15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Psych showcases in Charleroi, film festivals in Antwerp and exhibition openings in Brussels. Do the right thing.

1. Thursday 16th February: Douglas Eynon at Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

The most recent solo exhibition of London-born, Brussels-based Douglas Eynon, who participated in Rodolphe Janssen’s group exhibition Balls & Glory as well as the recent Novelty Ltd. exhibition at La Verrière, opens this Thursday at Rodolphe Janssen, where you can expect the artist’s emblematic installations, becoming vivacious worlds of their own.

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2. Thursday 16th February: Otani Nieuwenhuize at Ibasho, Antwerp

Otani Nieuwenhuize, or a collaboration between photographers Shinji Otani (JP) and Johan Nieuwenhuize (NL), where both delve into cultural tourism of their respective countries. Comprised of 30 diptychs, each depicting the same subject yet through a different set of eyes, resulting in a visual account of cultural ‘consumption’. Runs until 19th March.

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3. Thursday 16th February: Gerard Herman at TRAP, Antwerp

Under the stairs at TRAP, Gerard Herman is set to present his brand new release ‘Die paste, die wrong’, out on Entr’acte, alongside David Burraston – a musician/scientist-cum-sound designer working around theories of chaos and complexity.

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4. Thursday 16th February: Visite at Het Bos, Antwerp

The second edition of De Imagerie’s film program Visite once again invites different filmmakers to show their work, as well as films by directors who inspire them in a programme that comprises 22 short as well as feature films spread out over 11 days at Antwerp’s favourite hangout Het Bos. We needn’t say more.

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5. Thursday 16th February: Alec Soth opening at FOMU, Antwerp

Minneapolis-based renowned Magnum photographer Alec Soth (1969) creates, what he calls, “large-scale American projects”. Ridden with contradictions from an undoubtedly divided country, his photographs walk the line between fine arts and painstakingly real photojournalism. Intimacy meets banality in Soth’s mellow coloured portraits, whether they stem from wanderings along the Mississippi River or from honeymooners in Niagara. Gathered Leaves, a comprehensive exhibition and chronicle of Soth’s body of work, first premiered in London late 2015, and will be on exhibition at FoMu Antwerp in spring, the opening night inaugurated with an artist’s talk by Alec Soth himself – which is, unfortunately, fully booked. Unmistakably an invaluable influence to a younger generation of photographers, Gathered Leaves is a compelling introduction Soth’s powerful oeuvre.

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6. Thursday 16th February: In spite of wishing and wanting at 30cc, Leuven

A powerful re-enactment of Wim Vandekeybus’ critically acclaimed In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, with an exclusively male cast. Monologues on fears, desires and sensuality are accompanied by David Byrne’s compelling soundtrack.

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7. Friday 17th February: 1989 – 2017 at Galerie Stephanie Jaax, Brussels

An artistic collaboration that lasted more than 20 years, Åsa Lie and Jadran Sturm present some of the fruits of their labour at Ixelles’ Stephanie Jaax gallery in an exhibition that runs until 18th March. The opening night this Friday will be accompanied by one of Merzedes Sturm-Lie’s groundbreaking and nonconformist performances.

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8. Friday 17th February: Post post cultural at Barlok, Brussels

A night of experimental musical discoveries at Barlok from the city’s Post Post Cultural collective. Gracing the stage are collective members Transparent Sky and Thocast, accompanied by guests Real Trvth, Metastability, Morale, Queen Harley and Beep Boop. Expect the unexpected.

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9. Friday 17th February: Bert Van Dijck at Le Clignoteur, Brussels

Through video, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and publication, Bart Van Dijck delves into motives such as folklore and cultural identity, both local and exotic. His new solo show ‘Waking up the Bear’ at Le Clignoteur, which opens this Friday, the artist is presenting sculpture, installation and a series of masks taken from his video works. Runs until 19th March.

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10. Friday 17th February: Rick Shiver, Exalt and Bjeor at Café Apero, Leuven

Voluptuous dance moves galore in Leuven’s city centre this Friday, where sensual all-rounder Rick Shiver is manning the decks alongside DJ duo and brothers Exalt, and Bjeor.

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11. Friday 17th February: Stellar Swamp at Eden, Charleroi

The third edition of our country’s finest psych fest Stellar Swamp lands at Charleroi’s Eden concert venue, in a collaboration with the city’s Vecteur. With intense live acts the likes of Radar Men from the Moon, Phoenician Drive and Rats on Rafts, it’s well worth the trip to Le Pays Noir.

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11. Saturday 18th February: Jean Hoyoux at Planetarium, Brussels

Jean Hoyoux’s Planètes was originally released in 1981 and limited to 99 copies. Its reissue is now out on Cortizona and, to mark the release, Meteor Musik will be playing a live version of the album at Brussels’ Planetarium this Saturday. A guaranteed unique sonic experience.

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12. Saturday 18th February: Catclub

The official kickoff of Catclub’s new season brings Swedish producer Harald Björk to our capital’s Wild Gallery for a night-long bash filled with electronic rhythms and bouncy tunes.

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13. Saturday 18th February: Le 77 & Beatsforbeaches at W-est end Izakaya, Brussels

Grooves and beats at former Bravo, recently christened W-est End Izakaya bar, with rap four-piece Le 77 and prolific producer Beatsforbeaches who’ll be joined by the odd guest or two. Immerse yourself in the neighbourly good vibes.

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14. Saturday 18th February: Que Sakamoto at Bagger, Antwerp

Pure, sugary Japanese disco and house, courtesy of Que Sakamoto. Don’t sleep (literally).

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15. Sunday 19th February: Belkium

A Sunday afternoon filled with vinyl records, synths, analog drum machines and good food just outside of Brussels’ city centre. In Labokube’s back building, expect sensory audio performances, hybrid rhythms and cosmic melodies accompanied by Sunday brunch.

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