20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Critically-acclaimed rap in Liège, feline-inspired art in Brussels and creative carnivals in Charleroi. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd March: ERG Book Fair 2018 at Putsch Galerie, Brussels

Putsch Galerie opens its door for an inspiring week-long group exhibition courtesy of Brussels-based graphic design school ERG’s current round of students. Plenty of extra treats, with additional pop-up events. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 1st March: Launch TYPP #4 at Extra City, Antwerp

Antwerp’s art school St Lucas is renowned for it’s cutting edge artistic output, and their in-house publication The Yellow Press Periodical is now documenting the process. All about poking fun at the current fake news climate, TYPP aims to break upon the creative process behind the politics. Time to celebrate the advent of authenticity. Treat yourself.

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Thursday 1st March – Saturday 14th April: Eric Poitevin and Alain Séchas at Albert Baronian, Brussels

Animal lovers rejoice: Albert Baronian exhibits two creature-obsessed artists, from Alain Séchas’ multi-medium art imposing human-feline hybrids into everyday scenes, to the contrasting Eric Poitevin’s darkness transcending through societal issues surrounding mortality. Specifically for the latter, at first glance his bleak portrayal of the circle of life can be shocking, yet digging deeper the certain serenity of his photography can be reassuring. Two birds, one stone.

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Thursday 1st March: Playboi Carti at Reflektor, Liège

Playboi Carti, real name Jordan Terrek Carter, started rapping at an early age, catching the attention of none other than A$AP Rocky’s A$AP Mob, appearing to critical acclaim on the Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends mixtape. A driving force behind Atlanta’s new wave of rap, his 2017 singles Magnolia and Wokeuplikethis cemented his reputation as the game’s young prince.

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Thursday 1st March – Sunday 27th May: Hugo Claus – Con amore at BOZAR, Brussels

Ten years after his death and fifty years after May ’68, BOZAR is devoting an exhibition to Belgium’s most celebrated author: Hugo Claus. The multidisciplinary exhibition, curated by Marc Didden, presents the master in all his facets: poet, novelist, painter, theatre and film director and socially engaged artist. And as if that weren’t enough, CINEMATEK are also teaming up with BOZAR to carry out a special screening of Claus’ Mira of de teleurgang van de waterhoek tomorrow night. See you there.

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Thursday 1st March: KASKlezing w/ Kendell Geers at KASK, Ghent

Internationally-respected conceptual artist Kendell Geers has joined forces with KASK for a pertinent talk covering the place for political influence in creations. Hailing from Johannesburg, Geers has been an active contributor to discussions surrounding violence and power. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 1st March: Opening night at GLUON, Brussels

Brussels is blessed with a new “platform for art, science and technology”, unveiling what it’s got in store for us this Thursday. Educate yourself by visiting the open house with plenty to discover: lectures, performances, and demonstrations of new technologies are not to be missed.

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Friday 2nd March – Sunday 4th March: KRAAK 2018 at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

It’s that time of the year again, with the country’s favourite experimental imprint KRAAK taking over Brussels’ Beursschouwburg for a weekend of abstract electronic, new techno, free jazz and other unexpected encounters. On the local front, Capelo, David Adren, Lemones and Pinkie Bowtie will be taking to the stage, with a slew of European, Canadian and American artists adding to the line-up. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March: LAST CALL at Musée d’Ixelles / Museum van Elsene, Brussels

Musée d’Ixelles / Museum van Elsene is temporarily closing its doors for renovations, and is not missing the opportunity to quite rightly go out with a bang. Their Friday party alone will see artistic installations courtesy of ESRA Bruxelles’ students, guided tours, and the presence of B-Architecten. When life gives you lemons.

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Saturday 3rd March: Ulrike Biets at Fish&Chips, Antwerp

Ulrike Biets is never one to shy away from controversy with her signature graphic photography. Taboos are her inspiration and her latest collaboration with Antwerp’s Fish&Chips is sure to be a treat. Not to mention, Ghent-based DJ Sheniqua World Tour, with her enviable wealth of experience from Ibiza, handles the decks. Following tragedy she’s back in full-force with booty-shaking beats you’ll love. Need we say more?

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Saturday 3rd March: Museum Night Fever 2018 in Brussels

Late night escapades: this Saturday you can spend your evening in a slightly different way by getting the chance to discover 27 Brussels-based museums in the dark hours, with plenty of exhibitions, performances, live music and DJs on offer. Night fever.

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Saturday 3rd March: La fête avec Cuistax! at Le Vecteur, Charleroi

Within the context of KICKS Festival, Brussels-based kids fanzine Cuistax organises a special carnival for the little ones to celebrate the (hoped for) end of winter. Toddlers are invited to make their own carnival masks, create a leporello book then let it all out listening to Mo Flyf’s colourful pop music.

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Saturday 3rd March: Kontakt w/ Ex-Terrestrial at Kumiko, Brussels

Kumiko doesn’t disappoint once again: The Word Radio residents Kontakt‘s synth-wave tunes are the perfect way to kick-off the weekend. Backed up by Ex-Terrestrial’s quite literally out-of-this-world beats, you can’t go wrong. Get your glad rags on.

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Saturday 3rd March: Rapsody + 9th Wonder at Trix, Antwerp

Star-studded Rapsody’s much anticipated album Laila’s Wisdom has finally dropped. Featuring the hottest hip-hop artists from Kendrick Lamar to Busta Rhymes, A-town are blessed with her presence. No-nonsense lyrics and classic arrangements from the single Power is just the beginning – treat yourself.

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Saturday 3rd March: GEN Z Afterparty at Les Brigittines, Brussels

The Brussels-based trio behind GEN Z are pushing the boundaries of capturing youth in a digital age., asking the big questions like what the future holds for these politically conscious youngsters. To seal the two-part series off, Les Brigittines is hosting live music with catchy harmonies from Jenny Bsg accompanied by over 20 dancers. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Saturday 3rd March: 10th Leuven Northern Soul Nighter at STUK, Leuven

A jam-packed line-up to celebrate Leuven Northern Soul Nighter collective’s double-digit anniversary. From the well-received SKA Delight documentary to exclusively vinyl sets by Belgium’s finest. Go show some love.

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Sunday 4th March – Sunday 3rd June: Adel Adessmed’s Otchi Tchiornie at MAC, Grand-Hornu

War, peace and everything in between. Paris-based Adel Adessmed’s multi-cultural background shines through in his thought-provoking work time and time again. His latest exhibition at MAC focuses in on the world’s fears and collective pain, like a manifesto for the world. From heart-breaking poetry to controversial sculpture just bring an open-mind.

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Sunday 4th March: Neil Campbell and John Divola at Office Baroque Gallery, Brussels

End the weekend right with a two-person exhibition with Canadian artist Neil Campbell and American artist John Divola. The combining factor of both artists is their focus on interventions in architecture. So be ready for a special experience with Neil Campbell transforming the interior of the gallery and Divola’s long-term observation of a beachfront property used by the fire department for fire-fighting practice. Come one, come all.

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Sunday 4th March: MeToo NowWhat?! #1 – Women in Music at Le Space, Brussels

It’s impossible to check the news these days without coming accross #MeToo. Ripping through the noise, Le Space has organised a series of debates, kicking off with a panel of five multi-talented experts to tackle the questions surrounding the spaces for women within the music industry. Education is key.

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Sunday 4th March, Ambient Series #3 at E²/Sterput, Brussels

Pull yourself out of bed for an equally comfortable experience at E²/Sterput this weekend. Back by popular demand, the third round of the Ambient Series encourages you to lay down whilst listening to some of the best soundscaping and electro-acoustic music the capital has to offer. End the weekend right.

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