Club openings in Antwerp, all-nighters in Hasselt and local heroes in Brussels. Start the new year’s right and go do the right thing.

Thursday 10th January – Friday 15th February: Rosa rosa rosae rosae at SB34, Brussels

SB34 are formally opening their pool space, and as a treat, they’re offering a multi-faceted exhibition by their in-house residence artists. An eclectic selection of artistic works will be shown, ranging from critiques of language to films and live performances. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 10th – Saturday 19th January: Brussels Jazz Festival 2019 at Flagey, Brussels

Fill your January evenings with the fifth edition of Brussels Jazz Festival, coming to Flagey for ten days. The festival features a DJ set by local Dick d’Alaise, animated films for the family, and notable album presentations from emerging musicians. Most importantly, major international jazz figures bring you their smooth and soulful live tunes, including a concert by trumpeter and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed and pianist Chassol, while Donder and Tigran Hamasyan Trio will be joining forces with the Brussels Philharmonic respectively. Drink, dance and get lost in the crowds.

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Thursday 10th – Saturday 26th January: Robin Ellis Meta’s New Year, New Me at Post-Gallery, Antwerp

In his first Belgian exhibition, Robin Ellis Meta brings together his archived research that he picked through Instagram and other vlogging platforms to create a morbid look into the state of the 21st century persona. Surrounding the theme of cyber-loneliness and the personalities and avatars we build online, he brings out the hidden underbelly of social media, exposing the seedy substructures that dictate our communications.

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Thursday 10th Januray – Saturday 16th February: Patrick Carpentier’s A Short-Term Effect, an Echo at MLF, Brussels

Patrick Carpentier’s first exhibition is set to unveil his artistic vision which mutates the world of craft and 20th century art into a mixture of artistic pieces that create an ode to every day life elements. Echoes are a primary aspect of Carpentier’s pieces, as he rips out individual aspects of musicians like The Clash and architectural dimensions from places he finds inspirational to create objects that replicate these elements with a spirit of their own, echoing their origins and growing into something of its own.

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Thursday 10th January – Saturday 23rd February: Sébastien Bonin’s Nycthéméral at Michel Rein, Brussels

Bonin belongs to a leauge of photographic artists that explore the relation between photographs and the objective world by ever tweaking the minute details that make up our perception of the photographs themselves. Rooted in the philosophy that, while a photograph captures an object, but not completely, his work delves into the deep connection we have with vision and photographs as an object. A great opportunity to learn how vision can be malformed and edited to its extreme.

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Thursday 10th January: OXO BeatGender at CityLab PianoFabriek, Brussels

Militant feminist group Collectif OXO are ready to unveil their first exhibit, a byproduct of deep creative research, with the help of other upcoming feminist groups (think Bledarte or Laisse les filles tranquilles) with a similar passion of understanding the deep relationship society has with the subject of femininity and its expression through our bodies. Full support.

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Friday 11th – Sunday 27th January: Kasper Andreasen’s Isola, Isola! at CONVENT, Ghent

Unfolding Kasper Andreasen’s work, CONVENT will be exhibiting a long list of projects from the artist’s portfolio. Diary inputs, drawings, photographs and short films all about the Isola Comacina, put together in such a manner that when looked at combined, they resemble the island itself. Delve into the mind of the Danish artist during his stay on the island and let it unfold the dynamic relation between history and the present with clever usage of his surroundings.

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Friday 11th – Saturday 12th January: Eleanor Bauer’s A lot of moving parts at Kaaitheater, Brussels

American choreographer and dancer Eleanor Bauer promises an eccentric, sensual and fantastical choreography that she has developed through years of dancing and writing. Her work embodies what words cannot on their own, embodying wild and untamed abstract emotions through her choreographed and charged dances. An unmissable chance to let someone else express your emotions for you and allow your senses to go loose.

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Friday 11th January: Timmerman invites Stellar OM Source at Café Café, Hasselt

The second guest invited by Fuse’s Timmerman, Parisian Stellar OM Source will be gracing Café Café with sets from her eight albums throughout the night. A mixture of the classics with her own individual unique style, this is sure to be a definite delight to any music lover or otherwise.

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Friday 11th January – Saturday 16th February: Wyatt Kahn at Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels

Cross the border between abstraction and reality by exploring the paintings of Wyatt Kahn. His work mixes the illusory and the real by using the canvas, frame, wall and the space in between his paintings to create the three dimensional out of the two dimensional. Break through the matrix, play tricks on your mind and understand Descartes. Don’t miss out on this wild exhibition.

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Friday 11th January: Chanoirs w/ Noyade at Café Central, Brussels

A night by heady rascals Chats Noirs dedicated to drinking, dancing and music to keep you up until the early hours of the morning. Kicking off the new year in style, do you really need another excuse to be convinced?

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Friday 11th January – Wednesday 20th February: Baptiste Caccia’s Boulevard Magenta at Super Dakota, Brussels

Baptiste Caccia is an artist with a keen eye for the concepts that accompany colours. His world glitters with insanely vivid symbols that stem from the most basic of colors and he mixes them in such a way that they embody themselves in us through emotions that allude to his intention. There is nothing basic about these primal paintings, as every stroke of his brush is filled with intention and heft, and it’s meant to leave you lost in it the longer you stare. Try to understand it, and it will unfold in front of you. Test the limits of your imagination.

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Saturday 12th January – Saturday 23rd February: Sanam Khatibi’s The Murders of the Green River at Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Brussels-based Sanam Khatibi takes her inspiration from the violent history of the human spirit, using her paintings to express the sufferings that come from the depths of the debauched human spirit. Her latest show The Murders of the Green River are a symbolic expression of the victims Gary Ridgway left in his wake and the Mississippi environment in which he used to hide his victim’s bodies in. She blends mythical creatures along with her understanding of the murders to create an eerie vibe that underlies her work. This wild dive into the psyche of the broken and mangled is not one for the faint of heart.

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Saturday 12th January: Opening at TRANS, Antwerp

A brand new club is opening in Antwerp and they’re kicking it off with music provided by Contrair‘s A Local Hero and Elias Mazian. TRANS aims to be the zone, and put you in the zone. Be ready to show TRANS what Antwerp is made out of.

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Saturday 12th January: Les Actionnaires #30 at LaVallée, Brussels

Live electro punk music by Holliday Inn and Techno Thriller are guaranteed to pack your ears with enough hertz to run your central nervous system into a frenzy of dance. What are you waiting for? Put your best dancing shoes on and get going.

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Saturday 12th January: KRAAK’s New Year’s Snifter at Social Harmony, Ghent

It’s never too late to celebrate the beginning of the New Year. KRAAK has kept in mind that it’d take you a few days before you’ll be drinking again, and decided to have their get together a little later, all because they care about you. Roger 3000, Jesus is My Son and DJ Cosmo Knex will keep your ears at ease while you break the new years promises that you never meant to keep. If you’re a late arrival, you’ll be just on time for KRAAK’s New Year’s Snifter.

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Saturday 12th January: Front De Cadeaux + Walrus at Fuse, Brussels

Another night of Dionysian worship brought to you by Fuse. Get taken into a mystical world in your mind through a combination of music and dance. At the helm of the temple, local heroes Front De Cadeaux, Walrus, Nobuo and Pierre will be your guides through the wild worlds of their own musical creation. No sleep.

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Sunday 13th – Saturday 26th January: Alice Nikolaeva’s Flexible Space at La peau de l’ours, Brussels

An exhibition by Alice Nikolaeva, aimed at deconstructing the symbolism found in modern buildings and recreating them using plastic materials with a minimalist’s ironic twist. The artists holds no punches and pours herself into her recreations of oft ignored aspects in our daily lives.

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Sunday 13th January – Saturday 2nd March: Etel Adnan’s Encres, dessins, leporello at Alice Mogabgab, Brussels

Etel Adnan’s work is a mixture of the verbal and visual. The Lebanese-American artist brings her own artistic touch to the poems and records she transcribes. Her multifaceted work has been exhibited around the world, and she still finds creative and new ways to convey the common. Treat yourselves.

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Sunday 13th January: Second Sundays #10  at Q-O2, Brussels

The 10th edition of Second Sundays, this time around with Jasmine Guffond: Guffond concerns herself with the constant looming surveillance that we all live under. During her performative lecture, Q-O2 invites you to enjoy a cocktail and hang about. End the weekend right.

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