Seven cultural things to do in Belgium this week. See you there!
Music: Brussels Electronic Marathon
From 12 to 14 October Brussels
229 artists, 66 collectives, 33 venues: the Brussels Electronic Marathon has a lot in store for music fans. The three-day festival not only offers concerts, Dj sets and parties, but also workshops and exhibitions. One highlight you shouldn’t miss is the Music & Technology Corner at the Musical Instruments Museum. It’s set up by Brussels-based Ohme collective, which explores the relationship between arts, science, and technology.
Cinema: Film Fest Ghent
From 11 to 19 October Ghent
Since the 70s Ghent plays host to the reputed Film Fest Gent, which regularly attracts more than 130 000 visitors. It not only features a great selection of movies and short films, but also the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards. Just take this Sunday: there’s a myriad of screenings to pick from, ranging from documentaries about Belgian photography star Harry Gruyaert or fashion icon Vivienne Westwood to Girl, the opening film, which was received with standing ovations. Full program here.
Exhibition: Pawn Island at KOP
From 11 to 14 October Antwerp
This weekend at KOP, everything revolves around an iconic two-player strategy board game that exists already since the 7th century: chess. Play a round yourself or discover artworks around the original theme, featuring creations by Nate Harris (USA), Belgian photographer Miles Fischler, Guido de Boer (NL), and many others. We recommend to pass by on Saturday night, when there’s not only chess but also beer and pizza on the menu.
Late night opening: Measurements at Société
Saturday, 13 October Brussels
This Saturday you can experience Société‘s “Measurements” until 23h00. The show explores how measuring, weighting, and counting have influenced artistic practices and become part of the artistic vocabulary. Meters, kilograms, seconds and minutes structure our perception and our relationship with the world, and though they are intrinsically part of all works of art, it is only since the arrival of conceptual art that they have turned into content and artistic expression themselves. With works by 27 different artists including Stanley Brouwn and Hamish Fulton.
Print: Antwerp Academy Art Book Fair
Saturday, 13 October Antwerp
Print is definitely not dead: this Saturday sees the 5th edition of the annual Antwerp Academy Art Book Fair. The largest of its kind in the Benelux states, it features more than 120 exhibitors from Belgium and abroad, presenting a stunning selection of art books and artists’ publications from both antiquarians and contemporary publishers. There’s also an interesting side program from book launches to performances. More here.
Finissage: Marc Rossignol at Annie Gentils
Sunday, 14 October Antwerp
Marc Rossignol’s exhibition “Synchrone” is coming to an end this Sunday, and on the occasion the artist will stage a performance, together with composer and sound artist Kurt Du Tré. Rossignol often explores philosophical concepts, and for this show he brings together Hindu culture with the art historical heritage of Monet.
Market: Marché des Créateurs at La Tricoterie
Sunday, 14 October Brussels
A market that champions local craftsmen: here, you’ll meet the artists and their creations directly, from jewellery and textiles to lamps and accessories. There’s also a brunch! The perfect Sunday recipe.