15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

A corporal mini film fest in Ghent, bebop jazz interpretations in Brussels, and the faces of humanity in Liège. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 11th January: Fuseum van de Motografie at Hangar Art Centre, Brussels

What does Duchamp, Brussels and a briefcase have in common? PhotoBrussels holds the key through their jaw-dropping photographic bonanza made up of The Word favourites like David Widart, Michèle Matyn, Max Pinckers, Pauline Miko, Miles Fischler and Maria Baoli. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 11th January – Sunday 1st April: Oliviero Toscani – Razza Umana at La Cité Miroir, Liège

4 days of shooting, 500 participants and 700 faces. Travel photographer Oliviero Toscani exclusively presents Razza Umana, an artistic, cultural and anthropological project capturing the many faces of our humanity. Bold and forthright, this is 2018’s photographic must-see at the airy La Cité Miroir.

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Thursday 11th January: Amélie Bouvier – The Sun Conspiracy at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels

Aspiring Amélie Bouvier returns with her second solo exhibition at theunassumingly experimental Harlan Levey Projects. This time her sculptures and drawings revolve around science, speculation and the sun. Treat yourselves.

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Thursday 11th January: Body Stuff #3 – Kort applaus at KASKcinema, Ghent

An anticipated evening awaits cinema lovers at KASKcinema this Thursday, likely to commence a much-needed discourse on the subjects of sex and sexuality; body and physicality. Film-maker and De Imagerie‘s curator Eva Van Tongeren offers an exciting and packed short film programme of eight films directed by female filmmakers. And what’s better than two free duo tickets offered by The Word itself? Don’t miss out on these freebies.

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Thursday 11th January: Times to Reflect On at Josza Gallery, Brussels

Set your mind spinning with Brussels-based curator Pauline Hatzigeorgiou‘s instruments of revelation and frictions shedding light on speculative situations, objects and narratives. Whether with video, site-specific installation, sculpture, drawing or writing, six artists locate reflection in timeless places.

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Thursday 11th January: Jan Schulte + Nosedrip at Bar Wilson, Ghent

Jan Schulte, better known as Wolf Müller, is kicking off chez Bar Wilson with STROOM’s head honcho Nosedrip. As resident of the intimate Salon des Amateurs, the great Bufiman takes his hiphop and breakbeat notes to stranger territories. See you there.

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Friday 12th January: Tony Allen – Tribute to Art Blakey at Flagey, Brussels

Tony Allen is a household name for any Afrobeat connoisseur: more than just the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band, the Nigerian beatmaker and composer is considered to be one of the forefathers of the genre in his own right. Never staying still, Allen has just released a four-track EP dedicated to the lasting legacy of bebop jazz master Art Blakey – and on institutional jazz label Blue Note Records, no less – with Allen’s Afrobeat interpretations of Jazz Messengers classics. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 12th January: nevrland at Botanique, Brussels

Ekster‘s adventurer and emotive producer ssaliva teams up with the dreamy Munix to make up the duo nevrland. A special live finnisage for Come Dawn to Us, Lara Gasparotto‘s solo exhibition. Not to be missed.

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Friday 12th January – Sunday 25th February: Patrick Carpentier – Nature Boy / club conscious at Observatorium, Antwerp

Brussels-based artist Patrick Carpentier touches down in Antwerp for a five-month solo exhibition Nature Boy, which will be showcased alongside the group show club conscious. This exhibition is showcased with the likes of Eric Croes, Andy Wauman, Sarah&Charles and James Tailor. Two birds, one stone.

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Saturday 13th January: HUSH HUSH #Verhuist at MEATPACK, Antwerp

Antwerp’s brand spanking new venue MEATPACK has some exciting treats in store for us, and what’s not a better way to kick off the new year with some trippy drunk funk with locals Hush Hush? Get your gladrags on.

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Friday 12th January: Endless w/ Claudio PRC at RECYCLART, Brussels

Recyclart brings something fresh and cutting-edge to the table with a new hot edition of the Italian, Berlin-based Claudio PRC. Offering experimental and electro-acoustic music and performances, join Endless in the dark with deep hypnotic rhythms. And don’t miss the closing off with local techno warrior KAFIM. Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 13th January: NOSE JOB w/ DJ Sundae at Kumiko, Brussels

Kumiko carries the torch through the weekend shindig, with the impeccable Parisian DJ Sundae repping the Idle Press label alongside STROOM affiliate Dutchwoman Lucia. Run with care by your host Rick Shiver. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 13th January – Saturday 24th February: Hyun-Sook Song – 7 Brushstrokes at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

South-Korean, now Germany-based artist Hyun-Sook Song shows Borgerhout‘s Zeno X the power a few brushstrokes can convey. Discover just how minimalist paintings are compelling in their simplicity, delicate and yet powerful in their mediative quality. A blissful venture.

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Saturday 13th January: Egon Van Herreweghe – Who else? at Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels

Hopstreet Gallery introduces the riveting solo exhibition of Belgian artist Egon Van Herreweghe, taking a note from the silver fox George Clooney on the way happiness could potentially be achieved through products. Seduction by espresso.

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Saturday 13th January – Sunday 18th February: The Girls Next Door at Next Door, Antwerp

Three up-and-coming female artists collaborating for one month only, held at At the Gallery’s adjunct space Next Door. All gratis, too. Need we say more? End the weekend right.

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