16 things to do in Belgium this weekend

With the new season back in full swing, this weekend sees exhibitions, concerts, seed swaps, label nights, DJ sets and studio visits combine to officially announce the end of the summer lull.

1.Wednesday 31st August: l’Amateur launch @ Kattendijkdok, Antwerp

Fameus – an Antwerp-based non-profit supporting young artists – is launching l’Amateur, a publication made to mark their second exhibition project that showcases work exclusively by amateur artists.

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2. Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th September: 1 year LaVallée @ LaVallée, Brussels

Molenbeek co-working project LaVallée celebrates its first anniversary with a group exhibition, live performances by neo-German pop artist Jim Avignon, a book shop by Berlin’s Urban Spree, DJ sets by Mugwump, Prince Off and Mister Nic Nac, workshops and Mediterranean delights by Kitchen 151.

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3. Thursday 1st September: Weyrd Son Records present Pure Ground @ Café Central, Brussels

Brussels independent record imprint Weyrd Son invites US minimal wave duo Pure Ground to downtown drinking den Café Central for some analog melodies accompanied by the group’s own video projections.

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4. Thursday 1st September: Brussels Alternative Show @ Bonnefooi, Brussels

Front de Cadeaux‘ DJ Athome is more than just a master digger, he’s also been Brussels Alternative Show‘s head honcho for twenty years. Bringing together some of the most eclectic DJ’s in the city, the weekly show on Radio Panik never fails to surprise listeners with selections that go from early 90’s techno to afro, funk and new wave. He’ll be taking over Bonnefooi’s infamously grimy dance floor this Thursday, with one of the show’s other residents, Handless DJ.

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5. Thursday 1st September: Tinka Pittoors – Fremdkörperation @ Base-Alpha, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Base-Alpha gallery opens the new season with a solo exhibition by Belgian sculptor Tinka Pittoors, whose work rises out of the examination of utopian societies as well as the continuous search to create her own sculptural reality by making use of innovative materials. Runs until 15th October.

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6. Friday 2nd September: Nose Job @ Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

This month’s edition of Nose Job, hosted by unofficial nightlife impresario Rick Shiver, invites London-based DJ Nathan Gregory Wilkins for some odd & sleezy house and techno. On support are Holger’s Captain Starlight and mr. Shiver himself.

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7. Friday 2nd September: Brussels record social club @ Veals & Geeks, Brussels

This month’s edition of the Brussels record social club, hosted at downtown vinyl mecca Veals & Geeks, offers some late-night digging, good beers and laid-back vibes courtesy of Onda Sonora.

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8. Friday 2nd September: NowBelgiumNow @ LLS 387, Antwerp

A group exhibition displaying works by emerging Belgian talent at Ulrike Lindmayr’s non-profit art space LLS 387 and co-curated by gallerist Stella Lohaus. Amongst the exhibiting artists are our very own David Widard, Kasper De Vos, Painter Vedran Kopljar and sculptor Leyla Aydoslu. Opening night features a performance by Young Belgian Art Prize winner Emmanuel Van Der Auwera. Runs until 16th October.

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9. Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September: Deep in the woods @ Heer

A weekend festival deep in the Walloon forests, with nomad baths, a treetop parcours and a meticulously curated line-up featuring Ghent-based producer Dijf Sanders, obscure exotic ensemble Condor Gruppe, French neo-pop L’Imperatrice and many other cutting-edge artists.

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10. Saturday 3rd September: Dusangneuf Osansett – open studios and artist talk @ Dusangneuf Osansett, Brussels

Emerging Belgian-based artists Stef Renard and Rachel Gruijters, whose three-month stay at our artist residency comes to an end this week, present their on-going projects with an artist talk and studio visits.

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11. Saturday 3rd September: Yung Sheiks @ Barlok, Brussels

Experimental record imprint KRAAK and alternative Brussels cultural hotspot Barlok host Yung Sheiks, a concert series that lets young musicians rising up from the underground take to the stage. For this edition, the label invited Brussels lo-fi synth duo Capelo, London post punk four-piece Dogfeet and Finnish abstract melodica ensemble Myttys.

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12. Saturday 3rd September: Garden party + auction @ Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle

Deurle museum Dhondt-Dhaenens organises the tenth edition of its traditional end-of-summer garden party, this time around with performances by Angolese artist Nastio Mosquito and a live auction hosted by Christie’s, where gifts to the museum from artists, gallerists and collectors are sold. Running parallel to the party is an internet auction aimed to put the spotlight on thirty young artists in collaboration with international online auction house Paddle8. Not to be missed.

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13. Sunday 4th September: Bouture Fest #1 @ Atelier Bek, Brussels

This Sunday marks the first edition of Bouture Fest, a matinée hosted in Molenbeek’s non-profit space Atelier Bek that has botanical enthusiasts swapping seeds, plants and plant clippings.

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14. Sunday 4th September: Luc Tuymans – Scramble @ Zeno X, Antwerp

One of the country’s most famed artists, Luc Tuymans (1958) often uses found film footage or photos as the starting point for his paintings, but for Scramble he sourced his inspiration from photographs taken with his iPhone of the works at his solo show at Menil, Houston in 2013. In his now widely-acclaimed signature style, he portrays his subjects while making astute use of framing, cropping and close-ups techniques as a way to bring larger political and cultural issues to light. This 16th solo show at Zeno X also marks 25 years of collaboration between the artist and the gallery, which is cause for celebration.

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15. Sunday 4th September: Kasper Bosmans book launch and artist talk @ SMAK, Ghent

Belgian artist Kaper Bosmans, who currently has a solo exhibition at Ghent’s SMAK museum titled ‘Specimen Days’, is launching ‘Posture Editions’, a book compiling the entire series of his so-called legend paintings that are inspired by traditional heraldry and explore science, design, folklore, history and art.

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16. Sunday 4th September: Tamara van San / Bowing Monk, Standard Poodle and Other Scholarly Objects @ Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

A solo exhibition by Belgian sculptor Tamara Van San, in which she presents a series of ceramic sculptures and objects for which she drew inspiration from her travels in China in 2010, where she was introduced to the phenomena of naturally occurring rocks shaped by erosion, known as the Chinese Scholar Stones.

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