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10 public libraries in Belgium
Public libraries fulfil an invaluable, and very necessary, role in modern society – we pay tribute to some of the country’s most distinct and distinguished ones in the hope of encouraging you to renew your membership once and for all.
The Holiday Spirit: 10 charities for giving
We've selected 10 Belgium-based charities that are tilting the balance towards generosity and kindness for those in need, from professional mentoring schemes aimed at refugees to national animal rights charities.
Neighbourhood Heroes: Best for cultural centres
Our finetuned selection of cultural centres: the undisputed unsung heroes of the neighbourhood, the beacons of cultural empowerment remaining a crucial and necessary function of the social landscape.
The people’s idea of fun: 13 folkloric traditions in Belgium
The intriguing and sometimes even bizzare traditions and customs from all corners of Belgium, accompanied by archival visuals.
Vizion, a new magazine capturing the country’s graffiti scene
An interview with the publisher of the 170-pages strong annual magazine whose first edition was released two weeks ago at Brussels' bombing mecca, Montana shop.
20 portraits taken from our book Thiis iis Belgiium
In Internet speak, it's called throwback Tuesday: 20 portraits culled from our book Thiis iis Belgiium.
12 innovations in personal living
A hand-picked list of Belgium's most useful and effective initiatives within the sharing economy, sure to facilitate your daily life.
The initiatives shaping the Charleroi of tomorrow
From creative space to live music venue, we drop in on four venues that are strenghtening the city’s cultural landscape and shaping its future.
The people and places of rapper Baloji’s Ghent
Up close and personal in Ghent with the iconic rapper extraordinaire.
The best shopping addresses in Belgium
Covering all your last-minute Christmas shopping needs.
Dig this: From musique concrète to punk
A 10-track selection that sees us go from experimental to punk / new wave territory.
Dig this: 8 essential Dominique Lawalree cuts
A selection of 8 essential cuts by the Brussels-based pianist, composer and arranger.
Dig this: 10 obscure punk and new wave cuts
We start things off ambient and adventurous, to ends things resolutely punk.
Dig this: 10 ambient, punk and new wave Belgian tracks
Further incursions into the depth of underground Belgian music.
Dig this: 15 oddball Belgian new wave, disco and house cuts
Some old stuff, some new stuff, lots of Crammed Discs stuff as well as a 5-track Deewee Records-special to end things on the dance floor.
Pre-order the new and updated edition of This is Belgium
All you need to know about the new and updated edition of our guidebook This is Belgium, now available as a pre-order.
12 quirky Airbnb getaways in Belgium
From one-person Brutalist masterpieces right outside Ghent to enchanted tree houses in the province of Luxembourg.
15 last minute quirky summer stages ideas for kids
A meatball-making camp? Beat-making sessions? Analog photography workshops? We've got you covered.
Serge Coosemans’ 10 favourite Belgian releases
The infamous social media provocateur travels back in time to select his favourite Belgian releases for us.
Eppo Dehaes on framing
Eppo Dehaes, manager of Martens Frames, talks on the craft of art framing.
Seven Belgian-based artists to keep on your radar (Part 4)
Part 4 of our selection of seven Belgian-based artists to keep your eyes on.
Walhalla Record’s Lieven De Ridder on Antwerp and surroundings
The founder of legendary minimal synth record label Walhalla Records opens up about his Antwerp hangouts, from pita joints to ice cream parlours.
Favourite Belgian releases: Laurent Fintoni
Music and culture writer Laurent Fintoni reveals his five all-time favourite Belgian releases.
14 gift ideas for Christmas
A selection of gift ideas to make him, her, and everyone around you happy in this end of year season.
The Unknown Reference record label founder reveals 14 of his favourite Belgian releases.
Best for basketball
Our selection of some of the best basketball courts in Belgium.
Photographer Michèle Matyn
Michele's Matyn's elusive yet mesmerizing photographic work is featured in our soon to be released September edition.
Why The Word Magazine is free again
A couple of words on why oh why we're back on the country's streets as a free magazine.
YBAP nominee Hana Miletic takes one of our throwaway cameras on a tour of Belgium, through Bozar, past Molenbeek and into Ghent.
YBAP Pre-selection jury: Martin Germann
Another stellar addition to this years's YBAP pre-selection jury, Martin Germann contextualizes his contribution.
YBAP Pre-selection Jury: Marie-Noelle Dailly and Benoit Dusart
Benoit Dussart and Marie-Noelle Dailly from Incise team up for this year's YBAP as pre-selection jury members.
YBAP Pre-selection Jury: Eva Wittocx
Eva Wittocx gives us an insight on dossier-scrutinizing as this year's preselection jury member for the Young Belgian Art Prize.
YBAP Pre-selection Jury: Florent Bex
Flor Bex leaves us a couple of words on contributing to the selection of finalists of this year's Young Belgian Art Prize.
Recto Verso’s Marie Hocepied
Marie Hocepied, founder of Recto Verso, reveals her picks for unwinding and spending quality time with family and friends.
Why we take FM Brussel’s closure personally
We weigh-in on the debate surrounding the recently-announced closure of local radio station FM Brussel.
Didier Vervaeren on The Belgians at BOZAR
With The Belgians, his recently-opened exhibition at Bozar, Didier Vervaeren lays out the ins and outs of this curatorial project.
21 essential addresses for pots & plants
We do our bit for mother nature and reveal 21 of our favourite addresses for pots and plants in Belgium.
Behind the scenes at Un-Scene III
We ask assistant curator Marwann Frikach to capture the set-up phase of Wiels' Un-Scene III, which opened to the public last week.
DJ Azer’s Ghent
If Azer has been around, his beloved Ghent was always in his heart. Let's find out about his best kept secret.
Un-Scene III at Wiels
Thirteen talents, Belgian born or based, are exhibited at WIELS's recent and third edition of Un-Scene. Here are the highlights.
We catch up with artist Etienne Courtois a few days after his exhibition opening in Brussels.
Flagey’s Gilles Ledure
Flagey's Gilles Ledure sets up his classic picks of Brussels addresses.
23 record shops in Belgium (Part 2)
As we promised, here is the second part of our journey throughout the most enjoyable records shops in Belgium.
SMAK’s Iris Paschalidis on Jef Geys
SMAK's Iris Paschalidis opens up on curating Jef Geys' recent exhibit
23 record shops in Belgium (Part 1)
We've crisscrossed the country to select its most notable and enjoyable record shops
The Venice Biennial
La Grande Dame of art biennials might be seen as a tat dated but it is still the most important art event in the world.
Area codes: Frederik Vercruysse’s Antwerp
Antwerp's nooks and crannies have found a way to fairly new resident Frederik Vercruysse's heart.
7 new releases in Belgian underground music
We debut a monthly series on new Belgian releases with Shetahr, Wulfy Benzo, Sagat, DSR Lines, KZK, HRNS and Bright Entity.
Stephanie De Smet’s Inside green
Photographer Stephanie De Smet, Instagram's #insidegreen queen, reveals the ins and outs behind her iconic series.
Wim Lambrecht on Tabula Rasa
LUCA's Wim Lambrecht discussed curating his recent exhibition 'Tabula Rasa,' showing now at Dr. Guislain Museum
Cas-Co, a co-working space for artists
Cas-co's art space and ateliers set a new standard for Leuven's burgeoning art scene.
Stephanie Specht’s Antwerp
In this week's Area code, we takes a stroll through graphic designer Stephanie Specht's Antwerp.
Adelheid De Witte
Artist Adelheide de Witte on her latest series of painting, Guest rooms, that she'll be showing in her Gent studio this weekend.
First things first: Wits
Belgian bedroom Producer Wits gave up everything for an adventure in Thailand and came back with an EP.
Best for child play
We’ve criss-crossed the country to reveal the best playgrounds that Belgium has to offer.
New kids on the block: Le Colonel
Newly opened restaurant Le Colonel may just become an institution for the city's meat lovers.
Jon and Maša’s Antwerp
The couple behind Antwerp-based creative agency Klein take us on a tour of their favourite local hangouts.
Every single little Brussels-inspired object you gave us
We archived each and every of the Brussels-inspired memorabilia you donated to our Time Capsule project.
Best for live music, Part 2
Part two of our live music venues roundup takes us from Namur to Ghent and back.
WIELS senior curator Zoë Gray
We ask recently appointed Wiels's senior curator Zoë Gray about her favourite places in Brussels.
New kids on the block: Japanese photography gallery IBASHO
We talk to the founders of IBASHO, Antwerp's newest fine art photography gallery with a penchant for Japan.
The Word presents Locals Only on FM Brussel and 22tracks.
We'll soon be starting a weekly radio show as well as curating a monthly streaming playlist and want to get your promos.
First things first: rapper K1D (with free download)
With his debut EP now out, rapper K1D opens up about hometown heroes, mistakes made and hiding tracks from mum.
New kids on the block: Record store Escalade
We paid a visit to Brussels' newest record store Escalade to find out what they had in their crates.
KASK graduate photographer Pauline Miko
With her first Brussels solo show opening tomorrow, young Belgian photographer Pauline Miko talks memory, medium and mentors.
44 Gallery’s Luc Rabaey on Collage & Photography
We discuss Gallery 44's recently-opened show Collage & Photography with its founder Luc Rabaey
Best for live music, Part 1
Belgium is known as a haven for bands and their touring ambition. And these are the places they want to play at.
New Kids on the Block: Olivier Biltereyst & Laurent Bouchat
There's a new 20th century design and art book store that's just opened in the Brussels neighbourhood of Uccle.
To celebrate their latest compilation hitting Bandcamp, Caoutchou Records dig deep to reveal their favourite Belgian releases.
First things first: Hypochristmutreefuzz (with free download)
Noise-rockers Hypochristmutreefuzz on eating honey and what their parents think of their music.
Area codes: Ingrid Deuss’ Antwerp
We take a stroll through gallery owner Ingrid Deuss' Antwerp.
From rap, jazz, samba and beat music, record label head and local promoter Alex Deforce reveals his favourite Belgian releases.
Straight out of our latest edition, Joke De Wilde's photographic journey alongside Belgium's E40.
Area codes: DIFT founders Yves and Bert’s Ghent
DIFT founders reveal Ghent's best coffee bars, tattoo parlours, restaurants and bars.
Lieven De Ridder
Walhalla Recordings founder made a list of his favourite Belgian tracks and there's a solid chance you never heard any of them.
Gilbert Fastenaekens at Botanique
We preview veteran Brussels-based photographer Gilbert Fastenaekens' retrospective at Botanique.
Area codes: Dj Kwak’s Brussels
Tireless music promoter DJ Kwak delivers his first class Brussels addresses.
Brussels Biker Boys outtake #1: People
These are the people, the human faces, behind one of Brussels' most notorious biker squads.
Area codes: Thierry and Sarah’s Antwerp
Thierry Vandenbussche and photographer Sarah Van Marcke take us on a neighbourly walk around their Borgerhout.
iPod-dolls, tape-robots, albino crocodiles and synthporn: Chrome Brulée takes one of our throwaway cameras for a ride.
The pulse of a city: 25 visual tributes to Brussels
Art institutions, online radio, graphic design studio, independent magazine: this is how Creative Belgium sees Brussels.
This is (our) Brussels
To mark the release of The Brussels Special, we take a trip down memory lane to pull-up some of our favourite Brussels features.
Where to buy our new edition in Belgium
A complete run-down of some of the book shops, concept stores, museums and newsagents that stock our new edition.
Low Committee “Race At Club Neon” came out on Vlek on 1st December and it's so great we asked him for a mix.
On-Point teams up with Brussels Philharmonic
We talk to On-Point Records about its recent partnering up with Brussels Philharmonic as the Belgium Trombone Quartet.
He's the first one to play at our after-party this Friday, so we asked him for an exclusive mix.
Next up in our series on iconic Belgian records comes courtesy of Youtube channel Belpop16.
Area codes: Jurgen Maelfeyt’s Ghent
Set to open his own bookshop-come-gallery this Thursday, we ask APE's Jurgen Maeyfelt about his favourite Ghent hotspots.
People of Belgium, rise up!
Doing our (little) bit to fight the power, we captured some of last week's national protest with one of our throwaway cameras.
As one of the producers featured in our upcoming edition, we asked Le Motel to record an exclusive mix for us.
Exclusive mix 25 comes courtesy of Trime, a Leuven-based hip hop head who'll be opening for Oneman tomorrow in Brussels.
To mark their appearance in our Beats in Belgium feature, Ghent-based Caoutchou Records deliver exclusive mix 24.
Antwerp-based producer Hiele records an exclusive mix for us to mark the upcoming release of our new edition.
We kick off a new series this week, asking the country's music tastemakers to reveal their favourite Belgian releases.
Area codes: Marina Bautier’s Brussels
We kick off the new season with a tour of some of Brussels-based designer Marina Bautier's favourite local digs.
Our picks of Belgian beat acts at this year’s summer festivals
We select some of the Belgian beat acts making the rounds at this year's summer festivals.
Order This is Belgium, get It It Anita’s vinyl release
We're giving away copies of It It Anita's Word-produced vinyl release to the first readers who order our book, This is Belgium.
Where to get This is Belgium in Brussels
Some of the fantastic Brussels bookshops that stock This is Belgium, our book documenting the country's creative coming-of-age.
15 facts and figures about This is Belgium
We handpick 15 facts and figures about our book This is Belgium.
The night we celebrated Belgium
A few photographs from the official book launch we held in Brussels to mark the release of This is Belgium.
Inside This is Belgium
Word-potographer Miles Fischler plays around with This is Belgium's ubiquitous red rectangle.
Converse collaborates with Belgian street artists
A few images of Converse's recent collaborations with Belgium's most prolific street artists.
Around Belgium in 80 days
Photographer Joke De Wilde, a driving force behind our upcoming book This is Belgium, selects six of her favourite images. In Around Belgium in 80 days.
Marking the upcoming release of our book This is Belgium, we enlist Brussels-based label Vlek for an exclusive mix.
Six of Belgium’s best travel guides
These six books offer perfect introductions and insights into one of the world's last remaining superpowers.
Nosedrip handpicks 11 Belgian tracks for the first in a three-part series of exclusive This is Belgium mixes.
11 iconic new wave tracks from Belgium
Starman Records head honcho Felix Huybrechts compiled a list of 11 of his favourite 80s Belgian new wave tracks for us.
Inside Belgique-Op-Zee, our special edition
A few words and photographs on the special edition we made to mark the release of our book, This is Belgium.
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