20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Jazz spectacular in Liège, friendships in Antwerp and grand reveals in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Tuesday 1st – Sunday 6th May: Les Aralunaires 2018 at Arlon

The 10th edition of this special festival is already halfway through, but there’s still plenty of gigs to carry you through the weekend. Start the weekend right.

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Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th May: AND& summit & festival 2018 in Leuven

A one-of-a-kind summit and festival focusing on health, technology and creativity. Over the course of four days, a line up of more than 100 international speakers, inventors, entrepreneurs and artists join forces in the heart of Leuven, that undisputed bastion of innovation excellence. Brought to you by ONKRUID, the same team behind the excellent HORST festival and including local heavyweights, Nosedrip, Dijf Sanders, Le Motel alongside international acts such as Bicep, Orpheu The Wizard, Joy Orbison, Kamaal Williams and many more.

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Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th May: Opening Weekend at Mothers & Daughters, Brussels

The pop-up bar Mothers & Daughters is blossoming in the heart of the capital city, by lesbians, for lesbians. And their friends. Go show some love.

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Thursday 3rd May – Saturday 5th May: Festival Massimadi Bruxelles 2018 at BRONKS, Brussels

Three days full of never-before-seen movies, exhibitions, concerts, DJs, and so much more for the yearly black LGBTQI film festival Massimadi. Be ready for new experiences and insights. Come one, come all.

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Thursday 3rd – Thursday 31st May: Thomas De Decker at Gallery 55, Brussels

From drawings to acrylic paintings, Thomas De Decker has had quite a few transformations during his time as artist. He’ll be showcasing his most recent creations at the Ixelles-based Gallery 55, carrying on for the rest of the month. God bless.

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Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th May: Mithra Jazz à Liège

The 28th edition of Liège’s legendary Mithra Jazz festival sees a five-star line up take over the city, with a roll-call that includes Tony Allen, Sons of Kemet, Melanie de Biasio and The Word-favourites Black Flower. A weekender you don’t want to miss.

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Thursay 3rd – Sunday 6th May: Pizzadans at Het Bos, Antwerp

Het Bos’ upcoming mini-festival provides you with the essential ingredients for a perfect weekend: music, art, dance, education, and – not be be missed- with pizza. And all courtesy of some our favourite, namely Kasper de Vos, Sui Moon, Dijf Sanders and Uniform. Not to be missed.

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Thursday 3rd – Saturday 19th May: Ken Verhoeven’s Friendship Paintings at Trampoline Gallery, Antwerp

What would be without our friends? For his second solo exhibition at Trampoline, Antwerp academy graduate and Fluwelen Koord member Ken Verhoeven is paying tribute to one of the most important relationship in our lives, and the beloved relic of friendship bracelets.

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Friday 4th May – Sunday 26th August: Martin Belou’s Objects, Love and Patterns at CIAP, Hasselt

Martin Belou’s artistic practice conveys a fascination with the magery of alchemy, shamanism and other forms of pre-Enlightenment knowledge. Think homegrown mushrooms, masks and boiling kettles on gas fires. Through this, his œuvres’ play on symbolism, and the artist’s ability to give tangible meaning to
it remains central to his approach, as are his explorations into fire, smoke and the production of heat play. For this solo show at Hasselt’s CIAP, Belou will take the art space’s architecture as the starting point, building upon it with his signature visual and tactile take.
 Your chance to see one of the most promising contemporary artists working in Belgium today.

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Friday 4th May: Slagwerk & Perron Zes w/ Rabit, IVVVO + Petit Singe at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

The Word Radio favourites and local rascals Slagwerk and Perron Zes are joining forces for this night with inspiring artists and everything you need to get your head free from a (not so) hardworking week. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 4th – Saturday 26th May: Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2018 in Brussels

For the 23rd time round, the month-long international arts festival Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes place with a fully equipped program, music, performances and drinks. A chance to discover and celebrate all that today’s new artists have to offer, and gain some inspiration. You have to see it to believe it.

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Friday 4th – Sunday 6th May: Salon Mirage 2018 at Le Lac, Brussels

Catering to all your independent publishing passions and needs, with a combination of a publishing salon and concerts. A full roster of our favourites, to add: Cuistax, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Mika Oki and  +Nurse+Education is key.

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Friday 4th May: SIWEI001 Release at HAAR, Antwerp

To celebrate the release of his three-part EP, SIWEI is meeting up this weekend to set Antwerp’s HAAR in fire, inviting A. Brehme, Thomas Hayes, and Silas C. Be prepared for some good music, dedicated to you with love. No presents, just presence.

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Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th May: Opening Weekend at Kanal Centre Pompidou, Brussels

After much time and patience, Brussels’ first contemporary art museum Kanal Centre Pompidou is finally ready to open the doors to their Citroën garage venue. The converted car warehouse-cum-shwroom is set to give a taste of what is to come in a few years’ time with lended contemporary art pieces by Calder, Prouvé, Ito, Broodthaers, and many more. A chance to discover what’s been happening behind the veil.

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Saturday 5th May: Play Label Records’ Open Air at Place du Luxembourg, Brussels

The European Institutions’ are opening their doors to the public this weekend to celebrate Fête de l’Iris, and with that have teamed up with Play Label Records to host an open air event on the expat lair Place du Lux. No traffic, just free space, and what’s set to be good weather. Treat yourself.

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Saturday 5th May: Kontakt w/ Tala Drum Corps, Victor De Roo & Aroh at Kumiko, Brussels

The Word Radio residents Kontakt are inviting Tala Drum Corps, Victor De Roo, and Aroh for a night out at Kumiko, to spend the most important evening of the week in the right manner. Dive in.

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Saurday 5th May: A Temporary Monument for Brussels at artlead, Brussels

Being the brainchild of a collaborative effort between artlead and non-profit organization All Things Contemporary, supported by the Region of Brussels, A Temporary Monument for Brussels is a long-term public art project taking place just accross from Kanal Centre Pompidou. For this occasion, come over for a drink and see the un-monumentally monumental banners by artist Aline Bouvy. Essential.

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Saturday 5th May – Saturday 30th June: Dirk Zoete’s Quietly Humming Thoughts and Gerard Petrus Fieret’s Copyright Fieret at Gallery FIFTY ONE (TOO), Antwerp

With his first solo-exhibition at Antwerp’s Fifty One, Dirk Zoete will invite you on a journey across a selection of drawings and one sculpture, essentially into practice of art in itself. It’s also photographer Gerard Petrus Fieret’s first time round, bringing his novel approaches in breaking down general conventions.Double whammy.

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Saturday 5th May: 5 Years of Vice City w/ Pender Street Steppers at Pekfabrik, Antwerp

Can you believe it – it’s already been five years since Antwerp’s driven party collective Vice City first showed up. A very special day calls for a very special guest, so who better to call over than Canada’s Pender Street Steppers? Go show some love.

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Saturday 5th May: Zine Happening IV at Het Miat, Ghent

The collective Les VoiZines is clearly in love with all things handmade, independent zines, leading them to start organising this special gathering since 2015. Content-wise, there are no limits. Check out the workshops, exhibitions, talks and so much more to share their passion for this inspiring craft. Bring your family, bring your friends.

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