10 things to do in Belgium this weekend.

Queer power and play in Antwerp, touching photography in Liège, and democratising symposiums in Brussels.

Thursday 1st June: The Book of Rumours Finissage at Bureau des Réalités, Brussels

Frenchman and co-founder of Galerie Simon Asencio threw himself into a new multidisciplinary project entitled The Book of Rumours, as part of his residency at Bureau des Réalités this year. A quirky and innovative endeavour, Asencio collects “living stories” which are then assembled in print format, questioning the overlapping boundaries between the fictitious and real. His exhibition at Bureau will be coming to a close this Thursday, but the public will get one last chance to participate, with a “rumours” writing workshop. Places are limited, so make sure not to miss out.

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Thursday 1st June: Strangelove at Het Bos, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Strangelove festival – dedicated to all that is weird and beautiful in sexual identity and (gender) diversity – is impressively already in it’s seventh edition. Over the next three days, a hoard of performance art, live shows and workshops are prepared, all surrounding this year’s theme of power and play – let’s face it, key components of sex. Time to get freaky.

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Friday 2nd June: The Absent Museum Symposium at WIELS & BOZAR, Brussels

WIELS is never one to shy away from tough issues – to the point where they could even be considered a sort of self-deprecating, academic think tank on all things contemporary art. They’ve rightfully highlighted how the increasingly outdated insitutions of museums and its practices are in dire need of a democratic revision, and are thankfully taking this task upon themselves. Both free to the public and streamed online, the symposium will consist of a series of lectures at WIELS, followed by a panel discussion hosted by BOZAR; assembling some of the greatest thinkers and practitioners in the field. Essential stuff.

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Friday 2nd June: Vincent Peal Vernissage at La Zone, Liège

Electro-clash pop outfit Emma Peal’s Vincent Peal is also a photographer, and incidentally will be exhibiting his latest works from Liège’s La Zone. You can expect a promising visual essay on the beauty of human fragility, and the absurdity of the conventional; the sensibility of emotions and the raw force of the marginalised. An hommage to the Outcasts of the world (wink wink).

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Friday 2nd June: National Crime History Release Party at Magasin 4, Brussels

The capital’s power labels Silken Tofu and Idiosyncratics Label have teamed up to produce National Crime History: a compilation dedicated to four key pioneers in Belgium’s contemporary industrial music scene. And in light of their official release on the 3rd of June, they’ll be throwing a party at Magasin 4 on the eve, inviting Orphan Swords, Onrust, Icon Template and Ripit. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 2nd June: STUK Feest at STUK, Leuven

Leuven’s powerhouse venue STUK is back for another hefty night with everything from cutting-edge electronica to funky beats to post-punk, across three different venues. Not only will there be artists from all across the globe, but STUK will also be shining a spotlight on some of Belgium’s pro-active sonic creatives. So expect the likes of STROOM’s Nosedrip (who also did our very first Exclusive Mix), Antwerp’s Hush Hefner, radio DJ brothers Exalt amongst many, many more. Not to be missed.

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Friday 2nd June: Acidulez! La Cambre Mode[s] After-Party at Sunset Club, Brussels

Fashion school-cum-institution La Cambre’s yearly graduate show is back again in full force; and to celebrate the next generation’s promising futures, downtown Brussels’ Sunset Club will be hosting the official after-party. The line-up’s a truly eclectic mix of experimental house, to dark techno, to jersey club; headlined by none other than NON Worldwide’s Nkisi (who incidentally is featured in our upcoming issue Rebels) and local THF. Go show some love.

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Saturday 3rd June: Belgian Modular Festival in Brussels

Despite wee little Belgium already having it’s fair share of forward-thinking and rather niche festivals, there’s always room for more. So it’s damn pleasing to see initiatives being taken into unexplored fields, such as the brand new Belgian Modular Festival. A hefty three-day fest on all things modular synthesisers: lectures, DIY workshops, projections… And all for free too. And as if that weren’t enough, some of the most relevant DJs and producers are invited to play each night. Synth heaven.

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Saturday 3rd June: The Bauhaus Ballets #1 at ADAM, Brussels

ADAM museum’s three-month long exhibition The Bauhaus #itsalldesign – in partnerhsip with Weil am Rhein’s Vitra Design Museum – is sadly coming to an end on the 11th of June. But that’s just more reason to up the ante, and thankfully they’re not missing up on this opportunity. Saturday evening will see Düsseldorf’s Theater der Klänge re-interpreting Bauhaus-inspired, all-round artist Oskar Schlemmer’s 1920’s ballet performances. Sure to be a unique performance, don’t sleep.

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Sunday 4th June: International Rythm Connection at Kinky Star, Ghent

Put on your dancing shoes this Sunday for Kinky Star’s funktastic soirée, filled with the finest boogie grooves. Spanning across all ages and throughout the America’s, the International Rythm Connection’s crew will be spinning the finest R&B, Cuban funk, calypso and hard-bop. End the weekend right.

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