10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

A Chicago house legend in Charleroi, the next generation of innovators in Antwerp, and our Rebels release party in Brussels.

Friday 16th June: The Word Magazine presents the Rebels Edition at Hunting and Collecting, Brussels

It’s a new season – and that means we’ve got a brand spanking new issue out. To celebrate the Rebels edition release right, we’re throwing another shindig in collaboration with Rémy Martin from downtown boutique Hunting and Collecting. Big shots DJ Athome of Front de Cadeaux fame and Louis Vogue will be manning the decks, and we’ve got a whole bunch of goodies in store for the first hundred to roll through, too. Come all, come plenty.

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Thursday 15th June: Patterns for (Re)cognition at BOZAR, Brussels

After exhibiting in Basel’s Kunsthalle and Ghent’s KIOSK, Vincent Meessen brings his exhibition ‘Patterns for (Re)cognition’ to the capital’s BOZAR. After earlier collaborations with Andre Ombredane, Meessen is working together with Congolese painter Thela Tendu – better known under the alias Djilatendo. Meessen investigates patterns of cognitive dissonance and gaps that occur in history, colonial ones in particular. Consisting out of modular sculptures, film projections and fragments, sound, all incorporated with the geometrically abstract popular paintings of Tendu, Meessen takes on the role as curator to give a brief yet comprehensive overview of one of the precursors of contemporary African art.

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Thursday 15th June: Inter City: Alternative acts at Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp

School’s almost out, and Antwerp’s Sint-Lucas’ Masters in Research in Art and Design students are unveiling their end of year projects to the public. A short weekend exhibition held at Kunstal Extra City – which incidentally is opening its spaces to not only Sint-Lucas but art schools all across the country, in light of their upcoming September re-opening. And as if this isn’t enough, there’ll also be the book launch of The Yellow Press Periodical aka TYPP; Sint-Lukas Antwerp’s in-house magazine. The perfect opportunity to see what the next generation has in store for us.

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Thursday 15th June: Vernissage Michel Mazzoni at Peinture Fraîche, Brussels

Brussels-based “plastics” photographer Michel Mazzoni is gracing the walls of Peinture Fraîche for the following weeks, with a vernissage opening held on Thursday evening. Expect an extensive overview of his most recent works, playing on topics of abrupt metabolisation and resistant visualisations. Don’t sleep.

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Thursday 15th June: Democrazy w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor & Pura Vida at Vooruit, Ghent

Mythical godfathers of reggae-dub duo Lee “Scratch” Perry and Mad Professor are joining forces with Pura Vida, one of Belgium’s finest dub bands and long-time collaborative partner with Perry – they recorded the 2015 album The Space Ape Strikes Again together. A triple whammy bill, this Democrazy party is not one to be missed.

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Saturday 17th June: Palais Chalet at Cercle du Laveu, Liège

Pneu record label’s Palais Chalet party is back in full force, inviting its regular Pierre Normal alongside Antwerp maverick Hantrax for live performances. Complimenting the line-up are DJ Athome, Atka and Diamant T with DJ sets. Go show some love.

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Saturday 17th June: Oops Wrong Planet presents DJ Fett Burger at Épicerie Moderne, Brussels

Belgium-Berlin-London “based” party starters Oops Wrong Planet have prepared quite the treat for us this Saturday, inviting Norway’s funkiest bad-boy producer DJ Fett Burger. Part of numerous labels, projects and (radio) shows, the Burger is sure to deliver the strongest grooves without fail. OWP’s resident DJ’s will also be supporting the bill. The cosy Épicerie Moderne is sure to fill up quickly, so make sure you pass through early enough.

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Saturday 17th June: FlashForward w/ Derrick Carter at Rockerill, Marchienne-au-Pont

Carolos are spoilt this weekend with the presence of long-standing Chicago house don Derrick Carter this Saturday night. A veteran in the “authentic” sounds of early house music, the DJ-cum-producer effortlessly transitions from jazz, disco and soul elements in his sets. Resident DJ’s Fabrice Lig, The Babel Orchestra and DJ Globul will be supporting the bill too. A chance to see a legend at work.

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Saturday 18th June: HUSH HUSH #Hemel at HAVN Church, Antwerp

Forward-thinking and beloved HUSH HUSH soirées are shaking things up with a new venue – namely Amandus-Atheneum-based HAVN Church – without compromising its booty-romping content, thankfully. Co-promoter and resident DJ Hush Hefner is joined by Wantigga and Blackout Boy for this one night, so make sure to put on your dancing shoes.

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Sunday 18th June: BOZAR Electronic Series #4 w/ KTL at BOZAR, Brussels

Gisèle Vienne and Dennis Cooper‘s hybrid dance-theatre production Kindertotenlieder – potentially named after the early 20th Century song cycle composed by Gustav Mahler, using Friedrich Rückert’s poetry under the same name – enlisted the musical talents of Sunn0)))’s Stephen O’Malley and Les Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg for the sonic duties. Naming themselves KTL; their unsurprisingly drone-y, minimal sounds are full of evolving complexity and punch. The only way to close your weekend.

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