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Tons of art in Ostend, a charity festival for flood victims in Eupen, and more. See you there!

Art festival: PASS

From 14 August to 3 October Flemish Ardennes

This atypical art festival is spread out over four picturesque villages in the Flemish Ardennes: it connects Mullem, Huise, Wannegem and Lede through an 11 km long art walk that lets art-loving hikers discover more than 70 both emerging and established contemporary artists along the way, including  Joris Van de Moortel,  Guillaume Bijl, Leyla Aydoslu, and others. There’s also a complementary performance program, and you can book tickets and find the map here.

Art fair: Salon d’O at Thermae Palace

From 3 to 5 September Ostend

A week before the much-awaited Brussels Gallery Weekend, Belgium’s art scene gathers in Ostend this weekend, more specifically in the premises of the legendary Thermae Palace Hotel. Nine galleries (Brussels-based Harlan Levey Projects, Baronian Xippas and Waldburger Wouters among them) have teamed up for the brand new project Salon d’O, born out of “a need of comradery, consensual curation, and collective action”, as the organizers explain. It’s a fascinating mix of centuries and genres, contemporary art, old and modern masters, and design, bringing together works by Robert Devriendt, Adelheid De Witte, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, and many others. But that’s not all: with the Beaufort Triennale, the International Photo Biennale, art space Pleasure island and two new exhibitions at local museum Mu.Zee all opening their doors at the same time,  it’s really the place to be this weekend. 

Music: Charity festival at KAS Eupen parking lot

From 3 to 5 September Eupen

After the devastating floods that hit Belgium earlier this summer, this charity concert in Eupen wants to collect funds to help those in need. Under the slogan “Music helps”, 18 bands, orchestras, solo musicians and DJs will take the stage this weekend for a good cause, foregoing their fees. The eclectic line-up includes Girls in Hawaii, Seisiun, the Euregio Saxophone Orchestra, Waiting for the Winter, and many more.

Underground: C-mine expedition

From Tuesday to Sunday Genk

On a former industrial mining site, Genk’s C-mine has created a hotspot for artistic talent. But besides the vast cultural program, there’s also the possibility to go on an expedition underground, discovering the old mining maze as well as the pit tower offering a sweeping view over the surrounding landscape. A mile-long adventure through tunnels and past interesting installations.

Reopening: Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Sunday, 5 September Sint-Martens-Latem

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens has been under renovation for a while, and this Sunday it invites art aficionados to celebrate a first milestone, the completion of the first renewal phase. For the occasion, six artists created new, permanent artworks entering a dialogue with the museum’s architecture. A definite highlight: A new work by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness), which includes a tea house where visitors can enjoy a free tea tasting.

Cover photo Miles Fischler

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