15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

New locations in Ghent, remedies for the soul in Brussels and a power plant party in Zwevegem. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 16th – Friday 17th August: Brice Bischoff’s Halo Snuffers at NH Brussels Bloom, Brussels

This weekend sees the opening of a mini show that will host the latest culmination work by Penthouse Art Resident Los Angeles photographer Brice Bischoff. Together with Harlan Levey Projects, Halo Snuffers boasts an eclectic mix of photography but also video and sculpture that render a series of floating forms that act as an ode to Eleanor Callahan, the wife of renowned American photographer Harry Callahan – no ordinary muse. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 16th August – Friday 21st September: Sundays at 019, Ghent

While some galleries remain closed during the summer, for 019 the month August marks the opening of a new permanent space. After exhibiting for so long without a home, this week sees 019 fill their new space with the exhibition Sundays, featuring an wide-ranging collection of works by both local and international artists. Go show some love.

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Wednesday 15th – Saturday 25th August: Nicoline Van Stapele’s Minor Swing at BLANCO, Ghent

Be entranced this weekend by the wild and wacky abstract compositions of Nicoline Van Stapele: following a residency in Paris, the KASK graduate will be featuring her colourful creations from the past couple of years. Not to be missed.

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Thursday 16th – Friday 31st August: AfricaMuseum at Egmont Palace, Brussels

In preparation for the opening of the heavily revised Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, the final showcase of what the museum could offer us in the future will open at the Egmont Palace. Bringing together a range of older pieces alongside more contemporary pieces by well known Congolese artists such as Sammy Baloji and Chéri Chérin, the show is sure to provoke dialogue about how a colonial museum should exist in the 21st century. Education is key.

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Thursday 16th – Sunday 26th August: The Art of Difference at BOZAR, Brussels

Bringing together science and art, both the ULB and VUB have partnered together with BOZAR to present an exhibition displaying a selection of artists who have tackled the topic of disability. Expect to learn about the evolution of scientific inventions that have transformed the lives of the handicapped but also a series of individual, personal responses to the topic by the likes of digital illustrator Beb-Deum and The Alternative Limb Project photographers Rosemary Williams and Nadav Kander. Not to be missed.

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Thursday 16th August – Sunday 2 September: Tamara Van San’s Big Red Babel & Other Miscellanea at M HKA, Antwerp

Trot on up to the fifth floor of M HKA to explore the colourful nonfigurative sculptures of Tamara Van San. The exhibition will include the remarkable delicate structure of Big Red Babel, a glazed ceramic piece made out of a series of tower-like forms. Witness a new side of sculpture.

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Thursday 16th August: Chineurs de Belgique #2 at Bonnefooi, Brussels

The quality Belgian electronic collective returns this Thursday for their second takeover session at Bonnefooi. Expect a miscellaneous quirky set that brings together both the retro and the modern in one room. Get your gladrags on.

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Friday 17th August – Saturday 1st September: Les Brigittines International Festival in Brussels

The festival season continues in Brussels this weekend with the start of the Brussels-based cultural institution’s annual festival, displaying the best of international contemporary dance. With this year’s theme being “Antidotes for a Toxic Era”, it suggests we’re being blessed with a programme of performances to heal our presently weary, on-edge society. Prep those dancing feet, you’re in for a treat.

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Friday 17th August: Miaux, Alvarius B & DJ Allon K at De Nor, Antwerp

This Friday, Dennis Tyfus‘ metaphysical piece De Nor will come alive through a series of performances by American gem Alvarius B and local talents Miaux and Allon Kaye. Expect the unexpected.

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Friday 17th August: Ensemble Summer Night w/ Andras, Girrafi Dog at C12, Brussels

Head down to C12 this Friday for a party like no other: a steady range of talent is set to hit the stage including Melbourne-based hero Andras, Ensemble head-honchos Kong & Gratts, and The Word Radio’s very own SixSixSixties. Don’t Sleep.

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Friday 17th August: BAUMUSIK at AIR, Antwerp

The Cologne-based artistic collective-cum-music label baumusik returns to the LODGERS programme to celebrate its second experimental group exhibition [BAU034] with a legendary garden party. The assembly of restless artists, ranging from visual artists and writers to filmmakers and musicians, has been putting the art world on its head for two years now, constantly reinventing the generalised definition of genres within the industry. Expect intriguing installations, wonderful works by some of the collective’s greatest talents and potent performances and DJ sets.

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Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th August: Voltage Festival, Zwevegem

An assortment of some of the best underground electronic music hits Zwevegem this weekend. The festival is now into its fourth year of hosting some class techno, acid and House at an abandoned power plant and it plans to please and surprise again this year. The weekend will feature a great selection of hosts on the stages such as Kollectiv and Kozzmozz, and a number of Belgian electro legends such as Spacid and Nico Merano. Two days of cutting-edge content.

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 Saturday 18th August: Queerkorts at Minus One, Ghent

Minus One is seeing the heartiest of get-togethers this Saturday, with a full-on a fair, feast and party that’ll last till the night. Something for everyone.

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Sunday 19th August: SPEK Open Air at Kiosk Radio, Brussels

The Antwerp-based crew SPEK are putting on quite a show at Brussels Park for you this Sunday, flying over Daniel Wang as well as bringing together some local loves including Cleveland, Captain Starlight and Bora Bora. Put on your Sunday finest.

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Sunday 19th August: Psst Mademoiselle #7 at WOODPECKER, Brussels

Not too far from Kiosk, you can take it easy with the promising seventh edition of Psst Mademoiselle. Featuring a range of talent with Wutangu, Zoulou and Canadian Gayance, this is sure to be a summer party that will be hard to beat. End the weekend right.

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