Things to do in Belgium this week: a book launch in Brussels, a magazine launch in Antwerp, a music festival in Liège, a night out in Ghent, and more. See you there!
Book Launch: Sébastien Capouet at Théophile’s Papers
Wednesday, 8 October, 18h00-21h00 Brussels
We’ve made it no secret that we love this tiny bookshop nestled into Brussels’ Forest neighbourhood, and this Wednesday there’s again a nice occasion to pay Théophile’s Papers a visit, when Sébastien Capouet launches his book “Palimpsest”, a collection of photographs he made in the last three years that are very much in line with his captivating paintings. In his artistic practice he continuously meanders between photography and painting with both media questioning the other.
Magazine launch: tiff.TALKS at FoMu
Thursday, 9 October, 20h00 Antwerp
Launched by three FoMu curators in 2012, .tiff, a beautiful poster format magazine, wants to be a platform showcasing young Belgian photography talent. Each edition features 10 up-and-coming photographers, and this time it’s the turn of Sanne De Wilde, Constance Proux, Laura Lafon and many others. This Thursday you can meet them all at the FoMu tiff.TALKS where the 10 selected will present their work. And if you want, stay for drinks and music at the museum’s own café Ufo afterwards.
Death from Above 1979 at Botanique
Thursday, 9 October, 20h00 Brussels
Toronto dance punk duo Death from Above 1979 is back after quite a long hiatus. The two Canadians Sebastien Granger and Jesse Keeler seem to have buried the hatchet and released a brandnew album earlier this year: “The Physical World”, one that definitely won’t scare off their fan base. “Some kids tweeted at me about how they were worried we would try to stray from the old stuff and I wanted to tell them, ‘We tried!’ We tried to experiment as hard as we could, but in the end it was this”, they told The Rolling Stone. So get ready for a sweaty evening of noisy rockand gritty synths this Thursday at Botanique.
Opening: Lesley Vance at Xavier Hufkens
Friday, 10 October Brussels
American artist Lesley Vance, living and working in Los Angeles, shows a selection of new works at Brussels’ Xavier Hufkens Gallery. Her abstract paintings revisit the classic still life genre in an original way, playing with texture, colours, shadows and light. “I am constantly disguising and adding information, masking figuration, and opening and closing spaces in the canvas until the composition behaves in a way that challenges the paintings hanging on the wall next to it, “ says the artist herself.
Art night: Limbo / Mambo / Jambo #5 at De La Charge, Hekla, Rosa Brux & Abilene
10 and 11 October Brussels
Brussels alternative art spaces De La Charge, Hekla, Rosa Brux and Abilene all team up this Friday for a very special night offering you performances, cocktails, onion soup, music, installations, film screenings, debates and more until the sun comes up. Under the motto “DISCOVER ANALYSE EXPLORE” you can discover the works of a large number of artists such as Gregory McGrew or Benjamin Efrati in an original setting.
Birthday bash: Bonnefooi turns 6
Saturday, 11 October Brussels
Since 2008 Brusses’ Bonnefooi is one of the go-to places for music nerds and late-night/early-morning drinkers alike. This weekend one of the city’s best music bars celebrates its 6th birthday, inviting you to an anniversary party featuring Glasgow’s Golden Teacher and JD Twitch as well as homegrown Front De Cadeauy and Sixsixsixties. Happy Birthday!
Music festival: Les Heures IND at Caserne Fonck
10 and 11 October Liège
Liège’s Les Heures IND festival offers you two nights of concerts featuring nine bands from New York’s experimental noise-poppers Liars and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor to Belgian talents BRNS and Mountain Bike. Not to miss!
More music: Made in Belgium at Vooruit
Sunday, 12 October, 18h30 – 1h00 Ghent
With “Made in Belgium” Belgian DJ legend Lefto, Red Bull Elektropedia and Ghent’s Democrazy are teaming up to present you the country’s freshest talents. This Sunday you can discover seven Belgian newcomers live on stage, and it’s all for free! The line-up includes Casssandre, Polar Youth, Crossbeat and others.