20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Airwave birthdays in Ghent, all female line-ups in Brussels and over-the-top art in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th March: Collectible at Vanderborght Building, Brussel

Brand new design festival Collectible is finally being unveiled to the public this Thursday in the heart of Brussels, with a strong list of European talents and studios – including plenty of homegrown names. Think The Word-favourites Victor HuntArnaud Eubelen x Brice Dreesen, or Lionel Jadot. And not to mention, The Hope‘s The Weft group exhibition, inviting the likes of Martin Hyde, Héloïse Rival, Eric Stephany, and Philip Vormwald. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 8th – Friday 30th March: Offscreen 2018 in Brussels

The Offscreen film festival is starting this weekend with a bunch of unconventional, independent movies, classics and an inspiring mix from all around the word. Or to use their slogan, seeing is believing.

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Thursday 8th March: Harry Gruyaert, Collectie in Transit and Mathieu Asselin at FoMu, Antwerp

In the mood for some inspiring visuals and talks? Then FoMu is the place to be this weekend. Get the chance to pay tribute to household photography name Harry Gruyaert, take the opportunity to gain some insight into the processes surrounding collecting, and finally be there when Mathieu Asselin is talking about the effects of controversial Monsanto on landscape and population. Education is key.

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Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th March: WoWmen! 2018 at Kaaitheatre, Brussels

We’re living in an eventful time for women’s rights. The third edition of the performance-centred festival WoWmen! is starting with inspiring debates, performances, conversations. Make sure to check out our meet-up with Kaaitheater’s artistic programmer Katleen Van Langendonck.

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Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th March: L’art et l’education pour une société plus inclusive at L’epicerie, Brussels

The International Women’s Day is the starting point for a week full of program and workshops all around celebrating women’s diversity, women’s right and self-confidence. Time’s up.

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Thursday 8th March: Psst Mademoiselle #2 at Kumiko, Brussels

Kumiko is opening its door for the second edition of Psst Mademoiselle. This time it’s happening with young Belgium artist Lous and Yakuza, live with guitar, with some amazing melancholic music, followed by Montreal’s Gayance. Don’t sleep.

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Thursday 8th March: Daisuke Ichiba at E²Sterput, Brussels

E² is showing the exquisite work of Japanese artist Daisuke Ichiba, taking us through his fascinating journey along a mixture of surrealism, occultism, the underground and rebellious cultures. You have to see it to believe it.

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Thursday 8th March: WWWATER + Luwten at Het Depot, Leuven

You can’t get away from International Women’s Day this week. With that in mind, Leuven’s Het Depot has invited four very talented female artists for the occasion: the wonderful WWWater, Luwten, Audri, and Tristan. See you there.

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Thursday 8th March: Strictly Footwork #1 – Monastery Edition in Brussels

Strictly Niceness and Fancy Footwork are working together to set the stage for a night of disco, soul, funk, and boogie in an abandoned monastery in Ixelles. Put on your Sunday best this Thursday night.

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Thursday 8th March: SLCTR w/ Julien Fournier at Jane’s, Brussels

SLCTR’s back at Jane’s, this time bringing Julien Fournier on to the decks, with his handpicked goodies exclusively for you. Go show some love.

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Thursday 8th March: 10 Years Icarus Radio at NTGent, Ghent

Let’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of Icarus Radio for music outside the box with Dictaphone, Greg Fox, and Andrea Belfi. No presents, just your presence.

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Friday 9th March: Brikabrak w/ Romderful at Kumiko, Brussels

Brikabak’s back this Friday for a fundraising night full of dancing, all to futuristic, soulful and exotic sounds, all in the name of supporting the non-profit ORPER Diepenbeek, a Congolese project working to protect street children. Dancing with a cause.

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Friday 9th – Sunday 11th March: MONA Film Festival at CC Berchem, Antwerp

Cineasts rejoice! MONA Film Festival is screening recent movies straight from the Middle East and North Africa. Take the chance to be educated and shown an open, more balanced and new view of the Arab world. See you there.

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Friday 9th March: BORGER #13 in Antwerp

Our favourite Antwerp-based late-night art bonanza BORGER is back, bringing together some of Borgerhout, Berchem and Zurenborg’s strongest art organisations and gallery. Not to be missed.

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Friday 9th March: DTM Funk invites Scratcha DVA at Het Bos, Antwerp

The Word Radio resident DTM Funk is bringing as guest Scratcha DVA for a night full of good music, dancing and some good rhythm at Antwerp’s Het Bos. Be there.

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Friday 9th March: ROENK w/ FJAAK at Ampere, Antwerp

Be there for the first edition of ROENK and their deep and dark sound with the Berlin techno trio FJAAK. Vinyl, analog hardware and live-techniques will shape this evening. Treat yourself.

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Saturday 10th March: BOZAR Electronic Series Night at BOZAR, Brussels

Enjoy the second and last edition of this year’s BOZAR Electronic Series night this year with British duo Emptyset and Antwerp’s Yves De Mey. Limited to 200 seats, BOZAR will guarantee an unforgettable night of cutting edge music.

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Saturday 10th March: Out The Frame at Vooruit, Ghent

Out the Frame is the brand new, one-day hip hop festival launched in Ghent’s Vooruit, bringing together an exciting line-up for the occasion: think none other than Gaika, Junglepussy, Chynna Rogers, Moor Mother, Nah, and Flohio. And in case you need a break from dancing, they’ll also screening the Belgian premier of the hip hop documentary Word is Bond. Need we say more?

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Saturday 10th March: High Needs Low at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

The collective High Needs Low is back this Saturday inviting two special guests: Berlin-based Nene H. will hypnotise you with her drone, oriental, psychedelic, experimental electronic sound; while Luz DJ is bringing her intersection of electro, house, techno, and bass. Come one, come all.

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Sunday 11th March: Soirée court-métrage at Caberdouche, Brussels

Carrying on this week’s feminist vibe is Caberdouche and their selection of six short movies, courtesy of (formerly) Brussels-based female directors from all backgrounds, ready to show you their world. End the weekend right.

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