Things to do in Belgium this week: music festivals and fashion in Brussels, exhibitions in Antwerp, and more. See you there!
Music festival: Feeërieën at Warande Park
From 25 till 29 August Brussels
For the 11th time, L’Ancienne Belgique takes over the magical setting of Brussels’ Warande Park. During the Feeërieën Festival all bands perform on a beautiful old bandstand and it’s all for free! Not to miss: Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius on Wednesday evening. The Canadian is known for his moody singer-songwriter electro pop.
Fashion: June Pop Up Store
From 28 August till 10 September Brussels
Instead of opening up a permanent store in a set location, June pops up somewhere in Brussels once a month, every time in a different place. Each time, the fresh shopping concept offers a lovely selection of clothes, jewellery and accessories. Check out the second edition starting this Thursday!
Opening: Pop up bar meets rooftop gallery
Friday, 29 August, 17h00-22h00 Brussels
Art, a bar, and a rooftop with a view over the city – what more can you ask for? With the goal to bring together culture and a relaxed atmosphere, Next! Agency has organized the group exhibition “Monomaniacs” in this unusual and stunning location featuring works by Joël Moens de Hase, Adam Weiner and others. Open every week from Wednesday to Saturday until 30 September.
Last days: AIR/PORT exhibition walk
Until 31 August Antwerp
AIR/PORT is an initiative by Belgian creative platform Beauty Without Irony aiming at nurturing cultural exchange between Antwerp and other parts of the world, more specifically harbor cities. After the project launch in Moroccan Essaouira last summer, the project can now be discovered in Antwerp through a number of different exhibitions. Have a look at the map of the whole circuit here.
Concerts: Recorders and Customs at NOK OUT Festival
Saturday, 30 August Vosselaar
Vosselaar’s annual NOK OUT Festival presents you two of our current favorite Belgian acts this weekend: While up-and-coming five-piece Recorders, who just released its sunny new single “Beach”, will draw you in with their dancy, atmospheric and multi-faceted indie pop rock, Leuven four-piece Customs , often labeled the Belgian Interpol, mostly goes for rocky New Wave sounds.
Expo: Maison Stella at Vrijstaat O.
Until 28 September Ostend
Vrijstaat O. is a cultural center in Ostend and also one of L’Étage d’Euphrosine founder Emily Rammant’s Ostend hotspots, as she told us in this recent interview. Besides having a drink in Vrijstaat O.’s lovely café, you can currently enjoy an exhibition by London-based Maison Stella, mixing photography, drawing and collage art.
Expo: Don’t you know who I am at MuHKA
Until 14 September Antwerp
We all know „Don’t you know who I am?“ as a typical phrase used by a certain sort of celebrity, for example when refused the entrance to a nightclub. Here, it’s also the title of MuHKA’s current group exhibition examining how contemporary emerging artists from all corners of the world relate to issues of identity politics and in what way creative practice can contribute to the understanding of identity and sense of self. Featuring works by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta, Maria Taniguchi from The Philippines, Finnish–born Juha Laakkonen and many others.