10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Memorable confusion in Antwerp, painted models in Brussels and yearly festivities in Ghent. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th July: Samet Yilmaz’s That Man An at Trampoline, Antwerp

Step into Yilmaz’s post-apocalyptic world in Antwerp’s Trampoline this weekend, which will be transformed into a jazz club, with a series of TV programmes created by a number of artists broadcasted in the gallery. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 12th July – Sunday 30th September: Pierre Debusschere’s UNcovered at MAD, Brussels

This Thursday sees the opening of the latest photographic work by Brussels’ renowned fashion photographer Pierre Debusschere. The exhibition will feature a selection of images flaunting models wearing paint as opposed to clothes in an attempt to underline feelings of intimacy and vulnerability. Following the opening is an unmissable afterparty at C12 with Stellar OM Source and Soumaya Phéline B2B Chris Fereira, which is sure to see you well through the night. An unmissable evening of talent.

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Thursday 12th July: Sybren Vanoverberghe’s 2099 at Stieglitz19 in Antwerp

Still a masters student at Ghent’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sybren Vanoverberghe will open his show 2099 with a culmination of recent photographic work that connects iconic places to memory. The series presents a mixture of images that capture both recognisable locations as well as views that are caught purely by chance, in an aim to highlight the cyclical nature of history and its events. Be challenged.

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Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd July: Gentse Feesten 2018, Ghent

The festival season continues in Ghent this weekend with the opening of one of the longest-running cultural festivals in the country, the Gentse Feesten. While the festival will hold an enormous amount of free events, a couple to keep an eye out for are Trefpunt festival, as well as Huna Hut. Organised by Ghent-based DJ Kuryakin, the event brings togeter Cairo Liberation Front, One Man Party and Dijf Sanders. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 13th July: The Ghetto House Party 3.0 w/ Miley Serious at Madame Moustache, Brussels

99cts RCRDS label head and Rinse France radio host Miley Serious will be entertaining us this Friday in the heart of Brussels. Known for mixing a wide variety of genres such as punk garage, acid house and ghetto house on the dancefloor, shee’ll be offering a wide range of tunes and beats for everyone to enjoy. Pick ‘n’ mix.

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Friday 13th – Friday 20th July: NADAR’s I Object at Court of Appeal in Ghent

Running alongside Gentse Feesten is the opening of local collective NADAR’s group show I Object. Featuring a range of both emerging Belgian talent such as that of Willem Boel and Peter Buggenhout, as well as the more historically famous Belgian artists like sculptor Peter Rogiers and painter Philippe Vandenberg. The exhibition will present two works by each of the artists that symbolise significant periods in their artistic career to allow the viewer to determine whether or not artists are ever able to work with complete freedom. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 14th July: FLOAT Night at HAAR, Antwerp

The Dutch record label FLOAT makes its debut in Antwerp this weekend at HAAR, bringing together a mixture of top-notch Belgian and Dutch techno DJs. The night will feature a live set from a real gem in the Netherlands’ contemporary techno scene Jeroen Search, as well as the return of one of HAAR’s regular stars, 9M-MRJ. This is sure to be a night full of old and new talent. Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 14th July: OddPop BXL at de Koer, Brussels

OddPop, a musical party that seeks to bring the strangest collection of contemporary music to your ears, will take to de Koer’s stage for one full day. Featuring an eclectic blend of alternative performances by the likes of punk-electronic Christophe Clebard and wacky pop-meisters of Maastricht, Los Dansing Queenc, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary this weekend, this is the one.

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Saturday 14th July – Sunday 16th September: On Paper at MSK, Ghent

Ghent isn’t all music and parties thes following weeks, as MSK is unveiling it’s newest summer exhibition On Paper. A selection of both old and new drawn treasures from the museum’s expansive storage rooms, the show brings viewers face-to-face with a series of well-known Belgian masters as well as a range of forgotten yet skilled sketchers. From Baroque elegance to neoclassicism, raw realism and striking expressionism, this exhibition gives an overview of how artists found inspiration in the city of Ghent through the medium of paper. Essential.

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Saturday 14th July:  Palmbomen II + Nosedrip at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Whether you’re looking to drown your sorrows after Tuesday’s results, or couldn’t give a damn about this year’s World Cup, Beursschouwberg is determined to keep spirits high with an exciting DJ set featuring The Word favourite Nosedrip of STROOM fame, who’ll be playing alongside the Dutch talent Palmbonen II, who’s known for his soothing and nostalgic 90s beats that are sure to bring some relief to any football woes. End the weekend right.

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