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On shaping educational policy from the ground up, by Rania el Mard
VSK spokesperson Rania el Mard took the time out of her busy schedule to share her irksome experiences when transitioning education systems, and her optimism for Flemish students' futures.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Snapshots of the Middle East in Brussels, electro-mania in Charleroi and artist blind dates in Ghent. Go do the right thing.
Class of ’17 – Part III
Take a look at 7 more of the most influential Belgians who broke through the mould in 2017.
Class of ’17 – Part II
Take a look at 8 more of the most influential Belgians who broke through the mould in 2017.
Class of ’17 – Part I
Take a look at the first 8 of some of the most influential Belgians who broke through the mould in 2017.
10 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Dive-bar shindigs in Leuven, birthday celebrations in Antwerp, and the future of contemporary art in Brussels. Go do the right thing.
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.
Behind closed doors, the unpublished pictures
A few unpublished images of our last edition's fashion story.
Fashion designer Mansour Badjoko wa Lileko on making real clothes
The fresh-faced local designer on ideals, reality and how the fashion industry is racist, sexist and classist.
More backstage snap-happiness, this time courtesy of Antwerpers Middle Earth All Nighters
It's champagne time for the lauded local vinyl fetishists and talent spotters. Listen to their exclusive mix.
Ten things to do during Design September
What to eat, see, buy, visit and listen to during this year's edition of Design September, which opens tomorrow.
Artful pinups and photo shows from the pros
Olivier Cornil in Brussels, One Armed Man, No Age + Private Room at PAK...
20 of the best spaces for emerging art in Belgium today
We round-up 20 of the most exciting spaces for emerging art in Belgium today.
The night we opened our new office space
A few photographs from our new office space opening party. Epic.
Music: An interview with Berlin trio Camera at Microfestival
From busking to the big stage; the evolution of neo-krautrockers Camera.
Belgium’s photography graduates: Lisa Spilliaert
Last but certainly not least, Lisa Spilliaert brings the series to a close...
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
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...
Belgium’s photography graduates: Lenka Lukacovicova
The recent graduate talks abandonment issues and the abundance of space in her graduation series Muses
A very exclusive melange of baby makers, juke tunes, UK garage and voodoo by homeboy Fabien Leclercq
On wedding photography – Call for entries
Submissions for our wedding and corporate photography found footage challenge are now open. Here's how to participate.
Music: Interview with Yellow Straps and Le Motel
Three local bedroom beat-makers get deflowered in their very first interview ever.
Belgium’s photography graduates: Heidrun Klos
Fresh from the prestigious art school, she tells us about the challenge of using images for self-expression.
Photography: Eva de Gols
The recent Narafi graduate's eye-catching series on family chaos caught our eye.
The Young Belgian Art Prize 2013: Jean-Baptiste Bernadet
Number two in our series of interviews of nominees for the newly-renamed Young Belgian Art Prize 2013.
The Young Belgian Art Prize 2013: Félicia Atkinson
"I'm used to being judged": the young artist on what it means to be a finalist for Belgium's seminal art prize.
Opening tonight: Parallax Scrolling group show
A group show presenting the works of six upstart Brussels-based artists.
The best of Antwerp’s future sound
Bart Sibiel chronicles a stream of solid Belgian beats, attracting attention one new sound at a time.
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.
Private Investigations at Beursschouwburg
Beursschouwburg plays host to a mash-up of art, music and more with an eleven week tribute to our love of salvaged stuff...
The best of Belgium’s beats scene in 2012
2012's key releases of genre-defying, rhythmically driven choons, as chosen by Bart Sibiel.
Roos Vandekerckhove and the power of colour
Pistachio green, bright red, indigo blue and fuchsia pink: a few of knitwear virtuoso Roos Vandekerckhove's favourite things...
KHUSHI gets playful and Clarence Clarity makes a mess
Our resident pop guru Disco Naiveté scans the 2013 horizon for early signs of life.
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.
Stephan Schneider on curating the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
We spoke with the German designer about his selection, the new generation and why a strong product is always key.
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.
The fashion world of London-based Belgian photographer Gael Delhaye
London-based Belgian fashion snapper Gael Delhaye shot this series exclusively for The Word. Lucky us.
The standout booths and prints at this year’s edition of Paris Photo
We spent the better part of last Sunday doing the rounds at Paris Photo, capturing the fair's vibrant atmosphere in all its glory.
Doing the rounds at Paris’ independent publishing fair Offprint
Paris' Offprint, a three-day gathering of publishing purists, took place over the weekend alongside Paris Photo. We were there.
Our round-up of standout booths at this year’s nofound fair in Paris
We spent the better part of our weekend scouring the aisles at Paris' nofound photography fair, taking the temperature of contemporary photography as it stands today.
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.
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.
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.
An interview with Belgian photographer Maroeskja Lavigne
Maroeskja Lavigne's series on Iceland resulted in her being the only Belgian photographer to be nominated for Foam's Talent Issue. We caught up with the 22 year old to talk David Lynch and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
An interview with fashion designer Joanne Vanden Avenne
Designer Joanne Vanden Avenne is mixing architectural shapes with luxurious fabrics and dreaming of a flagship store in Paris.
Max Pinckers at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond
We asked photographer-on-the-rise Max Pinckers to document the days leading up to the opening of his exhibition in Amsterdam using one of our ol' favourite throwaway cameras.
Brussels’ drawing fair Art on Paper spotlights an underrated discipline
The annual drawing fair has booked into the White Hotel for the weekend and we've done the rounds of the best scribblers so you don't have to.
French photography fair Fotofever’s inaugural Brussels edition
Fotofever's inaugural Brussels edition opened to the press yesterday and we were on hand to take the room's temperature.
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.
Urban development agency creates collaborations between shop owners and designers
In a bid to spice up the design aspect of our neighbourhoods' retail landscape, urban development agency Atrium launched a contest calling on designers to jazz up the windows and displays of local independent grocery shops.
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.
Inside Brussels’ latest hotbed of design innovation Studio With A View
We dropped in on Studio With A View, an innovative artist hub that unites five designers, two photographers and an architect under one roof.
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.
Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Bodan, Southern Shores
From bloopy hip-hop beatmakers to smoochy slow-dancers, here's a guide to what's hot for your end of summer stereo.
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 walk around up-and-coming Belgian painter Matthieu Ronsse’s house-come-studio
We visit Matthieu Ronsse's studio, which also doubles up as his home to discover this promising artist's eclectic and fascinating body of work.
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.
An interview with Belgian rising star photographer Lara Gasparotto
We sat down with rising Belgian photography star Lara Gasparotto to talk about her spontaneous way of working, Renaissance paintings and finding her own aesthetic.
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.
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.
An interview with up-and-coming Belgian photographer Mieke Verbijlen
In our second art interview of the month, we speak with Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen about people's interiors, inspirations and browsing through Flickr.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bozar’s summer of photography
Bozar’s bi-annual platform for international photography kicked off last week, uniting over 30 museums and other cultural organisations in a two month-long programme. We selected four shows to be pencilled into your agendas.
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.
Travel photography part four: Maxim Leurentop’s Germany
Last but not least in our series on travel photography, we're off to Trippstadt, West Germany with photographer Maxim Leurentop.
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.
Travel photography part one: Sara Todd’s Las Vegas
Part of our travel month, we've handpicked four photography series that made us dream of escapes and adventures on the road. We begin with Antwerp-based photographer Sara Todd's travels from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
Travel photography part two: Britt & Paul’s trans-siberian travels
In part two of our series on travel photography, photographers Britt & Paul take us across Russia on the trans-siberian railway
When Patrick met Nigel
We sat down with Bellerose boss man Patrick van Heurck and British designer Nigel Cabourn to discuss the fruits of their first team-up, a sleek duffle coat for next season.
La Cambre’s class of 2012
We were given backstage passes and front row seats at this year's graduate show at La Cambre, Brussels' fashion designing talent breeder.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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 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.
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.
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