15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Masculinity under fire in Brussels, celestial mixes in Ghent and world-class frames in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 5th April: If you find earth boring at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

LYL Radio affiliates Liquidation Totale opens the doors tonight for open-minded extraterrestrials. For their first Brussels-based ambient session, expect smooth tunes from The Word Radio regular Roméo Poirier, DEMENT3D’s and many more. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 5th April: No Age, Miaux and Teen Creeps at Het Bos, Antwerp

Energetic rock’n’rollers No Age are back with a vengeance in anticipation of their fourth studio album, bringing both new jams and old favourites. The good feels keep on coming with the magical A-town native Miaux and Ghent indie rock trio Teen Creeps. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Thursday 5th April: The Wound at Cinema Galeries, Brussels

A milestone in South African filmmaking, The Wound follows the journey of Xolani, a youth leader in an annual circumcision rite. Yet manhood isn’t as simple as it seems for this closeted gay man torn between age-old ritual and love, as the lies he’s built begin to unravel around him. Treat yourself.

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Thursday 5th April – Sunday 8th April: More Music! 2018 at Concertgebouw, Brugge

Concertgebouw Brugge and Cactus Muziekcentrum present the fifth edition of More Music!: back by popular demand, expect an immersive atmospheric musical voyage. Bringing together homegrown and international innovators breaking out of conventional moulds, expect the likes of singer-songwriters to multimedia projects. You have to see it to believe it.

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Thursday 5th April: Psst Mademoiselle #3 at Kumiko, Brussels

Psst Mademoiselle is back with the quality line-ups you’ve come to love and expect, this time changing things up with girl power incarnate punk band SWEATS and SOUS:SOL Records’ head honcho Karla Böhm. Get your gladrags on.

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Friday 6th April: Non Worldwide presents Nkisi, Bora Bora & Nurse+ at Bonnefooi, Brussels

Musical innovation is key for Bonnefooi’s spring collaboration with BRDCST. This weekend NON Worldwide, the head-turning collective keen on prioritising electronic experimentation with African roots is taking to the stage. First up is co-founder and Leuven-native producer Nkisi who effortlessly blends Congolese rhythms with booty-shaking beats. Bora Bora and Nurse+’s slick sets will keep you grooving until the night. Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 7th April: Everyone Loves Ice Cream at The School, Hasselt

The School invites anyone with a sweet tooth to bond over the universal love of ice cream, with a twist: raising awareness for the continuing refugee crisis. There’s something for everyone, from exhibitions, a fashion show and even a screening of Ai Weiwei’s well-received documentary Human Flow. Come one, come all!

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Saturday 7th April: Nightshop EP Release at Chez Madeleine, Brussels

Young Ghent-based electro producer Nightshop is launching his much-awaited EP with a timely live show. Expect a display of his wide range of inspirations, keeping the energy flowing into the early hours. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 7th April: Music From Memory w/ Jamie Tiller, RTS at C12, Brussels

C12 is bringing together two international DJs sure to get your tail feathers wagging: hailing from Germany, Jamie Tiller has been non-stop touring as his following grows exponential, while the Parisian Raphaël Top Secret guarantees catchy beats. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 7th April: Mall Grab at Kompass, Ghent

British breakthrough artist Mall Grab has been making waves with his fresh approach to the decks. His style falling somewhere between celestial and energetic mixes, your feet are sure to do all the talking. Go show some love.

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Saturday 7th April: Friction Building at LaVallée, Brussels

After a more than successful edition in Antwerp, De Imagerie‘s Friction Building is on the move, heading next to Brussels’ LaVallée where the programme will feature everything from political power struggles in South-East Senegal to Mayan sci-fi and many more. All in all, the necessity to re-callibrate our conception of post-colonialism is more than evident. Education is key.

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Saturday 7th April: De-Futurizing Our Present at Wolke, Brussels

Is it too late to re-shape how the future(s) will impact our urban environments? Collaborative and interdisciplinary agency FUTURE! has organised a roundtable to reflect on why our fate isn’t predetermined and how architecture, the arts and culture can pave the way to alternative modes of life. A novel approach.

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Sunday 8th April: Arto Lindsay & Zx at Het Bos, Antwerp

Het Bos and Oorstof have joined forces for a fresh collaboration between Arto Lindsay and Brooklyn’s ZS. For fans of no wave and avant-garde pop, this is a real treat. Oozing the best of the 90s, including Brazilian rhythms and sultry electro-pop. Worth the hangover.

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Sunday 8th April: Consouling Sounds w/ Dirk Serries at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

The Word-favourite Consouling Sounds presents Dirk Serries in praise of the ambient drone-master’s longstanding career, from YODOK III’s redefining of jazz to the Fear Falls Burning. Really, need we say more?

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Sunday 8th April: Zhang Hai’er’s Les Filles, Les Bonnes et Les Mauvaises at Stieglitz19, Antwerp

Stieglitz19 has the pleasure of hosting one of China’s most important art photographers ever. Renowned for his black-and-white cut-throat portraits of women where traditional femininity is repeatedly challenged, either through eery eye-contact or by showcasing society’s unwanted. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an overview of his finest work. End the weekend right.

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