15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Certified raves in Antwerp, birthday parties in Brussels, and graphic design festivals (finally) in Liège. Do the right thing.

Thursday 2nd Feb: Fig. Festival International de Graphisme in Liège

Liège’s graphic design studios PLMD (pleaseletmedesign) and Signes du quotidien are hosting the first ever Fig. Festival; showcasing conferences, exhibitions, workshops, projections and concerts all weekend. Yes, you guessed it right – this is Belgium’s first and only festival dedicated to graphic design culture. Cop your tickets quick, or you might miss out on a pretty unique moment.

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Thursday 2nd Feb: Gazelle Twins & Croatian Amor at BOZAR, Brussels

BOZAR Electronic Series’ third instalment sees rising stars Gazelle Twins and Croatian Amor present their new performances, mixing sounds and visuals with social commentary. For lovers of electronic music with multi-layered substance.

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Thursday 2nd Feb: Josman / Makala / Take A Mic // Le 77 // Nacho at Recyclart, Brussels

Local party-starters SLICE OF PIE celebrate their second anniversary with Back in the Dayz, to host an all-out birthday bash with Josman, Makala and Take A Mic. Also expect resident DJs Le 77 and Nacho on the decks. Birthday bash going all out.

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Friday 3rd Feb: Boris Tellegen AKA Delta at MIMA, Brussels

A friendly takeover, Brussels’ youngest museum MIMA dedicates three floors to the Dutch graffiti artist Delta, showing an impression of his versatility through various sculptures and installations. An opportunity to see a “Dutch Master” at work, running until the 28th of May.

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Friday 3rd Feb: Grand Opening at Jane’s, Brussels

Beginnings are always something to celebrate loud and proud, and that’s the approach taken by Jane’s. To celebrate their grand opening, your new local drinking den has organised a weekend full of drinks and tunes, including brunches made by Le Realism. Go show them some neighbourly love.

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Friday 3rd Feb: Manor Grunewald at RIOT, Ghent

Painter (and sculptor) Manor Grunewald is invited to present his most recent work at RIOT, concerning “the optics, visual conformity, imperfection and arbitrariness of the phenomenon of the black-and-white copy.” His guest residency – which runs until the 14th of April – kicks off with a dual opening night and ‘zine launch, in collaboration with Print on Demand. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 3rd Feb: O Solitude at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

More than just an ode to loneliness, Beursschouwburg’s most recent focus programme O Solitude is an in-depth quest into the fact of being alone. Through performances, films, an exhibition and listening sessions, the festival researches every facet of loneliness, from isolation to existential crises over the course of the weekend. And that’s just a sneak peek of what the downtown cultural hub has in store for the coming months.

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Friday 3rd Feb: Lives: Toad at Le Vecteur, Charleroi

This Friday sees alt-folk trio Toad present some new material, after a week of recording and residency at Le Vecteur. They’ve also invited locals Ignatz and De Stervende Honden, who will be playing together in an (un)precedented move. As Toad put it themselves, get ready for a wild ball.

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Friday 3rd Feb: The Pop Group at Het Bos, Antwerp

Rule-breakers The Pop Group are back to tear up some more, for one night in Het Bos. Lovingly remembered for their playful take on “radical pop music”, they return with new material made with legends Dennis Bovell and Hank Shocklee (of Public Enemy and Bomb Squad fame). Go dance your sorrow and anger away.

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Friday 3rd Feb: Bambibaan at Club Impreza, Antwerp

Moving to Club Impreza for the first time ever, Bambi welcomes DTM Funk and the entire Midlife DJ crew to man the decks; alongside Techniks Jan, Zoot Ruf Ski and Cosmo Knex. Expect a wide range of sounds, from footwork and juke to disturbed melodies and grimey synths. Serious stuff.

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Friday 3rd Feb: Le Pacifique Records invites Betonkust at L’Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

Local rascals Le Pacifique Records brings Dutch producer Betonkust over to our side of the woods for a night of innocent, dutty fun. Decks are also manned by resident Pacifique DJs Aidone Antoine and Offshore. It’s Friday night – no excuses.

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Saturday 4th Feb: Liv Schulman at feeelings, Brussels

Writer, film-maker and all-round artist Liv Schulman is ready to showcase the new season of her absurdist TV show Control: following the all-seeing detective-protagonist, the viewer is encouraged to question and contemplate our preconceived assumptions on discourse, identity and art. Binge-watching minus the guilt, all at Brussels’ most recent opening feeelings.

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Saturday 4th Feb: Kaumwald, Trepaneringsritualen, Sunny Graves and more at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

Techno-noise outfits Kaumwald, Trepaneringsritualen, Sunny Graves, Saturn and the Sun, and DJ Steve Gunn are all brought together from their respective corners of the globe – all thanks to Les Ateliers Claus – for one heavy-duty night. Absolutely spoilt.

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Saturday 4th Feb: NOSE JOB invites Phuong-Dan at L’Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

Another NOSE JOB party, this time with the legendary godfather of the abandoned Golden Pudel Club Phuong-Dan. Alongside him are Deep In House resident DJ Gurl, and of course your host Rick Shiver. Get your dancing shoes on, go out with a bang.

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Sunday 5th Feb: Elko B.’s LP Release Party at Het Bos, Antwerp

Local label Ekster proudly presents music veteran Elko B.’s debut LP release, “I Bambini Di Basilisco”, to be held during Het Bos’ Otark Breakfast Club hours. Let yourself be dazzled by Elko B.’s wide array of talents, while eating your way out of a hangover.

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