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The biting flames of a fire often conjure images of a nightmarish hell-threatening, destructive and deadly. But fire can also be celebratory, life-affirming and cosy (you know, the snap-crackle-and-pop type of cosiness). Here, we explore both sides of the coin
Art’n BLOOM! On the cover edition
Brussels’ Hotel BLOOM! hosts a unique edition of its now well-known Art‘n BLOOM! concept, bringing art and charity together in the creation of limited-edition duvet covers.
Art Brussels with Aeroplastics gallery
Brussels-based gallery Aeroplastics continues our series of throwaway projects today. Kitted out with their very own plastic snap box for Art Brussels, here's their staff's behind-the-scenes diary at Belgium's biggest art fair.
The best online shops for fashion
Online shopping goes native with our pick of Belgium's best e-tailers, plus a round-up of our favorites abroad, with a focus on sites featuring Belgian brands.
The weekend in Belgium 26.04
The weekend is set to be a good one for music lovers with the country's concert halls graced by the likes of The Lemonheads, The Beatnuts, Dandy Warhols and Wallace Vanborn. Plus there's an art book market in Ghent and exhibitions by Ian Wilson, Will Rogan, Stef Renodeyn and Lisa Carletta.
The future is bright, the future is orange: Five Belgian kids with a bit more potential than the rest of them tell us about their dreams for tomorrow.
In part three of our exclusive mix series, we asked Belgian buzzblog Disco Naïveté to create a compilation of songs topping his current playlist.
We talked to three Belgian musicians about their 'thing' for Orange amps. One of them is Wallace Vanborns frontman Ian Clement, who made it onto the cover of our orange album.
The best start-ups in Belgium
Handpicked by our in-house team of editors, designers and web developers, we select the most promising Belgian technology start-ups of the year.
Art Brussels with Bodson-Emelinckx gallery
As part of our Art Brussels coverage, we've craftily equipped three Belgian galleries with nifty little throwaway cameras for a behind the scenes gander at the country's biggest art fair. Today: Brussels-based Bodson-Emelinckx.
In the very last installment of our interview series with Belgian gallery owners, we have a chat with Brussels-based Xavier Hufkens about this year's Art Brussels gig and art fairs in general.
The weekend in Belgium 19.04
Here's our pick of somethings for your Belgian weekend, lovingly laid out with Art Brussels sitting pretty at the top of the pile with expos by Roe Ethridge and Felicia Atkinson, 40 murals by Invader, and some art fair side-shows.
Art is in the air in Brussels today as the city's big art bash kicks off. We had a sit down with gallery owner Rodolphe Janssen to speak about his show at the prestigious Art Brussels fair and his job as juror.
Tim Van Laere
This weekend sees Belgium's art event of the year roll into Brussels, and we've sat down to get the view from gallery owner Tim Van Laere on his upcoming show at Art Brussels.
In the second part of our ongoing interview series with Belgian gallery owners, we speak to Baronian Francey founder Albert Baronian about his plans for Art Brussels.
We kick off a week of Art Brussels coverage with an interview with Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt, the creative geniuses behind Brussels' Alice Gallery.
Céline De Schepper, only 23 years old, just graduated from La Cambre last June and is already one of Belgium's young rising fashion stars.
Stéphane Erouane Dumas at La Verrière Hermès
We sit down for an exclusive interview with French artist Stéphane Erouane Dumas as he prepares to unveil his latest installation at La Verrière Hermès on April 20.
Pimpinelle, a new boutique in Brussels for foodies, inspires Damien Aresta to sample some other recent delicious food experiences. Dig in.
The weekend in Belgium 12.04
Highlights of Belgium's packed agenda this weekend include an expo that guesses at 2040, AB's Kraftwerk fetish, as well as a show by Dean Treacy, fashion and photos in Antwerp and Democrazy's birthday do.
For our orange album, young and upcoming photographer Pauline Miko aimed her lense at red heads, capturing their somewhat mysterious and intriguing aura.
The best architectural renaissances in Brussels
The last part of our series on re-purposed spaces brings us to the Belgian capital where Adriaan Hauwaert and Jef Claes zoom in on the transformations of the Wiels museum, Recyclart and La Bijouterie.
The best new female models in Belgian fashion
We've selected our favourite Belgian cover boys and girls for spring, eight fashion forward faces that'll soon be gracing a glossy cover near you, if not already. Here's the ladies.
The second instalment in our series of Word-exclusive mixes comes from female DJ duo The Lizzies.
The best architectural renaissances in Antwerp
In the first part of our series on old spaces that have been granted new life, we turn our attention to Antwerp's Kammenstraat church, now a concert hall and a railway depot-turned-city park.
Win tickets for Michael Hurley
Folk legend Michael Hurley is playing at L'Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on Wednesday. And we have five pairs of tickets to give away to our lucky, lucky readers.
The weekend in Belgium 05.04
The orange album's mother-of-all-parties might be behind us, but never fear. This weekend's got a new wave fest, second hand shopping and a bunch of expos, from Gert & Uwe Tobias, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Erica Svec and Zachary Wollard.
With a gallery by Thomas Nolf, we polish off our series on young and talented Belgium-based photographers who've been letting us in on their own interpretations of the 'new beginnings' thing.
Time again for our exclusive series on young promising photography talents. Part three spotlights French-born Brussels-based Margaux Carron whose inspiration for 'new beginnings' led her to reflect on adolescence...
It's the second installment of our photography series on the theme of new beginnings, and we're showcasing some springtime snap-happiness from rising Belgian talent Jef Claes.
The weekend in Belgium 29.03
This weekend, everyone's off to The Word's orange album release party. Oh, and there's also exhibitions of Charley Case, Joel Morrison, Andres Serrano, Lara Gasparotto and Ford Madox Brown, plus parties at Brussels' Catclub and a Helmet gig. It's going to be a busy one.
Back to zero
As part of our series on new beginnings, here's Julien Mourlon and Mieke Dumortier who've accomplished something most of us scaredy cats daren't do: they took the reigns of their careers and said so long to playing it safe.
We kick of our 'new beginnings'-inspired photography series with a gallery shot by young Belgian star Sanne Delcroix.
Decap organs have been a family business since 1902, even though they look more like something from Bladerunner. We found an Antwerp producer who's equipped this old-timer organ with a midi interface, bringing it to life again.
Dalai Lama Renaissance
Tune in for this Word-exclusive mix by Brussels-based band Dalai Lama Renaissance, homegrown pop-electronica trio on the rise.
New name, new game
We're talking band re-baptisms as part of our series on new beginnings, with Belgian musos The Glimmers, MonkeyRobot, New Bleeders and BRNS on why they did it and how it changed things (or not).
The weekend in Belgium 22.03
From Jeffrey Clancy's metallica to Kubrick's lonely cities, and all the Gustavo Riegos, Kirsten Pieroths, Koen Vanmechelens in between, throw in an average temperature of 17° and some cold, fizzy Jupe and you're set for a killer weekend in Belgium.
Fifteen questions to Alice Knackfuss
We talk to the designer about feminism, the "freedom" of menswear and why she ultimately refuses to believe in fast fashion.
The weekend in Belgium 15.03
What does your future hold? A workspace-cum-gallery in St. Gilles, a darkly colourful show by Nicolas Van Kerckhove, plus expos at ALICE, Artiscope and Salvo and everything in between. Oh, and Madball play hard ball in Antwerp.
Win tickets for the Absolut Blank party
Absolut Vodka are throwing a two-nighter this weekend to celebrate the launch of their latest campaign Absolut Blank. And we have 10 pairs of tickets to give away.
The weekend in Belgium 08.03
Another busy weekend for all you people out there: there's Liège's photography biennal, exhibitions by JessicaYatrofsky, Muller Van Severen, Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille, plus a party thrown in your honour by Belgian label On-point and a concert in Magasin 4.
It’s a new day
Starting Friday 16th March, our website's editorial theme will be 'New beginnings'. Read on to find out how you can contribute...
You wait and you wait for a book by Christian Aschman and then two come all at once... the photographer sits down with the Word and opens up about opening up.
The weekend in Belgium 01.03
After a week off and with 4 exhibitions, 3 concerts & a night at Brussels' museums, our selection of weekend happenings is back on track.
Little Trouble Kids
With their debut album Adventureland, Boston Tea Party have reinvented themselves as Little Trouble Kids. They've been busy living up to their shiny new name.
Our new website
A few words on our freshly re-launched website, the team behind it and the writers and photographers whose contributions we've enlisted.
Ross Clements and Geert Sermon
With just a few days before their first night at Brussels' Beursschouwburg, we speak to kindred spirits Ross Clements and Geert Sermon about their joint promoting effort.
PLMD’s Pierre and Damien
We polish off our series on creative and enterprising two-pieces with the delightful duo Pierre and Damien from graphic design studio pleaseletmedesign.
Still ridiculously loved up, we bring you Brussels-based DJ Sagat's excellent Valentines's Day mix, inspired by tacky, crappy E-Cards. It's a good one.
We have a sit down with French artist Pierre Besson whose works are currently on show at Brussels' Joye Gallery. We talk about technologic excess, the beauty of everyday things and Brian Eno's minimalist appeal.
With 'Oh! Oui!", music producer and radio host Dandy Teru delivers part four of our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mix tapes. This one is all suggestive moves down memory lane.
Part three of our Valentines mix has Brussels-based Jealov turning knobs and turning heads. "A slippery slow mix to keep the pace", as they succinctly put it.
Miss Hot Tracks’
We continue our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mixes with Brussels-based DJ Miss Hot Tracks mix entitled 'Desires'.
Hunting and Collecting’s Niels and Aude
Niels and Aude are the creative geniuses behind Hunting and Collecting, a Brussels-based concept store that's made a name for itself in Belgium and beyond.
Leuven-based all-rounders Uphigh Collective kick off our series of Valentine's Day-inspired exclusive mixes.
Projet Digilence’s Emilie and Valentin
Emilie Pischedda and Valentin Souquet are a duo in lots of ways: they are artists, lovers, parents and founders of Brussels-based art production hub Project Digilence.
The weekend 09.02
Exhibitions of Cy Twombly, Chantal Akerman and Naoto Kawahara, Azari & III and Jedi Mind Tricks in concert, plus a London getaway special revealing the must-sees on the island this weekend.
SteytPeña’s Luis and Laurence
Luis Peña and Laurence Steyt met while assisting the same photographer in Paris back in 2004. These days, they're busy with their venture, SteytPeña, and their very own Brussels studio.
Photographer Kelly De Block
In our continued bid to shine a light on rising Belgian talent, we speak with recently-graduated fashion photographer Kelly De Block about collages, contrasts and connecting with people.
Felicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson
In the fourth part of our series on illuminating couple-collaborators, we introduce multi-talents Felicia and Bartholomé whose pooled resources include books and records.
Fifteen questions to Ingrid Baars
We sit down with Antwerp-based Dutch photographer Ingrid Baars to discuss the creative process, her love of the female form and feedback from older men at gallery openings.
Onda Sonora’s Bart and Yoeri
More superstar soulmates. DJs Yoeri Bellemans and Bart Sibiel make up two halves of Onda Sonora Soundsystem. They traffic their soulful sound at their own trademarked shindigs but also through a cool weekly slot on FM Brussel.
The weekend 03.02
It's a balmy minus 8° out there, but these weekend shindigs should warm you up: ProPulse Festival, Catclub and a Pierre Besson expo in Brussels, vintage shopping and a metal gig in Antwerp, and electronic music in Ghent. Have an outrageous weekend.
Memymom’s Lisa and Marilène
Part II of our fascination-feature on outstanding Belgian two-pieces. Drumroll please for Memymom, a photography venture concocted by mother and daughter duo Marilène and Lisa.
The weekend 26.01
This weekend has exhibitions of Don Brown, Wouter Feyaerts and Daan van Golden in store. Plus: Get your hands on a contemporary art piece without getting your wallet out at Bozar and take in your dose of music at Transardentes or the Gym Class Heroes concert.
With his exhibition at Bodson Emelinckx Gallery having just opened, we sit down with Brussels-based cut-up artist Christopher Coppers to talk about his biggest show to date, the state of TV and Belgian politicians singing the wrong national anthem.
Delvaux and Wouters & Hendrix collaboration
We sit down with jewellery designers Wouters & Hendrix to get the lowdown on their Delvaux collaboration.
The weekend 19.01
Christopher Coppers' exhibition opening in Brussels tonight, the incomparable Chilly Gonzales on Sunday night and a couple of design (Tomas Alonso at Victor Hunt), photography (Ben Murphy at Stieglitz 19 and Swedish photography at Zebrastraat) and art (Nikolay Oleynikov at Komplot) shows in between.
The weekend 12.01
With exhibitions by American artist Shirley Jaffe, Belgian Fauvist Ferdinand Schirren and fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, as well as shows on the Brazilian design scene and the best album artworks of 2011, the start of the year sure is high on culture.
Fifteen questions to Pablo Piatti
We sit down with fashion illustrator Pablo Piatti in Antwerp to discuss his craft, drawing faces and viewing illustration as a complement to photography.
The weekend 22.12
A film festival, two exhibitions, Chilly Gonzales and the James Taylor Quartet in Brussels as well two Christmas eve parties. What to do over the holiday weekend...
We book a table at gastronomic newcomer Bouchéry in Brussels' south to discover a world where passion and provenance prevail.
We sit down with Ghent-based DJ Nosedrip to ask him what's missing in his life and what songs he'd play on a first date. Scroll down to the bottom of the interview for a free mix.
Seeing right through you
A campaigner, a law enforcer, a lawyer and a investigative journalist. We profile four local heroes that strive towards making your society a more honest and transparent one.
The smooth operator
We speak to a Belgian hostage negotiator about handling crisis situations, parallels to the movie 'The Negotiator' and how a little lie can undermine an entire operation.
When Hedgren met Sonny
Belgium bag maker Hedgren teams up with happy snapper Sonny Vandevelde for the launch of their capsule collection.
White coats: The pharmacist
For the last instalment in our series on professions that still require wearing a white coat in the workplace, we visit Ghent-based pharmacist Ann Seye.
The best burgers in Brussels
We round-up three of our favourite burger joints in Brussels - and toss in others that deserve a mention.
The weekend 15.12
Three exhibitions, a Black Lips concert and a DJ set in Brussels, photography in Antwerp, painting in Ghent, popular culture in Leuven and, last but not least, a quick-shot selection of leftfield Christmas markets to catch this weekend.
Hans Op de Beeck’s stark realities
Although many artists describe themselves as ’multi media artists’, few deserve the tag as much as Brussels-based Hans Op de Beeck.
Brussels nightlife queen and Word-columnist Lady Jane on white labels and the luxury of having record store clerks keep little gems behind their counters for their trusted customers.
White coats: The baker
In part three of our feature on wearing white coats at work, we profile Himschoot, Ghent's oldest bakery.
White coats: The cheesemonger
Meet cheesemaker Walschot in the second instalment of our series on professions that still cherish the white coat as working wear.
The weekend 09.12
Weekend's about to kick off and we have just what you need in terms of culture-fix: Three exhibitions and a party in Brussels, three shows in Antwerp and one in Ghent.
White coats: The poulterer
Do you remember the time when wearing a white coat at work was a pre-requisite, not an option? Here, we visit four professions who still insist on donning a white apron during working hours.
A 250-strong collection of snow globes that first came to our attention for our white album and, due to popular demand, even made it to our white album release party.
My little white screen
Frédéric Nicolay, the creative mind behind Café Belga, Potemkine and cult Belgian beer Vedett, continues in his quest to freshen up Brussels with his neighbourhood-loving little white screen project.
Rue Blanche is not only known as a purveyor of softness for everyday women but also for its outstanding look books. We dived a bit into history and had a closer look at its catalogues of the last 25 years.
Facing the blank canvas: Rinus Van de Velde
In the third instalment of our series discussing the challenges for artists in facing a blank canvas, we speak with Belgian artist Rinus Van De Velde, who currently is exhibiting in Berlin.
Why is it that 'white' neighbourhoods aren't as clearly defined in the human consciousness as, say, 'Black' or 'Asian' neighbourhoods? We've looked into the matter and stumbled across countless organic food shops and a lot of dog poop.
Facing the blank canvas: Matthew Crasner
In part two of our series on the relationship between artists and the blank canvas we talk to Brussels-based artist Matthew Crasner.
We sit down with 30 year old Croatian fashion designer Damir Doma to talk production issues, being an introvert in Antwerp and choosing white for his latest collection.
The Royal Tennis Club of Belgium
For 33 years now Gilbert Elseneer and his wife have run the Royal Tennis Club of Belgium in Brussels, a somewhat antiquated but lovingly kept tennis club where members' attire must be at least 80% white.
The interview: Girls
We speak with Girls frontman Christopher Owens about white sneaker fetishes, running a business and singing “Stille nacht” to sailors at Christmas time in Antwerp’s docks.
The weekend 01.12
Lineart Art Fair and Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler in Ghent, Belgian photography and discount designer shopping in Antwerp, Jasper Johns in the countryside and, last but not least, Robert Devriendt and a temporary design store in Brussels.
Facing the blank canvas: Manor Grunewald
Five emerging Belgian artists talk to us about what it feels like to stare a blank canvas in the eye. First up, Ghent-based painter Manor Grunewald (26), featured on our white album's cover.
The weekend 18.11
Design exhibitions, photography fairs, fashion sales, vintage markets, live shows and DJ nights. People take note, your weekend's about to kick off and it's going to be big.
The interview: Dirk Braeckman
Following the opening of his most extensive retrospective to date in Leuven's M Museum, we meet Dirk Braeckman, arguably Belgium's most prominent photographer, to talk analogue photography, eliminating colour and working against photography as a medium. Includes our visual review of the exhibition in the image gallery at the bottom of the page.
Fifteen questions to: Zhao Li
With her playful, animal-shaped creations, up and coming jewellery designer Zhao Li has roots in China and a home in Antwerp, adding some much-needed colour to the local jewellery scene. We speak with her about the beauty of spiders, using medical plastic and her jewellery line 'talitali'.
The weekend 11.11
A camera phone photography exhibition in Ghent, a Paul Smith exhibition in Antwerp, a fashion show of second-hand creations, a gay-cinema festival, I Love Techno in Ghent and a rap concert in Brussels.
A Sofie D’Hoore dress
The little black dress gets given a Belgian twist in the shape of Sophie D'Hoore's upscaled offshoot for the modern woman.
Fifteen questions to: Peter Ceursters
Fifteen questions put to Peter Ceursters, manager of Antwerp's Acne store by day and accessory designer by night.
The weekend 04.11
An exhibition of Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, Is Tropical and Gablé in concert, a night packed with music and art at Plastic, Walter Salles' award-winning movies and last but not least a jazz evening to bring a busy weekend to an end. A mouth full.
Rise and shine: photographer Adriaan Hauwaert
Taking a look at final year photography student Adriaan Hauwaert's mesmerising short series on typical Belgian residential architecture was enough for us to want to find out a little more. Here, we have a quick chat with the rising talent.
The Experimental Tropic Blues Band
Back from having recorded their latest album with blues-rock legend Jon Spencer in New York, we sit down with The Experimental Tropic Blues Band two days before their embark on a European tour to discuss making real rock music, taking the subway in New York and getting famous music journalists to go naked on stage.
The weekend 28.10
With most of the country gearing up for a four-day weekend, the cultural calendar is full of things to do. Here, we highlight a festival, a concert, a two-night party, an urban retail trail and two exhibitions which we very much hope will be to your liking.
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