20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Following our annual summer break, we’re back with our weekly selection of things to do across Belgium. From screenings, exhibitions and festivals to talks, concerts and bike polo tournaments, we’ve got you covered from Thursday through to Sunday.

(Guided tour and talk) Thursday 31st August: Eric Corijn @ CIVA, 1050 Brussels

Eric Corijn, Emeritus Professor of Social and Cultural Geography at VUB, is an authority on all things related to Brussels, and this Q&A session at the city’s rejuvenated centre for architecture, town planning, landscape and the study of ecosystems is an opportunity to put a question or two to one of the great Belgian thinkers of the 21st century. A guided tour of its summer exhibition, Change the City, starts at 18h. Essential.

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(Art) Friday 1st September: Trophies of Atmospheric Intellect @ DMW Art space, 2140 Antwerp

Antwerp-based visual artist Maxime Christiaensen invites Boy & Erik Stappaerts for the art space’s season opener.

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(Art) Friday 1st September: Aurélie William Levaux @ Le Vecteur, 6000 Charleroi

Artist Aurélie William Levaux presents her body of work, an impulsive, sometimes chaotic, take on everyday life occurrences that plays with painting, writing and signposting to make a point.

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(Art) Friday 1st September: Raphaël Zarka @ BPS22, 6000 Charleroi

First Belgian solo show of the skateboard-influenced artist Raphaël Zarka’s work. Exhibition title says it all.

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(Art) Friday 1st September: Den Beeldenstorm at Hole of the Fox, 2140 Antwerp

Solo show by Odette Claeys, aka Muttidaddy, with an afterparty at BosBar.

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(Nightlife) Friday 1st September: DJ soFa @ Bonnefoi, 1000 Brussels

Your mother’s favourite DJ on the 1’s and 2’s at your favourite downtown dig.

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(Nightlife) Friday 1st September: Kreshik @ Benelux, 1000 Brussels

DJ and founder of BeatChronic, a Brussels-based collective focused on supporting local and emerging DJs as well as bedroom producers, Kreshik takes on deck duties at Benelux, the city’s latest addition to the bar scene.

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(Nightlife) Friday 1st September: Black Out @ Bergensesteenweg, 1070 Brussels

It’s been a while, but Black Out is back with another one of its infamous sessions, this time welcoming San Francisco’s Mozhgan, with locals DC Salas and Strapotin on support. Expect everything from cosmic disco and minimal synth to post punk and techno until the wee hours of the morning.

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(Art) Saturday 2nd September: ABC Klubhuis grand opening at ABC Klubhuis, 2000 Antwerp

Antwerp’s latest addition to its already well-endowed art scene, with a debut exhibition paying tribute to Dieter Roth.

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(Festival) Saturday 2nd September: Laundry day @ De Middenveijer, 2000 Antwerp

Speedy J, Jules X, Lefto, Kong & Gratts, The Magician, DJ Craze, Purple Disco Machine and many, many more. Ampere’s also hosting the official afterparty. Say no more.

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(Art) Saturday 2nd September: The Living Room XL @ Bodem, 2018 Antwerp

A 12-hour, multidisciplinary unfolding exhibition, with each participating artist given 1/2 hour slots to install and present work. Including Aymeric de Tapol, Rowan Van As, Wim Catrysse, Entract’s Allon Kaye, Razen and many more. Don’t sleep.

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(Cinema) Saturday 2nd September: My Queen Karo by Dorothé Van Den Berghe @ Flagey, Brussels

Belgian filmmaker’s Dorothy Van Den Berghe’s impeccable feature film about Karo’s coming of age after a childhood spent in a hippie community. Essential viewing.

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(Sport) Saturday 2nd September: Le Grand Royal @ Place Louis Morichard, 1060 Brussels

Brussels’ bike polo tribes congregate for the sixth edition of their annual tournament. 18 teams, three on threes, food and beers. Read our feature on the sport here, and join the Facebook event below.

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(Nightlife) Saturday 2nd September: Deep in house @ Atomium, 1020 Brussels

For its last open air edition of the summer season, Brussels’ Deep in House crew (watch a video we recently made on them) team up with Coucou Brussels for a line-up that includes Panorama Bar’s Steffi, Lawrence le Doux, Sixsixsixties, Chris Ferreira as well as our very own beloved Nobuo.

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(Nightlife) Saturday 2nd September: Strictly Niceness Season 16 @ Rue Birmingham, 1080 Brussels

Brussels’ funk, soul and vibes mayor DJ Kwak opens season festivities with a line-up that includes Defi J, DJ Suspect, DJ Ree Doo and the man himself.

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(Festival) Saturday 2nd September: Forest Sounds Festival 2017 @ Parc Forest, 1190 Brussels

Concerts, DJ sets and workshops, with highlights line up-wise including Ata Kak, Bombino, Phoenician Drive, Beatsforbeaches and Azmari. First edition of what we hope are many more to come.

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(Art) Saturday 2nd September: Vacanze in Italia @ Komplot, 1060 Brussels

Komplot opens the season with a showcase of Italian collective Alterazioni Video that’s loosely been working on the notion of incompleteness for the past 10 years and, more precisely, the many unfinished architecture and infrastructure projects across the country.

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(Art) Saturday 2nd September: Alex Deforce at La Ferronnerie, 1030 Brussels

Brussels-based artist Alex Deforce presents a series of large-format canvases painted especially for the exhibition, with four live concerts (Los Zapitallas, Sueellen, Vokltaire, Casanova et Moi and Julien Doigny) also on the bill.

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(Shopping) Sunday 3rd September: Brussels Vintage Market @ Place St Gery, 1000 Brussels

The 81st edition of the Brussels Vintage Market, with your usual mix of second hand clothes, accessories, records, kitchenware and much more. Best way to stock on a few back to school essentials.

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(Sport) Sunday 3rd September: Le retour de la pédale @ Chez Raoul, 6001 Charleroi

A now-cult bike promenade, workshops to help customise your bikes, a city-wide parade, concerts, food trucks and more. 
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