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Art and fireworks watching in Antwerp, nights out in Brussels, Sunday jazz, and more. See you there!

Exhibition: Panamarenko at M HKA

Runs until 29 March Antwerp

Antwerp’s M HKA dedicates an extensive retrospective to the oeuvre of renowned homegrown artist Henri Van Herwegen, better known under his pseudonym Panamarenko. The Belgian artist, an icon of the post-war European avant-garde, contributed to putting Antwerp on the map artistically and plays a significant role in the collection of the museum, with M HKA also being involved in the renovation and refurbishment of Panamarenko’s studio on Biekorfstraat. The fascinatingly thorough exhibition “Panamarenko Universum” focuses on the very core of the artist’s work, trying to find context in his vast and multifaceted oeuvre that goes back all the way to the 60s.

Night out: DIH x HNL x NYE at Boothuis Brahaus

Wednesday, 31 December, 22h00 Brussels

If you don’t want to dance around your living room table all night but are not a fan of the typical overcrowded New Year’s Eve party either, this lovely get-together on a boat might just be the right thing for you. Deep In House and High Needs Low team up to bring you an intimate 12 hour long boat party with a great line-up featuring Vlek’s Lawrence Le Doux, Bepotel’s Walrus and the likes. And don’t you dare forget to prepare your hangover smoothie for the morning.

Night out: NYE at Café Frisko

Wednesday, 31 December, 18h00 Brussels

For those who don’t feel like spending hours on cooking a fancy New Year’s Eve dinner, Café Frisko might be a good option. Doors already open at 18h00 and before you’ll dance all night to groovy funk and soul tunes, you can stuff yourself with oysters and foie gras. Café Frisko is a pop up concept set up in the former Coppens workshop.

Night out: Catclub Deluxe at Midi Station

Wednesday, 31 December, 22h00 Brussels

For New Year’s Eve our beloved Catclub has of course a very special line-up in store for all you kitty cats: Frankfurt’s Orson Welles, Hamburg’s Christopher Rau, Luz from Berlin and homegrown Fais Le Beau will make sure to make you dance your heart out. This time it’s all taking place in the Brussels Midi train station. As always: expect a glamorous, welcoming, creative, cheerful and slightly crazy crowd.

Open air: Fireworks watching in Antwerp

Wednesday, 31 December, 00h00 Antwerp

If New Year’s Eve is no real New Year’s Eve for you without plenty of fireworks, then one of the best spots to witness the traditional spectacle is definitely the city of Antwerp. The perfect location is the Zuiderterras where you can enjoythe beautiful riverside view with perfect view on the fireworks. Make sure to bundle up!

Party marathon: Happy Brussels

Wednesday, 31 December Brussels

If you’re a well-trained party animal with an immense dancefloor stamina and you just can’t make your  mind up about where to go, the Happy Brussels New Year’s pass will give you entrance to parties galore, including the ones just mentioned above. Check out the full programme here. And when you’ve recovered from the party marathon, you can even use your ticket to get a 25% discount on purchases in some of our very favorite Brussels stores from FÖR to Hunting&Collecting.

Music: Sunday jazz at Archiduc

Sunday, 4 January, 17h00 Brussels

Brussels’ historic art deco bar Archiduc, founded back in 1937, is a local institution and one of the best Belgian venues if you’re into jazz. This Sunday afternoon is the perfect occasion to pay it a visit and sink into the cozy benches when Steve Houben (saxophone), Lieven Venken (drums) and Martin Gjakonowski (double bass) get their jam on.

Cover photo Grégoire Pleynet


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