A weekend of Catclub, Unicorn porn and James Pants’ squiggly bits

Brussels

1. Exhibition and party: Sasha Vernaeve and LIYO at Potemkine

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If you can’t decide between an exhibition and a party, Potemkine is currently dishing up both. The very first edition of the Strip Booty Club (don’t worry, you can keep your clothes on) is showcasing young Belgian photographer Sasha Vernaeve’s work to the sound of LIYO, part of the BGDC crew.

23 August
Potemkine, Avenue de la porte de Hal 2 Hallepoortlaan – 1060 Brussels
www.potemkine.be

2. Live painting and exhibition :DISH and Fumihiro Ueoka at Pop Up Gallery

Greek-Luxemburgish artist Linda Dieschbourg aka :DISH, and Japanese-born painter, decorator and musician Fumihiro Ueoka are teaming up for a unique exhibition. Fumihiro, who specialises in classical Japanese painting, is showcasing some finished works AND he’s giving visitors the chance to see how he works in real-time by offering a live painting experience.

From 23 to 26 August
Pop Up Gallery, Galerie du Roi 7 Koningsgalerij – 1000 Brussels
www.fumihiroueoka.com

3. Concert: Listener at Madame Moustache

American trio Listener are a spoken word rock band who delight in confounding our eardrums by blending conflicting things like hip hop and rock together. Founder Dan Smith, who started out making underground hip hop, met fellow musician Christin Nelson and Listener became what it is today: a truly original talk-music project that will make you melt.

23 August, 20h00
Madame Moustache, Quai au Bois à Bruler 5 Brandhoutkaai – 1000 Brussels
www.madamemoustache.be

4. Party: Catclub at Solvay Sport

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Good news for Catclub fans: after the sad, sad cancellation of the anticipated Royal Boat Club summer party, a new venue for the sunny season has been found. Get ready for a final summer bash before autumn shows its rainy face, with Berlin-based DJ Massimiliano Pagliara, Phonetics from 54Kolaktiv and Lady Jane, who’ll be making Brussels dance till the morning light on a two-hectare open-air space with a lovely clubhouse at its heart. It’ll be bangin’.

24 August, 23h00
Solvay Sport, Avenue de Pérou 80 Perulaan – 1000 Brussels
www.catclub.be

Antwerp

5. Music: Unicorn festival at Petrol

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Belgium really has more than its fair share of music festivals, and yet new ones keep on popping up this summer. This weekend Antwerp sees the very first edition of the Unicorn festival, a dance bash featuring acts like Moonlight Matters, Neon and Sixsixsixties on two stages. Also on the menu are Uniporn cinema and Unicorn rodeo. What all that means, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.

24 August, 15h00
Petrol, d’Herbouvillekaai 25 – 2020 Antwerp
www.unicornfestival.be

Ghent

6. Exhibition: Evy Raes at St Peters Abbey

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Ghent’s St. Peters Abbey is showcasing the work of Evy Raes, a young Belgian photographer who has already assisted none other than celebrated photographer Marc Lagrange. The exhibition focuses on her series Kom Binnen!, a nostalgic and intimate visual exploration of Flemish interiors. Inspired by her grandmother’s house, Evy travelled around the country for five years to capture vintage wallpapers, crucifixes and biscuit tins on film.

Until 1 September
St Peter’s Abbey, Sint-Pietersplein 9 – 9000 Ghent
www.evyraes.com

7. Concert: Nosedrip presents James Pants at DOK

Local lad DJ Nosedrip, who you’ve either come across at one of our parties, or whose Word-exclusive mix you’ve already wrapped your ears around, has invited American-born and Cologne-based musician James Pants to Ghent. The hard-to-pigeonhole creations of this multi-instrumentalist incorporate genre elements of soul and ’80s, early rap and new wave, to name but a few. BBC describes his latest release as “an entire Star Trek film’s worth of squiggly sound effects.”

24 August, 16h00
DOK, Koopvaardijlaan – 9000 Ghent
www.dokgent.be