15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Thought-provoking dance performances in Brussels, late-night exhibitions in Ghent and local heroes in Eupen. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 5th December – Saturday 9th December: Murmuro – Variation sur l’immobile / Ferocia / Well it goes like this at Les Brigittines, Brussels

This week Les Brigittines has a packed agenda, drawing the curtains on three breathtaking, gruelling dance performances, easily testing the confines of the limits to body movement. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 7th December – Sunday 17th December: Oorlog en Terpentijn, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Toneelhuis makes a contentious intersection between art and war with Han Lauwers and  Needcompany’s premier of Oorlog en Terpentijn. Flemish author Stephan Hartmans’ book comes to life, bringing the Ghent-based painter to the stage at the pivotal historical setting of the First World War. Riveting, heart-breaking and not to be missed.

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Thursday 7th December: Museum Night 2017, Ghent

Drop what you’re doing and make your way to Ghent’s all-encompassing museum night, to soak up the finest on offer from 9 museums opening their doors to the public. To top it all off, swing by the afterparty at Charlatan, where Clair Obscur and Prutswerk throw trippy live sets featuring Bwana, Karawane, AMyn, Nightshop and more. Really, need we say more?

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Thursday 7th December: Bang Bang he shot me down at Madame Mustache, Brussels

Madame Moustache presents Bang Bang He Shot Me Down, a brand new weekly soirée reminiscent of the beloved block party. Feast your eyes and ears with Antwer’s showman Hantrax and Jeremie Grr for unconventional trap and rap. Don’t sleep.

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Thursday 7th December: Seuls – Short work 1 at KASKcinema, Ghent

KASKcinema stays local with film-maker collective Sabzian‘s take on Singular Moments in Belgian Film History. An eclectic array of film programs accompanied by unique texts provided by writers and directors, this is essential for all those who’re interested in the stories behind film-making. Treat yourselves.

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Thursday 7th December: Nocturne Antwerp South Galleries at Gedempte Zuiderdokken, Antwerp

Be there on Thursday’s collective opening night for an expansive array of galleries and art spaces in Antwerp, from birthday celebrations at Sofie van de Velde Gallery, Beni Bischof at PLUS-ONE Gallery and Franz West at Tim Van Laere Gallery – and many more. Perfect for night-owl art lovers.

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Friday 8th December – Sunday 10th December: Sub_Lab x Flamingo at the Subcultural Laboratory, Brussels

With the ever-increasing presence of new technologies on our veryday realities, can we assert that we’re selling our souls to the digital devil? Sub_Lab, a young underground laboratory provide a stage to Brussels’ alternative artists exploring the overlapping realms of the arts, the contemporary, and the digital over the course of three days. A big plus are their free soirées, collaborations with virtual reality experts VEX, and a Sunday vinyl market. Don’t miss out.

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Friday 8th December: Lizzy Vandierendonck, Lieven Martens Moana & Dennis Tyfus at TramZwart, Ghent

Visual artist Lizzy Vandierendonck joins her partner-in-crime composer Lieven Martens Moana to act out the ennui of the modern age, through performative installations blurring the authentic and the staged. Featuring aquatic world mythology, swing by what they boast to be Ghent’s non-existent party.

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Friday 8th December: Parties So Secret #3 at Benelux, Brussels

After a successful round, Hasselt-by-Brussels party crew Parties So Secret are back for a third round at Benelux. Expect the finest things from disco, future-bass, electro-clash to an all-round house vibe. Friday’s are for dancing.

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Friday 8th December – Saturday 23rd December: Dialogue des Camélites at La Monnaie, Brussels

Opera lovers can rejoice this winter, as La Monnaie have managed to pull an impressive feat, bringing Dialogues des Carmélites back to their stage for the first time ever since 1957. Originally a George Bernanos screenplay involving Carmelite nuns and abandoned hopes in post-Revolution France, it eventually became one of Francis Poulenc’s most notorious mystical operas, incorporating a stunning score of dramatic and neoclassical simplicity. What’s sure to be a gripping and suspenseful performance of love, fear and survival.

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Saturday 9th December: Foot Juice x Detka at Het Bos, Antwerp

A triple whammy as Het Bos invites three of its ultimate superheroes: Ticklish for those 90s R’n’B grooves, soulful Carista swinging to electronic rhythms and topping off the night with cutting-edge AliA. Fear to come out alive?

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Saturday 9th December: Heartbroken #10 at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Hit the top floor of the Beursschouwburg as HEARTBROKEN present their final rave this season, fresh from their Asia tour. Warm your hands and hearts to Soda Plains, Gil & Jackie and Bonaventure as they man the stage – right after their live show on The Word Radio, too. Go out with a bang.

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Saturday 9th December: Meakusma x NoName w/ Dr. Rubinstein at the Kulturzentrum, Eupen

Alter Schlachthof fills its halls with cutting-edge electronic dance music sounds, courtesy of local heroes Meakusma and NoName. Watch Berlin-based Dr. Rubenstein unite with local young’uns Cabasa and Truska, Caspro and Daniel[i]. Not to be missed.

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Sunday 10th December: Gay Haze at Kumiko, Brussels

If those hangovers haven’t kept you homebound Sunday, don’t miss out on the sensuous Gay Haze vibes of Carlos Valdes, Handless DJ and Chris Ferreira from the capital’s Kumiko. Go show some love.

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Sunday 10th December: Else Tunemyr at Villa Empain, Brussels

Villa Empain explores the meaning of weary by offering the stage to Swedish artist Else Tunemyr. A telling dance performance providing dynamic alternative modes to existence, and how the female body can demand the right to speak through movement. End the weekend right.

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