Hello January! Belgium’s glimming with activities these days. Aside from our Subbashows we want you to know what’s going on culture-wise. This month we’re asking Johan Vreys, communication manager at CINEMATEK to curate a selection of Brussels events and venues we can’t miss this month.
One of my resolutions for 2018 is spending more time at the numerous cultural venues around the axe of the Brussels central station and Gare de Midi/Zuid railway station. This micro area constitutes part of my daily commute, and is a hot spot for the arts and bacteria. The arts and bacteria? Exactly. At Cantillon they have been celebrating the art of spontaneous fermentation for years, and just around the corner from them, a new microbrewery has opened at the parting of last year. The opening was so busy, I decided to go back there at least once more this month: Nanobrasserie de l’Ermitage.
But you Subbacultcha readers want culture, right? Next to the Central Station there’s a lot of it, from Établissement d’en face, to countless galleries and, of course, BOZAR. CINEMATEK’s there too, and his month you can go see The Day After by Hong Sang-soo 18th of January, for free. I also strongly recommend the masterclass by Hong Sang-soo the day after, at Korean Cultural Center. You’ll be able to ask questions to the man himself. Aside from our Subbafreebie for February, I’m also looking forward to Alle de tranen/Toute Larme by Sarah Vanagt which is about optic lenses from the 17th century and on January 11, as well as her chosen movie Sayat Nova by Sergei Paradjanov, highly recommended by Martin Scorcese.
While I feel the need to mention how Recyclart has redynamised the area around Kappellekerk, alongside fellow art center Les Brigittines, I’ve decided to hang out more on the other side of the tracks: the Brussels’ South Station, where you can visit some grassroots art off-spaces.
Another one on the to-do list is Komplot. They have been around for what seems like for ever, and on January 12 they will be launching Book Cleo Totti & studio artiste anonyme.
January calls for New Year’s drinks. I will be having some at Pianofabriek on 20 January, under the title The Sound(s) of the Polis. They organize break dance, city talks, concerts and even a market, where I will take some crate-digging time at the stand of Arlequin Records – 2d Hand Record Shop.
Equally interesting is Transformers, run by Sylvie Rodriguez and Sabine Wannenmacher. They are (exceptionally) preparing a show with new work created by themselves, and are presenting the result, Milles Feuilles, January 26. While I imagined a range of fine pastries, they are thinking of layers and layers of paint and painted wallpaper.
And then there’s one more thing. My friend Floris De Smedt presents the release of two new comic strips at the famous comic book store B-Gevaar: the first two albums of Kapitein Ansjovis, January 19.
The Day After is being projected 18 of January at CINEMATEK, Brussels. This event is free for members. Join here.