10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Slam poetry in Antwerp, LP release parties in Brussels, bio-pic avant-premieres in Charleroi.

Thursday 08 June: Zach Bruder & Anouk Ines at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels

The Brussels-based Americana Harlan Levey sure know how to put on a show, as is evident with the last exhibition of the summer season: a showcasing of two fresh-faced artists, both new to the Belgian public. Brooklyn’s Zach Bruder’s Hardscrabbled consists of densely packed, symbolic and emotive paintings; whilst Antwerp’s Anouk Ines’ From One Moment to Another questions precisely the transitional process between the senses and realities. Start your weekend right.

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Thursday 08 June: About Form and Colour at Artelli Gallery, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Artelli Gallery have curated a delightful soirée for this Thursday: the vivid geometries of Swiss all-round artist (painter, illustrator, comic book artist, art director – what else?) Philippe Lardy will be displayed alongside Diest’s architectural and visual glass artist Warner Berckmans’ majestic installations. As if that’s not enough, the captivating sights will be sonically accompanied by local jazz outfit Robbe Willems Trio. Dreamy.

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Thursday 08 June: “Le ministre des poubelles” Avant-Premiere at Quai10, Charleroi

Kinshasa-based, sexagenarian artist Emmanuel Botalatala creates moving political imagery, reflecting on Congo’s rather turbulent sociopolitical and environmentalist shifts. Lovingly donning himself as his city’s “Minister of Trash” – and alongside his wife Marguerite and accomplices – he’s a true visionary when it comes to providing an artistic commentary on his nation’s state of affairs, offering viable solutions and future trajectories. Médor-affiliated independent journalist Quentin Noirfalisse directed this documentary, and will be present alongside the Minister himself for this avant-premiere. Not to be missed.

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Friday 09 June: Daylight Savings Series w/ Basic Moves at Kumiko, Brussels

Brussels’ swankiest new restaurant-cum-bar Kumiko (FKA Bravo) – with hands down one of the finest beer gardens in the capital – is in full swing with their Plein Sud-curated summer soirées Daylight Savings Series. With June dedicated entirely to local labels and music platforms, its Basic Moves turn to showcase what they’re capable of this Friday evening. Expect the likes of Circadian Rhythms (better known as DJ DEG) and Walrus to help ease you into the weekend.

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Friday 09 June: Miles Fischler & Fleur De Roeck at Oude Beurs, Antwerp

We are downright pleased to see one of our very own resident photographers’ phenomenal talent put up on display at Oude Beurs over the month of June. Miles Fischler‘s vast and emotive photography – primarily from her Primaries series and short film Rush – highlights her effortless ability to take simplistic yet meaningful and pleasing observational snaps. Matching her talent is graphic designer Fleur De Roeck and her colourful, vivid and enigmatic artwork full of life. An absolute must.

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Friday 09 June: Girls Like Us Issue #9 Launch Party at feeelings, Brussels

Belgo-Dutch feminist print Girls Like Us is back in full force with their ninth issue “Dance and Dancing”, and are inviting all you cool kids to do just that chez St.-Josse’s art space-cum-boutique store feeelings. Always poignantly dissecting feminist and patriarchical legacies through artistic and creative mediums, Girls Like Us always exceeds our expectations – and this issue is bound to do the same. Go show some love.

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Friday 09 June: Felix Poetry Festival at Het Bos, Antwerp

Belgium’s very own urban poetry festival is embarked in Antwerp’s Het Bos this weekend: a hefty line-up of some of the finest wordsmiths, slammers and lyricists – both local and international – are assembled to show us what they’ve got. Prepare to be impressed.

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Friday 09 June: Kreis Plön LP Release Party at Recyclart, Brussels

Extremely versatile, self-taught musician – in the purest sense of the word – Jürgen De Blonde aka Köhn (who’s just done an Exclusive Mix for us) is rightfully celebrating twenty years of intensive experience in the game with a brand new LP release on KRAAK, Kreis Plön. Joining him on the bill is local electronic vinyl master Rashad Becker and Brussels-based Frenchman plastician-cum-techno producer Yann Leguay. Essential.

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Saturday 10 June: Crisis #1 at Sunset Club, Brussels

Hold on to your seats: proactive Brussels’ label Midlife have been quietely cooking up their first ever official label night Crisis – and sure enough they didn’t hold back one bit for the launch. An impressively strong line-up with NUXXE residents coucou chloe and SHYGIRL, HE4RTBROKEN’s Steff and the Midlife dons Kassett, samuelspaniel and doro. This is most definetely not one to be missed.

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Sunday 11th June: Uma Chine at Kinky Star, Ghent

Some of Ghent’s finest musicians affiliated to already prominent bands – Maya’s Moving Castle, Binti, Steiger, Future Old People Are Wizards, Jukwaa, St. Grandson, Kabas and Delvaux to be precise – have joined forces to form power outfit Uma Chine. Beautiful, lush vocals on inspiring melodies – go treat yourself.

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