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Exhibitions, a book launch, Belgian fashion, nights out, street art, and more. This week in Belgium. See you there!

Opening: Thibaut Espiau at Dehors

Tuesday, 6 May, 18h00 Brussels

There are many more possibilities to enjoy art than strolling through the classic galleries and museums, and Brussels’ Dehors Contemporary Art Window is proof of that. Making art accessible to everyone, the initiative operating outside of the mainstream art market shows one creation by one artist a month in a street window in Chaussée de Charleroi. The organisers generally go for artists who are surprising and free in their practice, and all of them have carte blanche. Next up is Thibaut Espiau whose artwork will be exhibited starting this Tuesday.

Book launch: Trouble Academy at Théophile’s Papers

Wednesday, 7 May, 18h00-21h00 Brussels

One of our favorite Belgian independent bookshops, Théophile’s Papers, invites you to the book launch of “Trouble Academy”, a project by Brussels experimental art collective After Howl. It’s published by NERO and contains interventions by internationally famous artists as for instance Ryan Gander. Discover the exciting 302 black and white pages while being sipping on a very special cocktail created just for the occasion.

Fashion: Stock Sales at Maison Martin Margiela

From 7 to 11 May Brussels

Here’s one for all you shopping addicts and fashion aficionados out there: this week you can get your hands on some gorgeous pieces from some of Belgium’s most celebrated designers. Maison Martin Margiela and Le Fabuleux Marcel host a stock sale together from Wednesday to Sunday, giving you the opportunity to buy clothing, accessories and shoes from your favorites to a much lower price than usual.

Opening: Vaast Colson and Dennis Tyfus at Trampoline Gallery

Thursday, 8 May, 18h00-21h00 Antwerp

Having first opened its doors this January, Trampoline Gallery is one of the most recent additions to Antwerp’s art scene. This Thursday there’s the opening of “Radikaal & Radikaler”, an exhibition showcasing works by homegrown artists Vaast Colson and Dennis Tyfus. And as Trampoline is located in the basement of Marion de Cannière Gallery, you can catch the vernissage for “Sun Set Cinema” by Dutch artist Elise Van Mourik at the same time.

Night out: Low up at Recyclart

Friday, 9 May, 23h00 Brussels

Brussels-based Low up, a music collective founded in 2008 consisting of some real bass addicts with a deep love for exotic rhythms, is not only known for its weekly radio show on FMBrussel but also for its activities as a label and its infamous party nights. This Friday it’s time again for one of their memorable global bass bashes, once more hosted in Brussels’ Recyclart. The line-up promises a hell of a night with UK-based Champion and The Busy Twist as headliners. Also behind the decks: Belgians Max le Daron, DJ Mellow, Excyta and Groovebox VJ.

Opening: Nationa(a)l Pop-Up Store at Solvay

Friday, 9 May, 11h30 Brussels

After a very successful first edition in 2012, Nationa(a)l Pop-Up Store is back – with an even bigger edition! Dedicated to supporting Belgian talent across different disciplines, the project showcases and sells creations from the worlds of cinema, music, publishing, fashion, design, visual arts, dance and gastronomy. Hosted in the beautiful Solvay building (which sadly will be demolished later this year) you can stroll 2000 square meters of projects, products and happenings made in Belgium ranging from artworks to concerts and screenings. Featuring Martin Belou, Echo Beatty, Julien Renault and many others.

Garden concert: Ladylike Lily and Plastic Flowers

Saturday, 10 May, 18h00 Brussels

As the sun is finally shining a little brighter Oh My Garden is back for another season of intimate garden concerts in a Brussels townhouse! The first edition of the year brings you Ladylike Lily from France and Plastic Flowers from Greece. With the growing popularity of the concept it’s advised to be there early – capacity is understandably limited. A great way to discover emerging bands in a magical setting!

Street art: Day One Festival at Kop van de Vaart

From 11 to 18 May Roselaere

Street Art Belgium, an initiative dedicated to promoting Belgian graffiti artists, will take of the city of Roselaere for a whole week, throwing a massive urban art festival kicking off this Sunday. On the menue: live murals, exhibitions, concerts, pop up bars, street soccer, an open air party, workshops, film screenings and more. Participating artists include Spanish-born Isaac Cordal, Antwerp’s Dzia Bue The Warrior or UK-based David Walker. It remains to be seen who will be the lucky one to grace the tower of Roselare’s fire department with a brand new wall painting…

Cover picture Lisa Lapierre

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