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Fit to print
In a converted printing press we learn about the early days of Brussels' art activism and post-digital letterpresses.
Bollyfood and art bonanza. This weekend in Belgium.
Belgium's weekend is bursting with exhibitionists, with Constant Permeke and Clarissa Dalrymple on the cards.
The best of Belgium’s beats scene in 2012
2012's key releases of genre-defying, rhythmically driven choons, as chosen by Bart Sibiel.
Future, fine art and photography. This weekend in Belgium.
FuTure brings beats to Liége and Weegee's murderous tabloid tales hit Antwerp.
The Vlek team looks back on 2012 and pick their very favourite new tracks of the year, compiling them in a Word-exclusive mix.
Catclub, Colour One & pre-Christmas crackers. This weekend in Belgium.
Art as usual in the Belgian capital with Harry Gruyaert's colour-love & Antwerp hosts Zero Hour.
Roos Vandekerckhove and the power of colour
Pistachio green, bright red, indigo blue and fuchsia pink: a few of knitwear virtuoso Roos Vandekerckhove's favourite things...
Jasper Wentzel’s 25 top tracks of 2012
Our series of 2012 playlists continues. This time, the juke box is manned by label promoter slash music buff Jasper Wentzel.
Belgium’s best record shops
Record-hunter Bart Sibiel honours Belgium's remaining legion of well-stocked vinyl emporiums with a list of Belgium's best record shops.
Friederike von Rauch’s Sleeping Beauties in Antwerp
German photographer Friederike von Rauch deploys her trademark aesthetic in a study of after-hours art.
Holiday gift guide: The Word’s Christmas wishlist
We help you keep the holiday season's shopping stress levels down with this hand-picked, carefully-selected gift guide.
Five discoveries that made 2012 better
Five welcome discoveries - from Discogs stores to badman magazines - that for better or for worse, left their mark on 2012.
Hives, Harmonie and art a la carte.This weekend in Belgium.
AB hosts the Hives, Harmonie turns two in Antwerp and the Nationa(al) Pop Up Store pops up in Brussels.
25 tracks for 2012 by Disco Naïveté + Exclusive mix
Our very own pop pundit Disco Naïveté counts down his 25 favourite tracks of 2012.
Stephan Schneider on curating the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
We spoke with the German designer about his selection, the new generation and why a strong product is always key.
The fashion world of London-based Belgian photographer Gael Delhaye
London-based Belgian fashion snapper Gael Delhaye shot this series exclusively for The Word. Lucky us.
The month of November in numbers
We're counting cards and tallying-up our numbers this month for the first of many monthly crunch sessions.
An interview with Wiels curator Devrim Bayar about her project Le Salon
As Le Salon turns one year old, its founder and Wiels curator Devrim Bayar fills us in on the Brussels' premier go-to art guide.
Kicking off a month of selections, Belgian DJ and producer Jazz Neversleeps selects then mixes 25 of the year's hottest tracks.
Brussels' sound shapers Errorism whip up a jazzy and slow-burning mix for your ears only.
CEO Marco Probst takes Belgian luxury leathergood house Delvaux into the future
"We don't need a star designer. Our product is the star": New Delvaux CEO Marco Probst talks strategy.
Music festival Autumn Falls and exhibitions galore: This weekend in Belgium
Ghent's Museum Night does art in the dark and Autumn Falls in Brussels.
Meet AME, Funky Bompa and DJ SoFa: Belgium’s biggest crate diggers
Bart Sibiel's shout-out to three dedicated Belgian record collectors.
Adeline and Alexandre on the opening of Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Cousins Adeline and Alexandre's blink-and you'll-miss-it one stop shop for Belgian creative entrepreneurs sets up in Brussels.
Group shows and guitar heroes. This weekend in Belgium.
Cheap Time and the Bots buzz Brussels while Kissinger turns three in Antwerp.
The standout booths and prints at this year’s edition of Paris Photo
We spent the better part of last Sunday doing the rounds at Paris Photo, capturing the fair's vibrant atmosphere in all its glory.
Annemie Verbeke on Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Womenswear designer Annemie Verbeke gets involved in the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store in Brussels' Châtelain neighbourhood.
Photographer Nicolas Karakatsanis ‘Adjusting Infinity’ at Alice
Nicolas Karakatsanis' characteristic emotional intensity is back for an exhibition at the Alice Gallery
Doing the rounds at Paris’ independent publishing fair Offprint
Paris' Offprint, a three-day gathering of publishing purists, took place over the weekend alongside Paris Photo. We were there.
The best of 2012
We're about to begin publishing our end of year lists, and here's a quick run down of what you can expect.
A retrospective of Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman in Germany
Dirk Braeckman opens his first solo show at Kunsthalle Erfurt, a retrospective spanning twenty years
Our round-up of standout booths at this year’s nofound fair in Paris
We spent the better part of our weekend scouring the aisles at Paris' nofound photography fair, taking the temperature of contemporary photography as it stands today.
Quentin De Wispelaere’s fashion photography
We kick off our bi-monthly fashion series with Belgian photography talent Quentin De Wispelaere and his slightly eerie images.
Slow journalism, fast medium:Bart Kiggen & Magali Elali’s Coffeeklatch
Bart and Magali visit interesting Belgian people in their homes, ask questions, drink coffee, and put it all on Coffeeklatch...
American Dreams and Pink Screens. This weekend in Belgium.
Kaiser Chiefs, queer flicks and a weekend art fix for Brussels, while Ghent gets Digitalism.
MoMu director Kaat Debo on its first decade
Kaat Debo waxes fashionable about the first ten years of MoMu, Antwerp's prestigious fashion museum.
Photographer Frieke Janssens takes your last shot before you die
The Belgian photographer is embarking on a sort-of-morbid mission to make you immortal.
Chrome Brulée, or how the cassette came to be reborn in Belgium
Compact cassettes are staging a renaissance. Bart Sibiel explores a shabbily-made music medium well-suited to Belgium's surreal self.
Fashion photographer Zeb Daemen on androgyny and the search for timelessness
Industry wunderkind Zeb Daemen talks timeless images and the appeal of shiny-skinned, alien-like women.
Illustrator Valentine De Cort teams up with Belgian fashion giant Delvaux
Valentine De Cort draws the story of Delvaux's very fashionable leading lady to celebrate the revamped Le Madame bag.
A digital day out in Namur and a dissident in Brussels. This weekend in Belgium.
Oh My Garden moves indoors and Optimo moves cities while Ai Weiwei gets filmed and FIFI and KIKK kick off.
Group show We do not remember the Berlin Wall opens tomorrow in Brussels
The 12 multidiscipline artists that make up Emilie Pischedda & Barthélémy Schöller's group show bring new blood to an old city.
Looking for fashion photographers, artists with day jobs and more…
We're knee-deep in editorial research for our next print edition, and there's a few things we're hoping you might be able to help us with.
Ten years of Catclub flyers
Celebrating 10 years of Catclub dance floor goodness with a big birthday bash tomorrow night at Brussels' Wild Gallery, we caught up with founder Lady Jane to talk early beginnings, memorable nights and having the best flyers in the world.
An interview with the creative minds behind Belgian fashion label Percy Stone
Percy Stone are yet another creative city-side couple in the early days of their joint enterprise. They answer our questions about their two's company.
Belgian modern art and Catclub’s birthday bash. This weekend in Belgium.
Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, M83 and Liars plug in their amps, while Catclub celebrates ten years in the city.
Photographer Serge Leblon on his Paris show and the demise of fashion photography
Serge Leblon's personal collection has nothing to do with fashion. His exhibition Composite just opened in Paris.
Fashion designer Christian Wijnants on his 20th collection and winning the Woolmark prize
Throwing a big party to celebrate winning the Woolmark prize is not really Christian Wijnants' thing, he's saving his energies for Paris next year.
My fascination with music Made in Belgium, by Onda Sonora’s Bart Sibiel
In the first instalment of a twice-monthly series celebrating his love of music 'Made in Belgium', Onda Sonora's Bart Siebel - radio host, DJ and promoter - takes a closer look at what, exactly, defines Belgium's DIY ethos.
A chat with the owners of Brussels culinary gem Bouchery
Another installment in our series on dynamic duos going it fifty-fifty sees us drop in on Damien and Bénédicte, the creative minds behind Brussels restaurant Bouchery.
Untitled! at Trix and birthday candles for Caillou Bleu. This weekend in Belgium.
Brussels is abandoned by Philippe Van Wolputte and throws a birthday party for publisher Le Caillou Bleu while Antwerp plays emcee to art by Takis, Tomasz Kowalski and the future of music at Untitled!
Imitating amateurs: Dutch photographer Michiel Burger
We sat down with the photographer in Brussels to talk about why he chooses to ignore common aesthetics and instead imitates the amateurs... and what his dad's underpants have to do with it.
An interview with Antwerp-based German designer Daniel Andresen
Antwerp-based German designer Daniel Andresen took time out to chat to us about subjects close to his heart, like the textures and imperfections of a well-spun yarn
Belgian electro pop duo Joy Wellboy on life, love and joking about The Clash’s drummer
Belgian two-piece Joy Wellboy talk about sharing the stage, sharing a bed and being mirrors for each other...
An interview with the founders of Brussels art gallery VidalCuglietta
Barbara Cuglietta and Lilou Vidal: a pair of Brussels-based gallery owners share the reasons for their mutual appreciation in our series on winsome twosomes.
Number nine in our exclusive mix series has Brussels-based 23 year old DJ-producer Mezzdub get behind the decks for a one-hour plus long-player of house music at its best.
Belgian photographer Charif Benhelima’s Polaroids at Brussels’ Bozar
His solo show of Polaroids having just opened at Brussels' Bozar, we take a closer look at Belgian photographer Charif Benhelima's work.
Snap happy Elisabeth Ouni’s Polaroid tales
Elisabeth Ouni moves out of the blogosphere for the first time with A Polaroid Story, a celebrated series of stolen moments with the stars.
Five reasons why we deserve a week off
We'll be taking a couple of days off until Monday 22nd October and here's five reasons why you won't make us feel bad about it.
Antwerp-based girl DJ duo Soren on gigs and good looks
We met up at Antwerp's Café Normo with Amélie Lens and Rosalie De Meyer to talk about Søren, the DJ act they launched together last year.
Belgian stylist Benoît Béthume on the launch of Mémoire Universelle, his new bookazine
Stylist Benoît Béthume's bookazine Mémoire Universelle is more book than magazine. The first issue's about love, and it's about to hit a shelf near you.
Robot photography, Polaroids and fashion walks. This weekend in Belgium.
Modo Brussels sets up shop and Ixelles/Elsene gears up for a Walk #1 while Breton roll into town for a Botanique gig.
Inside the very serious business of Belgian beauty
Here’s our shoutout to the people behind Belgium’s parties for the pretty, from the Mister Belgium promoter to Belgium's Miss East Africa.
An interview with Belgian photographer Maroeskja Lavigne
Maroeskja Lavigne's series on Iceland resulted in her being the only Belgian photographer to be nominated for Foam's Talent Issue. We caught up with the 22 year old to talk David Lynch and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
An interview with fashion designer Joanne Vanden Avenne
Designer Joanne Vanden Avenne is mixing architectural shapes with luxurious fabrics and dreaming of a flagship store in Paris.
The 15 best party tracks by Fuse founder Peter Decuypere’s
We asked the founding father of legendary Brussels club Fuse and the creative mind behind I Love Techno to select a couple of party tracks for us.
The meat you eat, from start to finish
How does the meat you eat actually end up on your dinner plate? Who farms it, slaughters it, transports it, treats it, processes it and sells it? We've visited five essential places from the deboning factory to the slaughterhouse.
The sweat-stench and smoke-scent of empty nightclubs
When the lights go out and the bar is closed for business, nightclubs take on a whole different persona. 354 photographers and Alex Salinas look at the other side of clubbing, the one the owners and club promoters would rather you didn’t see.
Girls just wanna have fun
Belgian photographer JC Thonar's pink series, first published in our pink album.
Max Pinckers at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond
We asked photographer-on-the-rise Max Pinckers to document the days leading up to the opening of his exhibition in Amsterdam using one of our ol' favourite throwaway cameras.
The best weightlifters in Belgium
Weightlifters are often (wrongly) perceived as steroid-hungry meatheads. Truth is, the discipline, resilience and mental strength needed to master this Olympic sport would make any other professional athlete run for cover.
An interview with Belgian electro rock outfit Soldout
Soldout's Charlotte and David talk to us about recording their new album, writing a movie soundtrack for the very first time and partying in Berlin.
Brussels’ drawing fair Art on Paper spotlights an underrated discipline
The annual drawing fair has booked into the White Hotel for the weekend and we've done the rounds of the best scribblers so you don't have to.
French photography fair Fotofever’s inaugural Brussels edition
Fotofever's inaugural Brussels edition opened to the press yesterday and we were on hand to take the room's temperature.
Fairs, parties and Art on Paper. This weekend in Belgium.
Fill your weekend agenda with Blackout, a Kid Koala gig plus a massive photo fair at Tour & Taxis.
Fashion designer Étienne Derœux on his American road trip-inspired collection
Designer Étienne Derœux went roadtripping across the USA à la Jack Kerouac where the formality and tradition of American dress informed his third and latest collection.
Rising Belgian photographer Stine Sampers on the work of a lifetime
Stine Sampers, an artist whose tender years have attracted as much consideration as her thoughtful images, got a solo show at Antwerp's In Aanmaak.
Urban development agency creates collaborations between shop owners and designers
In a bid to spice up the design aspect of our neighbourhoods' retail landscape, urban development agency Atrium launched a contest calling on designers to jazz up the windows and displays of local independent grocery shops.
Iconic Brussels bookstore Darakan’s dying days
We drop-in for a browse and a chat as a new (and final?) chapter opens in the Darakan saga.
Cult Belgian blog On-Point’s exclusive playlist for streaming site Juke
The second instalment in our sponsored playlists feature sees us hand selection duties over to Belgian blog On-Point founder Alex Deforce for an 80-minute plus playlist of sun, smiles and soul.
Belgian design by numbers
As part of the pink album's design special we did some research and found some interesting facts about design in Belgium.
Belgian interiors imprint Calcutta’s 165 years in the business
Belgian interiors company Calcutta has been around since 1848, making world-famous wall coverings. Here's a glimpse at the fascinating process.
An interview with Belgian design darling Thomas Lommee
Thomas Lommee is working on a Lego-meets-Wikipedia type design project in his Ixelles studio. We talk to the young designer about sensitivity and design solutions.
Design District brings Scandinavian cool to Leuven
The final installment of our series on Belgian design high street gems sees us wandering through Leuven's 'Design District', one of the country's major hotspots for Scandinavian design devotees.
Antwerp’s Helder: a design studio and interior store all in one
At the helm at Antwerp's Helder are a couple of designers whose own creations accompany those of a myriad of young international names...
Clubs, concerts and a SMAK of raw talent. This weekend in Belgium.
The end of Design September is nigh, leaving us with a monster wrap party plus a host of mouth-watering art, music and photography gigs from across the spectrum, across the country.
Brussels design emporium Espace Bizarre
A Japanese furniture shop turned concept store with everything from Muuto to Maroso on the shelves, Jens Rodieck transformed Espace Bizarre into the eclectic design address we know and love today.
Antwerp-based fashion photographer Michaël Smits on new directions
Photographer Michaël Smits is moving away from controlled minimalism and getting otherwise inspired, while settling into a brand new Antwerp studio.
Brussels retail tastemaker La Fabrika’s ode to design restraint
Number two on our tour of Belgium's most exciting design shops is Brussels’ La Fabrika, a 230 square metre patch of the city's design-friendly Dansaert district.
A design and interiors selection to take you through the winter
We’ve done a room-by-room survey of essentials, rounding-up those items that were most in need of replacing. From bedroom to bar, here’s our selection of design delectables topping our must-have list at the moment.
Inside Brussels’ latest hotbed of design innovation Studio With A View
We dropped in on Studio With A View, an innovative artist hub that unites five designers, two photographers and an architect under one roof.
Photography, rap royalty and garden gigs. This weekend in Belgium
This weekend's a big one for all you music passionistas with favourites like Dent May, Best Coast, El-P, Graham Coxon, We Have Band and Bozar's electro fest hitting the Belgian capital, plus photography by newbie Lara Mennes and the poetic abstraction of Geert De Smet's statues...
Brussels photographer Julie Scheurweghs on her solo show at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond
Julie Scheurweghs has just scored her first solo photography exhibition at Amsterdam's De Brakke Grond, a show that sees the 24 year old Ostender search for beauty in the banal.
An interview with high fashion shop Smets’ buying director Pascaline Smets
Glamorous style heiress Pascaline Smets uses her role in the family business to bring a cosmopolitan edge to Brussels.
The craftsmen that are the backbone of Belgium’s design industry
It’s a well-known fact: behind every great designer lies a great craftsman. We've visited five specialised ateliers in Belgium to bring to the fore those that usually take a backseat.
The five movers and shakers that gave Belgian designers a voice
Scenes don’t just magically take shape. We talk to five individuals instrumental in instigating, supporting and promoting design in Belgium.
An interview with the founders of Antwerp-based design practice Unfold
We've been profiling notable Belgian designers this month, and today we talk digital technology and the means of production with Antwerp-based multidisciplinary design duo Unfold.
A visit to upscaling design practice Atelier 4/5’s Brussels workshop
With a penchant for craft, these two architects by training have been making over furniture since 2009. As part of Design September's Open Doors, they're inviting us all in for a look around.
Open doors at Brussels’ design, architecture and film production hub L’Amicale
A bunch of seasoned Brussels designers of different stripes are throwing open the doors of their shared St. Gilles studio as part of Design September this weekend. Pleaseletmedesign's Damien Aresta tells us why we should visit L'Amicale.
An interview with hot and up-and-coming Brussels design practice Hopop Studio
These two architecture graduates set up shop in Brussels' St. Gilles neighbourhood last September and they've been renovating, renewing and recycling furniture ever since. Their atelier, Hopop Studio, is open to the public for one weekend only.
Art, fashion and Black Dice. This weekend in Belgium
The weekend has landed, bringing with it concerts by Kim Ann Foxmann, Japandroids and Black Dice plus Angel Vergara, Jonathan Meese and a smattering of other worthy art exhibitions
Textile design practice No More Twist opens the doors to its Brussels studio
Brussels' design studios fling open their doors to the public this weekend as part of Design September. We've selected a few that are worth a visit. First stop: Brussels textile design team No More Twist.
An interview with graduate fashion designer Louis Gabriel Nouchi
Louis Gabriel Nouchi's menswear collection was one to watch at this year's La Cambre Mode[s] show. He's back to the drawing board in Brussels' prestigious fashion academy, burning, bleaching and cutting his way to the top.
An interview with the founders of Ghent-based design imprint Studio Woot Woot
Founder of Ghent-based Studio Woot Woot Karen Soors is kicking about at La Fabrika with collective exhibition 'Colour' . She kicks of our Design September-inspired series of profiles of outstanding Belgian designers.
Brazilian design celebrated at stunning Brussels venue Ampersand House
We made ourselves at home at Ampersand's very homely gallery to contemplate the Brazilian Modern exhibition, an insightful showcase of Brazilian furniture worthy of extra special attention this Design September.
Graphic design exhibition Eat symbols opens at Pimpinelle in Brussels
We paid a visit to Rue de Flandre's Pimpinelle, a unique concept store that will play host to its very first art exhibition this weekend as part of Design September. We found a unique cooking class replete with graphics and sound.
Art, parties and Design September. This weekend in Belgium
There are only two things you really need to know about this weekend: think pink for our latest album release party at Joye Gallery Friday, then move on to Brussels' ubiquitous Design September happenings as they kick off all around the capital.
Sylvain Willenz’s Glassworks exhibition opens at design dealer Victor Hunt in Brussels
Probably the most exciting glass-based design expo you're likely to see in a while, we got a sneak preview of local boy Sylvain Willenz's tables and vases at Victor Hunt in the lead up to Design September.
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