10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Engaging film festivals in Antwerp, underdog festivals in Ghent, and our very own rooftop radio reception in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Sunday 12th August: The Word Radio at WIELS, Brussels

As the end of summer is nearing, the season’s exhibitions are also drawing to an end. Instead of drowning in sorrow and preparing for another autumn, we’ve decided to extend the celebrations for one last hurrah. To finalise Hana Miletić‘s summer exhibitions Unexchangeable and Dependencies, five live radio broadcasts will be organised on the contemporary art centre’s scenic rooftop. Expect blazing live and DJ sets by Milan W. and our residents Jj funhouse, Nobuo, and our very own Mika Oki. See you there.

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Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th August: Jazz Middelheim 2018 at Park Den Brandt, Antwerp

Set in the idyllic gardens surrounding a fairytale-like castle, this annual festival brings together some of the finest talents in the current jazz world. Black Star puts its hands together with Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, composer and pianist Fred Hersch brings you smooth romantic jazz and Määs’ Big Ensemble ends the festival with its organised chaos creating liberating music. Expect the unexpected.

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Thursday 9th – Saturday 18th August: Visite #5 at Het Bos, Antwerp

Political, documentary and experimental cinema from all across the globe are brought together at this 10-day film festival which invites filmmakers to bring along an original work and will show an inspirational film by another director which they would like to shine a light on. These screenings will be followed by Q&As to understand the reasoning behind and the process of making the films and why they are relevant. Curators Eva Van Tongeren and Anne Reijniers have invited Black Speaks Back, Laure Provost and Wim Catrysse amongst others for the occasion. Education is key.

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Friday 10th August: Under My Garage w/ Skee Mask, DJ Athome, Arthur Tixhon at C12, Brussels

For his latest release, German DJ and producer Skee Mask has decided to step back slightly from his usual 90s sound to try his hand at a combination of ambient music, IDM and jungle to create one of the most dynamic sounds from his entire oeuvre. Front de Cadeaux‘s DJ Athome and Under My Garage resident Arthur Tixhon will warm up the crowd and prepare you for an entire night of craziness. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 10th August: Big Fat Queer Party at Felix Pakhuis, Antwerp

An unmissable night courtesy of Antwerp Queer Art Festival in support of equal love. With an unbeatable headline, Shannon Funchess from Brooklyn-based band Light Asylum and American queer rapper-cum-producer Le1f it is sure to be a party like no other. Get your gladrags on.

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Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th August: Club Kiosk at Hogeschoolplein, Leuven

Before the weather goes all Belgian again, enjoy a two-day party at Leuven’s cosiest and most intimate open-air lieu. A paradise for DJs and music lovers alike, Club Kiosk promises you sun, happiness and the best music from all around the globe, from the UK with Debonair to New Zealand’s Chaos in the CBD, and from Dutch Palmomen II & Betonkust to Swedish Samo DJ. Of course, there’ll also be a great selection of music from the homefront, with the likes of Turcksin, Jesse Ebo and Mélomane. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 11th August: Radio Soleil w/ Chris Ferreira at Kumiko, Brussels

Brussels-based sound engineer and DJ Chris Ferreira‘s boundless inspirations from all fields and genres in the music world shine makes his sound prolific and instantly recognisable. The Deep in House resident is invited by Kumiko and Radio Soleil to showcase his wide array of sounds and help you dance the night away.

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Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th August: Different Class 2018 at Bar Bricolage, Ghent

Formerly called Wastelands, Different Class bills itself as a festival for the musical gems of tomorrow. Organised by Subbacultcha, this fifth edition continues in the festival’s proven track record of showing audiences the future, with a pitch-perfect line-up of offbeat acts including the Parisian Oklou, Berlin-based Carla dal Forno and Montreal’s Blue Hawaii. One you’ll want to pencil in your diary.

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Saturday 11th – Wednesday 15th August: Art Nocturne 2018 at CC Scharpoord, Knokke

For its 43rd edition, Art Nocturne has fully evolved into an entirely exclusive display of modern and contemporary visual art, further enhancing the exciting art industry in the seaside city with over 80 galleries. Focusing on African art and art deco, the venue, which is located near a picturesque lake, showcases one of the most interesting collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and much more. Utterely spoilt.

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 Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th August: Open Studio Rein Dufait at Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Ostend

In collaboration with the Arcade Gallery in London, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde will be hosting the newest works from Ostend’s Rein Dufait. Working with earthly elements in combination with processed materials, his impressive sculptures become humane and breathe emotion. The minimalistic space of the gallery complements his work, which will be shown alongside Hans Demeulenaere, Maria Zahle, John Wallbank. End the weekend right.

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