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7 things to do in Belgium: exhibitions in Hasselt, open air parties in Ghent, concerts in Brussels, and much more. See you there!

Opening: Get Up, Stand Up at MIMA

Wednesday, 9 May, 18-22h00 Brussels

7 things to do in Belgium

The Vietnam War, the Black Panthers  and the women’s movement, the first Christopher Street day…the time between 1968 and 1973 was a significant one in terms of civil unrest. With an exhibition opening this Wednesday, MIMA is shining a light on 400 protest posters from 30 countries from that eventful time. Not to miss!

Concert: Kings of Edelgran at La Machine

Wednesday, 9 May, 21h00 Brussels

7 things to do in Belgium

La Machine, a music bar in Brussels’ St. Géry area, is inviting homegrown indie band Kings of Edelgran this week for its current rock series. The Belgian six-piece around core members Josias Delcourt and Jérome Caudron is known for a catchy mix of indie folk and prog rock elements. For fans of Bon Iver and Sigur Ros.

Night out: POW! POW! at Pekfabriek

Wednesday, 9 May, 22-5h00 Antwerp

7 things to do in Belgium

Dance the night away in this awesome industrial-style location in Antwerp with the four boys from Borokov Borokov who already apologise for their looks but got four synths and looney rhymes. Also behind the decks: Soumaya Phéline with her unique style and fancy footwork, Antwerp’s Messias B2B Ostyn and We Are Various. Hangover guaranteed.

Concert: Molem Ma Belle Music at Place Communale

Thursday, 10 May, 19h00 Brussels

7 things to do in Belgium

From 2 to 27 May Molem Ma Belle is taking over Molenbeek’s Place Communale for a series of free concerts and music-related workshops. This Thursday Freevoices, Lidy Fa and Si-G are up on stage to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Senegalese hip-hop.

Season opening: Bar Gisèle at Abbaye de la Cambre

Thursday, 10 May, 11-22h00 Brussels

7 things to do in Belgium

It’s pretty much a guinguette invasion this summer in Brussels. This week sees the season opening of Bar Gisèle in the gorgeous park of Abbaye de la Cambre. Pass by for burgers, music, sun, cocktails and a round of Pétanque.

Exhibition: The Artist’s Studio at Z33

Until 3 July Hasselt

“The Artist’s Studio”, currently on show at Hasselt’s Z33, explores various typologies of artists and their studios, focusing on the relationship between the artworks and their places of origin. Does the artist need a permanent studio to work in? Is the studio a place of reflection or rather a sanctuary? Does the studio function as a museum? Or is it primarily a laboratory for the production of knowledge?

Open air party: Kompass Summer Session

Sunday, 13 May, 14-22h00 Ghent

For the third summer in a row Ghent’s Kompass party series invites you to its sunny warehouse playgrounds featuring a lovely garden. Be there for the first open air session of the season with  Antony Nardella, DELCONE, Küken and others behind the decks, as always under the motto ‘sleep is overrated’.

Cover photo Grégoire Pleynet

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