20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Old meets new in Antwerp, sonic dreams in Mechelen and our very own The Word Radio and Hermès Silk Mix in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Friday 1st June: The Word Radio and Hermès Silk Mix at Hermès Pop Up Record Store, Brussels

To mark its temporary record store coming to Brussels’ Chatelain area for 10 days, The Word Radio teams up with Hermès to bring you 10 hours of non-stop music live from their Silk Mix pop-up series of events. Nine DJ sets, one live concert – all free and open to the public. Get ready for 10 hours of good vibes with our radio residents, ranging from Oorvijg, Dan Klein, Venus in Cancer, among others, as well as a special live performance from Charlotte Adigéry. Come all, come through.

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Tuesday 29th May – Sunday 3rd June: Marleine Chedraoui presents [ˈsəːvɪs]  Present ٠ Perfect ٠ Continuous at IKOB, Eupen

Lebanon’s visual artist Marleine Chedraoui is no stranger to the unconventional and intrrogative, never afraid to turn the gaze back upon the art world and the dormant status quo. Eupen’s IKOB is inviting the Germany-based artist  a weeklong exhibition, so make sure to catch it while you can. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 31st May – Thursday 7th June: Emilie Breux’s I Can’t Explain at Galerie V2, Charleroi

Galerie V2’s current resident artist Emilie Breux is ready to showcase her latest solo exhibition I Can’t Explain (But I Can Try), consisting of a series of hand-duplicated drawings evolving through a colour gradient, thus offering a narrative of production and labour performance. And for their Thursday vernissage, Le Vecteur will be joined by KRAAK‘s Köhn for musical duties. Treat yourselves.

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Thursday 31st May – Sunday 10th June: Stephane Jossart’s Entrailles II at l’Ancienne Ambassade d’Espagne, Brussels

For the second time round, Brussels-based artist Stephane Jossart has prepared the group exhibition Entrailles II. Presenting a set of work whereby the viewer is invited to question the interactions between human body and the environment, it’s also your last chance to see the Schaerbeek-based former Spanish Embassy before it’s planned renovaions. Don’t sleep.

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Thursday 31st May: DVTCH NORRIS EP Release at Het Bos, Antwerp

Antwerp’s trailblazing MC DVTCH NORRIS has been steadily making a name for himself these last few years, from gold records to supporting some of rap’s biggest names. All eyes are on him this year though, with his I’m Sad I Wanna Make It EP. Joining him on Het Bos‘ stage are fellow Antwerpenaars Faisal, Amo Achille, RARE AKUMA and more. Go show love.

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Friday 1st June – Sunday 14th October: (re)compose the city at CIVA, Brussels

Urban landscapes encompass our day-to-day life, yet how often do we appreciate the intricacies of their creation? CIVA’s (re)compose the city: Unbuilt Brussels #2 seeks to rectify this through a fascinating selection of the visionaries who helped shape the Brussels we often take for granted. From Victor Horta’s unflinching commitment to organic spaces to the Royal Library of Belgium’s neoclassical decadence, special highlights include the junction between the northern and southern hemispheres of the city, such as the political implications behind the Brussels South Stations’ strategic downtown location in 1836. Come to appreciate the fantastic detail through which CIVA’s precious archives are put on display as it’s high time to look at the capital with a fresh perspective.

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Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd June: Antwerp Baroque 2018 Opening Weekend in Antwerp

Arguably the most baroque of all the Low Countries’ cities, Visit.Antwerp is pulling out all the stops with a luxuriously decadent programme, teaming up with its many cultural and artistic neighbours and offering a healthy dose of sights to see. Over the course of the rest of the year, heavy-hitters will be unveiling grand shows – like M HKA and Luc TuymansSanguine/Bloedrood – while Middlheim Museum provides some outdoor fun with Experience Traps. Not to be missed.

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Friday 1st June: Bernard Orchestar’s Le Futur du Passé Release Party at C12, Brussels

After two self-produced EPs, the athletic peeps behind the Bernard Orchestar Balkan brass band are back with a new festive set, boosted up with electronic sounds. With their new release Le Futur du Passé, they’ll be taking over downtown C12. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 1st June: In Dreams at KC Nona, Mechelen

Back from a two-year hiatus since their first edition in 2016, the In Dream evening will once again take you away, with a chock-a-block programme of live performances. Zoe McPherson, Ameel Brecht and Mauro Pawlowski & Braaknoot Ensemble in the wee morning hours. Better than any dream.

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Friday 1st June: Night Shift at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Ever the rule-breakers, Brussels’ Beursschouwburg is joinging hands with Ghent’s Gouvernement collective for the 12-hour long Night Shift: From Dusk ‘till Dawn, filled with performances, interventions and quirky happenings. You can expect a whole bunch of names, including The Word-favourites like Inne Eysermans and Bert Jacobs. Utterly spoilt.

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Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd of June: Futurgrooves presents Room 401 at JAM, Brussels

Upside hotel JAM is running a new series entitled Pop Up the JAM, and for the very first The Happiness Edition, Futurgrooves is teaming up with local party concepts Psst Mademoiselle, The VOID and Antwerp’s Drrrip Radio for a full three days. Taking turns to take over the cozy Room 401. Expect eclectic musical programming and visual projections, with none other than our very own Mika Oki and Nobuo, and favourites Sagat, Franco y Gael and DTM Funk. Much love.

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Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd of June: F E 5 T I W O L at Wolke, Brussels

Made of roughly ten committed individuals of diverse backgrounds and expertise and active in the capital city’s arts sector in Brussels, Wolke are celebrating five year anniversary of their Woluwé-Saint-Pierre festival. Audio-visual extravaganz, musical performances, and good ol’ Mary Jane – you won’t be bored, that’s for sure.

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Friday 1st – Friday 8th June: You Are Here at Lab North, Brussels

Collaborative decision-making and future projections are put on the table during the weeklong You Are Here exhibition, Part of the International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam 2018-2020, the network collective Lab North – which includes architectural firms 51N4E and Architecture Workroom Brussels – are opening up their terrace on the World Trade Center highrise in the Northern Quarter. Weather’s set to be on the sunny side, so no excuses.

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Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd September: Leo Copers, Zhang Peili, Out of Time at SMAK, Ghent

S.M.A.K. is hitting the summer season hard with a three-way exhibition opening: a restrospective overview of  Leo Copers’ earlier practice and his symbolic imagery, Chinese video art pioneer Zhang Peili’s intermedia Uplifting, and finally the group exhibition Out of Time comprising of Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Annika Larsson, Nicolas Provost, Pipilotti Rist and Saskia Olde Wolbers. The best things come in threes.

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Saturday 1st June: Stardust at Club Vaag, Antwerp

Antwerp drinking hole Club Vaag are going strong with their relatively new party concept up their sleev: Stardust takes you on a sonic journey, from techno to rhythmic house. For their fourth round, they’re bringing one of their favourite artists Stimming alongside Nico Morano and DC Salas. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Saturday 1st June – Sunday 29th September: Anetta Moa Chisa & Lucia Tkacova’s Before of After at CC Strombeek, Grimbergen

With BOZAR’s 2018 revolution-themed Summer of Photography bonanza coming up, CC Strombeek invite Anetta Moa Chisa and Lucia Tkacova’s series Before or After, exploring the strengths to be found in feminist discourse and protest aesthetics. Timely and pertinent.

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Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 3rd June: Rockerill Festival 2018 at Rockerill, Charleroi

Our favourite headbangers Rockerill are kicking off the summer festival season with their annual self-titled festival, bringing a magnificent mix-and-match of punk, garage and techno acid. Get ready to break a sweat.

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Saturday 2nd of June: 123 Occupies BOZAR at BOZAR, Brussels

After more than a decade of occupations, the anarcho-activist collective Woningen123Logements in northern Brussels will be evicted from their Botanique squat this year’s Halloween, perhaps rather ironically. And yet far from admitting defeat, 123 has launched the campagn SOLD OUT to contest our country’s anti-squat laws and the privatisation and corporatisation of real estate, and to find a nw home. And as part of said campaing, they are inviting some of Brussels’ most prominent real estate actors to BOZAR this Saturday, to debate and negotiate. Full support.

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Saturday 2nd June: Bonzai All Stars & Friends at Eskimo Fabriek, Ghent

Retro madness with a fair amount of progressive house goodness. The legendary Bonzai Records is joining forces with leading party crew Nasty Mondays to bring you a full-on rave night at Eskimofabriek‘s 19th century halls. End the weekend right.

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