Brewerie takeovers in offices in Brussels, red carpet treatments in Ghent and abstract expressionism in Deurle. Go do the right thing.
Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th October: CITY:LAND in Brussels
For their new festival CITY:LAND, Kaaitheater are leaving their halls behind and taking to the streets. The first edition is based on and around the Place de la Monnaie/Muntplein during the week as the local elections loom, touching on pressing topics of mixity and globalisation. A special feature not to be missed is choreographer Michiel Vandevelde and 431-collective’s Precarious Pavilions #2, a travelling group exhibition featuring the likes of Hana Miletic, Naïmé Perrette and Martin Belou. Start the weekend right.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 11th October – Monday 26th November: The Resurgence of South American Cinema at Flagey, Brussels
In collaboration with Cinematek, Flagey joins in with the revival of world cinema. Catch thrilling films like Wild Tales by Damian Szifron, or a brooding documentary on water: El botón de nácar by Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán. Important stories.Find the event on their website.
Thursday 11th – Friday 19th October: Film Fest Gent 2018 in Ghent
This October, Ghent will transform into a Belgian Cannes for the 45th edition of the expansive Film Fest Gent. Although over 100 feature and short films will be put in to the spotlight this year, you would be amiss to think the 10-day event is dedicated solely to cinematic showcases. The prestigious World Soundtrack Awards honour the world’s leading film score composers, and for the 18th time Brussels Philharmonic will bring the music of American film composer Carter Burwell to life in a world-première concert. A score of unique exhibitions on film and film-makers allow a peek behind the scenes, hinting to another reason why FFG has won international recognition. Besides film screenings, also make sure to experience their one-of-a-kind series VIDEOROOM in collaboration with Vooruit, which includes a very special sonic reinterpretation of cult classic Akira by producer GAIKA. Grab the popcorn and pull out the red carpet.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursdy 11th – Saturday 27th October: Il nous faut l’Amérique! at Petit Varia, Brussels
For a dose of theatrical comedy that melds the world of the absurd and the world of dreams, take your place as audience member at Théâtre Varia’s sister venue. The play is the first comedy script written by Franco-Ivorian author Koffi Kwahulé, with Denis Mpunga taking centre stage. Find out whether the characters will have the America they have dreamed of for years.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th October: Pawn Island at KOP, Antwerp
Illustrators Charlotte Dumortier and Jos Verwer present an ode to chess through a group expo with a mixed bag of local and international artists, including our very own in-house photographer Miles Fischler. Make your way over for a game of chess hand-built boards. Come one, come all.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 11th October: CIVA Nocturne at CIVA, Brussels
Brussels’ architectural and urban planning archive centre CIVA are setting the weekend on a solid foot with their noctural gig night, inviting DJs with strong architectural backgrounds to their Ixelles venue. From The Word Radio residents Oorvijg and Onda Sonora to La souris et l’éléphante, this is not to be missed.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 11th October – Sunday 13th January: Charline von Heyl’s Snake Eyes at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
For the first time in Belgium, the big, boisterous and colour-proud paintings of German abstract artist Charline von Heyl open to the public this Thursday. The expo is in collaboration with Hirshhorn Museum Washington and Deichtorhallen Hamburg, who will both also showcase von Heyl’s work this autumn. With influences from abstract expressionists and pop art, the work traces unusual elements of art history. Paint for thought.Find the event on Facebook.
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th October: Illegaal Festivaal at World Trade Centre, Brussels
Illegaal is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote the arts. Following their festival at BRASS last year, they take up residence at the more central WTC1 for a chaotic and eclectic ensemble of artist shows and musical performances. With a healthy roster of collaborations with local venues, this is set to be a very unique office party.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th – Saturday 13th October: SUTRA at La Monnaie, Brussels
There are not many places where you will find Antony Gormley sculptures alongside martial arts and zen buddhism. SUTRA encapsulates these three things in contemporary dance form. The performance is an East-West collaboration between Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. Something truly special.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: SFV Acid Live + Cali Digital at Table Dance, Antwerp
Californian producer SFV Acid is coming to Belgium for the first time, and will be gracing Antwerp’s Table Dance for a very special live show. Enjoy a night of music and dancing in a way Antwerp hasn’t seen before.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: Floris Hoorrelbeke’s DRALALALAAILIERDRAL launch at Sterput, Brussels
Brussels-based publisher INFABORE presents Ostend native artist Floris Hoorelbeke’s latest issue DRALALALAAILIERDRAL. Friday evening will also be a rare opportunity to listen live to Hoorelbeke’s noise project Death in Poestem. Find our portfolio feature on the artist here.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: Marina Coelho at Kunsthal Gent, Ghent
Ghent’s art powerhouses NUCLEO and Smoke & Dust are busy transforming the former provincial cultural centre into Kunsthal Gent, yet without missing a beat, they’re bringing in some of the world’s most forward-thinking figures of the curatory scene. This Friday will specifically see Brazilian Marina Coelho discuss the Sao Paolo case, and the lessons to bring back. Education is key.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: Duo #1 Los Ninos & Vicuna at C12, Brussels
Vicuna and Los Ninos join forces across C12’s sprawling space for a night of ice-cream inspired vinyl beats. With a strong lineup featuring Antenna, Betonkust, Fort Romeau and Innershades, you know this is going to be a belter.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: NoPlace at La Zone, Liège
NoPlace presents a night full of musical demonstrations: Thor Harris presents an improvised session with hypnotic and deep guitar and violin sounds that create a psychedelic atmosphere. Following, Korto, a trio from Haute-Savoie will play wall-shattering space-punk following their latest album. As an ending, Phil Maggi along with AnimalWrath will combine free-jazz sounds, noise and concrete music inspired by texts by Ibn’Arabi.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: Buga release party at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels
Celebrate the release of Buga’s new EP on Brussels-based label Midlife, Visions of One Truth at Brasserie Atlas. Enjoy live tunes courtesy of Flagalova, Cochija, Slagwerk‘s Otis and samuelspaniel alongside an art installation by GVN 908. Go show some love.Find the event on Facebook.
Friday 12th October: BOZAR Electronic Series w/ Obsequies, SKY H1 & ssaliva at BOZAR, Brussels
Together with the weekend-long Brussels Electronic Marathon, BOZAR Electronic Series continues to pushing the boundaries between electronic and contemporary music. With EP Organn fresh off the press, Obsequies’ obsession with perverted beauty will keep you bouncing from intimacy to intimidation, all while minimal piano plays over the whirling noises. In addition, a very special collab set by local loves SKY H1 and ssaliva will be taking centre stage for a world premiere. Fridays are for dancing.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 13th – Thursday 18th October: Antwerp Academy Art Book Fair 2018 at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Antwerp
The largest book fair in Benelux is coming back to Antwerp: over 120 exhibitors from all walks of life present the best in the field of art books and publications from the 20th century onwards. The atmospheric galleries and corridors of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp will be riddled with modern antiques, contemporary publishings and a platform for the printed output of Belgian higher art education, with a focus on research publications. An unmissable art book fair.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 13th October: Begijnage III at Tropicana, Brussels
A day before the local elections, Kasper Demeulemeester invites you to discover the Alhambra-Begijnage neighbourhood in a way you’ve never seen before. Walk the streets you think you’ve seen a thousand times before, and get lost in the moment. This final edition of the Photographic Therapeutic Walks promises you to find things you didn’t know you were looking for and a few drinks at the end toasting democracy.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 13th October: Borger #14 in Antwerp
Antwerp’s eastern district will soon explode with galleries and art-spaces, with ten different galleries opening their doors to welcome you in for some late night fun. From Zeno X and Base-Alpha Gallery to DMW Artspace and Extra City, prepare to be utterly spoilt.Find the event on Facebook.
Saturday 13th October: Se La Fet at Globe Aroma, Brussels
A whole afternoon and night brought to you by non-profit powerhouse Globe Aroma. From workshops to fundraising activities, a day filled with fun is prolonged by a fun afterparty with the Bledarte ladies. End the weekend right.Find the event on Facebook.