25 things to do in Belgium this weekend

All-nighters in Liège, piping hot new talents in Antwerp and our very own protest soirée at The Word. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 18th October: A Day of Protest Music at The Word, Brussels

Start the weekend right with our very own protest party this Thursday in Brussels. We dedicate a full evening of DJ sets (African Diplomat, Gea Russell and Poxcat) and live performances (Bear Bones, Lay Low and Lostsoundbytes) to the lost art of resistance in music. You can expect free samplings of Rémy Martin cocktails, nibbles courtesy of The Hope as well as tote bags. See you there.

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Thursday 17th – Saturday 27th October: Tashweesh at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

In a time when feminism is biting back at reinstated gender stereotypes, Beursschouwburg’s 10-day festival centralising Middle Eastern, North African and European feminism explores the polarisation between the cultures of these different nations and scrutinises present gender stereotypes. Tashweesh, the Arabic word describing distortion and confusion, is also a wordplay on the shattering of current societal norms. Women from the MENA region as well as closer to home will conglomerate to create a safe space in which diverse feminist opinions can be exchanged and debated, resulting in the existence of an entirely new platform showcasing unified creativeness rather than seclusion. Expert talks on gender identity and transsexuality, debates on religious superstition and never-ending fun at their many music events has further cemented Beursschouwburg’s cultural relevance this autumn.

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Thursday 18th October – Saturday 24th November: Storm in een glas water at trampoline, Antwerp

Local artists Gerard Herman and Stefaan Dheedene collaborate for this duo exhibition as part of Antwerp Art Nocturne night. Working in mediums as varied as drawing, video and sculpture, this art show is bound to offer up a playground of looking possibilities.

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Thursday 18th – Monday 22nd October: Biennale Interieur 2018 in Kortrijk

Biennale Interieur is back for another whopping edition of 200 names and concepts, upgrading the festival format to five days of innovative design. Whether it be an extensive overview of the latest trends in Kortrijk Xpo or Interieur Festival taking over the downtown streets, you’ll be hard-missed to not find something that tweaks your fancy.

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Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th October: Murmurô at Les Brigittines, Brussels

This performance is the third of Variations sur l’immobile, a series of female solos where ambiguous shapes and shifting images emerge, hoping to open a space for discourse on the bodily and the feminine. As spectator to this show, find a character who is “a bit animalistic, a bit of a witch: a woman of the shadows, the figure of transgression”. For something strange, artful and thought-provoking.

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Thursday 18th – Saturday 27th October: Benjamin Ottoz’s Dust at La peau de l’ours, Brussels

Benjamin Ottoz’s latest works open to the public at the nomadic exhibition space this Thursday. The works are crumpled, colourful and abstract, emphasising the materiality of paper and possessing an iridescent ethereality. Dreamy aesthetics to make this show a must-see.

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Friday 19th October – Sunday 4th November: Cook It Boil It Bake It or Forget It! at Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp

Upcoming curator Nadia Bijl has selected 27 recent graduate artists and designers for the exhibition Cook It Boil It Bake It or Forget It! The group will enter the Zuiderpershuis for three weeks with works from a variety of disciplines. Make sure to check out their guest mix for The Word Radio, too.

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Friday 19th October: E² au Lac at Le Lac, Brussels

“Romantic songs for romantic ghosts” is what you’ll find at Le Lac this Friday. Together with the non-profit E², Hoel Von Helvet and Körper collective, expect a night of live music, exhibitions and projections. Catch the art of Bryan Beast and David Dusart, or the music of Riviere de Corp and Fiesta en el Vacio. It’s all eyes and ears.

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Friday 19th October: Gavin Wade Lecture at Kunsthal Ghent, Ghent

Artist-cum-curator, Eastside Projects director and Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham City University Gavin Wade is crossing the Chanel for a very special lecture: partially a performance and manifesto, Wade will be drawing on his recent publication Upcycle This Book. Education is key.

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Friday 19th October: Bitter 5 at Trix, Antwerp

Bitter puts on live shows from the most exciting and emerging acts from contemporary electronic music. In Fatima Al Qadiri, find worldly steel pan and flute sounds blended with smooth electronic beats. Catch her with the minimalist and assertive atmosphere created by the lyrics of Marie Davidson at Trix. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October: SON/TON Festival at VOLTA, Brussels

A “music festival that seeks out the boundaries of its discipline comes to Brussels this weekend. Artists from all across Europe will come together to present their work, encompassing performative concerts, musical installations and scenopgraphic performances. Utterly spoilt.

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Friday 19th October: Julia Dahee Dong’s Shoulder on the Pat at Forbidden City, Antwerp

A cryptic book presentation in the form of Julia Dahee Hong’s Shoulder on the Pat, with live music from Brussels’ very own Carrageenan and Capelo. For all things musical, wordy and cryptic.

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Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October: Looking B(l)ack – Travels As Gaze Reversal at BOZAR, Brussels

The ill-represented world of black travel comes to BOZAR this weekend in partnership with Afropean Culture. All through the weekend enjoy art, photography, historical narratives, poetry performances, live music and panel discussions, bringing to life the varied and often unheard travel stories from members of the black community. Decolonising thoughts.

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Friday 19th October – Saturday 1st December: Adrien Tirtiaux, David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin at C5, Brussels

C12‘s baby sister, C5, is a visual art gallery like no other, taking inspiration from “The Holy Theatre”, a second chapter of Peter Brooks’s radical theory The Empty Space. There will be art by Adrien Tirtiaux, Artist-cum-curator who is known for his large and daring architectural structures in strange interior and environmental spaces. Alongside him is also work from David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin. An important addition to Brussels’ experimental art scene.

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Friday 19th October: Uncle Sax – The Life and Jazz of Jack Sels at AB Salon, Brussels

Fill your Friday evening with this mini-documentary screening and talk surrounding the mythical Belgian jazz musician Jack Sels. Directed by jazz lover Lander Lenaerts, he crafts a character sketch of the Antwerpenaar saxophone legend through interviews, family portraits and rare footage. A must.

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Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October: Stadsgardeville at Atelier Coppens, Brussels

A self-professed visual ode to Brussels, Stadsgardeville presents a sprawling display of fine art and design throughout the weekend. Find the sculptures of Pierre Graizon or Lucas Van Hiel, the quirky illustrations of Hélène Jacobs and the paintings of Bieke Buckinx. The opening night sees a special afterparty courtesy of Bjeor and Jesse Ebo. One not to miss.

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Friday 19th October: Actionnaires 28 with Les Ateliers Claus at LaVallée, Brussels

Another Actionnaires, this time round with the curatorial help of Les Atelier ClausTommy Denys. Music from Chris Imle, Usé and Marouchka Payen at LaVallée – Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 20th October – Sunday 20th January 2019: The Ladies of the Baroque at MSK, Ghent

Amazingly, it’s women who possess the painterly gaze at this important art historical expo of work from the Italian Renaissance. Glimpse at the Baroque aesthetics of Artemisia Gentileschi or Sofonisba Anguissola’s portraits. The show joins an important conversation about the male-dominated canon of European art – in recognising the brilliance of these female artists, The Ladies of the Baroque might just alter such homogeneity.

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Saturday 20th October: Artist Talk w/ Kendell Geers at Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee

Kendell Geers is best known for using a variety of dangerous and scratchy materials: sirens, broken glass and barbed wire. Conceptually, his work deals with the examination of power structures, social injustices and establishment values inherent in language. A parallactic and political talkthat won’t disappoint.

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Saturday 20th October: Stroom presents Vanderschrick’s Onzeker at Le Bateau Ivre, Brussels

Celebrate Stroom‘s latest lo-fi release Onzeker with performances by DJs Captain Starlight, Maurice “The Monk” Goossens and Victor De Roo. Go show some love.

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Saturday 20th October: Rinse at MTKlüb, Liège

For some ambient techno and an escape into acid beats, head down to MTKlüb. Enjoy a night of music and dancing in a way Liège hasn’t seen before.

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Saturday 20th October: Connecting Global Futures at WTC1, Brussels

Futures of Urban Life is the food for thought on the menu this Saturday. Hoping to place solutions to the world’s problems in a global context, this event will ensure you spend your weekend engaged in big questions.

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Saturday 20th October: Interaction at Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp

This Saturday sees the opening of a group exhibition at Gallery Sofie Van de Velde: expect the likes of photography and paper works dealing with colour, line and interiour space by Philippe Van Snick, Jacques-Louis Nyst, Guy Mees and Vaast Colson. There’s power in numbers.

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Sunday 21st October – Sunday 3rd February: Benoît Deneufbourg’s Process at CID, Grand-Hornu

Benoît Deneufbourg studied interior design at Saint-Luc in Brussels and is known for his unique materials and manufacturing processes. His designs are characterised by their simplicity, including all kinds of furniture, lighting, object, set design and interiour architecture. Check out an exhibition of his past and present achievements, and new objects designed specially for the show in partnership with the Center Keramis. An important moment in the Belgium’s design industry’s contemporary history. End the weekend right.

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