Exhibitions, concerts, parties, a drawing festival and more : 7 things to do in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, and Charleroi this week. See you there!
Exhibition: Wouter Steel at Royal Academy of Fine Arts
From 25 to 29 September, 14-18h00 Antwerp
We’ve all heard of photography projects based on taking a self-portrait a day for instance. But as a painter, it takes a different kind of dedication to follow through with this kind of undertaking. Belgian artist Wouter Steel, who also teaches at the Royal Academy Antwerp, decided to make a painting a day, for a whole year, leaving no room for creative blocks. The impressive result of 365 paintings is now on view in its entirety at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Dance: Charleroi danse – Biennale 2017
From 27 September to 14 October Charleroi/Brussels
A must for all fans of contemporary dance: it’s time again for another edition of the Charleroi danse biennale. Three weeks and 19 performances await, both at Brussels’ La Raffinerie and at des Ecuries in Charleroi. The event will also be a first litmus test for the dance center’s new director, Annie Bozzini, who reportedly wants to take as broad an approach to contemporary dance as imagination allows. You can check out the full program here.
Art festival: Drawing Days 2017
From 29 September to 1 October Ghent
This week it’s all about drawing in Ghent. The so-called Drawing Days offer more than 100 drawing events throughout the city, featuring exhibitions, workshops, and more that include artists such as Hannelore Van Dijck and Vaast Colson. A definite highlight is the window walk that lets art lovers discover the works of 100 different artists by strolling through the streets. Find all events here.
Performance: William Joys + A.M.Bang at Damien & the Love Guru
Friday, 29 September, 19-22h00 Brussels
The art space with the intriguing name Damien and the Love Guru currently presents the artistic universe of German artist Christiane Blattmann. Surrounded by her installations, which often take architecture and the structures of our everyday lives as a starting point, you can experience a live performance this Friday by William Joys and A.M.Bang accompanied by lavender cocktails. There’ll also be an after party at Addict bar.
EP release: Broadcast Island
Saturday, 30 September, 20h00 Brussels
Belgian band Broadcast Island will be releasing their brand new EP “Blast is Coming” this Saturday at Atelier 210, and you’re invited! The four-piece from Nivelles captivates with a mixture of sunny, bittersweet indie pop, melodic and melancholic at the same time. After the concert the party continues with DJs ♪ Souligan and Rockin’ Cat Ivan. Fittingly, Broadcast Island also play the support act of American indie poppers The Drums at Botanique this Friday.
Closing party: La Guinguette du Parc de Forest
Saturday, 30 September Brussels
Summer is official over and consequently one of our very favorite hangouts during the sunny season is going into hibernation. But before the winter break kicks in, La Guingette in Parc de Forest throws one last big all-day party this Saturday with yoga, veggie burgers, DJs and a jumping castle for the little ones.
Performance II: Loggia n°2
Sunday, 1 October Brussels
Camille Lancelin, an artist herself, is inviting art fans into her home this Sunday for an evening of performances by artists from Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland who all work with visual and sound art. “It’s a spontaneous gesture to see artists work, as they are”, says Camille. Featuring Stefano Faoro, Darren Roshier, and others.