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Things to do in Belgium this week from boat raves and music festivals to exhibitions in Brussels, Antwerp, and Eupen. See you there!

Music: Walden Festival

From 15 to 16 July Brussels

Walden Festival, taking place in different locations in and around Brussels’ Leopold Park, boasts a line-up a bit out of the ordinary, focusing on classical, contemporary, non-Western music as well as jazz. The main stage is situated in the beautiful garden of the Museum of Natural Sciences, and all other venues are at most a 10-minute walk away. 

Opening: Rectangle at Waldburger Wouters

Opens Thursday, 13 July, 17-20h00 Brussels

Brussels-based artist-run project Rectangle is taking over the premises of Waldburger Wouters gallery this week with a solo show by Dutch artist Joan Heemskerk. Titled REc+ >>>, it explores the interconnected realms of networks, data, and cryptography. In her timely practice, often described as “infrastructure poetry,” she examines the raw material of our computerised existence, laying bare its beauty and complexity.

Exhibition: All our yesterdays at IKOB

Runs until 27 August Eupen

This fascinating group exhibition at IKOB puts three Belgian artists from different generations in relation to each other, spanning a timeframe of over fifty years. Touching upon themes such as temporality, memory, and loss, the show pertains to the intertwining of our inner and outer lives. Fittingly, “All our yesterdays” is also the title of a book by Natalia Ginzburg, in which a young female protagonist gradually untangles herself from a complex web of family relations. With works by Lili Dujourie, Sophie Nys, and Angyvir Padilla.

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Boat rave: Club Vaag at Jachthavenweg

Saturday, 15 July, 16-22h00 Antwerp

It’s time again for Club Vaag‘s legendary boat rave! This first of two nautical editions will focus on hard techno, with Lando Riské, Lena De Roose, Matthias Geerts, and RPTR behind the decks. Put on your best sailor hat and dance the afternoon and evening away while drifting along Antwerp’s rivers.

Music: Bos!Festival

Saturday, 15 July Bergelen

One day, three stages, a bunch of food trucks, and a line-up that is built around enjoyment and discovery, that’s Bos!Festival, an initiative by Kortrijk concert venue Wilde Westen. It’s all going down in the beautiful Bergelen region, with an approach attempting to minimise its ecological impact. The line-up includes German pianist Martin Kohlstedt, Belgian duo Echo Beatty, and many others.

Cover photo Annabella Schwagten

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