Simple sonic love in Brussels, synth-pop delights in Antwerp and young friends in Ghent. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 15th November – Saturday 1st December: Fading at Erg Esa, Brussels

The spirit of Michel Lorand’s evolving art practise is captured in this upcoming performance show at Erg Esa. His art is carefully constructed with inspiration sheet music, poetry and woven textiles. With it’s depth of musical and mathematical precision, this exhibition won’t disappoint. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 15th October – Sunday 26th May 2019: Sensations at Museum Dr Guislain, Ghent

Is it the moment to resist our digital dependencies and the potential isolation these behaviours bring, or to acknowledge the opportunities they open for personal and cultural advancements? Centring itself around these questions, Museum Dr. Guislain will open the exhibition Sensations: In-between passion and pain. It ponders the aesthetic choices we make in our lifestyles – to live in a hyper-sensory, image-expanding metropolis, or to opt for seclusion in a hermetic environment. The show delves backwards into 19th century social lives to elucidate on whether the individual’s growing need to give our receptors a moment of calm springs solely from effects of the virtual, present world. In a museum where psychiatry is at the forefront, this show is both historical and artistic, promising to satisfy your intellectual curiosity on the evolution of the senses.

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Thursday 15th November – Thursday 13th December: BANG! Festival 2018 at Studio CityGate, Brussels

Opening this weekend is KultuurKaffee’s seventh run of BANG! Festival, a series of 12 art and music evenings and a month-long exhibition, all under the theme of The Radical Child. Curated by locals Alex Deforce, Karlien Torfs and Arne Huysmans, the festival brings events as varied as a dinner party art performance, music workshops and a concert with Miho Hatori. Treat yourselves.

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Thursday 15th November: Etcetera VI at SMAK, Ghent

In the lobby and entrance of Ghent’s contemporary art museum is this very special performance and video art evening, all thanks to the Young Friends of SMAK. For something live, cultural and different, for one night only.

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Thursday 15th November – Sunday 31st March 2019: Designed Landscapes at CIVA, Brussels

Gain a new retrospective insight into the landscape of Brussels; including the rich history of its green spaces, or the gardens and public parks that have provided solace for the city’s residents since the Enlightenment era. The exhibition ventures back to the political and historical world that architects, gardeners and designers inhabited from 1775 to the present day. Encompassing aristocratic favour for decorative botany and the construction of ecclesiastical architecture, CIVA is leaving no rock unturned this winter. Alongside the exhibition will be talks by the Scottish architecture firm GROSS. MAX., as well as the French garden design connoisseur Gilles Clément amongst others. An important platform and archive of the minds behind all things alfresco.

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Thursday 15th November – Saturday 22nd December: Hoera we leven nog, hoera wel even nog at Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp

Base-Alpha Gallery‘s latest exhibition features a presentation of local artist Lieven Segers‘ new work. His humorous and strange, anthropomorphic photographs, collages and objects blend illustration, satire and bodies. Expect a performance by SUN FOOT too, American painter Chris Johanson’s band during the vernissage. For art that is funny, colourful and unexpected.

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Thursday 15th November – Thursday 20th December: PhotoBrussels Festival 2018 at Hangar, Brussels

The third edition of PhotoBrussels is centred around the theme city, and opens to the public this weekend. The diverse works of 17 international photographers will be laid out side by side. Traditional photography is pushed to the limit with video, an exciting mixture of the static and dynamic for all to see. Emerging talents from all around the world, like Natan Dvir from New York or Chinese Yang Yongliang, use their cities as a canvas to share their artistic creations. A photographic tour Parcours Châtelain will be available to willing participants; not one to miss.

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Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th November: Playground Festival 2018 in Leuven

Operating on the boundaries between the performing and visual arts, this year’s Playground Festival transcends the limits of traditional gallery formats, with a large proportion of art which is experimental and even some shown for the very first time. Among the artworks are Laure Prouvost’s The TV Mantelpiece, which uses a large variety of media and film footage of her family to play with the separation of fact and fiction. Catch also an exhibition of Vasco Araújo’s work, whose photos, films and sculptures are thematically centred around literature and philosophy, asking important questions about the gaze, identity politics and interpersonal relationships. For a kaleidoscopic contemporary art experience at STUK and M-Museum.

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Thursday 15th November – Sunday 20th January 2019: Mémoire Active at BRASS, Brussels

Forest / Vorst’s municipal cultural centre BRASS brings you a very special exhibition to commemorate their buildings’ former life as the Wielemans-Ceuppens brewery. The spaces were abandoned and derelict for two decades, but were later reworked and given new cultural life as WIELS and BRASS. The exhibit displays a narrative of this rich history in the brewery’s preserved engine room, through a series of portraits, audio interviews, concerts and tours.

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Thursday 15th November: Chosen Family at Café Central, Brussels

“Pleasure, delirium and freedom” are all on the table at this acid-indsutrial techno night at Café Central this Thursday. With a Parisian and Belgian line-up, you can expect Breche and Dj Pute-Acier to add something different to your Thursday night antics.

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Thursday 15th November – Saturday 22nd December: 18-XCI at Alice Gallery, Brussels

Block colours, funky flowers and lively patterns are a treat for the eyes at Alice Gallery‘s exhibition opening this Thursday. The group show brings together Australian artist Rhy Lee, Brussels’ Sophie d’Ansembourg, Dutchman Jeroen Erosie and Swedish’s Ekta. Utterly spoilt.

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Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th November: Brussels Art Film Festival 2018 in Brussels

This year’s edition of BAFF will see a whole roster of film-makers, scenographers, writers and dancers gather to present the 2018 selection of cinematic masterpieces from the last two years. Additionally, 11 Belgian documentaries will be battling it out for the complimentart competition. Spread out across CINEMATEK, ISELP and BOZAR, there’s something for everyone.

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Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November: schiev 2018 at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

It’s the best time of year: schiev is back for another killer edition, guaranteeing everything from live performances and DJ sets to a label market and series of talks. And as if that weren’t enough, some of our favourites are manning the stage, like Mika Oki, Oklou and Casey MQ, Golin, &apos, Bear Bones, Lay Low and Offshore§. But if that’s not enough to convince you, check out their 2018 special series on The Word Radio. Three jam-packed days of the crème de la crème. See you there.

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Friday 16th November: Laat Open x 6 years Tngrm at Het Depot, Leuven

Whether it’s the hip hop tunes of the legendary DJ Krush, instrumentals from Moodprint or the live bass beats of Up High Collective, Tangram Records promises to present you with a varied and essential music experience for their birthday party at Het Depot. Go show some love.

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Friday 16th November: Contre Culture w/ Bambounou at C12, Brussels

As part of Contre Culture’s third birthday bash, Paris’ Bambounou brings his favourite techno tracks to the depths of C12. Joining him are Contre Culture resident LEE ROY and Hanni_bal to name a few. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 16th November – Saturday 12th January 2019: Roger Raveel’s Unseen Abstraction at Callewaert Vanlangendonck Collection, Antwerp

Roger Raveel was a Machelen-born artist whose depiction of sunny afternoons, everyday objects and vibrant colours earned him an important place in Belgium’s pop art and painterly history. His works on paper between 1955 and 1962 come to Antwerp this weekend, with a preliminary talk by the writer Johan Op de Beeck. Out from the archives and into your Friday afternoon. 

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Friday 16th November: Basic Moves invites Montevideo in Molenbeek at Chez Jacques Music-Club, Brussels

Brussels’ innovating imprint Basic Moves are back with another stellar curation, this time turning the focus on Uruguay’s burgeoning house and techno sleep. With three very special guests in store, this is guaranteed to be a belter.

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Friday 16th November: Techno Thriller release party at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

Late night automnal fun at Brasserie Atlas this Friday with electronic post-punk outfits and gritty underworld sounds. Techno Thriller is ready to unleash their new EP, and have invited Derry boy Autumns, Lostsoundbytes and Marouchka for the occasion. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 17th November: Asphalt w/ Danny Daze, Identified Patient at NEST, Ghent

Enjoy wave, acid and electro sounds from around the world in an old library in Ghent, as Miami’s Danny Daze, Dutchman Identified Patient, resident DJ Blanca and Brussels’ Rick Shiver seal the deal at NEST this Saturday.

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Saturday 16th November: Piyojo, Fetter & Jan Matthé at Forbidden City, Antwerp

Piyojo from the Netherlands, US-born Fetter and Jj Funhouse-affiliate Jan Matthé showcase the finest electronic music at Forbidden City this Saturday. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 17th November: KRAAK and Social Harmony present Bridget Hayden & Jon Collin at Social Harmony, Ghent

Ambience, melancholy, galactic feels: these are all feelings amassed by and attributed to Bridget Hayden’s drone and bass guitar music. Hear her latest LP Pure Touch Only From Now On, They Said So in Ghent. She’s joined by the British-born Jon Collin, whose abstract blues are accompanied by drone tracks to make you listen live and listen closely, and local love Ijf Boullet.

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Saturday 17th November: NACHT at STELPLAATS, Leuven

Local love galore at Leuven’ STELPLAATS this Saturday, as they team up with the bimonthly NACHT event series. Upcoming edition sees the Red Light Radio resident Izabel manning the decks alongside bmom. Get your gladrags on.

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Sunday 18th November – Friday 22nd December: Annabelle Guetatra’s J’ai perdu la tête at Galerie DYS, Brussels

Galerie DYS will be uncovering Annabelle Guetatra’s new solo exhibition J’ai perdu la tête, hosting a selection of large drawings made from pages of notebooks, assembled books, papier mâché figures and ceramics. The paintings have a sensual and mystical vibe all throughout them, showing the artist’s technical skill and their ability to create universes with a dream-like grace.

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Sunday 17th November: WWWater at Hetpaleis, Antwerp

R&B electronics will make your Sunday soulful at Hetpaleis this weekend. As the alter ego of Charlotte Adigéry, WWWater‘s music is known for her chilling and ethereal vocals, with her most recent album La Falaise being an essential listen. The concert is part of Sonic Kids, a series of gigs that aim to make Belgium’s experimental music scene accessible to children over the age of six. Bring your family and enjoy the music mix.

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Sunday 18th November: Gay Haze x SPEK at C12, Brussels

The self-professed “powerhouse love triangle” returns to C12 for an essential Sunday dance. A true collaborative effort between Antwerp’s SPEK and Brussels’ Gay Haze, known for their fun and queer inclusive parties that bring you everything from 90s house to trance. The very best in Belgium’s daytime dancing – end the weekend right.

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