A selection of things to do in Namur, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent from Japanese nights out to Australian indie rock and Chinese photography. See you there!
Art festival: KIKK 2018
From 1 till 4 November Namur
KIKK, an annual art festival taking place in the Wallonian city of Namur, wants to create bridges between art, culture, science and technology. The theme of this week’s 8th edition revolves around the topic “Species and beyond”, exploring the boundaries between the living and the non-living while rethinking human kind’s position in the world. Accordingly, the highly interesting program features artists and researchers merging art and science, touching upon issues such as synthetic, organic, and artificial life, interactive ecosystems, generative computer-generated models, and much more.
Birthday bash: Radio Centraal turns 38 at Het Bos
Wednesday, 31 October Antwerp
Antwerp’s 106.7 FM aka Radio Centraal goes offline this week to celebrate its 38th birthday at Het Bos, and you’re invited! On the program: performances, a cocktail bar and concerts featuring The Pink Syrups, Aimé Le Chevalier, Hantrax, and much more.
Music festival: Bâtard 2018
From 30 October to 3 November Brussels
Bâtard festival brings a fascinating mix of theatre, dance, performance, visual art and film to Beursschouwburg and Decoratelier in Brussels, aiming at providing a platform for artists working at the margins of the art scene. Check out the full program here.
Last days: Poème Brut at Design Museum Ghent
Runs until Sunday, 4 November Ghent
This week is your last chance to discover the exhibition “Poème Brut” at Ghent’s Design Museum, a show focusing on a renewed interest in crafts, local techniques and materials among designers – a shift to manufacturing processes and materiality that can be interpreted as a counterpoint to globalisation and dematerialisation. Many of the exhibited designers pair ancient, almost forgotten materials with modern techniques and technology, creating interesting connections between old and new. With works by Kwangho Lee, Sophie Rowley, Ben Storms, and many others.
Concert: Middle Kids at Botanique
Saturday, 3 November Brussels
Indie rock trio Middle Kids released its debut album on Domino Records earlier this year. Titled “Lost Friends”, it skillfully marries poppy with melancholic elements. You can discover the rising Australian three-piece live on stage at Botanique this Saturday.
Food meats music: Ramen Bar at Kumiko
Friday, 2 November Brussels
This weekend, Brussels’ Kumiko launches a new event series: “Ramen Bar.” The idea: to bring together Japanese ramen culture and a great selection of music. Every Friday during the month of November, a DJ will translate Japanese culture into a set. First up: Ostend’s Nosedrip. So sit back, enjoy your ramen and dance the night away. Entrance is free!
Photography: Lin Zhipeng at Stieglitz 19
Opens Sunday, 4 November Antwerp
A new generation of photographers has been emerging in China, challenging boundaries and Chinese contemporary society as it is today. One of them is Lin Zhipeng, whose work first caught attention through social media platforms and self-published zines. His universe is full of playfulness, and erotism, flowers, interiors, and nudes, and you can discover it from Sunday onwards at Antwerp’s Stieglitz 19 gallery.