20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Futuristic curation in Ghent, contemporary theatre in a seed factory in Mechelen and sonic art in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 30th – Friday 31st August : Feeërieën at Brussels Park, Brussels

Digging through the rubble, Feeërieën’s 2018 programme is underpinned by often-overlooked musical gems. Expect expansive jazz, Principe label returning after last year’s spicey show, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s catchy electronica and much more, all in the beautiful backdrop that is Brussels Park. Expect a truly international week of your soon-to-become favourite artists.

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Thursday 30th August: Discorder invites Visitor + Words & Actions, at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

You’re going to need your best moves for this one. This Thursday, Loubna Ouaqqa and Jante Alliage’s Discorder will be bringing together a collection of their own talent as well as funky Canadian duo Visitor, who’ll be playing their nostalgic set in Brussels for the first time, and Detriti Records head honcho David Lace aka Words and Actions performing a live set. A blast from the past.

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Friday August 31st: Morbus Gravis presents Gerard Herman & Milan Warmoerskerken at Café de Klok, Antwerp

This Friday welcomes a funky double act to Antwerp’s Café de Klok. Artist Gerard Herman and musician Milan Warmoerskerken will come together to create a series of “songs for every day of the week.” Two birds, one stone.

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Friday August 31st: Souha Abhou Taha Finissage at Le Space, Brussels

Catch the end of Souha Abhou Taha’s exhibition of transnational work this Friday before it leaves for good. While taking in a collection of pieces that delve across various pockets of the world, from Belgium to Morocco, Kenya and Lebannon, why not stay a bit longer for the quirky set of Afro and deep house by BreakD? Not to be missed.

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Friday August 31st: NOW WHAT? at Kanal, Brussels

Swap the bar for culture this Friday – don’t worry, there’s still drinks aplenty. As most museums and galleries are in the process of preparing for their autumn exhibitions, you can still find some events on at Kanal and catch some young talent at NOW WHAT? This exhibition holds the final projects of recent graduates from the the architectural faculty from ULB and La Cambre-Horta. Go show some love.

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Friday 31st August: Prem Krishnamurthy’s Endless Exhibition, or K.’s Last Lecture at Kunsthal Gent, Ghent

As the name of this event suggests, Kunsthal Gent (formerly known as Caermsklooester) is to be transformed into an “endless exhibition”, in other words, a permanent centre for the arts. Founded by NUCLEO and Smoke & Dust of 019, the space will host a number of exhibitions that will slowly build up its permanent interior structure, ready for its official reveal in January 2019. Prem Krishnamurthy’s exhibition is set to be the first of many to help in this construction. The exhibition proposes to take the form of a performance-lecture-manifesto, asking us to rethink the possibility of an exhibition never leaving a space, and being forever permanent.

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Friday 31st August: Joséphine de Weck’s White Privilege (Work in Progress) at Penthouse Art Residency, Brussels

White Privilege is the latest culmination of performance art by Joséphine de Weck. Influenced by education and experiences since her childhood, de Weck’s performance intends to make us question the existence of morality, and whether or not such good principles that we are taught from the day we are born are in fact used for establishing levels of hierarchy. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 31st August – Saturday 1st September: STØND LEEG at Fameus, Antwerp

Another golden freebie event this weekend at Fameus: STØND LEEG is comprised of 25 artists all given a studio, and 3 curators who were given an exhibition space to work in and create. This is no ordinary gallery experience, as each artist or curator has been given 15 to 30 minutes time to show their work in allotted slots on the Friday or Saturday. Think of it more as a series of performances or symposium, rather than an exhibition.

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Friday 31st August: (Tuin)feest & veilingen 2018 at Flex XL Flanders Expo, Ghent

The Museum of D’Hont-Dhaenens hosts it’s annual garden party this weekend for the 12th year at Flex XL Flanders Expo. As always, the main unmissable events are the auctions held in the evening of artworks from artists and galleries in and around the area. All money raised is to be used for the annual upkeep of the museum, so be sure to do your bit in keeping this gem alive and kicking.

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Friday 31st August: Manchester Courtyard Sessions w/ Bat + DJ Pute Acier at RECYCLART, Brussels

Thought RECYCLART was dead? Despite it’s official address being closed down for now, its soul is definetely still keeping Brussels moving. Come and enjoy a final summer barbecue in Molenbeek’s Mancherter Courtyard and dance to Bat and Belgium’s acid legend DJ Pute Acier. After 30 years of handling Belgium’s techno dance floor, the guy knows how to make you stamp your feet. Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd September: PLAN B 2018 in Bekegem

After lots of anticipation, promising art festival PLAN B is finally opening its many doors this weekend. This two-day festival in the West of Flanders challenges the biggest and best young talent from Belgium and further afield to work in and with the environment of Bekegem and in turn, let it influence their work. And if this isn’t enough to convince, check out our series of portfolio reports about some of the featured artists.

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Saturday 1st September: Varg + Evigt Mörker at C12, Brussels

A final summer blowout at C12 this Saturday featuring up and coming Swedish legends Varg and Evigt Mörker, as well as Word favourites Ian Tocor and Kafim. No sleep for the wicked.

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Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd September: NOK Festival at Somers Zaden, Mechelen

If you’re looking for some drama this weekend NOK Festival, which premiers this Saturday, might be your perfect match. This two-day theatre festival is the first of it’s kind in Belgium, featuring a range of young talent from the LUCA Drama faculty. Set against a backdrop of an abandoned seed factory in Mechelen’s centre, there’s nowhere else you should be if you’re looking for something fresh and fun.

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Saturday 1st – 24th September: Didier Eribon’s Conversation at Kaaitheater, Brussels

Kaaitheater are shaking things up on the cultural agenda front, inviting Didier Eribon share pinnacles of sociological theory. The French writer will be discussing his sociological and autobiographical hit Returning to Reims, which immerses its reader in the class structures of France and the influence that class has consequently had on the life that he has led so far. Education is key.

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Saturday 1st September – 4th November: Caroline Achaintre’s Fantômas at Be-Part, Waregem

This Saturday sees the French, London-based artist Caroline Achaintre’s firstBelgian solo exhibition Fantômas open in Waregem. Achaintre is well known for her amusing designs in ceramics as well as her striking Carnival inspired wall hangings that bare clear connections to Expressionism and Western art in general, drawing inspiration from prehistoric works of art. Expect to see some well known favourites as well as some brand new drawings.

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Saturday 1st September – Sunday 14th October: Make Your Mark at Plus One, Antwerp

This weekend Plus One will be host to a stellar collection of artists that are on the brink of being the next big thing. While each with their own backgrounds, the artists’ works relate to the theme of mark making, which is done through a number of mediums such as spray paint, pencil and even sculptures. A pick ‘n’ mix.

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Saturday 1st September: Forest Sounds at Parc de Forest/Park Van Vorst, Brussels

There’s still time for partying before everyone officially gets into back-to-school mode. To catch that last glimpse of summer shimmy your way on down to Forest where a diverse set of beats will fill the air and transport you to the sweaty, vibrant world of the tropics. From Afro-Carribean disco to a blend of Turkish funk and rock, Forest will be transformed into an other-wordly dream.

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Saturday 1st September – Sunday 14th October: Sara Sizer’s Third Person at Galerie Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp

This Sunday sees the opening of a collection of work from American, Berlin-based artist Sara Sizer, hosting a mixture of new and old canvases dating from between 2014 and 2018. Expect a range of images all on the surface of a canvas, refering to an image of a face that’s been captured on camera by a third, unknown sitter in the space. Delve into mystery.

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Sunday 2nd September: Kompass Summer Sessions w/ Leon Vynehall at Kompass, Ghent

Wind down your weekend at Kompass this Sunday for their all-day summer party. Featuring Brighton’s Leon Vynehall and local loves Mandana, enjoy an open air party like no other. Sit back and relax for one last time this summer.

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Sunday 2nd September 2018: Open Studio’s 2018 in Antwerp

Last but not least is the artist-run and -led Open Studio’s festival. Bringing big names to the city such as Luc Tuymans and Guillaume Bijl, the two-day affair will also feature up-and-coming young talent from Antwerp. End the weekend right.

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