15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Festival fun for all ages in Liège, queerific matinées in Ghent and on letting go in Watou. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 26th July – Sunday 12th August: Josef Koudelka’s Invasion Prague 68 at Botanique, Brussels

In collaboration with the Czech Centre in Brussels, Botanique brings you the works of award-winning photo-journalist Koudelka, who captured the Soviet invasion of Prague five decades ago. His solo exhibition is a first-hand account of how the world-renowned photographer shone a light on the events in the east of Europe and how his testimony of these events became a global symbol of revolt. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 26th – Saturday 29th July: Supervue Festival 2018 at Terril Piron, Liège

Panoramic views, fields for miles and out-of-this-world installations: Supervue Festival is back with two days of electronic and experimental fun for the entire family. Located on the Terril Piron grounds in the heart of Liège, it’s just a short drive away to enjoy arts and music in plentiful supply. With the first batch of names announced – Jam City, DLycox, Front De Cadeaux – this one is unmissable. 

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Thursday 26th July: Under My Garage x Nuits Sonores: Nosedrip • Archipel • Open-air

Brussels-based Under My Garage is once again in cahoots with Bruxelles Les Bains to organise another legendary Archipel event. When it’s too hot to party in a sweaty club, Nuits Sonores brings its outdoor festival to Brussels to enjoy the cooling dusky air whilst partying at the Brussels Canal. With the all-rounder Nosedrip headlining the night, this is the best way to kick-start a weekend of partying.

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Friday 27th July: Que Sakamoto at Bonnefooi, Brussel

A rising star in the Asian party scene and a legend of nu-disco, Sakamoto blends European and Japanese folk music with disco to create a unique twist on electronic music. Known as the founder of the legendary Huit Etoiles nights at ORIGAMI in Tokyo, the musical phenomenon is now bringing the craziest Japanese hits to the centre of town. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 27th July: Pop x Lockwood 4:3 Party at Haar, Antwerp

In celebration of the AW18 collection of POP and Antwerp-based Lockwood’s premiere of 4:3 skateboard clip, the two partners are bringing together a group of internationally recognised talents. Look out for NTS’ Jameszoo and his computer jazz, the extraordinaire Palo-Santo and Dekmantel favourites Rik Payne and BertBert. The best music, for free, all night long. What more do you want?

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Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July: Postkantoor 00/00/00 at Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou

Postkantoor 00/00/00, a project which posts letters between the deceased and the mourning, is working together with Watou’s art festival to discuss the undiscussed and help people open up. On Saturday, during Rijstpap met gouden lepel, the partners give visitors a chance to connect with postal workers to consider what it’s like to mourn and to be left behind. Sunday, the interactive performance Sometimes It Snows in Egypt challenges its audience to reflect on trust between two strangers. A moment of reflection.

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Saturday 28th July: Daylight Savings Series w/ Charlie Bones at Kiosk Radio and Kumiko, Brussels

Part of a three-event project, your Saturday night is handled by Kiosk Radio and Kumiko: dance the evening away with a score of international and Belgian artists, including the host of the legendary NTS breakfast show Charlie Bones, and the wonderful, eclectic music eminence of Captain Starlight and Kontakt‘s Victor de Roo. Don’t sleep.

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Saturday 28th July: Queerly Beloved at DOK, Ghent

If at first, you don’t succeed, try again. In Bebe Book‘s case, if you do succeed, you should throw another dragtastic afternoon of fun. For the second edition, the independent publisher which gives a voice to the voiceless invites the luxurious girls of House of Lux to take it outside for an open-air event along the Ghent waterfront. Experience a gender-bending drag show before dancing your troubles away to DJ Sabrina Joyce, a creation of KASK graduate Rudy Van Moorleghem. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 28th July: Lose it in the City Festival at Magiq Spiegeltent, Antwerp

Vice City and Lucid Antwerp have put their hands together to create a new festival during which, for 17 hours straight, every visitor has the right to completely lose themselves in the most magical wooded venue in town. Dance the day and night away to music by internationally recognised artists from all over the world. Spread across three different stages, the likes of co-founders Hill Men, DJ Boats and Clone Record’s Hermit will provide you with anthems to keep you going. No sleep.

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Saturday 28th July: Park_010 at SECONDroom, Ghent

What started quite literally in the second room of art curator and artist Christophe Floré’s townhouse soon became a well-established art platform with venues in three cities across Belgium. Every Saturday, an artist or collective is given carte blanche to bring a creative performance of exhibition to the art space. This week, several artists will come together in a “re-enactment of a spontaneous event”. Go show some love.

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Saturday 28th July: Afrontal w/ SEGUN OLA, African Diplomat & Lisette Ma Neza at Bozar, Brussels

Brought to you by Frontal, the Brussels-based hip-hop collective set up by STIKSTOF, Afrontal is the afro spin-off of the three-part event series held at BOZAR this summer. For its second round, the group adopts a different style to showcase the best from roots music to more electronic variants, inviting live musicians, including Nigerian SEGUN OLA and DJ sets by the multi-talented African Diplomat and Frontal’s own DJ Vega & DJ Proceed. Expect the unexpected.

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Saturday 28th July: Drrrip Radio & Tuupe at Den Tuin, Antwerp

Celebrate the good weather in the wondrous gardens of Antwerp’s Down Under, where Drrrip Radio and the Tuupe collective will be joined by Australian singer-songwriter Micka Scene. With his raw yet warming voice, he tells stories of love, travel and troubles and is sure to transport you from hot and sweaty Belgium to a sunset on a white sandy beach in the outback. Treat yourselves.

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Sunday 29th July – Sunday 14th October: PRAGMATISM AND SELF-ORGANISATION at IKOB, Eupen

Art meets politics at the latest exhibition from IKOB, where the collaborators are asked to work on open and self-organising strategies to battle against the rise in authoritarianism and to defend our democracies from anti-democratic forces, focussing on the positive aspects of self-empowerment. The purpose of the art should be not to create hierarchies between the work and the audience, but to encourage a feeling of equality in the interaction between the art and the viewer. The entire exhibition will be a dynamic exchange of performances, workshops and temporary instalments of artworks. Education is key.

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Sunday 29th July: Pieter Vermeyen Hygge at Het Gouden Mandeken, Ghent

Dream away for one last time this weekend before returning to the harsh reality of Monday mornings. Young singer Pieter Vermeyen started playing the piano at the age of eight and is now a master of his melancholic and atmospheric music, focussing around his voice and the piano. The result is a warm, minimalistic and raw performance that leaves no one untouched. Utter bliss.

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Sunday 29th July: Brüxsel Jardin VIII.44 at Blvd du Roi Albert II/Koning Albert II-laan, Brussels

The wait is over: Brüxsel Jardin is back with another legendary open-air party, this time round located in a brand new location just off of Rogier to celebrate one of the city’s best urban locations. Put on your Sunday finest.

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