20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Occupation rhetorics in Brussels, homecoming celebrations in Antwerp and sonic innovation in Liège. Go do the right thing.

Wednesday 27th June – Friday 6th July: Wallifornia Music Tech 2018 at 21 Rue Auguste Hock, Liège

After a successful edition last year, Wallifornia MusicTech will continue to bring together artists, entrepreneurs, innovators and others involved in music technology together. This 10-day festival at the heart of Les Ardentes festival addresses issues in the music industry and celebrates public and private achievements in the sector. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 5th – Sunday 15th July: Le Désert at Super Dakota, Brussels

For his third solo exhibition at Super Dakota, Frenchman Hugo Pernet curates a collective exhibition including works of Sylvie Fanchon, Camila Oliveira Fairclough, Olivier Filippi as well as his own, exploring the relationship between everyday subjects, bold colours and what these can provoke on canvas.

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Thursday 5th July: So That Afternoon We Both Made an Empty Circle book launch at LLS Paleis, Antwerp

Young Belgian artist Koba de Meutter has had two residences in Mexico City already, and is now presenting the results at Antwerp’s alternative artists’ space LLS Paleis. Courtesy of Ghent-based publishers Posture Editions, their latest publication includes photographs of her interventions in the city and drawings featuring characters from her time there. There’s a live musical show for extra measure too. Go show some love.

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Thursday 5th July: Gijweetzelf w/ Zwangere Guy at CC Warandepoort, Tervuren

For youths and by youths, Tervuren-based label Gijweetzelf is dedicating an entire night to hip-hop with none other than local rascal Zwangere Guy. Up-and-comers such as Jay MNG and De Rand will also be playing a part in breathing new life into Tervuren.

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Thursday 5th July: QUEER de Velours at ULB, Brussels

Following the two-month occupation of ULB buildings to defend the right to a democratic university and safe space for everyone, the Assemblée Liberée is looking to take the movement further a step further, welcoming everyone to scrutinise the normalisation of homophobia, racism, and other prejudices which impede a democratic society. Education is key.

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Thursday 5th July – Sunday 5th August: Artur Eranosian at M HKA, Antwerp

In a marriage between photography and painting, Armenian-born Arthur Eranosian’s artwork analyses the differences between both and then crosses the borders until they cease to exist. Inspired by his environment, he portrays everyday life in a way which makes it unrecognisable at first glance and creates a new, parallel universe of his own in the space outside the photograph. Not to be missed.

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Thursday 5th July – Saturday 11th August: Textiles at Sterput, Brussels

In celebration of the summer, joint collaborative E²/Sterput invite seven French and Belgian artists to showcase their original textile artwork. Shining a new light on the age-old art form by exploring its function with subjects such as eroticism, sexuality and brutality, this isn’t for the faint-hearted.

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Thursday 5th July: Felix Kubin & DJ Cénile Dion at Table Dance, Antwerp

Antwerp’s party hub Table Dance is starting the weekend party a day early this week, and with plenty of reason. After a decade, German experimentalist Felix Kubin returns to the city, ready to take it by storm with his eclectic mixes. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 6th July – Sunday 22nd July: B-Sides at SALOON, Brussels

In our currrent Digital Age of downloading and “soft” copies, the terms A- and B-sides have slowly lost their meaning. SALOON will be revisiting this timely relic from their temporary space in Komplot, inviting dozens of artists to open up and show us their visual B-sides. A chance of a lifetime.

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Friday 6th July – Saturday 7th July: Bledarte Zone Festival at LaValée and VK, Brussels

What do you get when you put nine inspirational feminist women from immigrant backgrounds together? A festival that celebrates others just like them through various art forms. The current climate calls for a space to revalue minorities, which is exactly what this collective aims to achieve. Expect two days filled with inspiring concerts, experimental DJ sets, eye-opening debates and much, much more.

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Friday 6th July: Under My Garage at Archipel, Brussels

Quay01 project Archipel continues to bring the exciting Brussels nightlife out of its comfort zone with a  recent makeover including a raised platform partly suspended over the Canal. This Friday, Under My Garage resident DJ Rey Colino, who recently lit up Paradise City Festival, will be one of many to help you dance your way to the weekend.

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Friday 6th – Saturday 7th July: EPAS Graduation 2018 at KASK, Ghent

The leading audiovisual art course EPAS is coming round to another end, and this year’s graduating students are invited to showcase their final works at KASK for the occasion. From Dutch visualist Hans de Wit’s 15-minute visual and audial experience to Inne Eysermans‘ live performance-cum-installation, the two days are jam-packed with what’s sure to prove unmissable. Full support.

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Friday 6th July: Steele Bonus & Kontakt DJs at Kumiko, Brussels

Known for having one of the greatest beer gardens in the capital, Kumiko is the place for discovering the best in upcoming and local music. Lined up next is the Australian-born multitalented Steele Bonus alongside Crevette Records‘ and Kontakt residents AROH and Victor de Roo. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 6th July: Alex Deforce b2b Jazz Neversleeps at Bonnefooi, Brussels

A double Word Radio whammy, with Alex Deforce joining forces with Jazz NeverSleeps to bring you a whole night of cross-cultural dance music in back-to-back sets till the wee morning hours. No excuses.

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Saturday 7th July: Ptit Faystival at Petit-Fays

What is without a doubt the country’s favourite festival you likely never heard of, Ptit Faystival never disappoints in its village-vibe and killer line-up. This year’s edition – which is the festival’s 15th – sees, amongst many others, Société Étrange’s rhythmic mixes and Jérôme Noetinger’s eerie compositions take to stage bang in the middle of this idyllic setting.

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Saturday 7th July: Giant Swan + Simon Halsberghe + DJ Athome at Beurrschouwburg, Brussels

From Bristol-based QUJunktion, Giant Swan is laying its wings to rest in Beursschouwburg and is ready to deliver a night of heavy dancing with a combination of industrial techno overlain by a quaking bass. Joined by Ghent-born Simon Halsberghe and Front de Cadeaux’s DJ Athome, it’ll be a night of rooftop madness. Climb your way to the top. 

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Saturday 7th July: Deep in House Mini Festival at Key West, Brussels

No one needs an excuse for a party, but a sixth anniversary is definitely a good call for an all-night rave. Bringing you two rooms filled with the best in house and techno – what else – Deep in House will host natives like San Soda and Kafim alongside international legends from further afield, such as Larry Heard and  Regis. A round of applause.

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Sunday 8th July: Play Label Records Open Air at Woodpecker, Brussels

Can there really be too many open-air parties? Play Label Records, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, thinks not. In partnership with the urban refuge that is Woodpecker, it’s set to be bigger and better than usual. Put on your Sunday best.

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Sunday 8th July: Waterzooi at Wasserij der Vlaanderen, Ghent

Renovating and re-opening the Wasserij der Vlaanderen, an old industrial wash house in Ghent, has been on the laundry list for years. This Sunday Waterzooi, a collective of six locals, will bring the abandoned building to life with music from Nosedrip and Bolis Pupul, exhibitions and much more – and waterzooi, of course.

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Sunday 8th July: Crossroads 2018 at Parc des Etangs/Vijverspark, Brussels

Sunday’s getting a revamp with Fuse’s much-loved afternoon festival based in the ever-gorgeous Parc des Etangs/Vijverspark. Detroit-grown DJ Jeff Mills will warm up your ears with his overwhelming soundscape, followed by Brussels’ hypnotist A. Brehme psychedelic techno and Romanian Prashlesh as the closer. No frills, just quality artists. End the weekend right.

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