Music festivals in Brussels, digital art and culture in Namur, a book launch in Antwerp, and more. See you there!
Music festival I: Autumn Falls 2015
Runs until 18 December Brussels
Autumn Falls is a music festival stretching from October all the way to December. 24 music venues across the country teamed up for the project, offering an exciting, eclectic line-up from established bands to newcomers. The combi tickets are already sold out, but single ones are still available. This week’s highlight: Beach House at Brussels’ Ancienne Belgique, where the brilliant American dream pop duo will present their brand new album “Thank Your Lucky Stars” on Tuesday.
Last days: A narrative and a punch line at PAK
Runs until 8 November Gistel
Belgium’s art scene is not only happening in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels: “A narrative and a punch line” takes you to the small town of Gistel, where the contemporary art platform PAK presents a group exhibition featuring nine young artists from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. Having all grown up in a veritably visual and digital culture, the artists explore the constant confrontation with a continuous flow of images in their works while touching upon related questions such as What is meaning? And how is it achieved? With creations by Casper Verborg, Heidi Linck, Niek Hendrix, Stefan Peters and others.
Music festival II: Schiev at Beursschouwburg
From 5 to 8 November Brussels
If you’re into making new musical discoveries and rather experimental soundscapes, Schiev is for you. Over the course of four days, the festival dedicated to making avant-garde pop music more accessible to a larger public, invites music fans to a multitude of concerts, movies and debates. The eclectic line-up includes bands from both Belgium and abroad, championing innovative approaches and pushing boundaries. Have a look at the full programme here.
Art festival: KIKK 2015 at Théâtre de Namur
From 5 to 6 November Namur
This week the 5th edition of KIKK festival takes over Namur’s theatre, once again providing a fascinating glimpse into digital cultures and the impact new technologies have on art and artists today. This year’s theme “Fold/Unfold” informs a varied programme including everything from exhibitions, performances and screenings to workshops, markets and conferences. Featuring UK design studio Field, American new media artist Golan Levin, so-called data visualisation artist Moritz Stefaner, and so much more.
Food: Icelandic dinner at Le Realism
Friday, 6 November, 19h30 Brussels
You don’t know Bitafiskur, Rauðkál or Hardðfiskur? Then you should make a reservation for this Friday at Brussels food bar Le Realism to find out. The almost unpronounceable terms refer to Icelandic specialties, which foodies open to new taste experiences can get a taste of at the lovely joint’s special Icelandic dinner. Run by art graduate Sophie Pelletier, Le Realism aims at bringing together art and food while supporting local producers and artisans.
Opening: “I exhibit, therefore I die” at Harlan Levey Projects
Friday, 6 November, 18h00 Brussels
“I exhibit, therefore I die” is the very first solo exhibition of Turkish multi-media artist Volkan Diyaroglu in Belgium. Brussels’ Harlan Levey Projects presents a selection of performance-based works as well as gestural paintings with which the artist examines social, political and cultural issues. In the past he for instance installed a replica of the Turkish flag in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, a flag that he has previously washed with bleach as a reference to his mother’s caring but also to the bloody past of his home country. “A good artwork always provokes and has an impact”, he told The Brussels Times.
Night out: Catclub at Canal Wharf
Saturday, 7 November, 23h00 Brussels
Your favorite kitty party is back with another edition at the Canal Wharf, this time welcoming John Heckle behind the decks, who made Berlin’s legendary Berghain dance till dawn last weekend. He’s joined by Kong, Handless DJ and Just Nathan. What to expect for Catclub newbies? A slightly eccentric, artsy and friendly party crowd.
Book launch: Greenterior
Sunday, 8 November, 14h00 Antwerp
Antwerp-based Coffeeklatch has always been one of our favorite Belgian blogs, which is why we’re quite excited about the upcoming Coffeeklatch book. While the website, run by creative couple Bart Kiggen and Magali Elali, features Belgium-based-only artists, designers, musicians and other interesting personalities in their beautiful homes, the book takes an international approach and focuses especially on plant-loving creatives, their interiors and projects. You can get your hands on the freshly printed publication, fittingly called “Greenterior”, at the launch party this Sunday.