15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Film rights in Antwerp, dance in practice in Brussels and meaty dancefloor jams in Arlon. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 8th February: G A U S S at Café Charlatan, Ghent

Ghent-based pop duo G A U S S’ music is much more than boogie-friendly beats. Their debut album Biometrical Love has been known to provoke an existential crisis. Think philosophy meets tribal rhythms – as explained by Elke Andreas Boone, one half of the duo. Get your glad rags on.

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Thursday 8th – Sunday 25th February: Jonathan van Doornum – Imagined Trust at WIELS, Brussels

Jonathan van Doornum has a reputation for subtle, yet striking installations, and his latest endeavour at WIELS is no exception. Imagined Trust blurs the lines between tradition and innovation by tapping into rural architectural design. You have to see it to believe it.

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Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th February: Mine the Gap at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Mining has long been synonymous with the Belgian economy. But how can our contemporary generation update this long-standing industry? Beursschouwburg offers solutions, looking from coals to gemstones – the future of urban mining. Not to be missed.

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Friday 9th February – Sunday 13th May: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven at M HKA, Antwerp

Born and raised in Antwerp, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven has been active as a visual artist, performer and graphic designer since the 70s, her body of work taking in drawing, writing and performing, to offer a truly interdisciplinary narrative. The exhibition at M HKA will showcase a selection of ink drawings and complex video installations giving a generous glimpse into her vast oeuvre. Exploring themes ranging from arti cial intelligence to mysticism and political engagements, AMVK has always been an innovator with a clear eye to the future. And to mark the occasion, we sent our photographer Joke De Wilde to her studio to capture some backstage revelations. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 9th February – Sunday 3rd June: Fernand Léger – Beauty is everywhere at BOZAR, Brussels

BOZAR has a treat in store for us: revolutionary French painter Fernand Léger’s personal interpretation of cubism continues to dazzle well into the 21st century. Running with the principles established by Picasso, Léger’s fascination with female bodies and the intricacies of daily life is truly spell-bounding. An absolute must.

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Friday 9th – Saturday 10th February: WE ARE OPEN Belgisch Showcase Festival at Trix, Antwerp

Celebrating it’s 10th birthday, WE ARE OPEN jam-packed line-up features the hottest talent you will love. From The Word Radio regulars DC Salas, HONG KONG DONG and Dijf Sanders to fresh up-and-comers. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 9th February: Homeland #4 at Sunset Club, Brussels

Electro lovers rejoice! You’re guaranteed to shake your hips with all-star international headliner Manara manning the decks. Not to mention, homegrown talent HE4RTBROKEN and Perron Zes to keep your heart racing. Worth the hangover.

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Friday 9th – Sunday 11th February: Of Nooit at In De Ruimte, Ghent

13 artists, 13 living rooms – In De Ruimte aren’t scared of a little superstition. At first glance the connection between these stylistically diverse and thematically eclectic artist isn’t clea, bringing together urban photography, feminist magic and the Nile. You’ll have to wait and see.

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Friday 9th February – Sunday 27th May: Marcel Berlanger presents FIG. at BPS22, Charleroi

The Belgian Painter Marcel Belanger is presenting his newest show in BPS22 in Charleroi, after being guest in Emergent, IKOB and Rodolphe Janssen. Once again, Marcel Berlanger toys between painting and scenography, showing his newest productions. Treat yourself.

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Friday 9th February: Tropicoulos 2 at Barlok, Brussels

Ground-breaking Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes are down in the capital for one night only, inviting their signed artists Sisso Sounds and Moroto Hvy Indstr, as well as our favourites Aymeric de Tapol and Rebel Up. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 9th February: Fusée de la Motographie at Le Vecteur, Charleroi

Le Fusée de la Motographie makes its first stop in Charleroi with an installation around images of authors of the country. A series of 100 boxes, initiated by Recyclart, put on the floor to have an intimate glance. Lovingly prepared and personalised by a current Belgian photographer, it’s a big event for the world of photography. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 10th February: Red Bacon #1 with Trunkline, Monolithe Noir, IS/ID at L’Entrepôt, Arlon

Shake your bacon this weekend: all lives, no DJ sets, with influences from techno Detroit, London, Berlin or the French new scene. A must for when you’re in the mood for some good stuff. Enjoy the night with Trunkline, Monolithe Noir, and OSICA.

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Saturday 10th February: On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors at Kaaitheater, Brussels

Kaaitheater opens its door for a day full of interventions and various artists searching for the often unseen transformations that human activity has on our surrounding. Curating this special event is none other than David Weber-Krebs and Jeroen Peeters. Unmissable.

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Saturday 10th February: Kunststructief presents Fight for your copyright at Het Bos, Antwerp

Learn everything about copyrights and regulations in the film industry. Wim Schreurs, professor at the VUB is invited to Het Bos for all insightful administrative and legislative matters. Education is key.

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Saturday 10th February: PARTS@work#5 at P.A.R.T.S, Brussels

In the mood for some contemporary dance in an informal setting? Then join P.A.R.T.S.’ current Training Cycle in a presentation of their post-five week training. Don’t expect a normal play, be ready for various scenes, all based on Shakespeare’s work but approached in very different ways. You’re welcome.

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