10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Antique gems in Namur, pioneering ambient explorers in Antwerp, and festivals galore. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 09th November: Christian Scott at Het Depot, Leuven

Undisputedly one of the finest trumpeteers and brightest minds in today’s jazz scene, Christian Scott is a force to be reckoned with. The award-winning New Orleanian will be gracing Het Depot’s stage, alongside Tournai duo Glass Museum. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 09th – Saturday 18th November: Pink Screens Film Festival 2017 in Brussels

Brussels’ determined queer film festival Pink Screens is back for their impressive 16th edition, taking hold over various cinemas in the capital over the course of ten days. With an astonishingly hefty programme lined up, Pink Screens issure to deliver this year – as they always do.

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Thursday 09th November – Wednesday 22nd December: David Adamo at Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

The Berlin-based American artist David Adamo is back at Rodolphe Janssen for a second solo exhibition of peculiarised simplicity: a series of raw canvas works with swirling trompe l’oeil fried eggs, cooking flippers and orange peels. His new collection of eggs sunny-side-up has a certain multifaceted element to them, building upon layers and layers of opaque milk and sunny tones. Stratified, repetitive and insistent, Adamo makes numerous hints at the element of repetition and the passing of time through different mediums, performances and space. A fine specimen of an emerging talent in Berlin’s absurdist movement.

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Thursday 09th – Saturday 25th November: NEXT 2017 in Kortrijk and Tournai

NEXT arts festival is truly crossdisciplinary, interspatial and collaborative. Based in the vast territories of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai-Valenciennes Eurometropolis, various international performance companies get together to present a large-scale (both literally and figuratively) programme of dance and theatre. Celebrating their tenth edition this year, this is a must for any stage buff.

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Thursday 09th – Friday 10th November: S P O I L E R R O O M vol.3 & 4 at Recyclart, Brussels

Local rascal Zwangere Guy’s throwing not one, but two consecutive shindigs this weekend. Thursday night sees Nag and Lefto‘s collab album released with live performances from Umi and ZG himself. To top it off, Friday’s line-up includes Madrid’s rising femcee, Golin (fka RIN) with her recent MOMO release, and Blu Samu showing off sounds from her upcoming album herself. Spoilt rotten.

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Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November: schiev Festival 2017 at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

It’s one of our favourite times of the year: schiev Festival is back in town, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what they’ve got in store for us. From some of Europe’s most forward-thinking artists like Új Bála, Danny L Harle and Mr Mitch; to local loves Céline Gillain and Clara!, schiev has done it again. To top it all off, darling Guillaume created an exclusive mix for us, full of things to expect. See you all this weekend.

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Friday 10th November: Laraaji & Carlos Niño – Sun Dreaming at Het Bos, Antwerp

The two experimental souls that are Laraaji and Carlos Niño are reaching out from East and West Coast, to come together for their Sun Dreaming performance. Always questioning and recalibrating the boundaries of ambient music, you’ll get a chance to witness these two pioneers perform both solo as well as duo improvisations. An absolute must.

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Friday 10th November: BOZAR NIGHT at BOZAR, Brussels

BOZAR is back with what’s easily becoming a staple night in the capital’s social calendar: the powerhouse venue is continuining its streak of electronica, this time with hints of Indonesia à la Europalia festival. From Ellen Alien and Paula Temple, Wolf Müller to local love DC Salas, this is looking to be a heavy-hitter. And for extra measure, you can also visit BOZAR’s current Europalia or Jean Glibert exhibtions. Treat yourself.

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Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th November: Antica Namur 2017 at Antica Namur, Namur

Antique lovers and vintage enthusiasts rejoice: Namur’s emblematic decorative and fine arts fair is back with no fewer than 125 Belgian and foreign antique dealers. Yet more than just a marketplace, Antica Namur are taking measure to make it into more of a cultural space, inviting museums to showcase their findings, and hosting conferences. If ever you might want to reconsider your rooms’ feng shui.

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Saturday 11th November: Kurabu #2 at De Club, Mechelen

Radio Scorpio’s Mind Warp head-honchos Exalt and Bjeor are manning the decks at Mechelen’s Kurabu’s second edition. With fellow DJs S.C.O. and Leroy & Tibson on support, De Club is sure to bring the right mix of booty belters to the dancefloor. Get ready to throw some shapes and end the weekend right.

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