20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Psychedelic beats in Brussels, underground garage in Hasselt and revolutionary creatives in Ghent. Go do the right thing.

Wednesday 9th May: Puur Belge’s Convok & Mistral, De Rand, Dvtch Norris & Jay Mng at VK Concerts, Brussels

Hip-hop lovers rejoice: Puur Belge is back with the quality of line-ups you know and love. From Dvtch Norris’ addictive arrangements to Jay Mng’s cut-throat bars, dirt off your shoulders until the early hours. Start the weekend right.

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Wednesday 9th May: Hana Miletic’s Dependencies at WIELS, Brussels

Brussels-based artist Hana Miletic’s social engagement is unparalleled. Peeling back the layers of society with a utilitarian lens, what’s left are pieces torn between stark reality and unflinching hope for more. An exhibition scrutinising the patriarchy’s unsung heroes from migrants to the ‘gentler’ sex. You have to see it to believe it.

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Wednesday 9th May: Under my garage w/ Pearson Sound, Shanti Celeste, Cabasa at C12, Brussels

Showcasing an international line-up of the hottest sounds, C12 never fails to entice. Next up is a selection ranging from British-native Pearson Sound ethereal beats to homegrown talent Cabasa’s smooth tracks. Get your gladrags on.

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Wednesday 9th May: Helderziend – Kunst & Muziek at Bar Helder, Antwerp

Clairvoyants are often met with skepticism, yet for one night you’re asked to put your doubts aside. Expect a multi-sensory journey into the unknown seamlessly merging artistic and musical delights,. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Wednesday 9th May: 5 year buren birthday party at Gouvernement, Ghent

Growing out of infancy, buren highlights the power of friendship and creative passion. To celebrate their fifth birthday, an evening of ‘Confusion of Tongues’ inspired sets is on the cards. No presents, only presence.

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Thursday 10th May: Le Réveil des Tropiques + Autotelia at Le Bunker, Brussels

Le Bunker brings together French rock band Le réveil des Tropiques with Brits Autotelia for a wide-ranging concert. Psychedelic, opulent and liberating. Need we say more?

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Thursday 10th – Friday 11th May: Jazztivism at BOZAR, Brussels

The unmissable music festival Jazztivism is taking over Brussels’ BOZAR from Thursday 10th to Friday 11th of April, injecting plenty of passion and rhythm to this year’s programme. Renowned for its all-encompassing and innovative approach to jazz. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 11th May: Solstice – How Culture will Determine the Solar Era at IKOB, Eupen

Our galaxy has provided inspiration for artists for centuries, yet with the advent of new explorations into our solar system and beyond, contemporary creatives have taken a fresh perspective. Approaching the wonders of extra-terrestrial matters within the framework of light, IKOB offers an out-of-this-world immersive experience. Not to be missed.

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Friday 11th May: Poxcat Party at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

The Word Radio regulars Poxcat are throwing an eclectic bash where everything goes. Expect mystical rhythms from +Nurse+, DJ Hyppocampo’s signature head-nodding tracks and much more. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 11th May: Ulrika Spacek + The Glücks at Eden, Charleroi

Coming from the cultural epicentre of Berlin the duo behind Ulrika Spacek have been making waves with their intense sound. Their collar’ with Belgium-natives The Glücks is a match made in heaven.

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Friday 11th May: Errant Monks, Graal + Yvanko at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

From Errant Monks post-industrial trance to groovy tunes from Graal, Brasserie Atlas has done it again with an enviable line-up of edgy international talent. Worth the hangover.

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Saturday 12th May: Funkbox Committee ft DJ Grazzhoppa at Bar Wilson, Ghent

The Word Radio resident DJ Grazzhoppa teams up with Funkbox for an unforgettable musical evening. Guaranteed to get your hips shaking.

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Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th May: Michiel Vandevelde + fABULEUS at Kaaitheater, Brussels

In the breath of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts Michiel Vandevelde and fABULEUS are presenting the exhibition PARADISE NOW (1968-2018), a tribute and exploration of the legendary “Paradise Now” by New York theatre company The Living Theatre,

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Saturday 12th May: HUSH HUSH at MEATPACK, Antwerp

The House Hundred’s Hush Hush is ready for the last indoor party before summer completely kicks in. So be there for an epic night with drinks, dance, and of course, some very nice house music.

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Saturday 12th May: Coucou Chloe + Shygirl at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Electronic lovers rejoice! UK’s Coucou Chloe and her experimental sound, actually not so shy Shygirl and The Word’s favorite Slagwerk are coming together for a night at Beursschouwburg. Meet you there.

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Saturday 12th May: Subvision w/ Flava D + Shaun Dean at Forty Five, Hasselt

Subvision, the address to find some good UK music is bringing together Flava D and Shaun Dean for a night out full of house, electro, and garage music. Be there, when the UK sound is making a visit in Belgium.

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Saturday 12th May: Garden Tales Weekend 1 at CIVA, Brussels

Brussels greenery is often taken for granted and CIVA aims to change this with a culturally-infused weekend. Garden Tales features everything from concerts to delicious home-cooked grub. Full support.

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Saturday 12th May: Bitter 4 – Palmbomen II at Trix, Antwerp

Back by popular demand, Bitter promises another innovative and experimental evening. Dutch talent is the focal point with Palm Trees II and Betonkust raring to get the speakers blasting. Essential.

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Sunday 13th May: Dissassemblies – Dependencies in the plenum at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Relativity is key when exploring the boundaries between time and space. Beursschouwburg evaluates this and more with an all-star selection of multi-disciplinary creative ventures. Immersive, awe-inspiring and mind-bending.

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Sunday 13th May: Teresa Burga and the concept of “non-works” at SMAK, Ghent

Your last chance to enjoy Teresa Burga’s jaw-dropping exhibition at SMAK coincides with a discussion of “non-works” with Paz Guevara. Evaluating the development of contextual expectations of sculpture and structures intermingled with Latin American edge. End the weekend right.

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