20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Distorted performances in Ghent, booty-shaking beats in Antwerp and radical sculptures in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 15th March – Saturday 5th May: Sam Moyer’s Many Moons at Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Multi-medium exhibitions can sometimes feel forced, yet Sam Moyer’s Many Moons seamlessly integrates textured bronze and marbles with softer dyed fabrics, resulting in a beautifully crafted selection of work that entices the eyes as much as the mind. What is the relationship between nature, man-made and the artist? Start your weekend right.

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Thursday 15th March: Weird Dust & Ian Tocor at C12, Brussels

The Word Radio regular Weird Dust takes the stage at C12 with what promises to be an energetic and mystical set. Complimented by an all-star line up including French-native Ian Tocor, Brussels-based Handless DJ, and our very own OFFSHORE§. We’ll see you there.

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Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th March: Affordable Art Fair at Tour & Taxis, Brussels

Entering the art market can sometimes seem unattainable for young connoisseurs. The 10th annual Affordable Art Fair is democratising aesthetic appreciation with reasonable, contemporary art. Need we say more?

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Thursday 15th March – Saturday 28th April: Alessandro Pessoli’s Like a Free Life at Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels

Alessandro Pessoli is renowned for his evocative and off-the-wall creations, re-inventing what it means to be an artist and never taking the craft too seriously. His latest exhibition Like a Free Life focuses exclusively on painting and draws influence ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 21st century pop culture. Treat yourself.

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Thursday 15th March: Feminist Curse Night at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Anger is sadly an undervalued emotion. Thankfully, Swedish feminist think tank Feministinen ajatushautomo Hattu has the solution for all of us pissed off and fed up with the current state of the world. From #MeToo and the wage gap, to FGM and domestic violence, Beursschouwburg is providing a safe haven for all your frustrations. Singing, cursing and self-expression is encouraged.

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Thursday 15th March – Saturday 7th April: Jeroen Jongeleen’s Counterclockwise at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels

Revolutionary Dutch-artist Jeroen Jongeleen never ceases to disrupt public spaces. Beloved for poking fun at his own profession and even forcing us to question the currency placed on female nudity, his latest exhibition Counterclockwise at Harlan Levey Projects takes the debate outside. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

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Friday 16th March: Re-opening Blauwe Kater, Leuven

Jazz, delicious beer and cosy vibes. What more does a pub need? De Blauwe Kater’s grand reopening vows to give you itchy feet and smooth tunes. Friday’s are for dancing.

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Friday 16th March – Sunday 17th June: IT’S MY OWN, An Everyday Fashion Story at MAD, Brussels

Design lovers rejoice! OWN has teamed-up with creative spirits to re-invent 16 seasons worth of fashion. Architects, florists and more dive deep into their storehouses to express the overlap between style and our world. Go show some love.

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Friday 16th March: L’ESA LE 75 at Le Septantecinq, Brussels

Art school ESA offers visual art at its best: think multi-disciplinary explorations, ranging from avant-garde graphic design to cutting-edge photography. Two jam-packed days to get your fill on exhibitions, concerts and more. A sensory discovery.

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Saturday 17th March – Sunday 24th June: Medardo Rosso at MSK, Gent

Sculpture doesn’t have to be reserved for the Ancients – Medardo Rosso’s visionary re-molding of the neo-classical medium deserves to be savoured. Guest curator Gloria Moure steered MSK Gent’s imaginative exhibition highlighting Rosso as the forefather of futurism, and even partially responsible for 60s libertarian art. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 17th March: SONS at C12, Brussels

The Word Radio regular Deep in House has got your Saturday night needs covered, inviting the likes of SONS, Nobuo, and Francis99 at C12. For everyone who just wants to dance the week off. Come one, come all.

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Saturday 17th March: Rhythmatism at Pekfabrik, Antwerp

Pekfabrik is opening its doors for a night full of everything your heart could possibly desire – be ready for some soul, funk, electro, disco, boogie, house, all courtesy of Raphaël and Arno Lemons. Get your gladrags on.

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Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th March: Liège Photobook Festival at La Boverie, Liège

Listen up, photography fans. The second edition of the international independent photography book festival is kicking off this weekend with 30 global publisher stalls, artist talks, portfolio reviews, parties, and plenty more. We paid our tribute by getting together with photographer and curator Christophe Collas, who rounded up a 15-strong list of this year’s best contemporary Belgian photobooks. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 17th March: The VOID at ZODIAK, Brussels

Electronic lovers look no further. From out-of-this world Spanish trio Triad to Berlin techno-head Ma.To and Red Pig Flower’s heart-poundingly perfect beats. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Saturday 17th March: Tresor Berlin presents Robert Hood at Kompass, Gent

Legendary German techno club and label meets Kompass for an unforgettable night with US-based DJ and music producer Robert Hood for some minimal Detroit techno, and other names like Pacou, Massimo Mephisto, Trish Van Eynde, and Psytox. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 17th March: Heartbroken 3 Year Anniversary at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Beursschouwburg is hosting He4rtbroken for their three-year anniversary bash, filled with their trademark emotional dancefloor gems. Expect the likes of Asmara, Manara, Kablam, Clara!, and Nevrland. No presents, just presence.

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Saturday 17th March: Soulsupply invites MOM at De Studio, Antwerp

Antwerp-based creative collective and MOM will kidnapp you for a full night of an outer world experience, just as MOM promises. Go show some love.

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Saturday 17th March: White on white at NTGent, Gent

At the heart of NTGent, dance performance White on white is an all-star collaboration, between Marc Vanrunxt’s totally emmersive choreography experience, the interplay of visual artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s creative vision. The strength of movement in this piece lies in the tangled bodies within the ethereal setting. A feast for the eyes.

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Saturday 17th March – Saturday 24th June: Tatjana Gerhard’s Rag Doll Act at BE-PART, Waregem

Man versus his contemporary condition is the theme of Tatjana Gerhard‘s much-anticipated exhibition. Focusing on rag dolls’ distorted bodies in uncomfortable spaces, she seeks to represent the rapidly changing, anxiety-ridden world we now occupy. End the weekend right.

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