Deck chairs at DOK & a Knokke pop up shop.


1. Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival plucks the festival-in-a-field concept straight from the countryside and plonks it in the middle of the city. For 10 days every August, the music bash takes over the Belgian capital with concerts in a number of different spots, including the open air main stage in front of the Royal Palace. Tonight’s highlight is in the Magic Mirrors tent on Mont des Arts where Belgian indie rock outfit Recorders, who’ve just released their new single Kelly and the winners of  Court Circuit, Billions of Comrades, will be rocking out.

Until 18 August
Various locations

2. Brussels Pony Club’s Parsifal Marin, Potemkine


Parsifal Marin is one half of Brussels Pony Club, a Belgian electronic music duo who set our Pink album release party on fire last year. They’ve also graced these cyber pages with an exclusive Word mix that sat somewhere between blues, jazz, new wave and heavy beats. Without his usual partner in crime, producer DkA, Parsifal Marin will be presenting his own personal DJ set at Brussels’ Potemkine this Friday.

17 August, 22h00
Potemkine, Avenue de la porte de Hal 2 Hallepoortlaan – 1060 Brussels

3. Les Jardins Suspendus, Parking 58

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You’ve already been introduced to the lovely view from Parking 58’ in our Best of Belgian rooftops list last week. Every Saturday until September 14, the famous rooftop with its 360° view is the setting for an artificial garden where you can hang out under the palms and have a cocktail (or four) and soak up the last of the summer sun. Oh, and it’s free.

17 August, 14h00
Parking 58, Rue de l’Evêque 1 Bisschopsstraat – 1000 Brussels

4. Holy Something, MesDemoisellesMonAmour


Not a fan of all-night parties and all-weekend hangovers? Now, there’s a concept that allows you avoid it all: Holy Something has all the ingredients for a crazy Saturday night, but on a Sunday afternoon. On the decks you’ll find Catclub institution Lady Jane, Holger’s Sixsixsixties and more.

18 August, 14h00
MesDemoisellesMonAmour, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 316 – 1060 Brussels


5. Beach Party, DOK


Operating under the slogan “No summer without a beach party”, DOK are on hand to provide just that this Thursday, complete with sand under your feet and a cocktail in your hand. And you don’t even have to go on a road trip to the Belgian coast: It’s all taking place in Ghent. One half of The Glimmers, Mo Disko, as well as our good friend from Ostend, Nosedrip, will be making the beats among others.

16 August, 15h00
DOK, Koopvaardijlaan – 9000 Ghent

6. Goran Djurovic, Caermersklooster


Serbian-born, Berlin-based painter Goran Djurovic had been creating art for decades without much interest in exhibiting his work when Antwerp’s Galerie Zuid discovered his oeuvre five years ago. Since then, the reclusive artist has gradually left his studio and become more and more known in the art world. Ghent’s Caermersklooster is currently exhibiting a selection of Djurovic’s mysterious and somber paintings.

Until 8 September
Caermersklooster, Vrouwebroersstraat (Patershol) 6 – 9000 Ghent

7. Peter De Greef, Design Museum 

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Ever heard of sheet music illustrators? Us neither. Ghent’s Design museum is now dedicating a whole exhibition to the curious profession, with a display of the oeuvre of Peter De Greef, one of the most prolific Belgian designers of musical scores of the first half of the 20th century. Go check it out.

Until 27 September
Design Museum, Jan Breydelstraat 5 – 9000 Ghent


8. Ilse d’Hollander, M Museum

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Belgian artist Ilse d’Hollander unexpectedly passed away in 1997 and since her death her work has rarely been shown. Leuven’s M Museum is now honouring the painter with an extensive exhibition of about 50 drawings and paintings, a collection that turns banal visual elements like tree branches and houses into abstract and poetic objects.

Until 20 October
M Museum, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28 – B-3000 Leuven


9. Sarah &Charles, Z33

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Belgian artist duo Sarah & Charles’ quirky creations oscillate between reality and fiction, film and theatre, past and present. With the exhibition The Suspension of Disbelief, Z33 is the setting for an up-close experience of their captivating practice through installations and short films. Definitely worth a trip to Leuven.

Until 13 October
Z33, Zuivelmarkt 33 – 3500 Hasselt


10. Maes & Matthys Gallery, Nightshop

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For many Belgians it’s a tradition to spend the weekend around the 15th August at the Belgian coast – or more specifically, in the popular beach town of Knokke.  But for those traditionalists looking for a break away from lazing around on deck chairs, we’ve got the perfect programme: check out Maes & Matthys Gallery’s show at pop up exhibition space Nightshop. It’s got contributions from American enfant terrible Paul McCarthy and many more.

Until 1 September
Nightshop, Jozef Nellenslaan 134 – 8300 Knokke