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6 things to do in Genk, Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent, from outdoor art festivals to concerts in a cornfield. See you there!

Outdoor art: Publiek Park at Citadelpark

From 1 to 4 July , 10-22h00 Ghent

A multifaceted, ambitious, vast cultural program thought up by the Young Friends of S.M.A.K is taking over Ghent’s beautiful Citadelpark this week, bringing together visual art, performance, music and film in an unusual setting under the open sky. 20 local and international artists have been selected to show their creations in the context of Publiek Park, incorporating the history, surrounding myths and social dynamics of the location into their work. The group exhibition is accompanied by performances, a symposium, guided tours, concerts curated by KRAAK, films selected by Art Cinema OFFoff, and more. The art trail includes spots that are normally not accessible to the public, such as the military casemates and the aquarium grotto. With Marcin Dudek, Helen Anna Flanagan, Mountaincutters, Anthony Ngoya, Shalva Nikvashvili, Jacopo Pagin, Laure Prouvost, and many others.

Performance art: TROUBLE #11 at Studio Thor

From 7 to 11 July Brussels

Since 2005 performance festival TROUBLE unites visual arts, contemporary dance, experimental theatre, oral poetry, music and the nightlife scene for a surprising, out-of-the-ordinary five-day program. While the headquarters are located at organizer Studio Thor in Saint-Josse, lots of events take place throughout the entire city. Scottish artists Adam York Gregory and Gillian Jane Lees for example invite you to the former museum of the Brussels North Station for “A Different North”, an installation and durational performance at the same time. Full schedule here.

Concert: Black Box Revelation at Het Veld

Thursday, 1 July, 19-22h00 Antwerp

Concerts are finally back! In the middle of a cornfield, in a wooden arena, explosive Belgian garage rock duo Black Box Revelation will take the unique stage, kicking off a series curated by Busker. The homegrown twosome has been working on a brand new album, and this might be a great opportunity to catch some first glimpses. Check out their discography here.

Opening: Zomersalon 2021 – Buy Local #2

Friday, 2 July, 20h00 Ghent

After a successful debut edition last year, the so-called “Summer Salon” is back – an initiative in the tradition of the historic Paris Salons to support Ghent’s vibrant local art scene: Boasting various reputed art schools and a growing number of galleries and art spaces, the city holds a strong attraction for artists. The exhibition at Kunsthal Gent features works by no less than 742 local artists across all genres from photography and painting to sculptures, installations, performance, audio and video works. Everything is on sale and all proceeds go directly to the creators. 

Last days: Reclaiming Places at La Loge

Runs until Saturday, 3 July Brussels

It’s the last week to discover the thought-provoking group exhibition “Reclaiming Places”, and on the occasion the La Loge team will welcome you for guided tours in three languages this Saturday afternoon. The show tells the story of a changing world, shining a light on environmental concerns, examining the notions of inhabiting, exploiting and possessing land, and how architecture shapes relationships. With works by Marwa Arsanios, Marjolijn Dijkman, Laura Huertas Millán, Joar Nango, and Otobong Nkanga.

Art afternoon: Domesticity and Hospitality at C-mine

Saturday, 3 July, 15-18h00 Genk

Since 2019, Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers have been artistically engaging with the “disturbed landscape” of Winterslag, staging a series of spatial interventions. This Saturday, the will present their interesting project at C-mine, where they are also installing a so-called heated daybed for the summer, a place to be used by art organisations, guests, neighbours, but also providing shelter for small animals and a breeding ground for plants. There’ll also be a talk by the makers behind Accattone magazine, which explores practices in art and architecture in the form of an exhibition on paper.

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