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Things to do in Belgium this week: rainbows and summer bars in Ghent, exhibitions in Ostend, nights out in Brussels, and more. See you there!

Art meets music: Seeing a rainbow at Gouvernement

Thursday, 30 April, 18h00 Ghent

Ghent’s Gouvernement invites you to the opening of “Seeing a rainbow (through a window that’s not there)”, an exhibition by Antwerp-based artist Dries Segers who finds shimmering beauty in the banal. It coincides with the launch of his very first book and on the occasion you cannot only discover his mesmerizing photographs but also the soundscapes of Belgian band Curtains.

Opening weekend: DOK 2015

From 1 to 3 May Ghent

The sunny season is about to kick off again, which is why Ghent’s DOK, one of our very favorite summer hangouts, opens its doors this weekend. Located at the city’s canal it’s just the perfect spot to chill out, offering everything from beach volleyball and playgrounds to bars, concerts and exhibition spaces. The opening weekend features a free gig by The Spectors, a farmers market, expos by Kapow, William Conrad and Kristof Lemmens, and more.

Opening: Hortus Conclusus at L’Étage d’Euphrosine

Friday, 1 May, 17h00 Ostend

About a year ago we interviewed Emily Rammant about the launch of her gallery L’Étage d’Euphrosine. A few exhibitions later and after the participation in last weekend’s alternative art fair Poppositions she is now ready to invite you into the basement of her beautiful home once more for the opening of “Hortus Conclusus”, an expo presenting the fascinating works of up-and-coming Belgian artist Elise Berkvens.

Night out: Cosmic Pop at Bravo

Friday, 1 May, 18h00 Brussels

Young Belgian label Cosmic Pop Records throws a huge music bash this Friday, offering an eclectic programme that should have something in store for every taste. For those who want to dance the night away there are the Cosmic Beat Scene and the Cosmic Club, and if you prefer more rocky live gigs you’ll love the Cosmic Live Sessions, this time with Recorders Night Lab, a more electronic set the Belgian indie space pop band will perform for the very first time on the occasion. Plus, Star Wars movie projections will provide the perfect setting for the night.

Sporty night out: Rollermadness at GB 58

Saturday, 2 May, 22h00 Brussels

Catclub and Beursschouwburg team up for what’s going to be an extraordinary night, taking you on a trip down memory lane to the iconic roller rinks of the 80s. At GB 58 “Rollermadness” attempts to recreate the old school rollerskate experience, complete with disco balls and 80s glam. Time to get your old rollerskates out of the basement and put on leg warmers and hotpants!

Art space opening: Launch party at POK

Saturday, 2 May, 12h00 Brussels

This weekend Brussels’ alternative art scene gets another addition: On Saturday POK opens its doors for the very first time, an independent art space located in the Marolles area. The bar meets bookshop meets exhibition space is especially dedicated to self-publishing and at the opening you can discover a number of fanzines as well as an expo by LCS, Benoit Pabis, and Glamüsh. Plus, there’ll be concerts and of course drinks!

Photography: Géraldine Van Wessem at MINT Galerie

Until 24 May Ghent

Belgian photographer Géraldine Van Wessem, based in Ghent, has an obvious penchant for portrait and landscape photography. Her practice is led by a personal search for beauty, resulting in images that are sensitive, poetic and fragile all at the same time. Until 24 May you can get to know her work at Ghent’s MINT Galerie.

Cover photo Lisa Lapierre


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