11 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Belgian design history in Brussels, urban re-imaginations in Ghent, and Sunday fun in Namur.

Thursday 22nd June: Graduation Show 2017 “Reviewing Authorship” at LUCA, Brussels

Students all-round are preparing their end-of-year projects to proudly present to the public – and Brussels’ LUCA is completely on the ball for this year’s graduation show. Entitled Reviewing Authorship, its students are exploring the meaning and relevance of authorship and ownership – especially in the creative context – through a grand, school-wide exhibition with a series of lectures. Go see what the next generation of innovators have in store for us.

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Thursday 22nd June: Les Apéros Industriels – Fête de la Musique at Rockerill, Marchienne-au-Pont

Rockerill have got it all covered this Thursday night with an eclectic local mix, from ambient house to head-slamming rock. Expect the likes of The Expermental Tropic Blues Band, DC Salas, Mickey, Front 242’s Patrick Codenys and Manuel-M. Go treat yourselves.

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Thursday 22nd June: Panorama. A history of modern design in Belgium at ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, Brussels

Brussels’ critical design hub ADAM – Brussels Design Museum is throwing itself into its brand new exhibition; a retrospective on Belgium’s intricate relationship with design. ADAM are rightfully exploring Belgium’s numerous interactions with design practice from the dawn of the 20th Century, from interior design to the political sphere. A chance to discover.

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Thursday 22nd June: Dying For Life film screening at Cinema Cartoon’s, Antwerp

Osama and Dara arrived in Kapellen as asylum seekers, and consequentally Osama decides to create a play based on his experiences as a political refugee from Syria trying to make it into Fortress Europa. Andrés Lübbert and Hussein Shabeeb – film-makers with refugee backgrounds themselves – follow the two protagonists as they seek to create poetic justice through resilience and solidarity. A touching documentary, the film screening will be accompanied by a Q&A session with the film-makers as well as the premiere of Osama’s short play, 7 Eyes. Essential.

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Thursday 22nd June: Suzy Embo at FoMu, Antwerp

This summer, Antwerp’s FoMu showcases the work of Suzy Embo through a major retrospective exhibition; in a double opening alongside  group exhibition. In the enviable position of possessing the artist’s entire archive and body of work, the photography institution gives justice to one of the frontrunners in Belgian post-war avant-garde, with Embo’s work mostly known for its abstraction and experimentation by means of pure personal expression. An artistic shift during the 60s, though, saw Embo get into portraiture, with photographs of the many artists surrounding her at the time – Alechinsky, Karel Appel, André Breton and Jacques Ledoux – being just some examples. An invaluable look at one of our country’s most underrated photographers, running till the 1st of October.

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Friday 23rd June: Instore #9 Lexi Disques Release Party at Crevette Records, Brussels

The capital-based record store Crevette are teaming up with Lexi Disques this Friday, to present Lexi’s latest release courtesy of the intriguing Céline Gillain. The impressive video-maker, performer and producer will be performing a live rendition of her latest sonic works, alongside the energetic DJ NURSE. Not to be missed.

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Friday 23rd June: Daylight Savings Series w/ Le Pacifique Records at Kumiko, Brussels

Its a fresh new round of Daylight Savings soriées held at Kumiko, and this Friday Brussels’ pack of rascals Le Pacifique Records will be manning the decks from the evening onwards. Specifically the last local collective invited for the month of June, Le PCFQ DJs Lawrence Le Doux, Nobuo and Aidons Antoine will be covering all your sticky summer night needs. Don’t sleep, no sleep.

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Friday 23rd June: Graduation Show 2017 at Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten van Anderlecht, Brussels

A selection of eight students specialising in photography at the Anderlecht-based art academy have lovingly prepared their end-of-year graduation show, where they will be presenting all their hard work to the public. An expansive visual exploration on all things from liminality, the imaginary, sex and corporality to exoticism. Go show some love.

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Friday 23rd June: Michael E. Smith at SMAK, Ghent

Never shying away from strong societal statements, Ghent’s SMAK museum invites Detroit-based sculptor and video artist Michael E. Smith to take in its halls, until the 1st of October. Through the use of household objects, cadavers, advertising clips and other derivatives of consumer society, Smith manipulates his materials and media by isolating minute elements of them, seeking out the limits of their imaginative power while showing an in-depth and audacious view on today’s ecological and economical issues – the failed urbanism and bankruptcy of his native Detroit being a prime source of inspiration. A must-see.

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Saturday 24th June: OUT LOUD w/ Violence, Borusiade & Soumaya Phéline at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Grimey, unimitable, heavy-set producer Violence will be gracing Beursschouwburg’s rooftop venue for this weekend’s round of OUT LOUD; presenting a live rendition of his most recent album Human Dust to Fertilize the Impotent Garden. Alongside Romanian-based-in-Berlin Borusiade and our very own Soumaya Phéline, this Saturday is guaranteed to be an unforgettable night.

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Sunday 25th June: MusicÔmusée in Namur

Namur’s Fête de la Musique is not missing a beat this year, covering all ranges of musical genres spread out across the city’s various cultural institutions. From modern jazz to reggae to accoustic afro-blues, Namur have a hefty line-up organised for this Sunday. End your weekend right.

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