A selection of things to do in Belgium in June and July, from screenings and exhibitions to music festivals and more. See you there!
The Hum Comes From The Stumuch at Gladstone
Runs until 13 July Brussels
Earlier this year, Belgian artist Kasper Bosmans had a solo show himself at Gladstone’s New York branch. Now, he’s taken on the role of a curator for a show at Gladstone Brussels. Its cryptic title “The Hum Comes From The Stumuch” originates from a work by Jack Smith: “My voice is low the hum comes from the stumuch. The effortless tones seem to come out sounding best. Don’t be afraid to be nasal – the nostrils to be relaxed & able to breathe have to be a bit nasal.” For the exhibition Bosmans brought together artists which in his view have a a shared conceptual and visual sensitivity in terms of dealing with everyday life.
Music festival: Paradise City at Kasteel van Ribaucourt
From 29 June to 1 July Perk
This week sees Paradise City‘s fourth edition, as always at its stunning festival location at castle Ribaucourt. The three-day music bash not only convinces with a carefully selected electro-heavy line-up, but also with an attitude we’d like to see more of: its founders are dedicated to reducing the festival’s carbon foot print by using renewable energy, ask its food providers to use 100% locally sourced and organically grown food, and pay attention avoiding waste.
Exhibition: Good Fish, Bad Fish at Super Dakota
Runs until 30 June Brussels
Brussels’ Super Dakota currently presents a solo show by New York-based artist and typographer William Allen. His paintings and poems, lists and language games tie in with contemporary philosophy such as haikus, for instance. In the past, Allen’s work has not only graced the walls of Tate Modern or MoMA, but also the New York subway and Buffalo bus lines. Not to miss!
Talent watch: Graduation show 2018 at Sint-Lukas
From 27 June to 1 July Brussels
Each year before the summer holidays, lots of art schools organise exhibitions showcasing what their students have accomplished throughout the school year. This week Brussels’ Sint-Lukas invites you to discover works by the master students of visual arts and audiovisual arts as well as a selection of third-year bachelor students. A great opportunity to get a glimpse of what the next generation has in store.
Eat & drink: Eclairs & Champagne at Histoires D’O
Sunday, 1 July, 14-18h00 Ostend
One of our favorite Ostend restaurants (see all our tips for the coastal city here) teams up with Chez Claire for a delicious Sunday afternoon featuring the winning combo of éclairs and champagne. Chez Claire has its own offshoots in Ghent and Antwerp, where you can taste a multitude of different declinations of the famed French pastry all year round.
Film: On the Road at Cinematek
Sunday, 1 July, 19h00 Brussels
Under the motto “Voyages, Voyages”, Brussels’ Cinematek dedicates a part of its summer program to globetrotter movies. Up next is Walter Salle’s take on the Beat Generation cult book “On the Road”, a must-see for the wanderlusty.