20 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Tail-wagging jazz in Leuven, revelatory spoken word in Brussels and intimate portraits in Ghent. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 22nd March – 28th April: Vedran Kopljar’s Thumbsucker’s Delight at Trampoline Gallery, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Trampoline Gallery is hosting Vedran Kopljar’s futuristic solo exhibition from this Thursday night, in accordance with the noctural event of the year Antwerp Art Weekend. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 16th – Sunday 25th March: Leuven Jazz Festival in Leuven

Halfway through this year’s programme, Leuven Jazz Festival is not slowing down a bit with their upcoming shows. From British dub legends Digital Mystikz, jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane, impressive saxophonist Nubya Garcia to local reneagde Lefto, this is not to be missed.

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Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th March: Poetic Practices at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

Poetry lovers are getting their fix this weekend: inspired by Audre Lorde’s landmark text Poetry is Not a Luxury, Beursschouwburg is us all doing a favour by organising an inspiring mini-festival with a wonderful and strong mix of artists, musicians, and events. An absolute must.

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Thursday 22nd March: Chicks on Speed at CC Stroombeek Grimbergen, Strombeek

Girl power at it’s finest with early noughties guilty-pleasure Chicks on Speed. Never one for taking themselves too seriously, guaranteed to include the feminist feel-good hits you know and love. And as if that weren’t enough, you cna also visit the cultural centre’s current exhibition by Hannelore Van Dijck. Dust off your dancing shoes.

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Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th March: Three Years of Oogst at Galerie Verbeeck-Van Dyck, Brussels

Belgium has been blessed with three creativity-fuelled years of Oogst magazine, but all is not lost as they go into hibernation. Celebrate their many successes with a bang featuring all your favourite artists, ranging from heavy-hitters like Luc Tuymans‘, Rinus Van de Velde, Kati Heck, Lara Gasparatto, to up-and-comers Joke Druyts, Nicolas Provost, Vedran Kopljar and of course our very own Miles Fischler. Three cheers.

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Thursday 22nd March: De Donkere Kamer #11 at Stadsschouwburg, St Niklaas

If the dark room is your idea of a good time, or you’ve just picked up your first ever DSLR, revel in the opportunity to enjoy capture-led creative expression. The 11th edition includes Dutch portrait photographer Robin de Puy and realism worshipper Sébastien van Malleghem. You have to see it to believe it.

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Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th March: Fleur De Roeck’s Allo Bikini at Het Bos, Antwerp

Antwer-based multi-dimensional visual artist Fleur De Roeck was invited by Het Bos to conduct a month-long residency, and will be showcasing her results in a short weekend show. Expect forest explorations, three-dimensional improvisations and an experimental journey in Allo Bikini. Don’t sleep.

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Thursday 22nd – Thursday 29th March: Docville 2018 in Leuven

Leuven’s landmark international documentary film festival is back: the brainchild project of the non-profit film collective Fonk, this year’s edition of Docville has all cinephile tastes covered. From Brimstone & Glory’s spectacular fireworks in Mexico to Wien is the Court of Commerce’s mockumentary celebrating the anniversary of a West-Flemish hip hop squad, this is not to be missed.

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Friday 23rd March – 2019: Galaxy 58 in Brussels

Six decades on from Belgium’s historical Expo 58, the Atomium and it’s neighbouring institutions are celebrating the anniversary with three new exhibitions named People of 58, Podium 58, and Graphic 58. No presents, just presence.

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Friday 23rd March: Ameel Brecht & Maher Shalal Hash Baz at De Koer, Ghent

With his debut album Polygraph Heartbeat just released on KRAAK, master guitar player Ameel Brecht – one half of psych duo Razen – will be bringing along his steel resonator and mandolin for the ride. Alongside will be the renowned Japanese folk outfit Maher Shalal Hash Baz for what’s set to be an unforgettable night.

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Friday 23rd March: Jean-Luc Moulène’s En Angle Mort finissage at La Verrière, Brussels

This is your last call to check out Jean-Luc Moulène’s most recent show En angle mort: on occasion of the finissage, the experimental artist will be present alongside curator exhibition and writer Raimundas Malašauskas for a personalised review. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 23rd March: Underwater w/ Loom & Galtier at Fuse, Brussels

The Word Radio residents Perron Zes are back with another Underwater party, bringing together a great mix of internationals and locals from the likes of Loom, Galtier, samuelspaniel, Trime and Terroriba. Fridays are for dancing.

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Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th March: Sine at BOZAR, Brussels

BOZAR Lab has joined forces with the Brussels-based collective Ohme is presenting an interdisciplinary sonic performance, as part of the ongoing Printemps des Sciences 2018. Let Sine kidnap you for a journey into the world of electronic music, bringing together a physicist and a musician. A novel approach.

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Saturday 24th March: NiXiE’S at VK, Brussels

NiXiE is here for you, with a special edition of an all female line-up. Multi-talented Zoë McPherson – also known as Empty Taxi – presents her brand new transmedial project String Figures, showcasing her trademark combination of music and ethnography. Alongside is Rattle with their second album fresh off the press, hypnotising you with their interweaving of post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock. Go show some love.

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Saturday 24th March: Leaving Dakota invites axaxaxa & Friends at Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

The Swiss musical and artistic platform axaxaxa will be gracing Brasserie Atlas with their presence this Saturday daytime for the group exposition La Lampada, alongside an impressive list of budding artists. Following closely is their closing party with Living Dakota at Le Queen’s to end the night right. Come one, come all.

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Sunday 25th March: Karel Verhoeven’s Anything Can B_A Car at BANK Gallery Projects, Ghent

Ghent-based interdisciplinary artist Karel Verhoeven is known for his trademark minimalism and innovative designs. And he does well to continue in this trend: his second exhibition at BANK Gallery Projects, Anything Can B_A Car features a series of oil paintings hyperreaslitically highlighting the everyday necessity of parking spaces. An eye-opening opportunity.

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Sunday 25th March: Aymeric de Tapol, Forgotten Plants and Martiensgohome at Chorus, Brussels

Record label Chorus is busy helping you to get through your Sunday with a much-needed daytime show, inviting Martiensgohome, Forgotten Plants, and Aymeric de Tapol. Spend your Sunday different.

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Sunday 25th March: Nina Vandeweghe’s Quotes at Little Things, Ghent

The art of portrait goes back as far as the birth of painting, yet Nina Vandeweghe isn’t interested in glossy and perfect representations of contemporary life. Instead she lets her designs get lost in the messy complexities of the human mind, with her painfully relatable inner dialogues. Bringing art back down to earth, Quotes forces the audience to question how comparison is affecting our sense of self worth. Treat yourself.

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Sunday 25th March – Sunday 1st July: Together! La nouvelle architecture communautaire at CID, Grand-Hornu

Grand-Hornu’s CID is kicking off their social architecture exposition Together!, starting with an all-star lineup of experts with one goal: how can we learn to live together better? Partnering up with the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons, the debate-style conference will hear voices from philosophy and politics to urban planning. Here’s hoping the future we’re building caters to our blossoming multicultural society. Education is key.

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Sunday 25th March: Gay Haze & SPEK at C12, Brussels

The Word Radio regular Gay Haze and Antwerp’s SPEK are back with another eponymous night, bringing along a healthy dose of Berlin, Danish and local artists to C12 for this round. End the weekend right.

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