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The white album release party
Join us on Friday 25th November in Brussels to celebrate the release of our last edition of 2011, the white album.
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.
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 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.
The word on the street
Going on the trail of our new batch of 'We Own Belgium' stickers that have been appearing on the streets of brussels over the past few weeks.
The weekend 21.10
Berlin's electro legend Apparat is coming to Brussels as well as the Californian quirky three-piece Why? and Bepotel throws its release party - it's going to be a busy weekend for music lovers. For all others there is Bob Verschueren's quite original exhibition of vegetal artworks in the Botanique or the so-called Micromarché, an indoor art and fashion market showcasing Belgium's young talents.
Spicing it up: Saveurs et Savoirs
For the last instalment in our four-part series of inspiring retail start-ups, we spice things up a little with Saveurs et Savoirs, a temple to the senses set to open in Brussels this December.
The weekend 14.10
Exhibition? Check. Live concert? Check. Second hand fashion show? Check. Party? Check. Have a nice and sunny weekend...
The weekend 07.10
With exhibitions of photographers Dirk Braeckmann and Florian Maier-Aichen, tea time at Paul Smith, a Crystal Antlers gig at L'Ancienne Belgique and the Catclub's season opening party, this weekend promises to be high in emotions.
Ménage à deux: When fashion, art and lifestyle collide
In the third instalment of our series on new retail innovations, we meet DJ duo Ménage à deux a couple of days prior to the opening of their concept store of the same name, a fashion, design and culture emporium nestled in the heart of Brussels.
Fifteen questions to: Eric Beauduin
Fashion designer Eric Beauduin's leather good creations have taken the fashion world by storm, resulting in prestigious retails imprints such as L'Ėclaireur in Paris and Halelujah in Brussels carrying his line. In a new, weekly series of rapid fire questions to the fashion folk, we quiz the Brussels-based bagman on everything from the meaning of luxury to the importance of retaining his independence.
The weekend 30.9
Short on plans for this weekend? Sift through our hand-picked selection of film and art festivals, exciting exhibitions and booming all nighters to keep you busy.
Miam Miam Bio: Organic food Grandma-style
In part two of our ongoing series on dynamic, local retail start-ups that enliven your neighbourhood's retail landscape, we meet the owner of Miam Miam Bio, an innovative organic concept that puts Grandma-style cooking at the centre of its philosophy and offering.
The weekend 23.9
Our selection of things to do this weekend includes everything from design exhibitions and open door walks to cinematic retrospectives and art shows.
OpenSoon supports businesses with an attitude
In a fresh bid to add character to your local shopping strip, the Belgian government has launched OpenSoon, an initiative that puts independence and creativity back at the heart of your community by supporting young upstarts in their retail adventures. We profile four of these subsidised projects, starting this week with Brussels-based jewellery shop-come-talent-plateform Joya.
The weekend 16.9
From design city strolls and exhibitions to not-to-miss parties and concerts: Here comes our handpicked list of what to do over the weekend.
The blue album release party – Slove video
A video edit of the live showcase Parisian electro-pop outfit Slove performed at our blue album release party in Brussels.
Open door policy: Inside Atelier 4/5
How and where do Belgian designers work? Find out in part four of our design studio tour.
‘WeForest’ represents Belgium at smart urban stage in Frankfurt
Saving the planet by planting trees - this is the mission of Belgian NGO WeForest which has the chance to win the smart future minds award tomorrow in Frankfurt. We spoke to CEO Marie-Noelle Keijzer in the run up to the big day.
The blue album release party photographs – The uncensored gallery
The unedited and uncensored version of our blue album release party's image gallery.
The weekend 09.9
In a new weekly selection of things to do in Belgium over the weekend, we handpick and review everything from exhibitions and festivals to new shop openings and parties.
Open door policy: Inside Raphael Charles’ studio
In part two of our feature on designers' studios, we visit Brussels-based Raphael Charles.
Rise and shine: fashion designer Pablo Henrard’s beastly chic
Up and coming fashion designer Pablo Henrard’s striking designs are confrontational and refined at the same time. We speak to the fourth year student about his menswear collection, and why he chose Brussels over Antwerp.
Open door policy: Inside Maarten Deceulaer’s studio
We visit the studios of Belgium's leading designers - Maarten Deceulaer, Raphael Charles, Studio Simple, Tom Mares and Atelier 4/5 - to find out what, exactly, really happens behind closed doors.
The blue album release party photographs
Photographs from last Friday's release party, hosted in Brussels by gallery A St Medard to celebrate the release of our latest edition, the blue album. Crowds of beautiful people, rooms full of laughter and striking art installations.
Rise and shine: Photographer Julie Calbert
The photography of young, up-and-coming Brussels-based photographer Julie Calbert (25) are marked by their mystification of the ordinary. Dive into the haunting, dreamlike world of this promising artist on the rise.
The blue album release party
Following a three months hiatus, we’re back with a bang. Our blue album. It hits the street Friday, 2nd September and we’d love for you to join us for a drink or two and a little boogie. It’s all happening at the À St Médard Centre for Arts, located on Rue Haute 298C – 300 Hoogstraat, in 1000 […]
Style spotters: Manu
For the fourth and last in our series of visual chapters on individualism and style, we hand the camera over to Manu from Mapp Store – one of those people who always has something good to say. He might have just given a new album a listen, and thinks you should too (we recently discovered Holidays […]
Casting: Beards, moustaches and sideburns
We’re looking for 25-35 year old men with beards, moustaches and sideburns for a video shoot we’re planning together with photographer Tine Claerhout. Put simply, the idea is to let a hairdresser loose on your facial hair, and re-style it entirely. We’re looking for three models, who’ll each be needed for half a day at […]
Style spotters: Damien Aresta
Part three of our series on everyday style, in partnership with Schweppes, sees us handing over the office disposable to Damien Aresta. A graphic designer, musician (he plays guitar in the indie folk/pop outfit The Ducati Lovers), art director and teacher (he teaches at ERG), Damien is a man who simply cannot sit still, continously […]
Style spotters: Elisabeth Ouni
The second instalment of our style spotters series in collaboration with Schweppes sees us enlisting the tried and tested eye of former model-turned-blogger Elisabeth Ouni to scour the streets in search of taste. Best known as the brains behind A Polaroid Story (which we recently took a shine to), the Ostende/Oostende-based sharp shooter delivers a stunning […]
Gone in 12 hours: Art Asylum
There’s something about spontaneous, one-off initiatives that gets our clocks ticking. You see, we’re firm believers in ‘mix-and-we’ll-see’ creative collisions, preferring the unknown to the predictable, the loose-ended to the pre-defined. So it was with much trepidation (and, granted, a raised eyebrow or two) that we stepped into Art Asylum, a 12-hour-only, 20-man-strong get together […]
Looking for old wallpapers
Part of our ongoing quest to document nostalgia and memories lost, we’re currently working on a series with photographer Siska Vandecasteeleto capture wallpapers of a bygone era. Think slightly pale-ish tones, flower or polka dot patterns and the distinct stench of humidity. If you have just recently moved into an old townhouse plastered with layer-upon-layer of such […]
Style spotters: Soumaya Dancemachine
In collaboration with Schweppes, we’ve recently taken a closer look at urban style, capturing the individuals that make and shape a city’s collective aesthetic. Asking several trusted style spotters to capture the singularity of their entourage’s dress code, we’ve scoured the country looking for evidence of an attention to detail, paying particular attention to the […]
Party: Catclub, this Saturday
For its last edition before its now customary summer break, Brussels’ finest purveyor of nighttime delights and our favourite party in the city (hands down), the Catclub, is throwing a big birthday bash this Saturday to celebrate a +1 for Lady Jane (the night’s founder and resident DJ) and Quentin De Wiespelaere (the night’s resident […]
We want to shoot your childhood bedroom
We’re looking for bedrooms that have frozen in time. Bedrooms that still have Luke Perry or Tiffany Amber-Thiessen posters on their walls. Bedrooms that still have their cheesy Tom & Jerry or Top Gear bedspreads. Above all, bedrooms that have remained untouched. In short, we’re looking to shoot your teenage sanctuary, provided your parents haven’t […]
Party: FingerFest, this Saturday in Brussels
With just a few days to go until the next edition of FingerFest, here’s a gallery of photographs from the last two parties to tease you into coming along. A disco-infused night of nostalgia, FingerFest brings the UK DJ duo Disco Bloodbath to Brussels in what have become regular nights hosted in different venues (Cafe des […]
Interview: The Horrors speak about third album Skying
After taking the world by storm with the haunting Sheena Is A Parasite, being hailed as the saviours of UK’s garage rock revival, then dismissed and parodied as yet another case of “style over substance”, The Horrors silenced their detractors and gained unanimous critical praise with 2009’s Primary Colours. Southend-on-Sea’s black-clad quintetare back with Skying, […]
10 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Crackpot house in Brussels, film debates in Antwerp and rap galore in Ghent.
Photography: Yellow fever
An old train, yellow curtains, an inspiration. Here’s a mini-series our photography intern Joke took around Malines/Mechelen on one of her many commutes between Brussels and Antwerp. Photography Joke De Wilde
The yellow album release party pics
Brussels turned out to be a ball. A block party, really. Amazing turn out, great crowd and the music. Ah the music. William from Uphigh held it down like a true don, giving us a mix of laidback grooves and bass-thumbing tunes. Then JustNathan turned it up a notch come 22h00, until Brussels’ finest decided […]
Video: the yellow album’s fashion story
You hopefully would have seen our yellow album by now. Here’s a short video we made the day we shot our fashion feature. Thanks to Piwifilms.
The word with: Black Lips
Paying their customary visit to the Nuits Botanique, the Black Lips once more ripped the venue’s Orangerie to shreds. The self-proclaimed “flower-punks” are currently on the road presenting Arabia Mountain, their sixth effort – produced by pop maestro and instant hitmaker Mark Ronson of all people. And whilst these new tracks resolutely sounded more “flower” […]
Studio show: Matthew Crasner and Christine Philipp
Galleries and museums are all fine, but they can sometimes be rather bland and impersonal affairs. You know, white walls, empty spaces and an overall sense of detachment from the actual art on show. That’s why we like studio shows so much. They immerse you in the artist’s world, draw you in and impregnate you […]
The yellow album launch party
A new colour, the yellow album. And not one, but two parties. One in Brussels on Friday 20th May. And one in Ghent on Saturday 21st May. In Brussels on Friday, 20th May from 19h00 onwards. Address – L’Epicerie Fine de la Senne, Rue de Bon Secours 4-6 Bijstandstraat 1000 Brussels (a 2min walk from Prive Joke). […]
Art Brussels: The gallerists
With over 170 participating galleries, 80% of which come from abroad, Art Brussels is as international as it gets. Following one of many office discussions, where the topic du jour was gallerists dress sense (bright and bold colours vs plain black), Joke settled the debate, capturing local and European gallery owners as well as others coming […]
Cooler than an ice cube
Picture this: A five course meal served by a two-starred chef in an ultra-white, ultra-modern, ultra-Swedish structure, located 45 meters above the ground. We couldn’t help but accept the invitation (despite a paralyzing fear of heights) to have lunch in The Cube, a concept-restaurant introduced by home appliance giant Electrolux. And even though it’s the […]
Exhibition: Paper perfect
In its second edition this year, the Brussels Drawing Fair – which opens its doors next Thursday 28th April at the city’s White Hotel – has somewhat come-of-age, with its program now open to photography too and an extra day added to the weekend-long festivities. The perfect place to sharpen your eye, beef up your pencilled […]
Interview: actor Adam Goldberg’s new band The Goldberg Sisters
We all remember Adam Goldberg for hilarious roles such as Eddie, Chandler’s psychotic flatmate in Friends, the neurotic Nicky Rubenstein in Entourage, or Mike Newhouse in Dazed And Confused. The actor, who’s had a hand at directing too, has been making music for over a decade. After releasing his debut Eros and Omissions under the […]
In progress: Paul McCarthy’s solo show at Brussels’ Charles Riva Collection
With only a week to go before the opening of Charles Riva Collection’s solo show of American provocative prankster Paul McCarthy, we dropped by the loft-like gallery to get a preview of the show’s preparations. Amongst the boxes, bubble wrap and brown tape, the first signs of a show slowly begin to appear: McCarthy’s “Silver […]
Exhibition: You are here!
Tomorrow will see the opening of You Are Here!, and exhibition that gathers contemporary artists whose works explore the notion of territory and is part of the Brussels Art Fair’s side program. The ideas of maps, trails, space, borders, landscapes and explorations are evoked through photographs, videos, drawings, paintings or sculptures by artists Caspar, Katie Holten, Dan Graham, […]
The red album launch party: the pictures
Red shoes, red lips, red shirts, a red beard, red cardigans and a red album. All that in Brussels Le Bar Rouge. Thank you all for coming, great night.
The word with No Age
What’s been keeping you busy these days? DS: PPM, NO AGE, LIFE, ETC. RR: Going to the dentist in Antwerp. Driving from Barcelona to London. Playing shows. Listening to John Cale. What’s the weirdest thing that happened on tour so far? DS: Went to a bar in NY, Saw two fights, almost got robbed & […]
Fashion: Shoe shining
Footwear fetishists are one step closer to shoe bliss thanks to Walk The Line, a brand new boutique opened by Audrey Jaeger little over a month ago, near the posh Place Georges Brugmannplein. After working in boutiques such as Paule Ka and Chanel, she found the incentive to set up her own place following an […]
Music: National hero
Located in a 10.000 sqm complex that is said to go back to the 11th century, L’Ancienne Belgique – or AB as it is also known – was a popular concert hall in the early 20th century. Often threatened with closure due to noise complaints from the neighbourhood, it underwent several renovations and even filed […]
Interview: Bo Ningen
A firm fixture on the East London scene, Bo Ningen played their first gig in Belgium last Sunday at Brussels’ Magasin 4. Their apocalyptic stage act, heavy riffs and psychedelic soundscapes have earned them the reputation of being the best live band around and, combined with their singular look, make for an unforgettable visual and […]
The interview: French Horn Rebellion’s broke ass tour trials and tribulations
Depending on your mood, interviewing a band like French Horn Rebellion is either a nightmare or an unexpected treat. Walking in with a list of questions is pointless, given the chatty ping-pong style dynamics of the Brooklyn-based two-piece. We caught up with the lively siblings this past Sunday before their gig supporting Hercules and Love […]
The red album launch party
A new colour, a new edition. Join us on Friday 18th March from 19h00 onwards for a drink or two to celebrate our red album hitting the streets. Address – Le Bar Rouge, Rue du Pépin 41 Kernstraat (1000 Brussels). Find it on Google Maps here Join the Facebook event here Music by Jealov
The word with Efterklang
The beautiful boys and lovely Heather from Danish outfit Efterklang were in Brussels’ Botanique Tuesday to offer us that extra spark of magic. This fresh batch of Impala award winners has sailed across the seven sees to perform, engaged in several side-projects, shot their own film and managed to stay their own fun and brilliant selves […]
Photography: Hedi Slimane exhibition opens at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels and Paris
After documenting London’s burgeoning indie scene and redefining the male silhouette of the 00s at the helm of Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane seems to have stepped in the new decade with a fascination for American culture. With two simultaneous shows at the Almine Rech galleries of Paris and Brussels, the former designer, who’s always nurtured […]
Private view tickets to win for Brussels’ Affordable Art Fair
It’s that time of the year again, where the city’s Tour & Taxis plays host to the Affordable Art Fair – that most democratic of art fairs. Doing probably more than anyone to bring contemporary art to the masses, breaking down the high barriers to entry to the art world, AAF as it has affectionally […]
The word with Twin Shadow
Brooklyn-based band Twin Shadow (4AD) stopped by Brussels’ AB Club last night, granting us with a very energetic show and a set-list packed with tracks from their much-hyped debut Forget. We had a quick chat with charming lead singer George Lewis Jr. Voice of an angel, hair like Prince. If spring wasn’t in the air […]
2011, année érotique
Année Erotique. What might sound like a brand of kinky lingerie is actually the new range of high-end womenswear that will be launched this summer by Kaat Bloomaert, of Le Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles fame. This very feminine line only features five designs per season – all exclusively dresses. “I think there’s definitely a trend […]
The word with Wire
Post-punk veterans Wire stopped by Belgium last Friday, in the midst of their current tour. We caught up with bassist and founding member Graham Lewis before their set at the Botanique for a quick chat and impromptu photo session in a nearby bar. [authors] Interview and photography Yana Foqué [/authors] What’s your current state of […]
My funny Valentine
It’s that time of the year again and just as all the shop windows mimic each other’s cringe-inducing red displays and cheesy slogans, we’re grateful a few peeps out there haven’t lost their sense of humour. Three movies. Three venues. And three perfectly valid excuses to skip the overpriced Valentine’s restaurant menu – complete with […]
The black album launch party: the pictures
Here’s the first batch of pictures from last Friday’s launch party at Delecta. All in all, a good night, and the first of many more to come. Special thanks to both Sarah’s and our graphic designers Pierre and Damien, whom we shamelessly put to work on the night by handing them disposable cameras. Photography Sarah […]
Five of the best gigs of 2010
1. Strange Days: featuring Sonic Youth, Shellac, The Pop Group, Factory Floor – 31st December, Hammersmith Apollo (London) Leave it to cult British promoters All Tomorrow’s Parties to throw the UK’s most hyped night of the year. Supported by Factory Floor, cult post-punk outfit The Pop Group (reformed after a 19-year hiatus) and Steve Albini’s […]
The black album launch party
A new cover, a new editorial concept and a new editorial section. To celebrate a sea of change in The Word’s overall look and feel, join us on Friday 14th January from 19h00m onwards for an intimate get together. Address – Delecta, 2 Rue Lannoy (1050 Brussels) Music by Miss Hot Tracks – www.mixcloud.com/misshottracks Join the Facebook […]
Fish for thought
At the Filip Kesteloot Sculpture Gallery, you are treated to the aquatic bronzes of Pieter Vanden Daele (Belgium, 1971) along with the slate and glass creations of mosaicist Sylvie Guyomard. Opening this Thursday, the artists will be on hand to talk about their art in the relaxed setting of this bijou gallery, located in the Sablon/Zavel […]
Photographer Ulrike Biets speaks the truth
Raw and uncut. Two words that best describe Ulrike Biets’ photography. One of The Word’s closest allies pretty much since the magazine’s launch, Ulrike has over the last few years been developing a body of work highly personal in its approach (she essentially captures her everyday surroundings – be they people, musicians or even animals) […]
Tell your people to call my people and we’ll do lunch…
Midday is crunch time at Word HQ, which means we’ve built up a considerable knowledge bank of places we can call upon for an immediate fix of culinary double-deckers. Spanning our customary urban triangle of Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels, these are the places you’ll find us queuing up round about 12h10. Photography Veerle Frissen Brussels […]
Calling all photographic talent: the portfolio
Part of our annual re-jigging of some of the magazine’s pages and sections, we thought it necessary to shine a new light on a section of ours that, we feel, has somewhat been left to run its own course. The portfolio is a photographic carte blanche given to a photographer whose work we like. The […]
Spread The Word – the video
A short video about where we spread The Word, and how. Click here for our full list of distribution points. With extra special thanks to Julien Hassid (director), Jochem Thyssen (distributor/actor), Yassin Serghini (photography/camera).
Back To School party: the pictures
We couldn’t quite believe our luck when the authorization came through. The commune of Ixelles/Elsene had approved our request to throw a “back to school” party in their crown jewel, the elementary school Les Mouettes. Held to celebrate the start of the school year and mark the beginning of Design September festivities, we got our […]
A nuclear disaster is looming. There’s about an hour left for provision shopping and 25 measly Euros in your wallet, before having to lock yourself up in a bunker for one month. What food would you pack? We ask a musician, a chef and a model for their suggestions… Photography Ulrike Biets Lead singer and […]
Win tickets to On-Point Records’ label night this Saturday
On-point Records, the brainchild of head honcho Alex Deforce (of On-Point, the blog, fame), has slowly but surely been building up quite some momentum of late, with its roster of artists and producers each coming-of-age in their own right. J to the C (backed by his band The Bad Mothas) has been making a lot […]
So Fresh, So Cool
Following in the footsteps of its sister shop, Fresh Kicks, is a new sneaker store from Brussel’s Youssef Hebidel, catering cool for the city’s urbanites. Having started a graf shop back in the late 90s, Youssef established himself as somewhat of a doyen of street culture in Brussels. Tapping into the extant need for a […]
I was given a little lesson in sportswear history over lunch today. The topic at hand was the varsity jacket (also known as a Letterman jacket), a staple of American university folklore. The lunch, organised by Nike Sportswear, took place in Alice Gallery‘s breath-taking new downtown space located in the heart of Brussels (the gallery […]
Win a night for two in a Brussels hotel + two entrances to the Magritte museum
People often think of giving museum entrances as a Christmas present, but never actually get around to it. It might be because two tickets in an envelope can me misleading (the recipient might actually think he or she is receiving wads of cash, and ends up being disapointed) or, quite simply, because you never get […]
Back To School party: the video
It seems like only yesterday that we stormed the elementary school Les Mouettes for our Back To School themed bash. After giving you our cheese-tastic Yearbook pictures, here is a video of the night, courtesy of Sep Stigo Films. More photos (including classroom invasions, Professor Biche‘s lecture, dance floor action and the infamous playground toilet […]
Back To School party: the yearbook project
As soon as we got the go-ahead from the powers-that-be to invade public elementary school Les Mouettes for our Back To School party, we simply couldn’t resist the idea of having our very own yearbook studio. Here are some of the photographs we got during the night, but you can view the entire album on our […]
Down on Rue Antoine Dansaert comes a new store that’s answering a lot of prayers with its eco-friendly and fashionable wares. Brought to us by Sonja Noël, the owner of the street’s stalwart Stijl, is Hallelujah. An eco-friendly take on luxury high fashion, this boutique is far cry from the hippy uniform of tie-dye, rainbow […]
The paper box
Before Press Shops and the ubiquitous free paper stand, downtown dwellers used to go to cubed newsagent booths for their daily news needs. Scruffy and shabby, these kiosks often enjoyed primed retail spots and a close contact with their clients. With only a handful of them left on the city’s sidewalks, we thought to catch […]
A shoe called Faguo
A collective sigh for yet another sneaker claiming to save the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d already seen Faguo. A discreetly designed and simple sneaker which looks like something we’ve all owned at some point in our lives, although there is something hidden beneath that sober and humble exterior. Encapsulated in the trademark […]
It’s only been a year now, but Brussels can finally pride itself on having a collective reopening of art galleries worthy of a true art capital. Simply labelled Brussels Art Days, two days of intense gallery hopping and openings just took place this past weekend, with no less than 30 new exhibitions, among which some held […]
The Word x De Nieuwe Brasserie
Recent downtown descends have seen our usual paths veer somewhat off track, our urban instincts for discovery somehow enticed by murmurs of renovation and rumours of regeneration. Steering away from the usual Chartreux-Dansaert-St Catherine triangular hotspot of hipness, our latest wanderings have brought us to place du Samedi/Zaterdagplein, located just behind place St Catherine/Sint-Katelijneplaats. A […]
This Saturday, we go back to school!
Ahh, September. Time to sharpen your pencils and get your rulers out. Time to say bye bye to that summer crush and hello to another school year.Time to party one last time before academic angst sets in and your teacher’s moralising musings get the better part of you. Taking over the indoor playground of Ixelles’ […]
Its all in the name: Hunting and Collecting
With autumn comes the new season’s arrivals at Brussels’ most talked about concept store, Hunting and Collecting. As the name suggests this is about sourcing the very best of fashion, design and art around, and is a labour of love for owners Neils Radtke and Aude Gribomont. Joining their collective experiences of not only the […]
The writing’s on the (toilet) wall
With our Rough Edges issue hitting the streets this week, we thought we’d accompany what is, in our opinion, our loveliest issue to date with a gritty series on some of Brussels most recognisable toilets and their art-school doodles, drunken graffiti, neighbourhood gossip, worrying personal ads and misspelt existential musings. Photography Jochem Thyssen
Inside the Glorybox
Newly opened and already making its presence felt on the fashion thoroughfare of Dansaert, Glorybox is a bastion of Belgian and French design. Stocking new designers solely from Belgium and France is a primary and appealing feature of the boutique, distinguishing it from other shops in the area. Another somewhat atypical quality is the friendly, […]
Naked and bare
Cultural life in Brussels might shift into lower gear during the summer but contrary to popular belief, it does not die and disappear into a vortex of oblivion. Amongst the recommendable activities available to those whom, by choice or by necessity, will spend the better days of the summer in the city, the opening of […]
Sofie Vandam’s work caught our eye at Narafi’s final year students’ exhibition held at the begining of the summer at Tour & Taxis. “Photography and psychology are often closely related. Get your camera up and people will often adopt an attitude or behave differently.” Her Vulnerable Moments series portrays people in their own environment, exposing their […]
We first stumbled upon Melika’s work when she started interning for The Word back in April. She managed to come up with a teaser for our Breakthrough Issue, portrayed dance sensation French Horn Rebellion when we met them for an interview, and immortalized the opening of our Skin exhibition and party, whilst wrapping up her […]
Brussels: where we sleep
Whether visiting town for a weekend or simply seeking a change of scenery for the night, below are some of our favourite alternatives to the rather impersonal globalized five star lodging chains. Hotel Pantone Topping our list is the recently opened and buzz-worthy Hotel Pantone. Designed by Michel Penneman and architect Olivier Hannaert, the spanking […]
The best for food in Brussels
After sharing our favourite places to have a drink we share our adressess for the best food in Brussels and morem, from Delecta to Yamoto.
Brussels: where we shop
Sales have kicked off – which means we can finally indulge in some of our favourite brands without fear of ending up blacklisted by all the country’s banks. Scroll down for a selection of boutiques and stores that have become inevitable stops in our retail therapy marathon route. Mapp Store (Men and Women) © Mapp […]
Brussels: where we peruse art
Dog days like these – when meagre desk fans just won’t cut it and the prospect of being in closed quarters has your forehead dripping – are ideal to seek refuge in the vast and deliciously chilled premises of the city’s art centres and galleries. Below are some of our locations of choice when it […]
Brussels: where we drink
Together with the start of the summer comes the cringe-inducing ‘city guides’ we’ve all grown accustomed to, from American broasheets’ “36 hours in…” roundups to glossy magazines’ “10 things to do in…” selections. Directories of the usual suspects, these guides hit all the right (touristy) chordes, without ever delving deep into the city DNA. And […]
Must See: Wangechi Mutu at Wiels
Today sees the opening of a great new retrospective exhibition of the works of Wangechi Mutu at the Wiels Centre of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is a wonderful array of installation, painting, collage and video, which together represent Mutu’s incredible perception of the world around her. Born in Kenya and currently based in New York, […]
Skin, the videos. Skin, the pictures.
The lovely folks at Sep Stigo Films directed and produced two short films for the photography exhibition and after-party we organised back in April. The first, shot at Delvaux, was projected during the party, greeting and entertaining guests whilst waiting to get in. The second, shot during the exhibition’s Collectors’ Brunch, gets some of the exhibiting artists talking. […]
On our corner
A Brussels landmark as soon as its doors opened eight years ago, the iconic Café Belga has become the social hub that transformed a neighbourhood. It was just a matter of time until this local institution made it in our pages and the Breakthrough theme was simply the perfect fit. Photography Merel ‘t Hart Located on Place Flagey, […]
We’re quite often given cars to test out and toy around with, but very rarely do they warrant a mention on these here pages. Given the sheer power of this one, the unbelievable amounts of envious looks we were given (yes, even we were suprised how much cachet people seem to attach to four-wheelers) and […]
To conduct and entertain
Symphony orchestra conductors occupy somewhat of an intriguing place in the collective psyche of the uninitiated. Seen as the towering and commandeering figures passionately gesticulating to a loyal band of string, brass, woodwind and percussion followers, conductors (more so than the superstar soloists they often invite) have come to embody contemporary music in all its […]
Blow the horn, rebels have arrived.
Consider this. An opening slot on a Kitsuné Maison compilation. A live gig at a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac catwalk show. A ‘Record of the Week’on BBC Radio 1. Heck, this band even had Les Inrockuptibles’ editor championing it as if his own mother was the drummer. And we ain’t talking your usual one-hit-wonder, I’m-a-celebrity-dj-get-me-out-of-here band […]
There’s a party going on, and we’ve got tickets!
It is no secret that the world of fashion, music and celebrity intertwine like an expertly woven pair of denim jeans. Coco Sumner (daughter of Sting and his wife Trudie Styler) has appeared in a Burbery campaign, Rosin Murphy recently was much more than just a catwalk DJ at Viktor & Rolf’s 2010 show whilst […]
A message to you Rudy…
This isn’t to say that our respect for Rudy, our local postman, has dimished. Quite the contrary: he is the perfect embodiment of a neighbourhood postman (chatty, smily and even a little flirty with the street’s older women) and we only wish he could instill a little of his profesionalism and loveliness on his colleagues […]
Our second exhibition!
So you have it, our second exhibition. This time, we’ve gone for something a little closer to home, presenting the works of five of the magazine’s photographers: Ulrike Biets, Sébastien Bonin, Kris De Smedt, Sarah Eechaut and Sarah Michielsen. The show opens on Friday 23rd April, from 18h00, in the centre of Brussels. Strong work, […]
Waiting for The Skin Issue
Hard at work on our March edition, themed The Skin Issue (our Friday 5th March 2010), we’re on the lookout for stuff (rude boys, art history/curating/events interns, DJs submissions, etc…) and wanted to remind you of other stuff (more Morning After posts to look forward to, concert tickets to win, Tweets to follow). Here’s a […]
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