10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Dive-bar shindigs in Leuven, birthday celebrations in Antwerp, and the future of contemporary art in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 23rd November – Saturday 25th November: Vooruit & KRAAK presents Eastern Daze IV at KASK Cinema, Ghent

From a documentary about avant-garde visual artist, Tony Conrad, to a concert performed by Remörk. Your favourite cinema in Ghent has done it again. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th November: TRAFFIC at Brigittines, Brussels

TRAFFIC will showcase three artists who transcend the sensory world – Amaranta Velarde, Alban Richard and Louise Vanneste. Les Brigittines invites anyone curious to enjoy performance art. Really, need we say more?

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Thursday 23rd November: The Hungarian Bauhaus and its Heritage at Balassi Institute, Brussels

The Balassi Institute has assembled some of the most notable Hungarian creatives to unveil their newest exhibition. The incredibly influential Bauhaus style is put on display with a focus on Hungary’s contribution. Treat yourselves.

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Thursday 23rd November: Dauwtrip at Blauwe Kater, Leuven

A cutting-edge electronic party, on a regular basis – what Leuven’s been waiting for. To kick-off a  celebratory revisit of the iconic Blauwe Kater. Get your glad rags on.

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Friday 24th November: TheColorGrey at Het Bos, Antwerp

Young rapper-cum-producer TheColorGrey has been a gaining notable following thanks to his infectious lyrics, laid-back productions and smooth flow. After positive reviews of last year’s self-produced EP Do the Right Thing (hello), the Antwerp local is doing his hometown justice and taking over Het Bos. Joining him on stage is local rising wordsmith David Jahmill, who’ll be bringing along his energetic live band. A-Town, go show some love.

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Saturday 25th November – 7th January: In the Picture at Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp

Four generations of painter that share the same medium but approach it in uniquely different ways. From Ilse D’Hollander muted pastels and atmospheric landscapes to the striking geometric shapes of Jacqy Duval. Not to mention, the young Catharina Dhaen’s interpretative abstraction and the oozing figurative work of Gommaar Gilliams’. The combination? The perfect exhibition for anyone who appreciates quality contemporary art.

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Saturday 25th November: Afrikadaa at WIELS, Brussels

WIELS provides a platform for the question, “Where is the future for contemporary art?” Alongside the launch of a special issue of Afrikadaa, the panel is sure not to disappoint, from WIELS’ director Dirk Snauwaert to film-maker Pascale Obolo, and many more. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 25th November: 20 Years Ultra Eczema at Het Bos, Antwerp

Antwerp-based independent music label, radio show and publisher Ultra Eczema are rightfully celebrating the mighty feat of fruitful twenty years – and they’re doing it the only way they know how. The force to be reckoned with that is Dennis Tyfus has organised a heavy-hitting line-up of avant-garde Eczema family and friends: Stilluppsteypa, Elko B., Vaast Colson, Mette Rasmussen, Still House Plants, Nico Vegas and Benny Bang, just to name a few. A round of applause.

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Saturday 25th November: Deep in House at Fuse, Brussels

A double whammy collab between Fuse and Deep in House: two rooms, five international acts all playing the heaviest house and techno beats. Don’t sleep.

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Sunday 26th November: Séance de dédicaces et de coloriage w/ Eric Croes at Tulitu, Brussels

Fun for the whole family: custom designed colouring books featuring some of Belgium’s most talented illustrators. The twist? This weekend, acclaimed artist Eric Croes will be gracing Tulitu with his presence. End the weekend right.

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