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Things to do in Liège, Brussels, Charleroi, Leuven, and Antwerp. See you there!

Concert: Oberbaum at Le Hic

Friday, 26 November Brussels

The Berlin aficionados among you will know the iconic bridge this brand new musical project is named after: the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin, connecting the hip Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Behind it all is Brussels-based Lucie Rezsöhazy, whose debut single “We yearn”, released earlier this month, intrigues with laid-back, fluffy, melodic indie pop reminiscent of Beach House or Real Estate. This Friday, you can discover Oberbaum live on stage at Le Hic in Brussels, and for those who can’t make it, here’s the video accompanying the first single featuring Belgian fritkots, some serious 90s vibes, and more.

Window exhibition: Benoit Bastin at La Cellule

From 23 November to 15 January Charleroi

Launched by Belgian artist collective Grosses Lacunes earlier this year, La Cellule shows art in a place that’s free and easily accessible for everyone: a window display  at the Rive Gauche shopping center. After Stephan Vee, Gerda Van Damme, Guido Janssens and Dirk Eelen, it’s now the turn of Charleroi-born visual artist Benoit Bastin, whose multifaceted work develops links with architecture, publishing, object design and electronic music.

Opening: Aneta Bartos at Tommy Simoens

Sunday, 28 November Antwerp

Antwerp gallery Tommy Simoens invites you to the opening of a solo exhibition featuring new works by Polish, New York-based artist Aneta Bartos. While “Monotropa Terrain” includes both short films and photographic work, “Spider Monkeys” consists of a selection of prints. Bartos’ mysterious, slightly unsettling universe is occupied by creatures somewhere inbetween the human and the natural world. The title Monotropa refers to a plant that is often mistaken for fungus, able to grow on the dark forest floors without using photosynthesis but creating a hybrid relationship with fungi and other plants instead.

New kid: Stay Calma

Opens 24 November Liège

There’s a new kid in town in Liège, right on time for Christmas shopping: Stay Calma, not only the name of the store but also the moniker of a Belgian eco streetwear brand you can find on its brand new shelves, offers a carefully curated selection of products from clothes and all kinds of accessories to jewellery with a heavy focus on young, local designers. And if you can’t make it to Liège, there’s the online shop right here.

Music: Planetarium festival

From 25 November to 5 December Leuven

On Leuven’s Martelarenplein an inflatable dome has been erected, and until 5 December it will be the unlikely venue for a music festival of a different kind: All musical performances will be accompanied by 360 degree video projections. The Planetarium Music Festival features visually enhanced concerts by Olafur Arnalds, Meteor Musik, Antoine De Schuyter, and many others. Discover the full program here.

Cover photo Miles Fischler


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