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Exhibition openings, music festivals, a gallery launch, a food festival… a selection of things to do in Belgium this week. See you there!

Opening: Xpopok at Pok

Thursday, 13 August Brussels

Courtesy of Pok

© Courtesy of Pok

Independent art space Pok, located in the Marolles area, is a bar, bookshop and exhibition space all in one and is especially dedicated to self-publishing. This Thursday you’re invited to the opening of “Xpopok”, a genre-crossing group exhibition featuring works by Haëtan Fake, Albert Buyze, Stephanie Quirola and Denis Houet.

Music: Brussels Summer Festival

From 14 to 23 August Brussels

Courtesy of PIAS / Olivier Donnet

© Courtesy of PIAS / Olivier Donnet

This Friday the 14th edition of the Brussels Summer Festival kicks off, a 10-day city festival hosting gigs in the heart of Brussels from Mont des Arts to Place des Palais. Among its highlights are Belgian indie rockers Girls in Hawaii, homegrown electro pop duo Soldout, Archive and OMD. There’ll also be outdoor movie screenings at Place du Musée. See the full programme here.

Gallery launch: Kop

Thursday, 13 August Brussels

Courtesy of Kop

© Courtesy of Kop

Antwerp creative hub Kop opens its very own gallery this Thursday, inaugurating the venue with “Barely a Space”, an exhibition showcasing the collaborative works of Maud Van Haegenborgh and Marie-Charlot Vleminckx. Kop supports the creative freedom of artists and champions experimental artistic exploration, aiming at offering a place where artists can experiment and evolve.

Theatre & dance: Les Brigittines 2015

From 14 to 29 August Antwerp

© under - matanicola, courtesy of Les Brigittines

© under – matanicola, courtesy of Les Brigittines

Each year the City of Brussels Contemporary Arts Center for Movement organizes a festival putting forward a large selection of innovative stage work including contemporary dance, theatre and art performances. This year it all evolves around the theme “Outrages and ravishments”. You can find the full programme here.

Eat and drink: Indian food festival at Park Cinquantenaire

From 15 to 16 August Brussels

Listen up foodies: this weekend Brussels hosts a massive Indian food festival for the very first time, bringing together a colorful, tasty mix of Indian street food, restaurants, Indian celebrity chefs, and traditional dance and music. There’ll be cooking and yoga workshops and all earnings will be used to improve living conditions in rural India. Bon appetit!

Neighbourhood festival: Patersholfeesten

From 14 to 16 August GHent

Photography Dominique Dierick

© Photography Dominique Dierick

The Gentse Feesten are over, but the city of Ghent is still not done partying. These week you can discover one of its oldest neighbourhoods, Patershol, through its neighbourhood mini festival. Check out Patershol’s hotspots from music café White Cat to trendy coffee bar Simon Says, which largely offer special events around the Patersholfeesten from concerts to markets.

Birthday bash: 1 year Kerk

Sunday, 16 August, 14h00 Ghent

Courtesy of Kerk

© Courtesy of Kerk

One of Ghent’s best cultural spaces turns 1 this week, throwing a big birthday bash on the occasion. Located in the former factory buildings of Sidaplax, Kerk brings you an urban garden, exhibition halls, artist studios, and of course a bar. Throughout the year its hosted a multitude of lovely events from vintage markets to parties and food festivals and for its birthday on Sunday you can expect a pleasant mix of music, food trucks and activites for kids. Plus, all artist studios are open to the public!

Cover photo Miles Fischler

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