15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Demonic decadence in Gaasbeek, immortalised taboos in Brussels and jungle designs in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 29th March- Sunday 27th May: Sarah Lowie + Lola Pertsowsky at La Centrale, Brussels

La Centrale hosts two hotly-anticipated exhibitions at their Centrale.box and Centrale.lab, running parallel to the main gallery, which prides itself on nurturing emerging talent. Brussels-based photographer Sarah Lowie already made waves with her intimate portrait of Charleroi’s Madil City Gang. Never one to shy away from taboos, her latest exhibition Chaque jour, je suis avec toi focuses in on complicated love in the sixmille. By contrast, French-native Lola Pertsowsky transports the viewer out of this world, where the line between humanity and the natural world is blurred. Two birds, one stone.

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Thursday 29th March – Saturday 14th April: ImmoRefugee at Tique, Antwerp

The Calais Jungle that dominated press headlines just a couple years ago seems to have been already wiped out from our memory. Thankfully ImmoRefugee is re-opening the conversation by showcasing refugee-designed recreations of their home-away-from-home, giving new meaning to the phrase “a roof over one’s head”. Not to be missed.

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Thursday 29th March: 16mm² – Calligraphie japonaise at E²/Sterput, Brussels

E²/Sterput has teamed up with Cinématèque de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles for an all-star film programme. From jaw-dropping scientific documentaries to contemporary art, every need is catered for. First up is Pierre Alechinsky’s exploration of the ancient Japanese art of calligraphy. Need we say more?

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Thursday 29th March – Sunday 1st April: STOCK #12 at Het Paviljoen, Ghent

Your favourite contemporary artist blind date-style exhibition is back for its final instalment: one up-and-coming KASK student collaborates with a well-seasoned creator. Never ones to disappoint, you can expect futuristic visual imagery courtesy of Stan D’Haene and Bart Van Dijck joining forces. You have to see it to believe it.

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Thursday 29th March – Sunday 1st April: Listen Festival 2018, Brussels

Brussels is in for a treat this weekend, with international-callibre Listen Festival hitting our streets. Their jam-packed line-up ranges from overseas names to homegrown talents. An absolute must.

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Friday 30th March: Mo’Yo’Fro at Barlok, Brussels

Quality music that supports a worthy cause – Barlok is at it again with proceeds from this month’s project going to Toestand’s Macedonia-based project. Guaranteed to get your feet hopping are Taxus Brown’s live rock blues to homegrown Doephie & Peppy. Friday’s are for dancing.

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Friday 30th March: A Turkish Night at Café Ventura, Ghent

Ghent’s Café Ventura pays testament to the city’s booming cultural sphere with Turkish party anthems and Syrian dabke. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Friday 30th March – Saturday 5th May: BANDE De’s Ici bientôt… at Le Vecteur, Charleroi

Belgium manages to cram a lot of artistic talent into such a small geographical area and BANDE De’s latest showcase is no exception, featuring Pauline Rivière’s vibrant and realist screenprints alongside Marine Pascal’s multimedia collages. Not to forget, deluxe tunes courtesy of Èlg and Deux Boules Vanille. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 31st March: The Big Conversation on Decolonisation at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

The term privilege gets thrown around a lot these days, but what price should descendants of colonisers pay to rectify contemporary racism? This and more will be the focal point of Beursschouwburg‘s up-coming discussion with opinion makers varying from afrofuturism to racism and football. Education is key.

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Saturday 31st March: Yoko Uhoda x Albert Baronian, Knokke

Art lovers rejoice: Liège’s Yoko Uhoda and Brussels’ Albert Baronian are joining forces to inaugurate a brand new gallery in Knokke, kicking off with a display of the combination of their signature tastes, from Charlotte Beaudry’s subtle feminine work to Jonathan Meese’s anarchic paintings. A novel approach.

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Saturday 31st March: Midnight Chardonnay – Antwerp Edition at Het Bos, Antwerp

Nomadic festival Midnight Chardonnay kicks off it’s European tour in our very own A-town. Founder and record label GASS’ head honcho Mamiko Motto promises to overlap music, art and technology seamlessly for a night to remember. Come one, come all.

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Saturday 31st March: Jour et nuit de l’architecture 2018 at N9, Dornick

Crowd-favourite JNDA revisits Dornick for one of their top events yet. Somewhere between cultural exhibition and music festival, they’ve managed to secure the hottest line-up. Booty-shaking tracks guaranteed with fun-loving Le 77, hardcore raver David Asko and more. Worth the hangover.

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Saturday 31st March – Monday 14th May: Arne Quinze’s My Secret Garden at Marauni Mercier, Knokke

Larger-than-life visual artist Arne Quinze updates the classic floral design to make an impact. An idealist at heart, his work evokes the possibility of a world where social community and urbanism can work hand in hand. An eye-opening opportunity.

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Sunday 1st April: The Function w/ Mina at Club1847, Ghent

All around the world in one night, The Function’s got you covered, blending everything from afrobeats to progressive tribe. Including our very own Perron Zes on the roster. Get your gladrags on.

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Sunday 1st April – Sunday 10th June: Vanity Fair w/ Thomas Lerooy & Félicien Rops at Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Gaasbeek

Thomas Lerooy and Félicien Rops satirise the age-old adage about life’s only certainty being that none of us are getting out alive. Kasteel van Gaasbeek’s newest exhibition Vanity Fair pokes fun at contemporary decadence alongside death and decay, with the results lying somewhere between angels and demons. End the weekend right.

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