Parties, photography and music in Brussels, a web fest in Liège, and more. See you there!
Last days: The Horizon After Party at Hectoliter
Until Saturday, 12 December Brussels
Non-profit art space Hectoliter, run by Tine Ringelé, Nico Sall and Christophe Piette, currently presents the first Belgian solo show of Finnish artist Jan Anderzén. Based in Tampere he creates visual art but also experimental music. At “The Horizon After Party”, he presents a colorful, psychedelic, spellbinding selection of quilted textiles and paintings. Go check it out before the show closes this Saturday!
Photography: Gush at Projection Room
From 10 to 13 December Brussels
Talent watch: newly founded Gush collective, an initiative thought up by five young Brussels-based artists at the beginning of their careers, invites you to the Projection Room for a photography group show and the launch of their zine. Han Chen, Athanasios Gatos, Ichraf Nasri, Marion Tylec and Justyna Wierzchowiecka are all about to graduate form La Cambre’s photography Masters programme.
Concert: Django Django at AB
Friday, 11 December Brussels
London-based foursome Django Django rose to fame with their brilliant self-titled debut album in 2012, perfectly described by The Guardian as “a tuneful but experimental mix of psychedelia, folk and the sounds of coconut shells being bashed together to make a noise like galloping horses”. Now they’re back with the follow-up “Born Under Saturn”, which you can discover live on stage this Friday at Brussels’ AB.
Transmedia: Liège Web Fest at Galeries
Friday, 11 December, 19h00 Liège
This October media and film enthusiasts met up in Liège for the third edition of the Liège Web Fest. The first of its kind in Belgium, the festival dedicated to transmedia, digital artwork and internet series aims at making the genre known to a wider public. This Friday at Brussels’ Cinema Galeries you can discover the Belgian contributions to the programme all in one night, ranging from Belgium David Mennessier’s “Belgium Underground” to Brieuc de Goussencourt’s web series “Euh…”
Books & expo: Théophile’s Papers at Rosa Brux
Saturday, 12 December Brussels
While Théophile’s Papers – much to our regret – recently shut down its physical bookstore in Brussels’ Forest, it has continued its publishing activities and is now back in the Belgian capital this Saturday for an exhibition at Rosa Brux. The artworks all evolve around books, of course, using the artists’ personal publications as starting points and rethinking the reading experience. With contributions by Baptiste Caccia, Christian Aschman, Sébastian Capouet and Mathieu Gargam.
Style: Open Doors at La Caravane
12 and 13 December Brussels
This weekend Brussels-based online vintage furniture project La Caravane goes offline, teaming up with Belgian luxury wallpaper brand Tenue De Ville. The online shop offering carefully selected and restored lamps, flowerpots, shelves, sofas, ceramics and more invites you to its headquarters for anopen doors weekend, just in time for your Christmas shopping!
Literature: Das Magazin festival at De Studio
Saturday, 12 December, 20h30-03h00 Antwerp
Founded back in 2011, Das Magazin, winner of the European Design Award last year, has become the largest literary magazine in the Netherlands. It also organizes book clubs, summer talent camps and festivals evolving around literature. This weekend Das Magazin takes a trip to Antwerp, where it’s putting on a festival dedicated to the written word at De Studio featuring Bent Van Looy, Arnon Grunberg, Gustaaf Peek and many others.
Photography: Brugge photo festival
Runs until 10 January Bruges
Contrary to common belief Bruges does offer more than tourist masses and kitschy architecture. Since 5 December a multifaceted photography festival has taken over the city, featuring exhibitions in 12 different locations. Highlights are Nick Hannes’ fascinating Mediterranean series touching upon issues such as tourism and migration, rising Belgian talent Bieke Depoorter’s celebrated project “I Am About to Call It A Day”, or “Dance and I.D”, an expo exploring the relation between dance and identity featuring Katrien Orlans, Marc Geernaerts, and others. Definitely worth the trip!