Apocalyptic theatre in Liège, post-truth experiments in Brussels and seaside paper art in Ostend. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 22nd November – Sunday 5th May 2019: Night Fever – Designing club culture, 1960 – Today at ADAM, Brussels

Have you ever refined your thought about the history of design in the spaces where you dance? In co-curation with design historian Nina Serulus, ADAM dedicates an entire exhibition to the evolution of nightclub interiors from the 60s to the present day. Whilst paying tribute to the creative direction that goes into the architecture, sound and visuals of a club, the exhibition also hopes to shed light on the sociological side of partying. Expect familiar and iconic names from the clubbing world: Berlin’s Tresor, Manhattan’s Studio 54 or The Haçienda in Manchester. Alongside its documentary element is a sound and light installation by Konstantin Grcic and Mattias Singer. Catch also their conference and workshop on nightlife organised with CIVA, hosted at Kanal, and a weekend of films and documentaries organised at Cinema Galeries. Clubbing culture at its height. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 22nd October – Sunday 10th February 2019: Claude, Samuel, Zanele at FOMU, Antwerp

Claude Cahun, with her iconic bleached buzz cut and cult queer following, is the androgynous face of the French early 20th century avant-garde. Catch her gender-bending, fierce photographs on display as part of the upcoming exhibition at FOMU. They will be shown alongside self-portraits by Samuel Fosso and Zenele Muholi, whose visual activism uses bodies to ask difficult and important questions about race. Identity here becomes something grounded mutually in political and aesthetic spheres. View the Collection in Transit exhibition alongside the show, and admire the curatorial assemblage of dioramas, objects and photographs.

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Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th November: Arctique at Théâtre de Liège, Liège

Set in 2025 off the coast of Greenland, Arctique is a play that follows the lives of seven people adrift at sea on the Arctic Serenity, a former cruise ship. Directed by Anne-Cécile Vandalem, it grapples with topical and important issues such as climate change. The play operates across political, thriller and comedic genres, whilst featuring live music and ambitious scenography. Magic meditations on a cold future.

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Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th November: Eastern Daze 2018 in Ghent

A self professed “3 day journey through the virtual regions of avant-garde, minimalist, (not so) folkloric and non-western music traditions”, this fringe music festival is an unusual gem. Events such as a lectures, live radio shows and performances are shown across Vooruit, KASKcinema and Atelier Mediakunst. Catch the Finnish musician Pekka Airaksinen, German collective Metabolismus or the Voodoo magic of Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers. Eclectic, essential and experimental.

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Thursday 22nd November – Monday 12th December: Maison Dakota at Super Dakota, Brussels

Dakota means “friend” in the Siouan language of the Dakota tribe, and it is on this premise that an artistic collaboration between five galleries – in LA, New York, Berlin and Brussels – is born. The transatlantic group show makes no conceptual or aesthetic promises to a willing viewer; instead, bring an open mind and bask in its cooperative spirit. The LA-based American painter Jacob Kassay brings his trademark minimal, mirrored works in which the onlooker becomes part of the subject matter. Filling the space in Super Dakota are other installation works, such as sculptural, plastic pipes by Jeanne Briand. The international spirit of Brussels in true contemporary and friendly form.

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Thursday 22nd November – Sunday 16th December: Show me tomorrow, we will go there at HISK, Ghent

The postgraduates at HISK present an evolving collection of projects, experiments and art pieces in an unusual former storage space. There will be a publication, watercolours, a creative exhibition text: it’s got all the necessary ingredients to open an intriguing dialogue with willing participants. The show doesn’t give too much away; it is conceptually cryptic and aims to explore the space between physical exhibition and the page of publication. Art to make you think.

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Thursday 22nd November: Nations are so last-century right? at Extra City, Antwerp

The nation-state as an artistic and political entity is on the cards at this Extra City event curated by Anne Reijniers and Rob Jacobs. As an accompaniment to the Additional States: Nations in Liquidation  exhibition currently on display, four short films showcase different narratives on the form of the nation, in different parts of the world. Education is key.

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Thursday 22nd November: Tony Njoku + Bombataz at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Brussels locals Bombataz showcase tunes that transcend one genre, encompassing jazz, funk, electro and glitchy beats. Producer Tony Njoku heads up the event with African percussion and synth tunes. Finally, Laura Lies In‘s James Marrs brings his signature leftfield flair. Flirt with the sounds of funky hybridity and and listen to something special.

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Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th November: Two Wrongs Make a Right at Het Bos, Antwerp

Het Bos‘ latest group exhibition features work that spans installation, performance and film. Gerard Herman will be performing on Friday and Saturday sees artwork leave the building and enter Park Spoor Noord, with an alfresco performance by Jeroen Jongeleen. Artworks alongside these live events include those by Teresa Cos and Dries Depoorter. Not one to miss.

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Friday 23rd November: City Tracks Agency Night at Maison des Musiques, Brussels

Brand new artist agency City Tracks invites you to a night of internationally brewed music, with an assortiment of electronic music combined with non-traditional instruments that are sure to make your heart beat fast. A four hour line-up ready to entertain the crowds, with Monolithe Noir, Coline, Rari and Haring.

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Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th Nobvember: Nine paintings,3 frames at BLANCO, Ghent

An artistic engagement with the viewer and with the colours of classical painting can be seen in this showcase of work by Eddy Joseph De Buf, alongside a hommage to Jan Frank Demeulemeester. For the inquisitive.

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Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th November: Urban Rituals Festival 2018 at Les Brigittines, Brussels

Les Brigittines is hosting a two-day musical concert with the likes of Rhodri Davies and Romain Baudouin amongst others. Playing an exciting mixture of traditional and niche instruments to recreate a mystical and poetic rendition of traditional music, these artists will be transgressing time and obfuscate the boundaries between classical and modern music. An event for the literary and musically inclined.

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Friday 23rd September: BCAA System’s Right from Here Everything is Flickering at In De Ruimte, Ghent

Witness the marriage of music and art at this artful party: Czech BCAA system will be unveiling their solo exhibition at Ghent’s In De Ruimte, complete with live shows and DJ sets to leave no page unturned. With a bunch of local loves like the Slagwerk and PERRON ZES boys, Kurama and Buga, this is not for the faint of heart.

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Friday 23rd November: Shai Maestro Trio at Flagey, Brussels

To mark the release of his latest album The Dream Thief, Shai Maestro stops at Flagey as part of his world tour. His music blends traditional jazz with his Israeli roots; a wordly addition to your Friday evening. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 23rd November – Monday 3rd December: rituals at Anatomisch Theater, Leuven

Dirk Eelen’s impressionistic paintings are in dialogue with compositions found in photography and blurred moments in memory. These works are shown alongside Nina Vandenbempt’s, whose comics and drawings depict crying women and bulbous bodies. Saturday night in particular will showcase a special live performance by the latter, together with Michelle Elsen. An unusual collaboration in an unusual setting.

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Friday 23rd November: Ge-ology, Ex-terrestrial + Oceanic at C12, Brussels

NYC resident Ge-ology brings his established electronic beats to C12 this Friday, along with Oceanic, ex-terrestrial and locals Karawane and Kong. Listen, dance, (don’t) drink.

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Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th November: 30 Years New Beat Expo at St Rochus Church, Aarschot

Cult fanfare is aplenty at this exhibition showcase of work by Idriz Jossa, the Godfather of New Beat Fashion. DJs include Olivier Abbeloos, Bart Barocci, Steven Keimi and Lieven De Ridder. There will also be memorabilia and vinyls for sale in the Church – worship takes on a whole new meaning.

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Friday 23rd November: Bruno Latour & Frédérique Aït-Taouti’s Inside at Kaaitheater, Brussels

Snap up the last tickets for the lecture-cum-performance collaboration between the acclaimed post-truth philosopher Bruno Latour and critical writer Frédérique Aït-Touati. Grappling with ideas around the boundaries between science and theatre, the performance asks what it means to not live on earth, but rather in. Bring rigorous thought experiments to your Friday.

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Friday 23rd November: Kumbuka Zine Decolonial at Le Space, Brussels

With grand museum openings all across the country, critical reorientations are much-needed. Thankfully a brand new postcolonial zine Kumbuka is set to launch this Thursday, with contributed work from Françoise Vergès and Simone Zeefuik. Break down colonialist structures by contrasting them with the revolutionary counter-narratives. Full support.

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Saturday 24th November: Rumba Lumumba at BOZAR, Brussels

BOZAR showcases a sprawling night of Congolese rhumba from over 20 musicians, playing the familiar and cheerful songs of the forefathers and legends of the genre. Bring your appetite, your rhythms and your energy for an uplifting show.

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Saturday 24th November – Sunday 13 January 2019: Dreamin’ Wild at KETELEER Gallery, Antwerp

A group exhibition opening that satisfies alls the senses with food, music, and works from seven emerging artists. Catch oeuvres by the painters Jon Pilkington and Justin Williams, or the RA London graduate Holly Henry, whose pastel sculptures evoke somatic and architectural interior spaces. See you there.

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Saturday 24th November – Sunday 10th March 2019: François Curlet’s Crésus & Crusoé at MAC’s, Grand-Hornu

Working within the context of Duchamp’s Dada assemblages and American political and pop art, the contemporary French artist François Curlet is an important artist to be aware of. A collection of his works, incorporating sculpture and film amongst other mediums, open at MAC’s this weekend.

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Saturday 24th November: Tanuki Records #33 at E²/Sterput, Brussels

This little and free music event marks Tanuki Record‘s new cassette tape, courtesy of Bitsy Knox and Roger 3000. Bitsy Knox writes the poetic and surreal spoken words, which grapple with futuristic and dystopian visions of the earth and plastic waste, as well as the erotic and grotesque. The accompanying music is mellow and extraterrestrial. Treat yourselves.

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Saturday 24th November – Sunday 10th March 2019: Guy Mees’ The weather is quiet, cool and soft at Mu.ZEE, Ostend

“The Lost Space does not have a clear-cut function”: these are the enigmatic and cryptic words taken from a manifesto poem by the Antwerpenaar artist Guy Mees, part of the thought processes behind his upcoming, posthumous retrospective at Mu.ZEE. Since his death in 2003, Mees is remembered as being central to the evolution of Belgium’s contemporary abstract art from the 60s onwards. His work is sensitive and acutely aware of minimalism, mathematics and monochrome. Lining the walls of the museum will be works on paper and some more unusual documents of his experiments with photography and film. Walk through the sea breeze air and into the large factory doors of Mu.ZEE, making for an unusual winter wonder.

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Saturday 24th November – Sunday 16th December: Valgerður Sigurðardóttir’s Bedtime Sculptures at The Mothership, Antwerp

The Icelandic, Belgium-based artist Valgerður Sigurðardóttir showcases a sculpture and an array of ceramics, thematically centred around memory, the imaginary, and even naps. For something visually rich and fantastical. End the weekend right.

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