15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Intimate listening sessions in Brussels, nocturnal gallery tours in Antwerp, rave revivals in Ghent and photography fairs in Charleroi. The weekend has landed.

1. Wednesday 28th September: TheÅngströmers at Café Central, Brussels

The Ångströmers, consisting of Ångström records’ Frédéric Alstadt and Nicolas Esterlé, share the stage with Haitian band Chouk Bwa Libète for some modular synth and traditional roots fusion. Raw grooves guaranteed.

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2. Thursday 29th September: Favourite Belgian releases with Captain Starlight at The Hope, Brussels

The fourth instalment of our favourite Belgian releases listening sessions has Holger’s Captain Starlight doing the honours, taking you through his selection of iconic Belgian cuts at The Hope.

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3. Thursday 29th September: Opening Erik Van Lieshout ‘The show must ego on’ at WIELS, Brussels

Dutch artist Erik Van Lieshout started making furore over a decade ago with his video installations in which he blatantly criticises local and global issues such as immigration, gentrification and class, whilst exploring the role of art in today’s world. This Thursday marks the opening of the artist’s first institutional solo show in our country, and includes his video works alongside the accompanying maquettes and several works on paper. For the opening evening, WIELS invites Van Lieshout for a conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Zoë Grey, with late-night vibes provided by Mo Disko & Neiro.

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4. Thursday 29th September: Pieterjan Ginkels – ‘Big James’ at RIOT, Ghent

It’s not easy to define Pieterjan Ginckels’ (1982, Tienen) oeuvre. Having constructed a cycling ring with record players and hand dryers out of raw wood, the artist has a penchant for anti-engineering, while using current hypes and trends as a main inspiration source, creating a contradiction between craftsmanship and industrialised production. While his earlier work was mainly influenced by popular culture and rock music, it lately has evolved towards more present-day issues, such as the use of new technologies. At Art Paper Edition’s book store and art space RIOT, the artist will be presenting his record ‘Big James’. Not to be missed.

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5. Thursday 29th September: Opening Yto Barrada, Tracing the future and Mary Reid Kelley at M Museum, Leuven

No less than three exhibitions open this Thursday at Leuven’s M Museum, the first one being a solo show by Moroccan-French artist Yto Barrada in which she will be showing video screenings, photographs and installations that explore the duality within Moroccan history. The second one, Tracing the future, is a group show that has seven contemporary artists translate the concept of utopia in their works, which are then displayed at five different locations around the city. And lastly, American video artist Mary Reid Kelley is exhibiting a trilogy of films in which she puts herself in the shoes of different historical figures. Something for everyone.

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6. Friday 30th September: Milan W. – Intact release party at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

Antwerp-based musical wunderkind Milan W. presents his latest release for Jj Funhouse, Intact, at Les Ateliers Claus this Friday. To mark the occasion, he’s invited his friends Nosedrip and DSR Lines to share the stage.

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7. Friday 30th September: Actionnaires fifth birthday at BRASS, Brussels

Itinerant party concept Les Actionnaires is blowing out five candles at five different parties. The first one is held at Forest’s cultural centre BRASS and boasts a line-up that goes from tropical beats to indie disco and experimental electro, with firm favourite Front de Cadeaux, Mugwump and Nova Materia.

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8. Friday 30th September: Borger #10 at Borgerhout (Antwerp)

The tenth edition of Borgerhout’s ‘Borger’ nocturnes sees the area’s 14 galleries – Zeno X, DMW Artspace, Galerie S&S, Spaceburo, Base-Alpha, Ingrid Deuss, Lokaal 01, BRDG, Deviation(s), LLS387, Sofie Van De Velde, Praetoria, The Mothership and EyeLoco – remain open late at night for your viewing pleasure. The best way to take in a maximum amount of openings in one evening.

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9. Friday 30th September: Nadia Naveau and Nick Andrews at De Bijl, Zoersel

A duo exhibition combining the works of Antwerp-based sculptor Nadia Naveau and British figurative painter Nick Andrews at cultural centre De Bijl in the quaint Antwerp suburb of Zoersel.

10. Friday 30th September: All eyes on hip hop at Vooruit, Ghent

All eyes on hip hop, the Ghent-rooted party concept that brings to the stage some of the most prolific local players in the genre, strikes down at concert venue Vooruit for a night filled with beats and bass thanks to Lefto, Faisal, Azer and DJ SNS.

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11. Friday 30th September: R&S Records In Order to Dance at Kompass Club, Ghent

Cult Belgian record label R&S returns to its hometown for a night at Kompass club with dance floor heroes Paula Temple, Pariah and R&S records’ Renaat Vandepapeliere himself.

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12. Friday 30th September: Cocaine Piss release party at La Zone, Liège

Prolific Liège punk outfit Cocaine Piss took a trip to Chicago earlier this year to record their latest album, titled The Dancer, with iconic record producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, anyone?). They’re returning to their hometown Liège this Friday for a killer release party, for which they invited electropunk act Onmens and Swedish lazerpunk duo The Guilt.

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13. Saturday 1st October: Emporio Darmani at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Local hip hop, all night long, organised by non-profit youth centre JhMj Dar, with Ray Fuego, STR (who’ll be presenting his latest album ‘Big Daddy’), Vanalles, UMI and Beatsforbeaches gracing the line-up. Full support.

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14. Sunday 2nd October: Nina Harker, Regis Turner and Mon Alberteen at Barlok, Brussels

A series of concerts at Brussels canal-side underground venue Barlok with Regis Turner, Mon Alberteen (one of TG Gondard‘s alter ego’s), and French minimal cold wave artist Nina Harker. Essential.

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15. Sunday 2nd October: Photography fair at Charleroi

Photography buffs might want to head down to Charleroi this Sunday for the city’s annual photography fair, where eager diggers can plough through the camera’s, lenses, old publications and books, and much, much more.

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