Snapshots of the Middle East in Brussels, electro-mania in Charleroi and artist blind dates in Ghent. Go do the right thing.
Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st January: Bridges, East of the West Film Festival at BOZAR, Brussels
An explosion of pent-up creativity from ex-Soviet satellite states: BOZAR‘s third annual film festival aims to spotlight film-makers let loose after a tough 20th century. From epic tales of star-crossed lovers to a striking psychological thriller. Start the weekend right.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th January: Lorenzo Senni + Torus at Beursschouwburg, BrusselsFind the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th January – Sunday 25th February: Nahum Tavet – Islands and Objects at Kristof de Clercq Gallery, Antwerp
Israeli-born heavy-hitting sculptor, Nahum Tavet, makes his Belgian debut. Islands and Objects forces its audiences to re-evaluate their everyday objects, from mixed-medium and large scale extravagance. You have to see it to believe it.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th January – Saturday 17th March: Betty Tompkins – Pussy at Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Pussy features the magnificent NSFW-visuals Tompkins is renowned for. If you’ve yet to have the pleasure of Tompkins’ graphic and politically-charged artistic bonanza, what are you waiting for?Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st January: Variations on Raw at Quincaillerie des Temps, Brussels
Focused around the notion of rawness, Quincaillerie’s selection of contemporary artists draws inspiration from flesh and simplicity, from Léa Dahan’s satirical illustrations to Julia Lebrao Sendra’s larger-than-life prints. Treat yourself.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th January: U N D S K Y L D at Korsakov, Antwerp
In honour of their fresh 7″ vinyl A Little Closer, U N D S K L Y D’s Thursday set will undoubtedly ooze with their signature sense of musical indulgence. Preferring to stray from stereotypes and repeatedly keeping their audience guessing, there’s loose influences from odd jazz to aggressive post-punk. Not to be missedFind the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th January – Saturday 18th February: Expo Téhéran at Cinéma Galleries, Brussels
Centring on Kamran ADLE and 17 other young photographers, Une ville au pied des montagnes is set to be just as jaw-dropping as it sounds, with winter’s splendour as the central theme. Notably, Kamran’s trademark black-scale shots may be enough to convince us to let the frost linger a little longer. See you there.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 18th January: 4yrs Foot Juice Collective at Bonnefooie, Brussels
Celebrate Foot Juice‘s 4th birthday bash, featuring The Word’s favourite DTM Funk and many more. Feel-good music to dance your little heart out to, from fancy footwork to ghetto-house. Get your gladrags on.Find the event on Facebook here.
Thursday 18th January – Saturday 25th February: Artists in Focus w/ Hong Sang-Soo at CINEMATEK, Brussels
Never one to shy away from controversy, Hong Sang-Soo’s films have a Freudian cryptic-quality to them. Focusing on traditional portrayals of masculinity in all it’s castration-anxiety glory, Sang-Soo plays with social fears of impotency in our modern world. An eye-opening opportunity.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 19th January: STOCK #9 at KASK, Ghent
An art student’s dream incarnate: KASK presents the 9th edition of their blind-dating experiment for contemporary artists. In practice, established and fresh-bloods collaborate for one all-encompassing exhibition.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 19th January – Saturday 1st April: Sophie Podolski & Vanessa Disler at WIELS, Brussels
WIELS has done it again, back from their brief hiatus and showcasing two incredible artists. Above all, Sophie Podolski’s life is tarnished with tragedy, from embracing sexual liberation to taking her own life at such a young age. Nevertheless, her intricate and dark body of graphic works live on. Concurrently, Vanessa Disler’s stripped back installations and paintings blur the lines between poetry and art. Two birds, one stone.Find the events on Facebook.
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th January: Chouette Festival at CC Jacques Franck, Brussels
Two jam-packed evenings full of heart-warming musical celebrations at the cultural centre Jacques Franck. From Brussels newcomers Le Bal de Marie Galante to the formidable High Jinks Delegation, this is one for those partial to high vibrations. Fridays are for dancing.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st January: Opening Weekend at Het Bos, Antwerp
Het Bos has this weekend’s electronic fix covered, with an international line-up of DJs to kick off a new season, from The Word Radio regular Han Trax to UK-based Dean McPhee and Seabuckthorn. A-town, go show some love.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 19th January: Nathy Peluso + Blu Samu at Beursschouwburg, Brussels
Spanish-born Nathy Peluso’s beats are as silky as they’re cut-throat, and they’re being matched by Luso-Belgian Blu Samu – not taking any prisoners. Well worth the hangover.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th January: Electropolis Festival at BPS22 & Rockerill, Charleroi
What happens when visual artists, plastics designers and electronica join forces? Electropolis keeps us guessing with a winning line-up, featuring DC Salas‘ intimate eclecticism, Xavier Mary‘s iconic installations and much more. Perfect for night-owl art lovers.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 20th January: MODFEST 2018 at Muziekodroom, Hasselt
Back by popular demand, this year’s edition of MODFEST promises the seductive mix of techno you’ve grown accustomed to. Looking to make you shake your hips are Miss Kittin & THE HACKER, Egyptian Lover and other beloved ones. Don’t miss out.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 20th January: 3000 Degrees opening at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels
Reviving performance art at Brasserie Atlas, Sploach Sploach boasts an abundance of broth for her lucky audience. Guaranteed to be laidback and an unforgettable Saturday, save your pennies and don’t worry about paying entry. Relax.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 20th January – Saturday 29th April: Nikita Kadan – The Possessed can witness at court at M HKA, Antwerp
Ukranian-born artist Nikita Kadan explicitly approaches the tumultuous past and present of her capital city. Using the dimensions of a metal shelf Kadan’s The Possessed Can Witness at Court consistently interrogates the liberties we take for granted. Dark, pensive and raw – don’t sleep.Find the event details here.
Sunday 21st January – Saturday 18th March: Elke Andreas Boon at Galerie Annie Gentils, Brussels
Relatably-titled On a mangé tout le chocolat, Boon’s solo show paints a brutal and vulnerable portrait of the price of femininity. Known for not shying away from contemporary issues, this exhibition is no exception. Really, need we say more?Find the event details here.
Sunday 21st January: Shamanism, Refugees, Food & Art at ThalieLab, Brussels
Multi-culturalism at it’s finest: join shamans, academics and activists for a Sunday filled with tasty delights and stimulating conversation – just don’t forget to bring your signature dish to share. End the weekend right.Find the event on Facebook.