20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Serbian shindigs in Brussels, EP releases in Antwerp and post-industrial house blowouts in Charleroi.

1. Wednesday 2nd November: Céline Gillain – Dead in the fridge at Super Dakota, Brussels

Brussels-based multidisciplinary artist Céline Gillain presents ‘Dead in the fridge’ at Super Dakota gallery. The performance – uncoincidentally set to take place on All Soul’s day – aims to question our relationship with the dead, pagan worlds and the afterlife. Space is limited, get in touch with the gallery to ensure your seat.

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2. Wednesday 2nd November: Vince and His Lost Delegation at Homeplugged, Brussels

Living room concert concept Homeplugged invites Canadian Vince Posadzki and his lost delegation for an intimate lo-fi psychedelic showcase at Homeplugged HQ in St-Gilles.

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3. Thursday 3rd November: Extra fort at Recyclart, Brussels

Swedish Jan Bernhardtz’ black and white photographs are often spontaneous, evocative shots of daily life, while Juno Calypso’s work is highly staged, colourful and ambiguous. Both will be talking about their practice at Recyclart’s photography evening Extra Fort, giving a deeper insight into their work.

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4. Thursday 3rd November: Faon Faon release party at BRASS, Brussels

Belgian duo Faon Faon create a kind of music that’s best described as a blend between electro, hip hop and French chanson. They’ll present their first album at BRASS cultural centre this Thursday, with singer songwriter Goodbye Moscow on support, and a late-night DJ set by Somoeldirty Beats.

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5. Thursday 3rd November: All your sisters and Animal Youth at Café Central, Brussels

Cold wave record imprint Weyrd Son Records invite US duo All Your Sisters for a free showcase at Café Central, with Belgian romantic noise trio Animal Youth on support.

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6. Thursday 3rd November: Capriccio at La Monnaie, Brussels

Richard Strauss’ last opera, Capriccio, dramatises the question of which is the greater art: poetry or music. At La Monnaie, Hungarian director David Marton presents his adaptation of the 1942 opera in a sophisticated and sentimental manner, together with La Monnaie’s own orchestra. Until 16th November.

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7. Friday 4th November: Novo Doba, Lenhart tapes and DJ Cica at NGHE, Brussels

Serbian micropublishing festival Novo Doba is set to fill Molenbeek’s mediathèque NGHE’s walls with its posters, silkscreens and illustrations, accompanied by an experimental noise concert by Serbian Lenhart Tapes and a DJ set by Cica Mica at nearby Walvis bar.

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8. Friday 4th November: Montaigne at KVS, Brussels

Flemish actor and director Koen De Sutter puts on Michel Montaigne’s shoes, researching the relevance of the author’s Essais in today’s world. His solo performance puts the forces in power as well as the individual in question, resulting in an estranging and fragile, yet firm showcase.

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9. Friday 4th November: Jean-Baptiste Carobolante / France Frites / Deborah Bowmann at The Hope, Brussels

This Friday, Brussels art space The Hope presents no less than three exclusives in one evening, the first one being philosopher and artist Jean-Baptiste Carobolante’s presentation of his new book Defixio, followed by an abstract concert by France Frite alongside a display of art space Deborah Bowmann‘s new series of custom-made chandeliers.

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10. Friday 4th November: For the love of vinyl at Het Bos, Antwerp

Live showcases, vinyl-only DJ sets and record markets this Friday at Antwerp’s Bosbar, with experimental rock by True Champions Ride on Speed, rhythmic drums by Eric Thielemans, krautrock by Undskyld, The Hickey Underworld DJs and a space R&B DJ set by Sluts for Jesus.

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11. Saturday 5th November: Eatmypaper at Recyclart, Brussels

French-Belgian itinerant and independent micropublishing fair Eatmypaper strikes down at Recyclart in Brussels for a day filled with artists’ stalls, a fanzine fair, exhibitions and concerts.

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12. Saturday 5th November: The Lemones release party at Swallowing Helmets, Brussels

Brussels-based trio The Lemones – which includes Shetahr member Maarten – exclusively plays instruments shaped like lemons. They’ll present their first 7″ ‘Parasites by the trashboard side’, released on Swallowing Helmets at the eponymous Molenbeek non-profit art space. TG Gondard is also set to play later during the evening, under the moniker Mon Alberteen. Deconstructed DIY escapades, all evening long.

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13. Saturday 5th November: Convok at Botanique, Brussels

Iconic Brussels rapper Convok celebrates his fresh album’Un jour plus vieux’ at Botanique’s Rotonde concert hall, in what must have been the most anticipated hip hop release of the last fifteen years.

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14. Saturday 5th November: Strictly Niceness resident night at La Bodega, Brussels

Afrobeat, disco and funk galore at Stricly Niceness’ resident night at Anderlecht’s La Bodega, with DJ Kwak, Gonesthedj and DJ Reedoo.

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15. Saturday 5th November: Miaux EP release at Stadslimiet, Antwerp

Antwerp based Mia Prce – Miaux – presents her fourth release on Ultra Eczema at the label’s art space Stadslimiet. The Sarajevo-born producer will be accompanied during the evening by Jung An Tagen and his polyrhythmic electronica, and US-based Ensemble Economique.

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16. Saturday 5th November: Detroit Swindle at Rockerill, Charleroi

A post-industrial house shindig at Charleroi’s Rockerill, with Dutch house duo Detroit Swindle, analog synth aficionado Melodymann and the venue’s residents Fabrice Lig, The Babel Orchestra and Globul.

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17. Saturday 5th November: Sarah Neufeld and Stefan Schneider at Netwerk, Aalst

Aalst contemporary art space Netwerk is hosting an intimate musical evening, with a performance by violinist Sarah Neufeld and drummer Stefan Schneider. Also taking to the stage by Brussels drone bassist Otto Lindholm, who just released his debut album on Ghent-based label Icarus.

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18. Sunday 6th November: Thierry De Cordier at Musées Royaux, Brussels

Philosopher, poet and visual artist Thierry De Cordier’s (1954) Iconotextures series consists of twelve calligraphic works, aiming to define the concept of God through text and shapes, creating an ensemble that’s simultaneously ironic and sacred. On exhibition at Brussels’ Royal Museums until 22nd January.


19. Sunday 6th November: Bas Van Den Hurk edition at Artlead, Brussels

Dutch artist Bas Van Den Hurk (1965) presents ten unique silkscreens, based on an image by modernist artist Sonia Delaunay and created with oil and pigment on silk, at a private apartment in Brussels. By appointment only.

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20. Sunday 6th November: Adriaan Verwée opening at Marion de Cannière, Antwerp

The artistic practice of Adriaan Verwee (1975, Ghent) gravitates around site-specific installations constructed in wood or plaster and with abstract geometrical shapes. They are then combined and arranged into the space with everyday objects that, somehow, seem slightly out of place and create somewhat of a tension – uneasiness even – between the space and everything Verwée places in it. And, while bordering on the functional and the staged, his objects simultaneously contain a certain aesthetic quality that result in a new narrative being proposed. Following a solo show in Leuven’s M Museum in 2014, Verwée now shows at Antwerp’s Marion de Cannière art space with Handgeschöpft, or Handmade, shaping it to his own liking, for yet another spatial and temporal experience.

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