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15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Festival fun for all ages in Liège, queerific matinées in Ghent and on letting go in Watou. Go do the right thing.
Different normalities: How Jean-Samuel N’Sengi accepted and freed himself through art
As part of BOZAR's Somewhere In Between, the group exhibition Fremdkörper brings together various voices to explore the elusive boundaries between physical corporalities and abstract identities. For the occasion, we've invited five participating artists to showcase their works, carrying on with Jean-Samuel N'Sengi.
Reflecting on the in-between: Megan-Leigh Heilig on understanding “reality”
As part of BOZAR's Somewhere In Between, the group exhibition Fremdkörper brings together various voices to explore the elusive boundaries between physical corporalities and abstract identities. For the occasion, we've invited five participating artists to showcase their works, starting with filmmaker Megan-Leigh Heilig.
“If we dig it, we’re going to spit over it.” Brussels-based rap phenomenon Le 77 on the past, the present and the future
In the whirlwind that was their second release Bawlers, we managed to catch Dr. Peet and manager Rayan of Le 77 in the comfort of their home to talk houseparties, influential aesthetics and repping area codes.
Brussels-based electronic producer Simon Hold on his latest 7″ release
From humble beginnings to high-fashion runways, the Ghent native talks candidly about the makings of his most recent Vlek release.
Favourite Belgian Releases: Locked Groove
Berlin-based Locked Groove is back for one night in Ampere, and lays down 10 of his all-time favourite Belgian releases for the occasion.
Save the D.A.T.E
In its ever growing quest to cement its reputation as an all-round creative force, the city of Antwerp, is putting on the second edition of D.A.T.E.
Music: An interview with Berlin trio Camera at Microfestival
From busking to the big stage; the evolution of neo-krautrockers Camera.
An interview with Concrete Knives at Dour
The thrills, spills and smells of a perpetually up-and-coming French indie rock outfit fresh from the stage...
An interview with Gold Panda at Dour
We get in depth with Peckham boy and electro beatmaker about first albums, first nixers and stupid fucking festivals.
A very exclusive melange of baby makers, juke tunes, UK garage and voodoo by homeboy Fabien Leclercq
Music: Interview with Yellow Straps and Le Motel
Three local bedroom beat-makers get deflowered in their very first interview ever.
Suuns: Image du Futur
We had a listen to the Canadians' latest record and it seems like the apocalypse is just around the corner.
January’s five musical breakthroughs
It's going to be a great year for pop music. This lot have been on heavy rotation throughout the blogosphere lately.
Xavier Hufkens presents…Clarissa Dalrymple
An exhibition curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, “the most aristocratic bohemian on New York's contemporary art scene”.
The best of Belgium’s beats scene in 2012
2012's key releases of genre-defying, rhythmically driven choons, as chosen by Bart Sibiel.
The year’s best photography blogs, Tumblrs, books and shows
We're casting a wistful glance back at what made 2012 so great à la photography. With Bartolomé Sanson, Alex Salinas and more...
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.
KHUSHI gets playful and Clarence Clarity makes a mess
Our resident pop guru Disco Naiveté scans the 2013 horizon for early signs of life.
“My top 3 albums of the year” as chosen by The Word family
We've called on a number of cherished members of The Word family to take a look back on this year’s best album releases.
Three emerging singer-songwriters: Lorine Chia, Fryars, and Photay
Lorine Chia scores with her Amy Winehouse voice, Fryars with his electronic pop and Photay makes us want to move to Guinea.
Hip hop from Angel Haze, sad pop from Mikky Ekko and Solange goes indie
Beyonce's sis joins Mikki Ekko's sad pop and some much-needed poetry from hip-hop's Angel Haze in this week's New Kids roster.
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.
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.
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.
Girls mastermind Christopher Owens’ romantic solo debut
Disco Naïveté's trawled the airwaves for worthy new choons for your listening pleasure and come up with contemporary electronica from Halls, the romantic-guitarred Christopher Owens and the impeccable voice of Lulu James.
An interview with upcoming London producer Danglo
Danglo's all hyped for the release of "Adapt ", his brand new garagey, housey, dubsteppy, trip-hoppy EP.
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...
The Belgian ballad babe and the Danish (pop) virgin
AlunaGeorge's R&B-ish pop gets under our skin while Trixie Whitely gets some release and virginal MØ unleashes nifty pop with a street-y beat.
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.
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 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.
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.
Signed to Brussels label Dandelion Lotus Records, South West London producer Danglo delivers a mix heavy on the bass, and heavy on the soul.
An artist’s view: Documenta 13 by Felicia Atkinson
We took a nighttime stroll with Felicia Atkinson, a local visual artist who was picked up by Kassel's Super Tokonoma while at this year's Documenta to participate in an off-exhibition, of sorts.
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.
MS MR, S O H N, Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke is back with a new project, MS MR create a new genre with their so-called 'Tumblr Glitch Pop' and S O H N is the newest shooting star on the bedroom producer horizon.
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.
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.
A wide-eyed interview with homegrown up-and-coming artist Gideon Kiefer
We're bringing our art special to a close with a conversation with Belgian artist Gideon Kiefer about his new Indian adventure, nightly terrors and ego's place in the life and death of an artist.
Canadian fashion designer David Szeto
Yes, you can build a successful career as a designer without the usual exposure. In an atelier in Saint-Gilles, we catch up with David Szeto, one of fashion's best kept secrets.
Inside Brussels-based fashion designer’s private art collection
We talk to Belgian designer Jean-Paul Knott about his passion for art, why he keeps collecting it and what he really likes to do when sleep doesn't come.
The inner workings of Belgian artist Caroline Coolen’s studio
A final nose around the inspiring interiors of Belgium's artist spaces with a visit to visual artist Caroline Coolen's studio.
Internationally recognised inseparable artists Gilbert & George on their Brussels’ solo show
We sat down with the infamous London pair Gilbert & George just before the opening of their 'London Pictures' exhibition at Brussels' Albert Baronian.
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...
The best new faces in Belgian fashion
With the new fashion season upon us, we review agencies' books, sifting through their pages for the new faces of tomorrow.
A look at artist Gideon Kiefer’s recent work
Bringing our art special to a close, we review the intriguing drawings and collages of Belgian artist Gideon Kiefer.
Brussels Pony Club
Belgian electronic duo Brussels Pony Club deliver a dark, broody and sexy playlist for our exclusive mix series.
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.
Amateur Best, Twigs and Saint Lou Lou
This week's new kids features has somewhat of a synth pop undertone to it, with Amateur Best, Twigs and Swedish sister duo Saint Lou Lou topping our list.
A look at up-and-coming photographer Lara Gasparotto’s recent body of work
We continue our series of portfolio presentations with the captivating work of up-and-comingg photography talent Lara Gasparotto.
A conversation with artist Sophie Kuijken
We sit down with Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken to talk about random internet searches, escaping artistic trends and painting people.
A look at artist Sophie Kuijken’s latest work
Our series of artists' portfolio reviews continues with Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken.
An interview with Antwerp-based fashion photographer Frederik Heyman
Frederik Heyman keeps baffling us with his weird, beautiful and stylized images. We catch up with the Antwerp artist at home over tea and cookies.
In our second studio visit of the month, we drop in on Belgian painter Tom Liekens, who let us into his Antwerp studio for an exclusive peak around.
Brussels photographer Anne De Gelas’ faint and fragile world
In the third instalment of our series on artist portfolios, we feature the intimate and fragile work of Brussels-based photographer Anne De Gelas.
Le1f, Saint Saviour and Foreign Fields
This week on The Word's radio waves: New York's rapper Le1f, English singer-songwriter Saint Saviour and folksters Foreign Fields from Nashville.
An interview with Belgian painting prodigy Rinus Van de Velde
We sit down with Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde to talk about his working process, living in a fake reality and why the world doesn’t really need art.
Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen’s interiors
We continue our series of portfolio presentations with Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen.
A conversation with Antwerp fashion designer Jan-Jan Van Essche
We sit down with menswear designer Jan-Jan Van Essche to talk about the pleasure of comfort, putting seasonal cycles aside and why less is always more.
A look at Belgium’s painting rising star Rinus Van de Velde’s latest work
With the month of August gearing up to be an art-infested one here at The Word, we begin with a portfolio presentation of one of Belgium's most promising up-and-comers, Rinus Van de Velde
Night Works, Arthur Beatrice, Frank Ocean
Queued up on your Word-recommended playlist this week are Night Works, Arthur Beatrice and Frank Ocean - our favourite new buttery-smooth soundtracks, handpicked for your listening pleasure.
Visionary Paris-based Belgian designer Bruno Pieters on sustainable fashion
Graced with an interview with designer Bruno Pieters, we discuss 'Honest by.', a new concept that focuses on high-end, sustainable clothing. Transparency is the new black.
Poliça at Dour
The charming Channy Leaneagh of Poliça loves festivals, hates porta-loos. Her band, a favourite of Bon Iver, were born of the Minneapolis music scene and she was with the Word at Dour to tell us about it.
Pomrad at Dour
Flying the homegrown electronica flag at Dour last weekend was producer Adriaan Van de Velde in his guise as Pomrad. He granted us a sit-down to fill us in on everything from living room gigs to synesthesia.
Little Dragon at Dour
More Dour festival fun and frolics with Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon, a band that's so good they even got a backstage thumbs up from Beyoncé.
Backstage at Dour
Get a load of our backstage polaroid adventures at Belgium's premiere field fiesta at the weekend: the legendary Dour, now in its 24th year.
BRNS at Les Ardentes
Four young Belgian lads who go by the name of BRNS are currently braving their very first summer festival season. We caught up with them at Les Ardentes at the weekend and pestered them with questions.
Housse de Racket at Les Ardentes
There's talk of new albums, new apartments and hop-skipping round Europe on the summer festival circuit in our interview with Paris' finest Housse de Racket at last weekend's Les Ardentes.
Twin Shadow at Les Ardentes
We caught up with L.A.'s George Lewis Jr. a.k.a. Twin Shadow at this weekend's Les Ardentes and had a little chat about his new album 'Confess', the summer festival circuit and getting by with a little help from Pitchfork.
We sat down with Belgian electro-pop four-piece Pale Grey to talk about their first EP, color-driven inspirations and being part of the JauneOrange Collective.
Pablo Henrard, a talented fashion student we spotted last year, opens up to fill us in on his 4th year womenswear collection, getting the girls for his last show and interning with the "family" at Gaultier Couture in Paris.
A stamp of approval
We asked six established Belgian photographers from Dirk Braeckman to Serge Leblon to nominate one emerging talent. There’s nothing like getting anointed by those that paved the way for you.
D E N A, Haleek Maul, Jack Colwell & The Owls
Surfing The Word's radio waves this week are D E N A, Germany's answer to M.I.A., Brooklyn's 15 year old whippersnapper-rapper Haleek Maul and Australian folksters Jack Colwell & The Owls.
The best new photography series
Four young Belgian photographers who have captured our attention and imaginations: Quentin de Wispelaere, Sarah Carlier, Lara Mennes and Vincent Delbrouck.
Brussels-based record label UNREzT deliver a dark and deadly exclusive mix of hip-hop-tilting electronica, a perfect travel companion for those late-night underground missions on the subway.
We catch up with young Antwerp Academy graduate and Brugge native Miquel Boutens to talk dressy menswear, bow ties and Marie-Antoinette.
Bag packers for your summer adventures
We've stockpiled a stylish selection of goodies to get you prepped for your summer holidays. We've thought of everything - travel bag, bumbag, desert boots, the obligatory sunnies... to help you pack up before you skip off.
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid have been plucked off the airwaves and served as starter, main course and dessert for this edition of New Kids on the Block, our showcase of new music that matters.
We sat down with William from Leuven-based Uphigh Collective to talk about their latest projects, the challenges of performing analogue and hip hop influences.
Eddi Front, Romare and Alt-J
Brooklyn singer Eddi Front, Romare's African soundscapes and indie pop newcomers Alt-J make up this week's checklist of freshest musical finds.
We shoot the breeze with 29-year-old Belgian designer Glenn Martens about his Paris début, a typical day at the atelier and where he gets his inspiration.
Dalai Lama Renaissance
We sat down with Belgian three-piece Dalai Lama Renaissance to talk about their upcoming album, running their own label and remaining cryptic.
We asked Brussels DJ duo, radio hosts and party promoters Onda Sonora to whip up a lip-smacking mix of Belgium and Holland's freshest musical meat. Another Word exclusive.
We spoke with Canadian-born sci-pop siren Claire Boucher (24), otherwise known as Grimes, about her latest record ‘Visions’, getting anointed by Pitchfork and being a girl in the music business.
Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood
Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood with a "u" have all been bouncing around the blogosphere of late, and here's why.
C2C and Ghostpoet
Tonight at Botanique: Turntableism veterans C2C and Ghostpoet, British hip hop newcomer and critics’ darling.
Kelly De Block
Having first profiled her work for our talent section, we got back in touch with up-and-coming photographer Kelly De Block to talk about her latest series, ‘Appearing/disappearing’.
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.
Elliphant, Haim and Faws
Today we welcome relentless blogger Disco Naïveté to our pages for a new, twice-monthly column entitled 'New kids on the block' which will focus on the cream of the crop of independent talent emerging from the global music scene.
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.
Brit band New Build partake in a bit of a Word-exclusive Q&A about constant references to Hot Chip (which they don't mind), their tour, and a brand new album.
Pimpinelle, a new boutique in Brussels for foodies, inspires Damien Aresta to sample some other recent delicious food experiences. Dig in.
The best new male 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 boys.
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.
Jean-Luc Moerman wraps up ING’s Brussels headquarters
Money meets art in the form of Belgium's most humongous tarpaulin to hide the battle scars of ING's large-scale HQ facelift, a colour infused second skin by artist Jean-Luc Moerman.
Pony Pony Run Run
Pony Pony Run Run went to art college and all they got was a healthy dose of self depreciation and a couple of hyper-cool, flowy albums.
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.
We kick of our 'new beginnings'-inspired photography series with a gallery shot by young Belgian star Sanne Delcroix.
The Word's throwaway project whisks you backstage for a peek at Norway's Casiokids doing their thang on their latest tour.
Iris van Herpen retrospective at the Groninger Museum
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen's retrospective opened at the Groninger Museum last Friday and we were there to witness the magic.
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).
M O N E Y
After their gig in Paris' Point Ephémère last month, M O N E Y, Mancunian band on their way up, strip down naked for our throwaway project. Literally.
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