Art marathon: Antwerp Art Weekend 2017

From 19 to 21 May Antwerp

Extra City

This weekend the Belgian art scene gathers in Antwerp for the third edition of the Antwerp Art Weekend, an initiative bringing together the city’s many and multifaceted art spaces, galleries and museums in a three-day art marathon. A great opportunity to dive into the vibrant local art scene, which has gotten a number of exciting new additions lately. From veterans such as Zeno X to newcomers Plus One, from institutions to independent project rooms – the city has it all, and does not have to hide behind Brussels. Check out the full program here.

Exhibition: Museum of Moving Practice at Design Museum Ghent

From 19 May to 17 September Ghent

Artist-run exhibition, concertand work space 019 is leaving its usual premises in a former welding factory in Ghent’s dock area for a more institutional location: from May to September 2017 the Smoke & Dust collective, the creative minds behind 019, move the entire operation into a wing of Ghent’s Design Museum, compiling  its own programme over the course of four months. The focus: exploring the artistic potential in and around the 18th-century style rooms at Hôtel de Coninck.

Music festival: Krosswalk V

Saturday, 20 May, 13h30-22h30 Lasne

Wild Shelter

If you like it small and intimate, Lasne’ Kross Walk festival is for you. Located in a private garden it invites you to hang out in a lovely, small-scale setting offering cheap beer, volleyball, and of course concerts. This 5th edition features Belgian indie pop up-and-comers Wild Shelter as well as Tape, Navaho, Insecte, and Elliot Steed.

Music: The Sound of Belgium at Studio 22

Saturday, 20 May, 22h00 Liège

A movie, vinyl market and party all in one, this night is a must for music nerds. The documentary “The Sound of Belgium” explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music, going back to the New Beat movement of the 80s that left a mark on the country’s music scene for years to come. A fun and insightful trip into Belgian music history.

Night out: Catclub at Horta Gallery

Saturday, 20 May Brussels

© Quentin De Wispelaere

This Saturday Brussels Pride takes over the city’s center for a celebration of love in all its forms, tolerance, and inclusion. This year’s theme “Crossing Borders” also wants to raise awareness for the perilous situation of LGBT refugees. If you still have stamina after, our favorite Brussels’ party series Catclub throws a huge Pride bash in the beautiful Horta Gallery featuring Paramida, who’ll give her Brussels debut, Princess Century, and others.

Street art tour: The Crystal Ship

Sunday, 21 May, 10h30 Ostend

Ricky Lee Gordon for The Crystal Ship 2017, photo by Wallkandy.net

Street art project “The Crystal Ship” invited a bunch of homegrown and international street artists to make the city their canvas. Until 25 June you have the opportunity to get a detailed tour of the public art route by the creative mind behind it all: street art expert Bjorn Van Poucke.

Day time disco: Roller Skating Jam at De Roma

Sunday, 21 May Antwerp

De Roma invites you to a nostalgic, incredibly fun trip down memory lane: it’s time to rummage through your basement boxes to find those roller skates and glitter plants you thought you’d never wear again. Don’t miss the third edition of De Roma’s rollerskate disco!

Cover photo Miles Fischler