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A weekend of Catclub, Unicorn porn and James Pants’ squiggly bits
...plus some classy stuff like Evy Raes at St. Peter's Abbey and Japanese art
Deck chairs at DOK & a Knokke pop up shop.
...plus an afternoon soirée with Holy Something, Recorders at BSF and tonnes of arty types hit town
Music: Interview with Wastelands’ Herlinde and Kasper-Jan Raeman
The Subbacultcha! affiliate turns two this summer and moves to new digs
Belgium’s photography graduates: Lisa Spilliaert
Last but certainly not least, Lisa Spilliaert brings the series to a close...
Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium
A guide to the elevated eateries, drinkeries and hangouts with the kick-assest panoramas in the country
Music: DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith at Boomtown Festival
When not making shitty demos in hotel rooms the Brooklyn blow-in can be found rocking the world's summer festivals
Eighties, art + Boomtown. This weekend in Belgium
Cinematek goes retro and Brussels' photographers reclaim some space, plus Mario Merz, Stefan Rinck and Robert Suermondt
Music: Interview with 10 Days Off’s Jeroen Delodder
He talks pop star DJs, ones to watch and choosing the lineup for one of the world's most progressive electronic music gigs.
Ghent Jazz and a Belgian Bazaar. This weekend in Belgium
...plus Abner Preis, Tatjana Pieters, Giorgio Morandi and the open air cinema season...
Lucid, Candide and LOLL. This weekend in Belgium.
The Word Magazine has a bookshop whiskey bash while Bozar welcomes the country's best young painters.
Thurston’s new Trix and Miaux. This weekend in Belgium.
A roundup of the weekend's most deserving diversions, including a Greens gig, John Webster Johns, Air Liquide, SIC and more
Raves, runways and a scorcher heat-wave. This weekend in Belgium
...school's officially out for La Cambre's future luminaries, plus Trago, Preis and Theys hit town.
Komplot, rooftops, Parr and prodigies. This weekend in Belgium.
The sun will be out for The Word's Antwerp BBQ (promise!) while Brussels basks in the warmth of a Martin Parr retro.
Fear, loathing and funk. This weekend in Belgium
...plus Hester Scheurwater's saucy selfies, John Roberts woos Mr. Wong and Raime and Gary Wilson go to Ghent...
Homage to Haneke and Les Nuits sounds off. This weekend in Belgium.
… plus Charleroi's Janssen show, Death Grips Kortrijk and a weird and wired weekend in Aalst
Woodkid at Botanique and Braeckman at Bozar. This weekend in Belgium.
Koen Theys, Peter Peri and printed words at Be-Part, plus an orchestral outing at Les Nuits...
First glance at The second best. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus two gatherings for graphic design and graffiti junkies while Antony Gormley sculpts up a storm...
Catclub catcalls and a date with Daughter. This weekend in Belgium.
Indie-folk at Botanique and a first-of-Spring from Catclub, plus Hans-Peter Feldmann's conceptual creations.
Belgium’s best independent cinemas
We're big fans of the flicks, and the cool and unconventional spots that screen them. Not a multiplex in sight. Here we present you Belgium's best independent cinemas
L.A. electronica and art book emporia. This weekend in Belgium
PA/PER View proves print's not dead, plus Nosaj Thing, Hindu Nights, Norio Imai and more...
Local Natives and On-Point party on. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus Frieze fave Brenna Youngblood comes to Brussels and Recyclart throws a fete for the kids.
Fear Not, James Pants, We Are Open. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus Dirk Braeckmans pays his respects to Antoine Watteau at Bozar while David Altmejd holds sway over Xavier Hufkens.
Belgium’s best art bookshops
We found the hottest spots for the best and most beautiful art and photo books, all for the bibliophiles who covet them...
Hip-hoppers and showstoppers.This weekend in Belgium.
Get all rapped up with Mykki Blanco in Liège and Sessions Urbaines hip-hop happening in Brussels, and lots lots more...
Future, fine art and photography. This weekend in Belgium.
FuTure brings beats to Liége and Weegee's murderous tabloid tales hit Antwerp.
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.
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.
Group shows and guitar heroes. This weekend in Belgium.
Cheap Time and the Bots buzz Brussels while Kissinger turns three in Antwerp.
American Dreams and Pink Screens. This weekend in Belgium.
Kaiser Chiefs, queer flicks and a weekend art fix for Brussels, while Ghent gets Digitalism.
Stubborn Heart’s post-dubstep and Imaginary Family’s pretty storytelling
Tune in to the 90s hip-hop hammerings of New York's Ratking and more new music, as always selected for us by Disco Naiveté.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Inside artist Sara Bjarland’s Ghent studio
Finnish artist Sara Bjarland has set up a temporary digs in Ghent's HISK, which we took as our cue to have a nose around at her nature-inspired work...
Parties, pop-up shops and festivals. This weekend in Belgium
Following a short summer hiatus, we're back this week with our usual pickings of weekend happenings.
Inside Ghent-based Belgian artist Sofie Muller’s studio
The next instalment in our peeping tom series on artists' studios, we let ourselves in to Ghent-based Sofie Muller's workspace.
Photography, painting and outdoor parties. This weekend in Belgium
It's gearing up to be a sun-soaked weekend, so make sure to get down to Brüxsel Jardin's massive outdoor shindig, cure your hangover at Caoutchou Record's lazy Sunday in Antwerp and don't forget to check out the exhibitions of Gert & Uwe Tobias and Tamas Deszo.
Design, drawings and an electronic music festival. This weekend in Belgium
We've selected six exhibitions, two music festivals and two parties for this weekend's agenda-fillers.
Street art, vintage fashion and a canal-side party. This weekend in Belgium
Shake off the office and get into Brussels' much loved Catclub this weekend, then get shopping at Vide Dressing au Garage before heading to Ostend's Storm Thorgerson album art fetish fest and Kosmorigins street art expo. A balmy Belgian weekend awaits.
The weekend in Belgium 12.07
Your Belgian weekend's all music with Dour Festival and 10 Days Off for those of you who like it electronic. Brussels, meanwhile, is putting on a music flea market and a big night out in the Marolles with Manu Chao while Ghent hosts art by Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo.
The weekend in Belgium 05.07
It's shaping up to be a saucy weekend in Belgium and here at the office we're particularly hyped about Ghent Jazz, Cactus festival, Les Ardentes and afterwork vintage shopping down at the Centre of Fashion and Design.
The weekend in Belgium 28.06
This weekend stars a hefty host of exhibitions in Belgium, including In Sight, H Urban and Ghent's Kask school end-of-year, as well as the summer-induced madness that is the start of the July sales, including a big one at everyone's favourite design shop, La Fabrika.
The weekend in Belgium 21.06
With nine sumptuous exhibitions - from Sol LeWitt to Jeff Ladouceur - plus a concert by Californian five-piece Thee Oh Sees and the latest installment of Catclub, there'll be no time for gardening or DIY this weekend. You might as well face it.
The best green spaces in Belgium
Can't get away for a holiday? Never fear. Joke De Wilde and Anne Catharina Richards have scoured Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels and captured on film their favourite green oases for your lounging and picnicking pleasure.
Travel photography part three: Jan Opdekamp’s 9000miles
We're off on a 9000 miles journey across Europe today with an unruly bunch of nine misfits.
The best travel spots in Belgium
This month is all about travel at The Word, and we've been busy touring the country trying and testing Belgium's best and most original getaway spots, from habitable Trojan horses to design hotels and the loveliest of bed & breakfasts.
The weekend in Belgium 07.06
This weekend you'll find us knee-deep in fashion with both Brussels' La Cambre and Antwerp's famous fashion academy putting on their annual catwalk bash, plus expos and shows up and down the country.
The weekend in Belgium 31.05
Join us at the Bozar shop on Friday for the launch of our grey album, but feel free to tuck into any of the other worthy happenings in Belgium this weekend, like Paul Wackers, Kelley Walker, El Anatsui expos, plus Rankin's Rubbish and more.
The weekend in Belgium 17.05
We're all set for another long bank holiday weekend and this one's filled to the absolute max with exhibitions from Anne De Gelas, Wangechi Mutu, Frederik Heyman and others, plus concerts by skinny redhead King Krule and Bass Drums of Death.
The weekend in Belgium 10.05
Coming soon to a weekend near you: a rare gig by legendary Belgian hip-hop group De Puta Madre and expos by Jean-Christophe Nourisson, iconic graffiti artist Kool Koor, Dutch painter Aaron Van Erp, Jan Yoors, Sharon Lockhart, German photographer Jessica Backhaus and more.
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.
Art Brussels’ 30th edition
The 30th edition of Art-Brussels opened last night and we were there to take the temperature and give you our pick of must-sees.
The best architectural renaissances in Ghent
In the second part of our series on repurposed old spaces and buildings, up-and-comer Adriaan Hauwaert takes a look at Ghent's Huis van Alijn and the Nucleo project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
White coats: The baker
In part three of our feature on wearing white coats at work, we profile Himschoot, Ghent's oldest bakery.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Open door policy: Studio Simple
Meet designers Ann Vereecken and Jeroen Worst from Ghent-based design practice Studio Simple in part three of our series on Belgian design studios.
The Word on teenage territories
We photograph the interiors of four individuals whose teenage territories have been stuck in the past.
Horses on water
Photographer Sarah Eechaut takes a behind the scenes look at a hydrotherapy centre's work with horses in need of treatment. Including a short video, the feature shows the animal's more fragile side.
Rise and shine: producer Dynooo
Dynooo‘s future-forward, Blade-Runner-grade productions have earned him quite the following in Word HQ. With a string of releases to his name, the latest of which surely won a world record for longest ever title (I Feel Like PLaying Sim City Straight From The Floppy And Run A Tornado All Over My Perfectly Functioning Town After […]
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 […]
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 […]
10 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Crackpot house in Brussels, film debates in Antwerp and rap galore in Ghent.
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). […]
Exhibition: Veerle Frissen’s theatre of disturbed women
Veerle Frissen, whose intimate portraits have been gracing the magazine’s pages for over a year now, is currently showing her striking Théâtre des Femmes Perturbées series in Ghent’s ZebraStraat. All the pictures in the exhibition are self-portraits of the photographer in various situations and deal with women’s image. The women depicted aren’t necessarily Veerle and […]
The word with Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls found their way back to Europe and our hearts with their latest album He Gets Me High. Last Thursday, the Sub Pop dolls’ tour caravan stopped in Ghent’s Vooruit. While the ballroom where they played was still echoing with the reverb-laden vocals, Janis Joplin moves and sweet southern cool, we caught up […]
Festival: A weekend in Berlin. In Ghent.
For the past decade, Berlin has forged an undisputable reputation as capital of the arts, music and film. Here’s your chance to immerse in this vibrant scene for an entire weekend, without having to leave the country. For its first edition, the Berlinaire festival will invest the Ghent’s Vooruit cultural centre, bringing the hottest talents […]
The word with Ping Pong Tactics
Local heroes and hailed as the “next big thing”, the Belgian kids from Ping Pong Tactics played a last minute concert at Ghent’s Kinky Star last Friday. The Huyghe brothers and best drummer of Sint-Laureins just released their latest record Sensual Dancing on cassette. We met up with lead singer Bert just before a fire […]
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).
On the way to the office – season’s finale
With Veerle‘s internship drawing to a close (sadly, she’s leaving us today), we bring you the latest installement in her continuing series. Here, she wanders the Ghent neighbourhoods of Ledeberg and Gentbrugge, dilly-dallies in the forest of Wenduine before ending up in Blankenberge. PS: No lengthy parting speeches to give, except to say a big […]
Looking for curves, class and a splash of cuteness
If Don Draper would loosen up a little, he’d most definitely do so at Radio Modern parties. Known for their heady mix of fifties fun, pettycoats and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, the Radio Modern crew now have their eyes firmly fixed on their next challenge: to bring Burlesque fun to your nights, in the […]
On the way to the office – part three.
Given the visual treats we’ve been getting from Arnaud and Adrien, Veerle’s wandering photography series has taken somewhat of a back seat. Bringing her back to the fore, here’s part three of her world in images:
On the way to the office – part two.
Here’s the second installement of our intern Veerle‘s continuing series captured on her way to work. Landscapes, portraits, still lifes and architecture. A little something something for everyone…
On the way to the office…
It was our new intern Veerle‘s first couple of days at work last week. Coming from Ghent, she has quite a daily commute to get through. In the process of finishing a Masters in Photography at the city’s KASK academy we asked her for a weekly visual diary of her travels…here’s part one.
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