20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Simple music festivals in Brussels, modular synth celebrations in Limburg and hip hop blowouts in Charleroi. Enough to forget about what just happened.

1. Tuesday 8th November: Inhabited by objects at CAB, Brussels

A group show, hosted by private contemporary art centre CAB, in a 6x6m demountable house designed by iconic French architect Jean Prouvé. Through sculpture and spatial works, 10 different artists engage in a dialoge with the space. Runs until 28th January.

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2. Wednesday 9th November: All eyes on hip hop at Charlatan, Ghent

Ghent’s legendary nightlife concept All Eyes on Hip Hop strikes down at cultural temple Charlatan once again, for a night filled with footwork and beats, with DJ sets by locals Champion Sound, Foot Juice, Azer, Chase the Nomad and a vinyl-only set by Berlin-based BeatPete.

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3. Thursday 10th November: Lipstick at Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

The Lipstick parties at downtown den Épicerie Moderne aim to reinvent house and club music, with somewhat of a slight nostalgic touch. WLDBTCH is set to perform a live set full of deep disco grooves, DJ Athome mans the decks for a hypnotic and seductive set, and Épicerie resident Greg B is set to warm up the crowds. The perfect starter for a long weekend ahead.

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4. Thursday 10th November: Star Spangled at Harlan Levey, Brussels

Ohio native Harlan Levey hosts a group show in his Ixelles gallery with works that exclusively focus on political discourse and the public perception thereof. US-based Doug Rikcard presents video work from his oeuvre ‘N.A.’, or ‘National Anthem’, in which the artist creates and explores American identity through fragmented Youtube found footage, alongside photographic work by Dutch Jeroen Jongeleen and US-born Brad Feuerhelm. In the gallery’s backroom Roopa Vasudevan is showing #bellwether, a data collection project in which she analysed social media posts in order to examine the language that surrounds American politics. Essential viewing. Runs until 23rd December.

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5. Thursday 10th November: Sanam Khatibi – Le jardin décomposé at Super Dakota, Brussels

Iranian-born, Brussels-based artist Sanam Khatibi takes over Super Dakota’s basement space with her now signature mischievous female figures given free reign to roam. Khatibi’s landscapes, visualised either through embroidery, painting, tapestry or sculpture, propose intriguing allegorical representations researching power structures between the sexes. Through a series of new paintings and sculptures, a deconstructed, backwards Garden of Eden is conceived, where animalistic impulses dominate, and Khatibi’s intuitive universe comes to life. Your best chance yet to see the works of one of the country’s most promising artists. Runs until 21st December.

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6. Thursday 10th November: 19 years Ultra Eczema at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

Antwerp cult imprint Ultra Eczema celebrates its 19 years for the second time in a row at Brussels’ experimental music bastion Les Ateliers Claus, where producer Miaux is presenting her new album ‘Hideaway’, and is joined during the evening by UK producer Bruce Gilbert, Son of Earth founder Matt Krefting, Portuguese Lata Boticario and UK-based Carers.

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7. Thursday 10th November: Bozar night at Bozar, Brussels

Experimental electronica reigns at Bozar museum’s Horta hall this Thursday, from acid and EBM to house. Line-up hotshots include Helena Hauff (DE), Goat (JP) and Belgian wizard producer Hiele.

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8. Thursday 10th November: David Brian Smith at Albert Baronian, Brussels

The work of painter David Brian Smith is riddled with pastoral motives, himself being the son of a farming family, and echoes optical art influences. His first solo exhibition at Albert Baronian gallery in Brussels opens this Thursday, and features a series of life-size paintings by the UK-based artist. Runs until 23rd December.

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9. Thursday 10th November: Colonial infrastructures, lecture by Johan Lagae at La Loge, Brussels

Ghent University architecture and urban planning professor Johan Lagae holds a PhD on colonial architecture in the Belgian Congo. In theme of Sven Augustijnen’s solo exhibition at La Loge, Lagae addresses politics, bureaucracy and building in the former colony in a one-hour lecture.

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10. Thursday 10th November: Opening Pink Screens at Cinema Nova, Brussels

Queer film festival Pink Screens marks the opening of the 15th militant celebration of alternative sexualities and genders at Brussels’ Cinema Nova, Cinema Aventure and Beursschouwburg. On the opening night this Thursday, Cinema Nova’s entire venue is taken in by the non-profit organisation with screenings of the German film ‘Center of my world’ and Chilean ‘Rara’, the ‘Sweet Dreams’ exhibition and DJ sets in the venue’s basement bar. Full support.

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11. Thursday 10th November: Leigh Ledare at Office Baroque, Brussels

New York-based multidisciplinary artist Leigh Ledare works with photography, text and film to create case studies, at times taken from his own personal family life, aimed to explore social conventions, relationships and taboos. His highly curated work’s genius lies in its ability to make the viewer feel intrusive and slightly uncomfortable whilst recognising its undeniable aesthetic appeal. For his upcoming solo show at Office Baroque gallery, the artist is presenting several photographic works, along with the film The Here and The Now (Zurich 1:1), made for Zurich’s Manifesta contemporary art biennale, the central part of the exhibition, where Ledare immersed himself in the city’s social makeup, and conducted an experiment with six renowned psychologists, recreating a microcosm representing Zurich’s society through collective self-reflection, projection and sociological roles. Essential viewing.

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12. Thursday 10th November: Container, De Diepte and Gerard Herman at Het Bos, Antwerp

Quirky and rhythmic EDM producer Container, Belgian-Dutch brothers De Diepte and loopy ambient mastermind Gerard Herman, at Antwerp’s favourite alternative hang-out Het Bos.

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13. Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November: schiev festival at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

schiev, a simple music festival, strikes down at Beursschouwburg for its second consecutive edition with its now signature, line-up of diverse and avant-garde pop music. Spread out over three days, the tightly-curated line up features Swedish madwoman Kablam, Peder Mannenfeld and Klara Lewis, locals SKY H1, Yves De Mey, ssaliva, Pizza Noise Mafia, Capelo, Front de Cadeaux, Empty Taxi (and many, many more). With free label markets, listening sessions and conferences during the daytime on Friday and Saturday, there’s really no other place to be this weekend.

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14. Friday 11th November: David Delruelle – Plan your escape at Rossi Contemporary, Brussels

A solo exhibition by Brussels-based artist David Delruelle and his paradoxical and disorienting collages, eternally playing with perception and composition. Runs until 7th January.

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15. Friday 11th November: Dog Day Cabinet at Le Clignoteur, Brussels

For the second edition of the Dog Day Cabinet group exhibition, 14 artists, amongst which Tine Guns, Stanislas Lahaut and Bram Kinsbergen, reflected on the themes of love and suffering, for a show that’s as ominous as it is heroic.

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16. Saturday 12th November: Nose Job at Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

Nose Job, Rick Shiver’s monthly shindig, invites German producer Tolouse Low Trax, Lawrence Le Doux and Dj soFa at downtown dig Épicerie Moderne.

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17. Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th November: Sonic City at De Kreun, Kortrijk

This year’s Sonic City festival at De Kreun concert venue in Kortrijk is curated by UK female post-punk band Savages, who invited a diverse line-up including indie rock ensemble Tempest (US), post-punk legends BEAK>, Russian coldwave five-piece Motorama and more.

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18. Saturday 12th November: B-wave festival at De Muze, Heusden-Zolder

Heusden-Zolder’s very own B-wave festival annually attracts modular synth afficionados from around the country for a day of concerts by Meteor Musik, Spyra, Nothing but noise and Lightwave.

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19. Saturday 12th November: Caballero x JeanJass, Roméo Elvis x Le Motel at Eden, Charleroi

Double trouble at Charleroi’s Eden this Saturday, with rap duo Caballero and JeanJass sharing the stage with Roméo Elvis and producer Le Motel for what’s bound to be a memorable evening.

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20. Saturday 12th November: Mr. Mendel at STUK, Leuven

A night filled with some compulsory dance floor action at Leuven’s STUK cultural centre, with DJ sets by Dutch Mr. Mendel, and locals Bjeor, Preachermann and Klaps.

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