10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Grand re-openings in Brussels, gritty performance art in Antwerp and artistic adventures in Ghent. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 23rd August: Onder-MEER #3: Bert Huyghe at DOK, Ghent

Ghent-based painter Bert Huyghe‘s work is inspired by the everyday anecdotes he finds in his surroundings and as a result, is often self-relativistic and challenging of today’s society. This time, instead of letting his artwork do the talking, he’ll be taking centre-stage to share his thoughts, with the sound of records playing in the background. Start your weekend right.

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Friday 24th – Saturday 25th August: LUFF in Bruxelles II at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

All the way from Switzerland, LUFF returns to Brussels to rub its audience up the wrong way by bringing an off-the-wall and out of the ordinary programming. In a fusion of music and film that has rarely been seen before, the festival combines influences from a whole range of genres to create the unexplainable. Over two days, art installations, live video performances and crucial concerts will challenge the ordinary and push boundaries. You’ll believe it when you see it.

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Friday 24th August: Saintklet Night with Feral, Lunar Convoy, Shades at Saintklet, Brussels

In the meeting point of open-minded cultural creativity, Saintklet hosts another night of music heaven with a line-up like no other. Expect Italian record label Hypnus Records’ Feral, who’s been travelling the world treating audiences to his futuristic fantasies, R&S Records’ dynamic duo Shades bringing experimental madness and finally, Lunar Convoy ending the night on a high with his extraterrestrial techno. No sleep.

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Friday 24th August: Raymond Pinto’s 4 at Forbidden City, Antwerp

The American star of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Raymond Pinto’s intimate performance piece 4 tells the tale of hard labour, dedication, stability and introversion. Presented by Shayli Harrison, whose early love for dancing inspired her to pursue her passion for fashion, this integrative performance reaches its peak when accompanied by Cologne-based Diane Jones’ gritted folk and country songs, which directly translate the performance’s deepest feelings into song. Not to be missed.

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Friday 24th August: Actionnaires 27 w/ Vastechoses at LaVallée, Brussels

Deep in the heat of Brussels’ canal zone lies LaVallée, the home of over a hundred artistic masterminds, innovative artists put their brains together to create wonders every day. In celebration of its grand re-opening, the creative hub has invited local label imprint Vastechoses to host a night of eclectic live performances, DJ sets by international music masters and a barbeque. Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 25th August – Saturday 15th September: Life, Death & Television at Wolke, Brussels

In an innovative live performance, the entire medium of and reasoning behind television is questioned and completely rebranded. The usual formats of theatre are challenged and certain aspects of the digital auditorium are adopted, while today’s blurring of lines between reality and fiction, civil society and consumerism and life and death are highlighted on stage. Expect the unexpected.

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Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th August: Performance Art Weekend at Nucleo, Ghent

A month after the city’s biggest art festival, Ghent proves it has more to offer with this unique assembly of creatives. The whole weekend will be jam-packed with video and live performances, artist talks, book presentations and much more, as artists explore their own work in a new way. Look out for Karin Vyncke’s exploration of still life in motion, Japanese Saori Kuno’s experimentation with materials and Natalie Fyfe’s creative explanation of mental health.

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Saturday 25th August: Workshop Resist! at BOZAR, Brussels

As part of its exhibition on the visual legacy of the 1968 global protests, BOZAR invites you to question the meaning of walls: are they divisive, or do they create new spaces from which creative, intelligent and social interactions can blossom? The final wall of the exposition is a safe space where visitors can create their own slogans, express their feelings about repression and revolt and manifest their desire for change. Education is key.

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Saturday 25th August: Daylight Savings Series w/ Ashton Holland, Rick Shiver and Lucia at Kiosk Radio, Brussels

To end the Daylight Saving Series with a bang, the park-based Kiosk Radio has invited Libertine Supersport‘s divergent resident DJ Rick Shiver, king of London’s underground scene Ashton Holland and internet music infiltrator Lucia to make it a farwell to remember. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 25th August: Community of Listeners at Zsenne Art Lab, Brussels

Similar to the days of storytelling around campfires that brought people from different cultures and villages together, this initiative aims to reconnect people through the art of narration, live music and performance. By combining French and Farci writers, musicians and artists, Helena Lemonnier and  Mohsen Mahjoobiore are encouraging less talking and more listening.

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