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Things to do in Belgium this week: art in Brussels and Antwerp, a photography festival in Liège, and more. See you there!

Opening: Lien Sergeant at Morbee Gallery

Thursday, 13 March, 17h00-21h00 Brussels

Brussels’ newly opened Morbee Gallery invites you to the vernissage of “Traces of Silence”, a photography exhibition by Antwerp-born Lien Sergeant. Her images, all in black and white, oftentimes depict city views from interesting angles, toying with geometric and architectural forms and revealing a fascination for subtle details.

Opening: Delphine Popot, Julia Garcin & Sabira Bouflah at FÖR

Thursday, 13 March, 18h00-21h00

FÖR, launched in 2013, is a lovely little concept store in Brussels’ Chatelain area which we love for its natural Icelandic cosmetics and fashion choices with a Nordic touch. For a while now FÖR also does exhibitions of local artists. Up next is a Brussels-based collective made up of Delphine Popot, Julia Garcin & Sabira Bouflah, opening this Thursday. Grab a free beer while checking out their creations and do some shopping at the same time.

Opening: Walker & Bromwich at Marion de Cannière

Thursday, 13 March, 18h00 – 21h00 Antwerp

UK artists Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich have already shown their works in renowned places such as Tate Britain or London’s Whitechapel Gallery. Now the intriguing two-piece is coming to Antwerp’s Marion de Cannière Gallery to present the international premier of “The Eccentric Banquet”, combining video and installation art. Walker and Bromwich describe themselves as “artists who explore the space between what exists and what is possible” and are mainly known for performances and participatory projects as for example Celestial Radio, a pirate radio station housed on a sailing boat.

Opening: Brice Guilbert at Island

Friday, 14 March, 18h00 Brussels

Brice Guilbert, born in Montpellier, has released three albums as a musician. But the French multi-talent, currently living and working in Brussels where he graduated from the reputed La Cambre art school, is also a visual artist on the rise. After having exhibited in the past with New York-based up-and-comer Harold Ancart and photographer Sébastien Bonin, Island now presents “Kari dodo”, a solo show of Guilbert’s works.

Night out: Our Party at Chez Jacques

Saturday, 15 March, 22h00 Brussels

If you’re looking for a night out a bit off the beaten track, “Our Party” is the perfect choice. A cozy venue and some true music nerds behind the decks who like it deep, raw and quirky promise a great night. The creative minds behind the concept are Onda Sonora, who also host a radio show on FM Brussel every Tuesday evening. “Instead of going fancy the obvious way by inviting foreign DJs who add little to our resident selectors we like to put our efforts into other stuff”, they say.

Birthday bash at Lorem Ipsum

Saturday, 15 March, 18h00-02h00 Brussels

Lorem Ipsum, the lovely little Brussels bar we just reviewed here two weeks ago, celebrates its 6 months birthday this weekend. After 213 broken glasses, 850 Facebook likes and 47 emptied bottles of Monkey 47, the three founders invite you for a drink (or two) to celebrate this first milestone in style. A great opportunity to try one of their delicious gins.

Photography festival: BIP Liège

Opens Saturday, 15 March Liège

Liège’s International Biennal of Photography and Visual Arts kicks off this Saturday, offering art fans twelve exhibitions in different venues throughout the city as well as various off events and talks. On the opening day there will be free entry to all the exhibitions and shuttle buses will transport visitors between the sites. This 9th edition under the theme “Pixels of Paradise” seeks to explore the tensions of seeing and believing by examining icons, idols, and the truths of images. While Sébastien Cuvelier’s expo “Panginoon” at Galerie Satellite dives into the Philippines’ Christian community, Cité Miroir’s group exhibition unites works of Oliver Hartung, Christopher Morris and many others which all inspect the power of images in relation to democracy, dictatorships and religion. You can find the full programme here.

Double expo: Peter Rogiers & Nicolas Provost at Tim Van Laere

Closes Saturday, 15 March Antwerp

Make sure to check out Tim Van Laere Gallery’s two current exhibitions before they close for good this coming Saturday. “A Hunter’s Night” (a reference to the movie Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum as a preacher and con artist) showcases Peter Rogiers’ unconventional, hypbrid sculptures while Nicolas Provost’s “Illumination” expo focuses on video art. Brussels-based Provost is also a filmmaker who captivated audiences in 2011 with his dark immigrant drama “The Invader”.

Night out: Blackout at Cinema Galeries

Saturday, 15 March, 23h00 Brussels

This weekend it’s time again for Blackout, also known as Catclub’s darker, little sister. This totally Belgian edition taking place for the first time in Cinema Galeries not only unites some of Belgium’s best behind the decks (Rob & Zoopsie, Jules X, Lady Jane) but also has a little bit of a present in store for you: entrance is completely free!

Afternoon boat party: Submarine at Badboot

Sunday, 16 March, 14h00 Antwerp

If the coming Sunday is going to be as shiny and sunny as the last one, what better place to spend it than on a boat? Antwerp’s Badboot (undoubtedly designed with Berlin’s infamous Badeschiff in mind) invites you to a relaxing afternoon on deck with drinks, food and electronic music. Behind the turntables: Overmacht, KetaLoco and Opus Brussels.

So, see you there!

Cover picture Sasha Vernaeve

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