The weekend in Belgium 12.07

Photo(a)mnesia, Brussels

In the context of Bozar’s Summer of Photography, ‘Photo(a)mnesia’ is the captivating work of young photographer Hélène Petite, a Brussels-based newcomer finishing her masters at Saint-Luc/Sint-Lukas. Using an old box of black and white family photos as a starting point, Petite’s images deal with the tension between abstraction and representation, and photography as a document of loss, taking you on a melancholic trip down memory lane.

Until 31st August
Librairie Quartiers Latins – Brussels
www.cfc-editions.be

Foto Kanal 2012 – Icons, Brussels

Brussels’ canalside is changing, and the outdoor exhibition ‘Foto Kanal 2012 – Icons’ is more proof. After its first edition in 2010 which featured monumental portraits of youngsters from the area, photographer Kurt Deruyter is continuing where he left off. Having accompanied these youngsters over the course of several months and keeping with the theme of ‘icons’ (from pop idols to family members) the results are now on show in form of large-scale structures at Place Sainctelete, Porte de Ninove, Abattoirs d’Anderlecht and at Bruxelles-les-Bains. Your chance to check out one fast-changing aspect of a fast-changing city centre.

Until 30th August
Brussels Canal area
www.platformkanal.be

Manu Chao, Brussels

If you didn’t manage to catch up with Franco-Spanish singer Manu Chao yesterday, you’ll get another chance tonight. Organised by the Brussels Summer Festival people, this well-known musician – who’s been solo since his breakup with Mano Negra in 1995 – is playing two shows in the Marolles’ Jeu de Balle, and all because he once fell in love with the place. Don’t miss his only concert in the Benelux this year.

12th July
Place du Jeu de Balle / Vossenplein – 1000 Brussels
www.manuchao.net

Music Flea Market, Brussels

Looking for new instruments, a vintage radio, DJ equipment or want to stock up your record collection? Then you should take a stroll to Rue Des Pierres/Steenstraat this Sunday, where bar and concert venue Bonnefooi is setting up a flea market that’s solely dedicated to music. Plus, there’s a gig by Café Crème et les Frères Smith, a 13-piece Afrobeat from France. A must not only for music nerds.

15th July
Bonnefooi flea market, Rue Des Pierres / Steenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.bonnefooi.be
 

Switch, Antwerp

Art exchange: Antwerp’s Van De Weghe gallery is currently accommodating works by seven different artists represented by Parisian gallery Dukan Hourdequin, while its own artists are exhibiting their creations in the French capital. This international and eclectic group show unites Arturo H. Alcazar, Czech painter Josef Bolf, young Mexican artist Bayrol Jimenez, French landscape artist Olivier Masmonteil, Alicia Paz, Richard Stipl and Craig Wylie, and is very interesting indeed.

Until 20th July
Galerie Van De Weghe, Pourbusstraat 5 – 2000 Antwerp
www.galerievandeweghe.be

Lee Ranaldo, Ghent

Most noisy guitar-rock fans have probably heard of Lee Ranaldo, the founding member and guitarist of groundbreaking NYC darlings Sonic Youth. But what most of us don’t know is that Ranaldo’s more than just a musician. The former art student has been producing visual, sound and performance art and putting on exhibitions in galleries and museums from London’s Hayward Gallery to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. With ‘Constellations’, Ghent’s Jan Dhaese gallery is bringing Ranaldo’s work to these shores, focusing on his paintings and drawings – one of his most quiet exhibitions to date.

Until 29th July
Jan Dhaese gallery, Ajuinlei 15B – 9000 Ghent
www.jandhaese.be

10 Days Off, Ghent

During its 18 years existence, 10 Days Off has become a bit of a landmark for electronic music lovers, not only in Belgium but also beyond. In contrast to other summer festivals, this one is all indoors making for a more clubby type atmosphere – not such a bad idea considering this country’s bloody weather. Whilst making space for electronic music of all stripes, 2012’s edition is going for a bit of a dubstep buzz, while lending itself to a bit of disco, too. The multifaceted line-up includes Matthew Herbert, Richie Hawtin, The Magician, Africa Hitech, John Talabot and many many many more.

13th to 23rd July
Vooruit Arts Centre, Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent
10daysoff.be

Dour Festival, Dour

Franz Ferdinand, The Rapture, Caribou, The Flaming Lips, Casiokids, Battles, Puppetmastaz, James Blake, Kurt Vile, Bon Iver, Dilated Peoples… Dour 2012’s line-up is full of deliciously tasty morsels of the very best in indie rock, electro, pop and hip-hop. No wonder, then, that since its creation in 1989, Dour Festival has grown to welcome about 140, 000 people to its fields, with six stages blasting out the choons for 17 hours a day over four days. A music marathon with around 200 bands and DJs, this bash has even won a prize for best medium-sized festival in Europe – and we think rightly so.

12th to 15th July
Dour Festival, Plaine de la Machine à Feu – 7370 Dour
dourfestival.be