10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Rebel art films in Brussels, industrial rhythms in Ghent and mindful wanderings in Charleroi. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November: Ira A. Goryainova at Argos, Brussels

Radical documentary director Ira A. Goryainova, and recent graduate from Brussels’ Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound brings to Argos her provocative debut film Die Ruinen von Europa. Weaving in themes related to the refugee crises, image overloads and fast food newsflashes, she fluidly crosses the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction – prepare yourself for a dark, thought-provoking film-watching experience.

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Thursday 16th – Sunday 27th May: Anxiety at Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent

Economic crises, nuclear warfare, ecological disasters, terrorist threats and spiralling technologies: with so much uncertainty and instability surrounding us, it’s no wonder that the “culture of anxiety” concept is quickly gaining traction. Yet fear and anxiety are nothing new in itself – something which Museum Dr. Guislain rightfully recognises in its Anxiety exhibition. Inviting a roster of contemporary artists such as Fia Cielen, Robert Devriendt, Kendell Geers, Nicolas Provost, Emmanuel Van der Auwera and Maya Deren, the museum dedicated to the history of psychiatry delves into the notion of fear as an emotion, state of being, liberation, and element of rule.

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Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November: Brussels Art Film Festival 2017 in Brussels

The ever resourceful CINEMATEK returns with yet another highlight of the year for budding film buffs, Brussels Art Film Festival. The capital’s classical cinema venue will show off some of Belgian’s finest avant-garde documentaries that have made big waves this year at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. Don’t miss out on this fine selection of features on dance, visual arts, literature, cinema and music.

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Friday 17th – Sunday 19th November: Ecce Homo at Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp

63 artists. 9 locations. One walk through Antwerp’s historical city centre. Geukens & De Vil brings a unique collaboration between organisations and institutions exploring the classical theme of Ecce Homo, the man, in Belgian contemporary art. Walk with them.

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Saturday 18th November: Asphalt at Maaltebruggekasteel, Ghent

Dutch and Italian DJ’s Makam and Elena Colombi are back in Ghent for another killer edition at Maaltebruggekasteel. Prepare for a kicking Saturday night of industrial rhythms, pulsing techno, proto-house and infectious synthesised sounds that will keep you up ‘til the morning light.

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Saturday 18th November: VI, VII finissage at Independent Régence, Brussels

Dedicated to supporting international gallery networks, Independent Régence invited notable Oslo-based gallery VI, VII to celebrate their five years of existence together. Featuring some 50 international artists, Regence has also opened its doors to newcomers such as Swiss Tobias Kaspar and New York-based artist Eva LeWitt. After a more than successful run, this Saturday sees the High Tea finissage. Start the weekend right.

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Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th November: Musée L Opening, Louvain-la-Neuve

The University of Louvain opens Belgium’s very first large-scale university museum, offering a knock-out 5000m² exhibition space exploring a dialogue between scientific discoveries and art, engaging with the public to stimulate emotions. Treat yourself to unprecedented public access to the university’s and its academics’ personal collections and a cultural season offering a busy agenda of concerts, dance performances and much more. See you there.

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Saturday 18th November: Libertine Under My Garage #2 at QUAY 01, Brussels

Get ready for more raving interstellar funk as Libertine Supersport and Under My Garage are back at it with even more kick and ambition: taking over the former maritime warehouse, QUAY 01’s will blast its Bristol and Amsterdam sounds from two different floors. Dance away those winter chills.

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Saturday 18th November – Thursday 7th January: Mon Colonel & Spit: LepidoptERA & Extra View at BPS22, Charleroi

Having initially made a name for themselves in the country’s graffiti scene, Liège’s artist duo Mon Colonel and Spit are carrying out an ambitious and experimental installation project. Inspired by their three-month long summer travels through Belgium, France, Morocco and the US, the duo will be busy producing whilst boarded up in a makeshift cardboard hut. Ever sensitive, humorous and rough around the edges, they’ll be experimenting with drawings, watercolours, written words, installations and ceramics, in a bid to reflect their quasi-endless streams of sub-conscious thought. A chance to immerse yourself in the hectic yet vibrant worlds of the notorious trouble makers.

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Sunday 19th November – Sunday 25th February: From Belgium with Light at CID, Grand-Hornu

Grand-Hornu’s Centre for Innovation and Design are making the pretty grand claim that Belgium (almost) invented light – and over the course of the next three months, they’ll be putting their money where their mouth is. Discover how cutting-edge Belgian industry and designers paved the way for ground-breaking technical discoveries in light, and end the weekend right.

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