly basis, this Sunday marks the first collaboration, with artist Quentin Lamouroux.

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