Art, vintage markets and a night at the museums. This weekend in Belgium

Lara Dhondt, Brussels

Brussels-based artist Lara Dhondt is known for her installations, images, videos and performance art exploring the urban landscape. This exhibition in the context of Bozar’s Summer of Photography concentrates on her photography works depicting sculptures made of waste, which the artist creates herself with the litter she finds on walks through the city. Fascinating.

Until 16th September
Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Oh My Garden #10, Brussels

This weekend sees the 10th edition of Oh My Garden, a monthly concert project for the sunny summer months, kicking off. This time Icelandic singer/songwriter Soley, member of the indie-collective Seabear, will perform in the magical garden setting. Perfect for a balmy summer evening.

3rd August
31 Rue Dillens – 1050 Brussels

Lessizmore in Wonderland, Brussels

Brussels’ Magic Mirrors, built in the last century as a place for funfairs, now plays host to an entirely different kind of party. In collaboration with record label and event organiser Lessizmore, the venue is set to welcome a number of Belgian and international DJs over weekend, with Dewalta form Germany, Holland’s Ion Ludwig or homegrown Nathan Oye only some of the names manning the decks. Dance floor delights guaranteed.

3rd August
Magic Mirrors, Avenue du Port 86 Havenlaan – 1000 Brussels

Vintage Market, Brussels

From ball gowns to shoes, bags and uniforms, the Brussels Vintage market has it all. Offering a mix of vintage items and creators’ pieces this is heaven for every shopping addict and a great way to find orginal stuff without exercising too much pressure on one’s bank account.  What’s more, food, drinks and music will be on hand to make sure your +1’s won’t get bored.

5th August
Halles St Géry – 1000 Brussels

Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus, Antwerp

German duo Berhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus, the founders of the unconventional fashion label Berhard Willhelm, have never limited themselves to making clothes. After collaborations with artist Olaf Breuning or the iconic Icelandic singer Björk, they now curated an exhibition in Antwerp’s Middelheim museum. ‘Experts: doomsday predictions have no basis in fact or history. The collection revisited.’ is a surprising and eclectic selection of works combining pieces of different periods and styles.

Until 13th January
Middelheimmuseum, Middelheimlaan 61 – 2020 Antwerp

Museums Night, Antwerp

Antwerp’s museums currently have a lot to boats about, with, for instance, exhibitions from Jimmie Durham at the M HKA and the Fotomuseum’s From Here On. And, for those whose weekly schedules makes it difficult for them to head to the ticketing office, the city’s museums will all be open from 7 in the evening until 1 in the morning this coming Saturday, with shuttle busses making sure you easily get from one location to the other. Also on the programme are film screenings, a public picnic outside of MAS museum and various concerts on the menue. Click here for the full programme.

4th August
Various locations – 2000 Antwerp

Microfestival, Liège

After organising countless concerts and even growing its own label, Liège music collective Jaune Orange are finally realising their fantasies with their very own festival. This one is small, has only one stage and is infinitely affordable. They’re focusing particularly on fresh new discoveries and newbies. But don’t think that this mini fest, now in its third go, is a gig for Jaune Orange protégés only – au contraire. There’s Gablé, and The Chap as well as Colin Stetson and The Monsters.

From 3rd to 4th August
Espace 251 Nord, Rue Veveignes 251 – 4000 Liège

Thomas Lerooy, Knokke

During the summer months, Brussels’ Rodolphe Janssen gallery moves its programme to the sea side, with the imprint settling down in Knokke for a few months. Opening this weekend is an exhibition of Belgian artist Thomas Lerooy, whose haunting and grotesque but nonetheless humorous installations and drawings explore themes of creation, desire and death.

Opening 3rd August
Villa Knokke, Jozef Nellenslaan 136 – 8300 Knokke-Heist

Carl De Keyzer, Ostend

With ‘Moments before the flood’, Kortrijk-born photographer Carl De Keyzer, K.A.S.K teacher and member of the legendary photo agency Magnum since 1994, deals with the predicted dramatic rise of the sea level before the end of the century as a result of climate change. His massive, large-scale photographs stems from many months of travels along the European coasts over the last four years, showing the areas where the impact of a changing world will be felt. A captivating exhibition that is also published as a book and nominated for the Prix Pictet 2012. Not to be missed.

Until 26th August
Maritieme Site Oostende, Slipwaykaai 4 – 8400 Ostend