15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Erotica in Ghent, breaks galore in Brussels, and sharp words in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 7th June – Sunday 4th November: Design Generations at ADAM, Brussels

ADAM is in full thralls of its biennial contemporary design expo Intersections, and has teamed up for WBDM to present Design Generations, an extensive showcasing of ten Belgian design offices, including homegrown favourites Alain BerteauJean-François D’OrSylvain Willenz. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th June: Strangelove Festival 2018 at Het Bos, Antwerp

Your favourite queer-friendly fiesta Strangelove Festival 2018 is going dark and dirty this year, exploring the anti-establishmentary and rejections of the status quo. Let them take you into the dust nests of the queer scene and celebrate the misfits, the rejects and the outcasts. Over the course of three days, they’ll be taking over Het Bos with trashy gems that you simply can’t miss.

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Thursday 7th June: Akarova in Brussels at La Loge, Brussels

Departing from a selection of documents, photographs and notes from CIVA‘s dense archive on Belgian legend Akarova, curator and critic Christophe Wavelet discusses and uncovers European avant-gardisme at the turn of the 20th century, and the boundaries between traditional archives and performance art. A must.

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Thursday 7th June – Saturday 14th July: Rajak Ohanian’s Ce que racontent les arbres d’Alep at Albert Baronian, Brussels

Intimately personal, French-Armenian photographer Rajak Ohanian’s second exhibition at Albert Baronian peels back the curtain of what it means to be an artistic force in our contemporary world. Surpassing first impressions, his aptly titled display Ce que racontent les arbres d’Alep resists the confines of style and horizontally defines what it means to be simply human. His monochromatic pieces bewitch the eye and submerge the beholder into a subconscious universe of endless possibilities. Indeed, the individual’s experience of his work says more about our finite perspective than the artist’s
intentions as such. You have to see it to believe it.

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Friday 8th June: HE4RTBROKEN #12 at Beurschouwburg, Brussels

HE4RTBROKEN don’t hold back – and all the better. Calling in the end of the season, they’ve assembled a heavy-hitting line-up with Tzusing, False Witness and PAN’s Plora Ying-Wong. Bring tissues.

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Friday 8th June: Tuupe Takeover #2 at Vooruit, Ghent

Ghent-based party brand Tuupe are taking over Vooruit this Friday for a no-nonsense shindig, with co-founder Küken bringing The Word Radio resident Oops Wrong Planet to the decks. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 8th – Sunday 24th June: Hertog Blauwbaards Burcht & De Wonderbaarlijke Mandarijn at La Monnaie, Brussels

Another season closer, this time with a double-bill programme at La Monnaie: a seven-round tour of Béla Bartók’s one-act opera Bluebeard’s Castle and ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, directed by none other than Christophe Coppens. And if this isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve laid out five reasons to not miss their show. Go treat yourselves.

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Friday 8th June: 33RPM +8% Night at KulturA, Liège

Harking back to The Sound of Belgium, KulturA is celebrating all things New Beat, cold wave and EBM this Friday, with afficionados Ed Isar and Front De Cadeaux‘s Athome. Slow dance away.

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Friday 8th June: Palestine With Love at C12, Brussels

A joint collaboration between BOZAR and Cinéma Galeries has resulted in Palestine With Love, an hommage dedicated to all things cinema and resistance. Friday night sees the special party at C12 explore the sonic counterpart to the film festival. Education is key.

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Saturday 9th June: Convex Jungle Night at Café Central, Brussels

You favourite downtown Brussels’ dive bar Café Central is carrying on the weekend strong with a special jungle night, courtesy of Namur-based record label Convex Records. Get on your dancing shoes.

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Saturday 9th June – Sunday 19th August: Ria Pacquée’s Slam, Ramble, Perform at de Warande Expo, Turnhout

Antwerpenaar performance art pioneer Ria Pacquée is sure to have some tricks up her sleeve for her upcoming summer-long exhibition at Turnhout’s de Warande. Make way for sharp commentary and healthy doses of comedy. A must.

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Saturday 10th June: Chihei Hatakeyama at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels.

Tokyo-based sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama is sure to bring along all his analog synths and modular systems for his trademark accoustics landscapes. And as if that weren’t enough, all for free, too. Synth porn for the masses.

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Saturday 9th June: Cinema Parenthèse #2 at Cinema Galeries, Brussels

Prolific film and video artist Nicky Hamlyn has a boastful four decades of work under his belt – and Brussels-based film platform Cinema Parenthèse will be showcasing a selection of his creations over the course of this Saturday night. Don’t sleep.

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Sunday 10th June: Erotic Fiction by Miss P at DOK, Ghent

Sticky and sweet, Ghent’s independent publishing platform Bebe Books is bringing Miss P to purr her way through a erotic and NSFW bits of fiction. Put on your Sunday best.

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Sunday 10th June: Second Sundays #6 at Q-O2, Brussels.

Canadian artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is handling Q-O2’s second Sunday session, serving all things vocal from song to spoken word. End the weekend right.

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