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Photography in Ghent, food design in Brussels, street art in Vilvoorde, and more. See you there!

Food meets design: La Bonne Nouvelle

From 5 to 16 December Brussels

MAD Brussels and Studio La Bouche team up to bring you La Bonne Nouvelle, a 12-day festival where design and food intertwine, exploring how science, technology, design and art can offer valuable insights when it comes to eating and cooking. On the menu are workshops and round tables with experts of the field to art installations by food designers and more. See the full programme here.

Photography: Ugly Belgian Houses at Watt

Thursday, 3 December, 20h00 Ghent

“Ugly Belgian Houses”, a blog about, well, ugly Belgian houses, has quite risen to fame recently, even leading to the publication of a photo book on the subject. Ghent’s Watt now presents an exhibition featuring the very best of Belgium’s charming architectural ‘mistakes’, giving a weirdly beautiful and humorous glimpse into this strange little country.

Opening: Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson at Trampoline

Thursday, 3 December, 18h00 Antwerp

Antwerp’s Trampoline Gallery puts on a solo show of Icelandic artist Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, who is a sound, performance and visual artist all in one. Here, the now Ghent-based multitalent presents a selection of abstract drawings and paintings. You can listen to his band Stilluppsteypa here.

Art talks & expo: Pollination Pansies at NICC

Saturday, 5 December, 17-22h00 Brussels

This Saturday at NICC you’re invited to an exhibition as well as a multitude of talks and film screenings, all exploring themes around gender, class, sexual orientation and religion. The whole shebang is curated by Alberto García del Castillo, whom we interviewed about his most recent book here. Featuring Susana Vargas, Lionel Soukaz and others.

Photography: Nothing is cool at Ruimte 34

Thursday, 3 December Antwerp

The photography expo “Nothing is cool” unites works by Nick Geboers, Sarah Hermans, Stef Renard and Enzo Smits, whose images all evolve around youth culture. The exhibition title is a phrase made popular in the 80s and 90s by American skateboard company Blockhead, a reference to the relations between being cool and our consumer society and the issues it creates for many subcultures. The first 50 visitors have the chance to get their hands on a limited edition catalogue.

Street art meets party: Dzia at De Kruitfabriek

Friday, 4 December Vilvoorde

Dzia is one of Belgium’s most prominent street artists, and has made a name for himself with his mesmerizing animal paintings. His canvasses are brick walls and abandoned buildings, and regularly feature large-scaled foxes, birds or wolves. For his first solo exhibition in Belgium he took over Vilvoorde’s Kruitfabriek, gracing its walls with his signature animal murals. At the opening there’ll also be DJ sets, food, drinks, live painting, a tattoo parlor, and more. Enjoy!

Night out: Black out at Canal Wharf

Saturday, 5 December Brussels

Black out, also known as Catclub’s darker little sister, is back with another edition at Brussels’ Canal Wharf this Saturday, offering an eclectic mix of neon lights, early 90s, old school house, and sweaty dancing. Behind the decks: Cliff Lothar, Phil Blackmarquis, Raphael and Rob’n Zoopsie.

One day expo: Veerle Beckers and Harlinde De Mol at Salon Blanc

Saturday, 5 December, 18-22h00 Ostend

Belgium’s art scene encompasses much more than just Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. Ostend’s Salon Blanc, convivial one-night-expos inspired by the salon culture of the past, is another proof for it: this Saturday Els Wuyts and Yves Velter once again transform part of their beautiful house into an exhibition space, this time presentings works by Belgian artists Veerle Beckers, a painter, and Harlinde De Mol, who primarily creates installations and drawings.

Cover picture Murielle Victorine Scherre

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