Ghent gets Ten Days Off. This weekend in Belgium


1. Pierre Lefebvre, Delire Gallery

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Brussels’ Delire Gallery tries to avoid thinking of an artist’s work “just in terms of its commercial value” and has declared its wish to present artists whose work operates through forms, strategies and discourses that question the role of art in contemporary society. An approach which undoubtedly fits with the practice of Charleroi-born, Brussels-based artist Pierre Lefebvre, a painter whose artworks pinpoint and criticise today’s consumerist world.

Until 3rd August
Delire Gallery, Rue de Praetere 47D – 1050 Brussels

2. Little Castles Made of Sand, Recyclart


Brussels’ Petit Château is home to more than 700 refugees, and Studio Marcel and Recyclart are now presenting the results of an art project carried out with a number of refugees, just for fun. The interesting outcomes range from photographs made with disposable cameras to poetry, drawings and sculptures. ‘Little Castles Made of Sand’ makes up part of Recyclart’s Summer holidays programme.

Until 12 August
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels

3. Heure d’Ete, various locations

For fans of the moving picture, it’s the second round of Cinema Galeries L’Heure ‘Eté, an indoor and outdoor (thanks, Belgian weather) film festival. This year the programme is heavily focused on Texas; its landscapes, filmmakers and mumblecore, a low budget subgenre characterised by the use of amateur actors and naturalistic dialogue. This weekend you’ll have the chance to see Tobe Hooper’s legendary Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well as Girls star Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture.

Until 10 August
See the full programme here


4. 10 Days Off, Vooruit

For ten whole days each summer, the usually cozy and reserved city of Ghent becomes the backdrop for a marathon of heavy drinking, wild dancing and troops of people looking for fun. While the streets are chock-full of the stalls, street performers a nd beer stands that make up the Gentse Feesten, one of Europe’s finest electronic music festivals is taking place simultaneously in the safe haven of Vooruit. With a line-up featuring Hudson Mohawke, George FitzGerald, Tale of Us and Matthew Dear, Ten Days Off once more lives up to the high expectations.

From 18th to 28th July 
Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent


5. Password: Printmaking, Frans Masereel Centrum

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A collaboration between several non-profit institutions from Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia and Spain, Password: Printmaking is a broad European project promoting contemporary artists that aims to raise public awareness in the field of printmaking and the graphic arts. An exhibition featuring 24 international artists with a broad understanding of the meaning and impact of graphic art are currently on display at the Frans Masereel Centre, with artists Damien De Lepeleire and Lieven Segers representing Belgium.

Until 28th July
Frans Masereel Centre, Masereeldijk 5 – 2460 Kasterlee 


6. Tatjana Pieters, Nightshop


After ditching gallery life, Jan Hoet Junior and Delphine Bekaert are expanding their portfolio with IETS. Until 1 September, a big-ass villa in the city of Knokke will be transformed into a meeting point for those keen on the arts, design and fashion. Fellow Ghent towny Tatjana Pieters will be taking ten of her gallery’s artists with her to the seaside to showcase five presentations over the following few weeks. First up: Ricardo Brey & Rein Dufait.

Until 21 July
Nightshop, Jozef Nellenslaan 134 – 8300 Knokke