Things to do in Liège, Brussels, Leuven, and Antwerp, from nights out to exhibitions and film screenings. See you there!

Exhibition: Béatrice Balcou at Beige

Runs until 6 May Brussels

In “Recent Paintings”, French-born Béatrice Balcou, who in her practice often investigates our relationship to the value and the role of art today, presents new works on paper. At Beige, the Brussels-based artist tackles the subject of the restoration of the reproduction of a painting, shining a light on the hidden figures in the background, from registrars to technicians and restorers, levelling the playing field between them and the artist.

Exhibition: Four Sisters at The Jewish Museum of Belgium

Runs until 27 August Brussels

“Four Sisters” brings together works by four Jewish artists from different generations who all, at one point, lived in Brussels. The other significant commonality: All of them experienced – directly or through their families – occupation, deportation, and war. With their artistic work, they have created, each in their own way, ways of seeing in and around this dark moment in (their) history. This fascinating group show combines works by celebrated Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman and the sculptural works by Marianne Berenhaut with Sarah Kaliski‘s paintings and Julia Pirotte‘s photographs. Archival objects and contributions by young artists complete the exhibition at Brussels’ Jewish museum.

Night out: I want to dance again at Ampere

Saturday, 29 April, 23h00 Antwerp

Now that’s a line-up: The Subs, French electroclash legend Miss Kittin, Neon Shadow and Kim Peers take over the turntables this weekend at Antwerp’s Ampere club. “I want to dance again”, a track Belgian electro outfit The Subs conjured up during the lockdown, when dancefloors and parties turned into an illegal indulgence, has grown into an identity and a concept with nights out in various locations. This Saturday you can see for yourself if you’re ready to shake a leg again.

Music: Who’s That Girl? at KulturA.

Saturday, 29 April, 21h30 Liège

This Saturday sees the third edition of “Who’s That Girl”, a mini festival at Liège’s KulturA. entirely dedicated to female musicmakers. While the first part of the night focuses on live rap and hip-hop performances by current talents, the second part becomes more eclectic, branching out to DJs playing everything from RnB, Reggaeton, Baile Funk, Afro and Jersey Club to UK Garage and Jungle. You can find the detailed program here.

Film & panel talk: White Balls on Walls at M Leuven

Sunday, 30 April, 15-18h00 Leuven

As part of the Africa Film Festival which still runs until 6 May, M Leuven screens Sarah Vos’ “White Balls on Walls” followed by “Another talk about inclusivity” with the participation of actors and filmmakers. Vos’ documentary from 2022 takes the reputed Stedelijk modern art museum in Amsterdam as a case study looking at a lack of diversity and the difficulties of trying to change an institution. Fun fact: In 2019, when Vos started shooting, more than 90 percent of art at the Stedelijk was made by white men.

Cover photo Miles Fischler