Things to do in Belgium this week: Rooftops, exhibitions, open-air screenings, outdoor concerts, and more. See you there!
Exhibition: Hotel Seagull Magique at DBKA Paddock
Runs until Wednesday, 5 July Brussels
DBKA Paddock, an artist-run space in Saint Gilles, currently presents a group show curated by Vittoria Toscana. It unites the work of four artists who all studied art at La Cambre during the pandemic. Their creations have their roots in exactly this strange time when the world was put “on hold”, allowing them to free themselves from the academic discourse. With Blanca Castro Xiques, Elliott Schott, Harriet Bénard-Sweertvaegher, and Tekla Subrizi.
Opening: Bozar Rooftop
Opens Wednesday, 5 July Brussels
Just like last year, Bozar opens up its rooftop to the public, offering great city views, lounge chairs, refreshments, and even mist showers to get through the summer heat. Plus, it’s full of activities from surplus food-based cuisine and classical, dub, hip hop, feminist and queer radio to a literary tribute to Mahsa Amini, and outdoor film screenings. Scenography by Brussels-based collective Every Island.
Music: Le Jardin de Jordi #1 at Bizet Bizar
Thursday, 6 July, 15-22h00 Brussels
Bizet Bizar, half park, half garden, and a joint project by Dear pigs, MUS-E Belgium and Werkplaats Walter, is part of an effort to spruce up the neighbourhood and to create a new meeting place. Throughout July, Jordi invites you every Thursday to a free musical program where everybody’s welcome and encouraged to bring along camping chairs, snacks and umbrellas. This week, the line-up includes the Avant-Jazz Quaftet, Fred Samier aka Cut Me, and others.
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Night out: Season closing at La Cabane
Friday, 7 July Brussels
Before La Cabane, situated in the unlikely spot that is Watermael-Boitsfort, more known for its parks and foxes than for its nightlife, closes down for the summer, you’re invited for one last bash. Behind the decks: Salute, a DJ and producer from Manchester who just played at Glastonbury and Melt! Festival, as well as locals Ava Eva and Brendrik. Limited presale tickets are available here.
Open air cinema: Te llevo conmigo at Vauxhall
Saturday, 8 July Brussels
This summer, Cinema Galeries dedicates its annual outdoor program L’Heure d’Été to Mexico, an invitation to discover the diversity of the infinitely rich Mexican culture. On the program are iconic films such as Roma and Y tu mamá también by Alfonso Cuarón, or Amores Perros by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which all have masterly captured the essence of Mexico City. On the big screen this Saturday at the beautiful Vauxhall venue: Te llevo conmigo ( I carry you with me), a decades-long romance between two men based on a true story.
Summer show: Barbé and Keteleer Gallery at Dr. De Beir House
Runs until 27 August Knokke
Ghent’s Barbé Gallery and Antwerp’s Keteleer Gallery team up for an ambitious summer show located, of course, in the Belgian seaside town Knokke. The galleries share the beautiful premises of a modernist building built by Huib Hoste in 1924. On view are works by artists such as Valgerður Sigurðardóttir, Adelheid De Witte, Bjarne Melgaard, and Nokukhanya Langa.
Cover photo Miles Fischler