30 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Literary festivals in Charleroi, pre-emptive moves in Mechelen, and The Word Radio takeovers in Brussels. Go do the right thing.

Sunday 28th October:  The Word Radio at WIELS #3 at WIELS, Brussels

This Sunday, The Word Radio and WIELS are co-operating to bring you another afternoon of music and contemporary art exhibitions. Enjoy the tunes by Miaux and Night S. Yung while you stroll around the exhibition. See you there.

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Thursday 25th – Tuesday 30th October: Wim Vandekeybus & Ultima Vez’s TrapTown at KVS, Brussels

TrapTown takes you to a parallel universe, stripped of defined time and space. Primal conflicts dominate and the necessity and (im)possibility of emancipation rises to the surface. For this dance mythology Wim Vandekeybus will be working with the writer Pieter De Buysser and a troupe of Ultima Vez performers. Sound will be added in the form of a filmic soundtrack created by Trixie Whitley and Phoenician Drive that transports the audience to oracles, melancholy, catharsis and euphoria. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 25th October – Tuesday 4th December: The Old Up & Down at Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp

An invigorating group exhibition unfolding in three locations simultaneously, inviting budding new talents in contemporary art and sculpture. From Dries Van Laethem, Kasper De Vos, Leendert Van Accoleyen, Robert Soroko and Simon Masschelein, this is a must.

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Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th October: Kate McIntosh at Kaaitheater, Brussels

Kaaitheater’s artist-in-residence Kate McIntosh is ready to unleash a heady week of performances, presenting three productions in the space of one week. Playfully balancing on the intersection between science, entertainment, experiment, vaudeville, philosophy, and eclectic stories, the Kiwi artist’s work continues to transcend the boundaries of performance, theater, video, and installation.

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Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th October: Livresse at Vecteur, Charleroi

In the past twenty years, Livresse has become one of the essential events in Charleroi. For a few days, Vecteur will vibrate to the rhythm of literary encounters, screenings, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and concerts. Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the open doors for a wide selection of literature.

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Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th October: L’Espace du Son 2018 at Théâtre Marni, Brussels

The forward-thinking non-profit Influx, dedicated to all things electroaccoustic music, is happy to present the 25th edition of their L’Espace du Son. The festival opens with the finale of the Metamorphoses composition contest, followed by exciting soirées hosted by four international composers where they’ll perform not only personal works but also man a carte blanche concert. Make sure to check out Rafael Munoz Gomez’s radio show for the occasion to get a taste of what to expect.

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Thursday 25th October – Sunday 4th November: Nothing on the left at 019, Ghent

In collaboration with APE, 019 presents Stien Bekaert’s Nothing on the left, a carefully composed formal play with fragmentary photographs. Using a variety of footage and resources and employing an array of techniques – lithography, manipulations, risography, you name it – the Ghent-based artist is ready to make her mark.

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Thursday 25th October – Thursday 6th December: Alice Neel in New Jersey and Vermont at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

A fan of the American painter’s work, Xavier Hufkens is looking to present a notably different and unoticed aspect of Alice Neel’s portfolio. Three years after their first solo exhibition, the Brussels-based gallery will be shifting the spotlight to the artist’s more intimate and personal oeuvres, from still lifes and family portraits. Utterly spoilt.

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Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th October: Beautés Soniques 2018 in Namur

Another year, another Beatés Soniques: Namur boasts a healthy mix of local pop, rock, hip-hop and electronic concerts. With a long list of The Word favourites – think Le Motel, Blu Samu, Kiosk Radio or Walrus – Namur has got all bases covered this weekend.

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Thursday 25th October: Les Afterworksss w/ Eclipse Tribez at PointCulture ULB, Brussels

PointCulture ULB presents a new series of Thursday apéro nights, and kickstarting the occasion is Eclipse Tribez‘s one and only Serge Taquin, showcasing their finest experimental electronic blends. Go show some love.

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Thursday 25th October: Contour Biennale 9 – Initiation Phase at nona, Mechelen

2019 is quickly coming upon us, and with that so is Mechelen’s Contour Biennale, set to be themed Coltan as Cotton. Not staying still, the team are already keeping their minds and hands busy already with a pre-emptive Initiation Phase. Curator Nataša Petrešin Bachelez will start by presenting her approaches and methods, before being followed by Brussels-based graphic studio OSP. To finish off, an intimate conversation between participating artists Ana Vaz, Clémence Seurat, Maarten Vanden Eynde, and Sammy Baloji. Stay a step ahead.

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Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th October: Crevette Records 2 Year Anniversary in Brussels

This weekend sees the massive celebration of Crevette Records‘ two year anniversary. Expect a wide assortiment of DJs, dancing and all things vinyl of course, with a sprawling showcase of local talent, sometimes in partnership with the likes of Les Ateliers Claus, C12 and VK. In fact, Day 2 will see The Word Radio taking over the store. See you there.

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Thursday 25th October – Saturday 1st December: Ryan Mosley’s Under Moon at Time Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Sheffield artist and Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mosley is coming to Antwerp for a solo show, operating in the figurative form. Blending garish, impressionistic colours and presenting the viewer with expressive and strange characters, each canvas contains an individual scene, creating social spaces that are childlike in their imaginary and fantastical feel. The thematic centre of this exhibition is the moon, and the people who swarm underneath it. This weekend, return to the roots of fiction and get a glimpse into his world.

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Thursday 25th October: Chanoirs invite AZF at C12, Brussels

Make it to the dancefloor this Thursday with a night at C12 by Chanoirs, with music by AZF amongst other French-based talents. Dance the night away with SN, followed by Lux18, AZF and ending the night, Nathan Zahef. Not for the faint of heart.

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Thursday 25th October: Rosas – A Love Supreme at STUK, Leuven

STUK presents the work of Anne-Teresa De Keersmaecker‘s notorious dance troupe Rosas and Spaniard Salva Sanchis for A Love Supreme. The performance sees the uniting of four male dancers in their passion for the classic soul of none other than John Coltrane. Rhythms to remember.

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Thursday 25th October – Saturday 22nd December: Brian Rochefort and Simon Demeuter at Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels

Art objects are aplenty at this expo of LA-based artist Brian Rochefort’s work in Brussels. The art is glupey and messy, surrounding the artistic material and process. Using unfired clay, melted glass, soil and colour, go see sculptures and drink beer for a Thursday night delight.

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Thursday 25th October: Coup de Koer at de Koer, Ghent

The artist residents of de Koer are proud to present the fruits of their labour over the course of three days this weekend. Promising an alternative festival, you’ll be surrounded by art makers and thinkers concerned with Bachelard, archeology, poetics and aesthetics. For social and creative thought experiments in the hub of Ghent’s art scene.

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Thursday 25th October: Mehraneh Atashi and Geo Wyeth’s Hole Water at M HKA, Antwerp

Science and sound are synthesised in an art event this Thursday at M HKA. Educated in Tehran and the Rijksakademie in the Netherlands, Mehraneh Atashi’s installation Entropy Pump is on display Antwerp, and showcases work that transmits energy from detritus into light and sound. For one special evening, Atashi has invited Geo Wyeth to present a performance within the gallery space. Pushing the boundaries of tech, aesthetics and physics, this is not one to miss.

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Thursday 25th October: Quiver w/ Dialect & JC Leisure, BOLT RUIN + Aram Santy at Minus One, Ghent

Avant-garde art forms meet experimental phonics at this interdisciplinary music evening. Dialect (aka Andrew PM Hunt) takes to the stage, with sounds that reflect movements in ecology, language systems and drones. He’s joined by JC Leisures, who’ll bring you something different in the form of jungle, garage and pirate radio mixtapes. Providing the visuals is Thom Isom, whose video art deals with the tensions between digital space and the  physical world of performance. Catch a cacophonic and unique collaboration.

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Friday 26th October: Brussels Philharmonic Soloists at Flagey, Brussels

The musicians of Brussels Philharmonic have numerous masterpieces of orchestra in line to play at Flagey on Friday. The four musicians will serenade visitors as they enjoy sandwiches and drinks as part of the Piknik concert. For something classic, moving and memorable.

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Friday 26th October – Sunday 16th December: Vedran Kopljar, Elevin Brosar & Elvis Bonier at Extra City, Antwerp

For the first edition of the series De keuze van (“The choice of”) at Extra City, respected curator Guillaume Bijl has selected the artists Vedran Kopljar and duo Evelin Brosi & Elvis Bonier. The running series promises to showcase the work of emerging artists picked out by fellow artists. An important moment for emerging creatives.

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Friday 26th October – Saturday 1st December: Kato Six & Ada Van Hoorebeke’s Private Fountains – Public Baths at Komplot, Brussels

Private Fountains – Public Baths is a collaboration between two Belgian artists, centred around the purpose of a fountain, and aims to translate the art of communication into sculpture. Ada Van Hoorebeke makes sculptures with Batique ink, the figurative and fabric folds. This work joins up with WIELS‘ former artist-in-residence Kato Six, whose practise experiments with interior design and physical manifestations of line. The event aims to be a starting point for public engagement in their artistic research – embodying an open and experimental pedagogy. Think, look and drink.

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Friday 26th October – 2019: Sarah Margnetti at artlead, Brussels

Wooden ears, surrealist marble textures, disected and collaged body parts: these are all things one might find in the wonderful work of Sarah Margnetti. Her Inspiring People series opens at artlead SALON this weekend, which also commemorates a new commissioned public work titled Autonomous Devices that is installed just around the corner at Place Saincteletteplaats. Art, culture, go.

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Saturday 27th October – Sunday 17th March 2019: Dennis Tyfus’ My Niece’s Pierced Knees at Middelheim Museum, Antwerp

Fill your Saturday with a book launch, exhibition, performance and party courtesy of Dennis Tyfus at Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum. Part-garden, part-gallery, the focus here is a solo show by the local artist, whose new work will demonstrate twenty years of doing, making and playing with art materials. You won’t be bored.

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Saturday 27th October: HORST Nocturne at Castle Van Horst, Leuven

On the outskirts of Leuven, the HORST festival team presents the last art exhibition on the grounds of the countryside castle. The night promises an art walk for the eyes and live music for the ears. The artwork itself focusses on the intersection of architecture and visual art. In it you will come across work by architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow, artist collective 019, Caroline Coolen’s sculpture or Erki De Vries’s installations. Wander and explore, the night is yours.

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Saturday 27th October: Bloom Hill Launch Party at VK, Brussels

Promising cosmic beats that are out of this world, the newly formed Brussels-based Bloom Hill presents bedroom producers and DJs at VK. The night will be filled with showcases of their own talent as well as two acts by Glenn Astro and Ködama. Expect a solid night filled with colourful beats.

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Saturday 27th October: LDC NIGHT x Pelican Fly at KulturA, Liège

This night is brought to you by Pelican Fly, an international record label who has launched the careers none other than Cashmere Cat and DJ Slow. Their lastest release is Saint-Étienne’s Jesza, who will be playing his latest tracks from international music collaborations. Expect French rap with Lait De Coco, taking you into Sunday’s sunrise.

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Saturday 27th October: The Gathering of Trans-medial Publishers #2 at Het Bos, Antwerp

LPs, mixtapes, vinyl, virtual records, books – all treats to find at the second edition of The Gathering of Trans-Medial Publishers. The mini-festival is run by Het Bos and KRAAK, and will feature international artists from Belgium to the States. Get inspired.

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Saturday 27th October: Instrument inventors initiative at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels

The Hague’s independent artist platform iii brings Erfan Abdi, Hans Beckers and Jeroen Uyttendaele to Les Ateliers Claus for a truly innovative experience. These artists use industrial machinery and resources to make music. Watch how Becker uses a machine that amplifies normally inaudible sounds through a magnetic field and employs daily objects such as kitchen utensils as musical instruments.

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Sunday 28th October – Sunday 13th January 2019: Basically it’s very practical at IKOB, Eupen

IKOB, SPACE Collection and BPS22 bring their collections together for the time in this exhibition opening on Sunday. It grapples with ideas around philosophical pragmatisim and the intersections between art and politics. Expect work from the likes of Maria Thereza Alves (known for collage, installation and text) or Johan Tahon, whose dripping wax sculptures might spook you or inspire you. End the weekend right.

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