20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Ceramics, an art festival for children, art colleges end of year shows, rap concerts, silkscreen editions and experimental noise marathons. And that’s only part of the story. Scroll down for this week’s selection of 20 agenda fillers.

Join us on Thursday 16th June at Bozar for a night of locals only concerts (Sale Gosse, It It Anita and KZK) and DJ sets (soFa and Sixsixsixties) to mark the release of our June-July edition

1. Thursday 9th June: FuckUp nights @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels

FuckUp Nights, the worldwide movement sharing entrepreneurial stories of failure, is having a book launch in Brussels this Thursday. “Durf falen”, or Dare to fail, compiles Proud Mary’s owner Tina Fabry’s story of her extra-marital affair with her boss, sustainable entrepreneurship consultant Ignace Wils’ bankrupcy, Arne Defauw’s short-lived cycling career and student Suzan Waelput’s psychiatric struggle. They’ll all be handing out advice at Beursschouwburg, where you’ll also be able to  get yourself a copy of the freshly-released edition.

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2. Thursday 9th June: Matthieu Ronsse @ Almine Rech, Brussels

For Memorabilia, Matthieu Ronsse’s solo exhibition at Almine Rech, the contemporary Belgian artist will be showing a series of new works for which he used a myriad of techniques. Think new-wave music combined with paintings by old masters, snapshots and fashion photographs. Runs until 30th July.

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3. Thursday 9th June: Valentin Souquet @ Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Brussels

Sculptor Valentin Souquet’s work is characterised by an almost architectural approach to his materials and scenography. At the opening of his solo show “si tout ceci n’est pas simple, c’est un sample”, Rick Shiver ensures the vernissage ending on a groove with a few dance moves. The exhibition runs until 23rd June.

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4. Thursday 9th June- Sunday 12th June: Jurys artistiques du Septantecinq @ Musée Juif, Brussels

Art school Le 75 gathers its graduate students from each of its different courses and has them exhibit their end of year works at the Jewish museum. Photographs, graphic design, silkscreens and paintings, and the possibility of discovering tomorrow’s next hot talent.

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5. Thursday 9th June: Chris Hammerlein @ Sorry we’re closed, Brussels

German sculptor Chris Hammerlein’s ceramic sculptures contain allegorical motives and evoke hints of Greek mythology. With the final result being nothing short of fantastic(al). Runs until 16th July.

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6. Thursday 9th June: Interstices #7 @ Espace Moss, Brussels

Gallery space-cum-hairdresser Espace Moss hosts the seventh edition of Interstices, an exhibition program dedicated to young contemporary art, presenting a group show with a focus on illustrations by Kaethe Butcher, Camilla Smash, Jon Koko, Anaïs Mims and Eloïse Héritier, fine painting by Raisa Nosova, L’Os’ ink drawings, and many others.

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7. Thursday 9th June: Muller Van Severen @ Valerie Traan, Antwerp

Following an invitation the Belgian designer-art couple received to create lighting and furniture for Spanish holiday home SOLO house just outside of Barcelona, Muller Van Severen were inspired to create a series of sculptures and installations. Forming the basis of this exhibition at Valerie Traan Gallery, the show reinforces the duo’s ability to thread the fine line between art and design. On show until 25th June.

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8. Thursday 9th June: Comp 738344 @ Gouvernement, Ghent

Brussels-bron Halehan is a singer-songwriter that merges classical jazz structures with more contemporary twists, and has a prominent poetic presence. He’ll be playing live this Thursday at project-space Gouvernement, alongside Janne Claes’ sculptures that challenge the forcefield between objects and the space in which they are positioned.

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9. Thursday 9th June – Friday 10th June: Masterprojects KASK @ Croxaphox, Ghent

Tim Bruggeman, Matthias Callay, Amina Saâdi (a former intern of ours) and Elle Vandenbussche, four KASK masters students, present their end of year works at project-space Croxaphox.

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10. Thursday 9th June: In dreams @ CC Mechelen

Producers Hiele, Oaktree and Dolphins into the future join forces with theatre company Abattoir Fermé’s actors and classical radio station Klara to enact prisoners’ dreams. The evening can be followed live on Klara until midnight, and continues into the late hours with improvisations by Milan W., Köhn, Bear Bones Lay Low, Hellvete and Hiele at Mechelen’s cultural centre.

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11. Friday 10th June: GAB Session #10 @ Atelier 210, Brussels

For this first “Good as bread” session, Berlin-based MC Juju Rogers takes to the stage of Atelier 210, alongside Anglo-German duo Tek & Figub and Schaerbeek’s own Berrykrimi, the rap duo that’ll be presenting its upcoming and much-antipitated EP (and who we’ll also be hosting in our Belgian rap special session on BRUZZ on 20th June ).

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12. Friday 10th June: Beyond Addis release tour @ La Machine, Brussels

Place St-Géry’s newest kid on the block, La Machine, presents an evening of Ethiopian funk and Middle Eastern grooves with Beirut’s Ernesto Chahoud and Poets of Rhythm’s JJ Whitefield behind the decks. Expect dusty fingers and rare grooves.

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13. Friday 10th June: Ponies in the sky @ A-tower, Antwerp

Pony Club launches their new collection of quintessential streetwear at the opening of their second salon on the 14th floor of Antwerp’s A-tower, alongside an exhibition by photographer Anna Rulecka. The afterparty takes place eight floors up, at Klub Goud.

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14. Friday 10th June: Matmat’s birthday party @ Studio 22, Liège

A night breaking down all musical boundaries hosted by Forma.T founder Surfing Leons and local golden boy turned global tastemaker Lefto, at Liège’s artistic laboratory Studio 22.

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15. Saturday 11th June: Bruitisme @ Barlok, Brussels

A 24 hour marathon of experimental noise music featuring a merry tribe of recording artists. On our shortlist of acts not to miss are NL (Maxime Denuc, FR), Bear Bones Lay Low (BE) and Carrageenan (BE).

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16. Saturday 11th June: BeatChronic: Bloomin’ @ Bar du matin, Brussels

Electronic music avant-gardist Oto Kopter and his recently released album ‘Dat Korreltje Waanzin’ take the forefront at the first edition of Bloomin’ this Saturday, accompanied by Brussels rapper Peet and his crew Le 77.

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17. Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th June: ZIP 3 @ Stadslimiet, Antwerp

The third edition of silkscreen publication project ZIP showcases the works of Ersi Varveri, Vedran Kopljar, Yasmin Van Der Rauwelaert, Gavin Vanaelst (aka Kassett), Yemo Park and Senne Claes.

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18. Saturday 11th June: This was Belgium @ 44 Gallery, Bruges

Belgian Photographer John Vink, part of the Magnum photography agency, delves into his personal archives, selecting his favourite Belgian works from the 70’s and 80’s. On show until 3rd July.

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19. Sunday 12th June: SuperVliegSuperMouche @ Parc de Forest, Brussels

Children’s art festival SuperVliegSuperMouche celebrates its 5th birthday with over thirty local and international artistic ensembles joining forces to create a day filled with acrobacy, street theatre, dance, picnics and fantasy at one of the city’s greenest spots, the Parc de Forest. Parents allowed, but only on children terms.

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20. Sunday 12th June: Rotkat @ Kattendijkdok, Antwerp

A presentation of Antwerp-based record imprints Palermo Records and Entr’acte, alongside screenings by Entr’acte head honcho Allon K, live concerts by Uwe Teichert & Han Swolfs (aka Hantrax) and a the now seemingly customary record fair.

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BONUS: Sunday 12th June: The Smiths ‘The Queen is Dead’ @ Le Cercle des Voyageurs, Brussels

Widely regarded as the best studio album of iconic British band The Smiths, Classic Album Sundays present a listening session of The Queen is Dead.
Special guest is guitarist and singer Davyth Hicks, who has played with members of The Smiths himself, will be sharing his personal angle on the band and their album.

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