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Concert: Arcade Fire at Sportpaleis

Tuesday, 10 June, 20h00 Antwerp

Yes, yes, we also don’t like the big commercial venues, but Arcade Fire is worth an exception. For all those who weren’t able to get one of the few, much fought-over tickets to their intimate, exclusive gig at Halles de Schaerbeek last November, there’s now the opportunity to see the grandiose bunch in a bit of a different setting at Antwerp’s Sportpaleis.

Opening: Sarah Crowner at Galerie Catherine Bastide

Wednesday, 11 June, 18h00-21h00 Brussels

With the exhibition “Motifs” Galerie Catherine Bastide kicks off a new chapter: it’s the first show in the gallery’s brand new space after its move from Antwerp to Brussels. On the menue is a site-specific solo expo by American artist Sarah Crowner, who skillfully combines ceramics, textiles, and principles of interior design. She “wants to turn tasteful design elements into unpredictable actors”, wrote The New York Times praisingly about her work.

Opening: Aaron Bobrow at Office Baroque Gallery

Thursday, 12 June, 18h00 Brussels

“Ventilator Blues”, a solo exhibition of American artist Aaron Bobrow, opens this Thursday at Office Baroque Gallery, another one who recently made the move from Antwerp to the capital. Since November 2013 it’s located in 1909 cast iron building by Art Nouveau architect Paul Hamesse. New York-based Bobrow, whose creations blur the boundaries between sculpture, painting and recycling, was listed in Complex’ round-up of artists to watch in in 2013. The upcoming twenty-something, a Parsons graduate, is best known for his large-scaled tarps.

Opening: Vaast Colson at Island

Thursday, 12 June, 18h00 Brussels

Island presents a selection of brand new works by Belgian artist Vaast Colson, a painting graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. Over the years the Antwerp-based artist has mainly made a name for himself with his both engaging and surprising performances, often accompanied by related installations. In the past Colson’s work has been shown at renowned places as SMAK or Wiels.

Launch party: Crust Magazine at Millie Vanillie

Friday, 13 June, 21h00 Ghent

In a time when most print publications are fighting for survival, a few fearless Ghent natives are willing to take the risk, launching a brand new magazine focusing on fashion and photography. You can get your hands on a freshly printed copy of the very first edition at Ghent’s newest hipster joint Millie Vanillie with DJ Six behind the decks and culinary duo Francesco and Julia providing delicious snacks.

Living room concert: Feral & Stray at Chez Achilles

Friday, 13 June, 19h00-22h00 Ghent

The team behind Brussels’ Oh My Garden concerts – intimate concerts in a lovely garden setting – is now launching a new concept in Ghent: home concerts in private living rooms. At the second edition this Friday you can discover the dreamy soundscapes of Canadian musician Erin Lang aka Feral & Stray. Due to the limited capacity it’s advised to be there early!

Opening: Vincent Olinet at Rectangle

Saturday, 14 June, 15h00-21h00 Brussels

With Rectangle artists Cédric Alby, Jeremie Boyard, Pierre-Pol Lecouturier and Xavier Pauwels are aiming at showing art in an alternative way. A bit about a year ago they attached an 11-square-metre billboard high above their studio in St. Gilles, which now serves as a unique and original exhibition space. Every two months passers-by can discover a new image on the rooftop, and this Saturday it’s the turn of French-born and Brussels-based artist Vincent Olinet.

Night out: Open The Box & Shubaka Records at Byrrh

Saturday, 14 June, 23h00 Brussels

This Saturday Brussels collective Open The Box and Belgian vinyl-only label Shubaka Records team up to throw one massive night at Byrrh on the occasion of Shubaka Records’ first release. The high quality line-up ranges from Bepotel’s Walrus and Swedish Dorisburg to London Calling’s Chris Ferreira and usual residents Fais Le Beau & Thf. And by the way: everyone who arrives on a bike gets a free drink!

Festival: Poolparty at Badboot Antwerp

From 15 to 16 June Antwerp

Badboot, Antwerp

Badboot, Antwerp

What better place to listen to concerts with a cocktail in your hand than on a boat with an integrated pool? Antwerp’s Poolparty Festival offers just that, and a line-up which includes everything from Reggae and Hip Hop to World Music. Plus, there are free massages and snacks…in short: the perfect summer Sunday.

Cover photo Thibault Thf Frederix

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