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A selection of things to do in Belgium in August – festivals, open air star-gazing, exhibitions, neighbourhood parties, and more. See you there!

Music festival: Lokerse Feesten

From 3 to 12 August Lokeren

Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Deus, and Warhaus all in one day: Belgian festival Lokerse Feesten makes it possible. The killer line-up is scheduled for this Friday, after the heatwave has finally loosened its grip and festivals can be fun again.

Meet The Curator: Still Life at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, 9 August, 15-16h00 Brussels

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts currently presents the fascinating exhibition “Still Life”, assembling 40 black-and-white photographs by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Interestingly, the images all echo the old Flemish Masters, whom he considers to be the forerunners of photography. If you want to really dive into the subject, come meet the curator of the show, Michel Draguet, to find out more.

City festival: Patersholfeesten 2018

From 10 to 12 August Ghent

Ghent’s oldest and maybe cutest district invites to a lovely neighbourhood party this week featuring a flea market, concerts, local beers, and more. And make sure to pass by the legendary White Cat.

Exhibition: Panamarenko at Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery

Runs until 16 September Knokke

There’s more to do at the seaside than tanning on the beach: Knokke’s  Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery currently presents an exhibition dedicated to Belgian artist Panamarenko. Among other works it includes the so-called “Panamarenko Codex”, an art work in book form consisting of 134 pages featuring cards, 168 drawings and 65 manuscripts that the artist created between 1972 and 1975. The codex provides a unique insight into the mind and the design process of the Antwerp artist. After having disappeared into a private collection, it is now being exhibited for the first time in years.

Music festival II: Jazz Middelheim

From 9 to 12 August Antwerp

Already since the 70s jazz lovers flock to Antwerp’s Den Brand Park almost every summer. This week sees another edition of the Jazz Middelheim festival, featuring Melanie De Biasio on Friday for example. See the full program here.

Star-gazing: Nuits Etoilées at La Guinguette du Parc de Forest

11 and 12 August Brussels

For this weekend astronomers predict an extraordinary meteor shower peaking on the night of 12 August. On the occasion La Guinguette du Parc de Forest invites shooting star hunters to the park to hang out around a camp fire, grill marshmallows and listen to a musical performance by Diana Dobrescu.

Open air party: Club Kiosk

Saturday, 11 August Leuven

This Saturday Leuven’s Hogeschoolplein gets transformed into Club Kiosk, an intimate open air venue offering the perfect setting for dancing under the starry sky. Behind the decks: Chaos In The CBD, DEBONAIR, Palm Trees II, Concrete Coast and local heroes Jesse Ebo, Mélomane and Turcksin.

Cover photo Grégoire Pleynet

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