15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Unsettling faces in Hornu, challenging sounds in Antwerp, and unmissable talks in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 28th September: To Da Bone at Les Ecuries, Charleroi

Under the new direction of Annie Bozzini, Charleroi Danse – the Walloon Region’s center for choreography – is set to usher in a new era of contemporary dance, one committed to exploring the many different variations offered by the gestural art form. In steps To Da Bone, a performance created by (La)Horde collective and which draws on the YouTube generation’s new breed of dancers, better known as jumpers, casted directly from the Internet by the troupe’s resourceful founders. With the stated aim of reinvigorating late 90s Belgian and Dutch dance movements, the performance promises powerful and intense body moves.

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Thursday 28th September: Air LQD, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Lostsoundbytes & Techno Thriller at Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

Your favourite downtown Brussels’ dive bar Épicerie Moderne is kicking off the weekend with the likes of Air LQD, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Lostsoundbytes & Techno Thriller manning the decks. Need we say more?

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Friday 29th September: NCHT WNKL x Solebox at Kumiko, Brussels

An ode to your go-to late-night heaven, NCHT WNKL collective seeks to re-create just that. Kumiko will host a hefty line-up with France’s FFYS and locals LEFTO, Le Motel, Fatoo-san, Ill Syll and DDVRKK. Go get that refreshing fix.

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Friday 29th September: PERRON ZES & Underwater at Fuse, Brussels

The Marolles/n-based, indispensible club have got all your bass needs covered this weekend: Bristol-based Tom E. Vercetti, Red Light Radio duo and Know V.A. will be headlining at Fuse this weekend, alongside a bunch of other badman sets. Dutty.

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Friday 29th September: All Eyes on Hip Hop w/The Alchemist at Vooruit, Ghent

Big-shot hip-hop producer The Alchemist is a true force to reckon with – besides having collaborated with anyone who’s anyone in the global scene, the Beverly Hills native is noted for his consistent career and prolific sounds. The ever-ambitious AEOHH collective have cooked up a fine line-up to accompany The Alchemist, who’s incidentally just released a cross-Atlantic mixtape with some of our local rap darlings. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 29th September: The Future is Feminist at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Beursschouwburg are certainly not mincing their words with their ambitious, season-long focus on feminism, intersectionality, queer identity and post-binarism. And rightfully so. This Friday will see them kick-off their long-awaited programme with talks, performances – specifically, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s #negrophobia – and an opening party hosted by High Needs Low. Timely and crucial.

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Friday 29th September: Que Sakamoto at Bonnefooie, Brussels

All the way from the Land of the Rising Sun, the initimable founder of Huit Etoiles, Que Sakamoto will be handing deck duties this Friday at Bonnefooie. Get your glad rags and dancing shoes out.

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Saturday 30th September: Anne-Marie Schneider’s Ritournelle at MAC’s, Hornu

Hornu’s contemporary art fixture MAC’s will be presenting their French, resident artist Anne-Marie Schneider well into next year: a showcase of her soft, light caricatures of odd-looking faces, beautifully transitioning from the serene tot he comically grotesque. An absolute must-see.

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Saturday 30th September: Moodprint in Leuven

Leuven’s Moodprint are back for their third round of exhibitions, having invited illustrator-cum-poet Wide Vercnocke, local street-artist Bisser, graphic designer Jonathon Lichtfield and many more. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 30th September: Jazz 100 – About the Sun Ra’s Singles Catalog at Huis 23, Brussels

Jazz’s centenary isn’t over yet – and Ancienne Belgique are not missing a step with their year-long celebration of this rich and influential genre. London journalist Paul Griffiths is invited to discuss his work uncovering the legendary Sun Ra’s unfamiliar 7” deep-cuts. Essential.

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Saturday 30th September: Oorstof & KRAAK presents at Het Bos, Antwerp

The unapolagetic music label-cum-platform KRAAK are back to break down a few more walls in Antwerp this Saturday, with a soirée filled with live shows from Palestinian Dirar Kalash, Ecuadorian Disposición Asoleada and locally-based Daniël DuchamP and Miaux Au Mix. Not one for the close-minded or weak-hearted.

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Sunday 1st October: Superdemocracy – The Senate of Things at BOZAR, Brussels

For the entire length of October, three of the country’s power-house cultural institutions – namely BOZAR, Charleroi’s BPS22 and Antwerp’s M HKA – are putting their heads together with the Belgian senate, to get down to the gritty realities of everyday politics and democracy. An absolutely pertinant cross-examination of politics and contemporary art, with a roster of artists throughout Belgium and Europe. Stay woke.

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Sunday 1st October: Happy First Birthday at Balades Sonores, Brussels

A proud day for Balades Sonores – the quaint record shop facing Botanique is rightfully celebrating its one year anniversary this Sunday. And true to their wide and eclectic range of sonic tastes, they’re providing local tasters of electronica, indie-rock and experimental pop. Go show some love.

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Sunday 1st October: Loggia #2 in Brussels

After a successful first stint, the capital-based performance outfit will be flinging the doors of their brand new space wide open. Expect the names of boundless and thought-provoking contemporary artists and performers like local Bert Jacobs, Swiss Darren Roshier and duo Atelier Bildraum. End the weekend right.

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