Lucid, Candide and LOLL. This weekend in Belgium.


1. Young Belgian Art Prize, Bozar

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As you might have read in our interviews with Félicia Atkinson and Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, The Young Belgian Art Prize is once more taking over Bozar. After a nerve-racking run-up, Ghent-based artist Jasper Rigole was awarded with the main Crowet prize. The works of the nine selected entrants will be exhibited at Bozar until September.

Until 15 September
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

2. The Word presents ‘The throwaway project’, Librairie Candide


After a successful launch at Motto in Berlin, The Word Magazine is back in Belgium. Come join us at Librarie Candide Thursday night for exclusive mixes by our DJ friends, drinks by Jameson and best of all, an exhibition of The Word Magazine’s Throwaway project, with exclusive contributions by the likes of Betty Tompkins, Benoit Plateus, Jonathan Meese, LIARS and Léopold Rabus. Plus, you can get your hands on a fresh copy of our latest issue, The second best edition. Absolutely not to be missed.

4 July, 19h00
Librarie Candide, Place George Brugmann 2 – 1050 Brussels

3. Summer sale, La Fabrika


Since opening in 2010, Brussels’ La Fabrika has established itself as one of Belgium’s leading design shops, with a hand-picked selection by interior design expert Kelly Claessens covering 230 square meters in the fashionable Dansaert area. This week, La Fabrika will be throwing a huge summer sale reductions of up to 70% so you can get your hands on some stylish designer pieces without killing your bank account.

From 29 June onwards   
La Fabrika, Rue A. Dansaertstraat 182 – 1000 Brussels

4. Abilene, LOLL

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Abilene is a young Brussels gallery run by a group of art students with a thing for rooting out interesting emerging artists, and they’ll be turning their gallery floor into a disco this weekend. The creative minds behind Abilene are throwing a party at LOLL, with turntables and invitees such as the likes of Marion Guillet, Silicon Vallee, Pizza Noise Mafia, Accou and Voiski. Don’t miss it.

5 July, 22h00
LOLL, Rue de la Victoire 232 Overwinningsstraat – 1060 Brussels


5. Young Belgian Photography, FoMu


For the second time, Antwerp’s photography museum FoMu is putting on an exhibition that showcases the work of Belgium’s rising photography talents. It’s a group show that unites images by three young up-and-comers: Frederik Buyckx, this year’s winner of the Paule Pia prize, David Widart and Max Pinckers who, as part of a feature in The Word Magazine’s grey album was nominated by photography champion Dirk Braeckman as one of Belgium’s biggest talents. A great opportunity to check out the photography stars of tomorrow.

Until 6 October
FoMu, Waalsekaai 47 – 2000 Antwerp

6. Lucid Festival, Scheldekaaien

Sunshine house, Moonlight techno: Lucid Festival’s tagline survived last year’s edition, but the location got scaled up. With a line-up that features DVS1, Truncate and several of Belgium’s finest techno turntablists, this one-day outdoor festival will be all about the rave.

6 July, 11h
Lucid Festival, Mosselstraat 1 – 2000 Antwerp


7. Condens, Zwart Wild


Three days, one former furniture factory in a multicultural neighbourhood and total carte blanche for ten artists brought together by video and installation artist Sarah Huyghe. It’s the recipe for the short-running but intense group show called Condens that’s opening up this Friday with performances, live music and DJ sets. And in case you’re just not that into the arts: food for a song will be provided by the factory’s friendly neighbours.

Opens 5 July, 19h
Zwart wild, Meibloemstraat 14 – 9000 Ghent

8. Koen De Decker, mOgelijk


Koen De Decker‘s work doesn’t simply result in a final or definitive product; the artist thrives on evolution, change and process. “My work testifies to how I interact with my real life surroundings as well as with an imaginative world,” he says. By focussing on the attempt as the main activity, De Decker displays installations, drawings and virtual landscapes that all make up the scenario of the story he one day hopes will get told.

Opening 5 July
mOgelijk, Kuiperskaai 17 – 9000 Gent


9. Jef Claes, Julie Van der Vaart andThomas Vandenberghe, 44 Gallery


Bruges’ Gallery 44 will be all about young talent for the next few weeks. This weekend there’s a group show that brings together the works of three upcoming Belgian photographers: Julie Van der Vaart with her fascinating portraits, Thomas Vandenberghe, and Narafi graduate Jef Claes who is known for his sharp eye for interesting concepts, and who you might remember from certain contributions to The Word Magazine, such as his series on Belgium’s best swimming pools.

Opening 7 July
44 Gallery, Genthof 44 – 8000 Bruges


10. Bob Gruen and Anton Coene


For the second year in a row, Ben Van Alboom’s A&Gallery is taking over Ostend’s Fort Napoleon for the summer. After Storm Thorgerson‘s exhibition last year, the baton has been passed on to New York photographer Bob Gruen. Besides numerous shots of John Lennon, the rock photographer also managed to get Blondie, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop in front of his camera. The show will be accompanied by the characteristic black and white photography of young Belgian talent, Anton Coene.

Until 15 September
Fort Napoleon, Vuurtorenweg – 8400 Ostend