10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Photo-mania in Antwerp, the Belgian underground in Ghent, and self-awareness in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 05th October: Encore une histoire d’amour at Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Brussels

Starting this Wednesday, Les Tanneurs will be unveiling a brand new romantic comedy piece courtesy of Thomas Gunzig and David Strosberg. A beautiful ode to the art of pillow talk, thanks to the splendid execution of wit by Alexandre Trocki and Anne-Pascale Clairembourg. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 05th October: 2017 .tiff Talks at FOMU, Antwerp

Renowned and illustrious photography magazine .tiff is back on the scene for its sixth issue, with a pristine selection of ten different up-and-coming artists. And to match the print release, they’ll be hosting their annual talks at FOMU (where else?) where you’ll get to watch and listen to the photographers’ specific making-of. An absolute must.

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Thursday 05th October: Kasai Allstars, Nkisi and more at Vooruit, Ghent

Crammed Discs-affiliates Kasai Allstars are head-lining at Vooruit this Thursday – and to match their raw, textured sounds is none other than NON Worldwide’s Nkisi. A heavy-duty, no-nonsense line-up.

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Thursday 05th October: Debate on gentrification & temporary use at Biestebroek, Brussels

Never one to shy away from all those which make us squeemish, uncomfortable or culpapble; Toestand is joining forces with Growsfunding, Entrakt and the ULB to raise some timely, self-aware questions on their temporary urban projects, its relationship with gentrification, and power in space. Stay woke.

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Thursday 05th October: Gazet2045 at Troebel Neyntje, Antwerp

The inimitable art gallery Troebel Neyntje is celebrating its third anniversary; and true to their style, they’re opting for a more unconventional celebration. Rather than reminiscing over the past, they’re looking towards what’s ahead: with the help of more than a dozen artists, they’re devising an “unrealistic gazette of the future”. Go show some love.

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Friday 06th October: Stofwolk_plek at Plek, Ghent

Kicking off this Friday, the local spirited Stofwolk are launching their month-long series of exhibitions and performances, all to be held in Plek’s underground grot. For this opening set, the art platform collective invite and encourage Zeno Spyropoulos, Mathilde Timmerman and Hanne Louisia to explore the nitty and gritty – not to be missed.

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Friday 06th October: Lone at Rockerill, Charleroi

Rockerill has got the Carolo’s covered this Friday, with UK house producer Lone coming in light of his sixth album release, Levitate. Also on the decks are local renegades including The Babel Orchestra and Fabrice Lig. Go treat yourselves.

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Friday 06th October: The Photographic I – Other Pictures at SMAK, Ghent

SMAK is turning its tasteful eye towards all things photography, with their two-part group exhibition on the real-life significance of this visual art form. Specifically focusing on photography from the second half of the 20th Century, the contemporary art museum have assembled an impressive array of international artists to present an expansive show. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 07th October: Des mots d’éditeurs #4&5 at Atelier Belvédère, Brussels

Flagey-based Atelier Belvédère will be continuining its series on all things literature and (micro-)publishing, this time round inviting French publishing houses Nada and L’échappée – both celebrated for their critical eye and pertinent social consciousness. Two for one.

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Sunday 08th October: Made in Belgium #5 at NEST, Ghent

The fifth round for Red Bull Elektropedia and Democrazy’s Made in Belgium shindig – and they’ve pulled out all the stops on this one. A hefty roster of nine local acts, with curator Lefto filling in the blank slots in-between. End the weekend right.

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