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15 spaces for photography in Belgium
From Brussels' Contretype to Antwerp's FoMu, we’ve crisscrossed Belgium looking for the best spaces for photography.
15 addresses for vintage design in Belgium
A rolodex of addresses for vintage design in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Liège.
20 of Brussels’ best fountains
Take this as a tease, but we're closing the summer with a list of Brussels' top 20 fountains.
Eight of the best rooftops in Belgium
A guide to the elevated eateries, drinkeries and hangouts with the kick-assest panoramas in the country
Photography: Eva de Gols
The recent Narafi graduate's eye-catching series on family chaos caught our eye.
Roni Horn at Munich’s Sammlung Götz
The Iceland fan has been building up an eclectic oeuvre including sculptures, drawings, photography, installations and books.
Suuns: Image du Futur
We had a listen to the Canadians' latest record and it seems like the apocalypse is just around the corner.
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
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...
Holiday gift guide: The Word’s Christmas wishlist
We help you keep the holiday season's shopping stress levels down with this hand-picked, carefully-selected gift guide.
The sweat-stench and smoke-scent of empty nightclubs
When the lights go out and the bar is closed for business, nightclubs take on a whole different persona. 354 photographers and Alex Salinas look at the other side of clubbing, the one the owners and club promoters would rather you didn’t see.
Girls just wanna have fun
Belgian photographer JC Thonar's pink series, first published in our pink album.
Brussels retail tastemaker La Fabrika’s ode to design restraint
Number two on our tour of Belgium's most exciting design shops is Brussels’ La Fabrika, a 230 square metre patch of the city's design-friendly Dansaert district.
A design and interiors selection to take you through the winter
We’ve done a room-by-room survey of essentials, rounding-up those items that were most in need of replacing. From bedroom to bar, here’s our selection of design delectables topping our must-have list at the moment.
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
Seven things you should buy before you leave
We’re keeping both him and her happy with this month’s showstoppers selection. We have the iconic bag, shoes and polo shirt, the future-friendly dresses, the obligatory pair of high tops, the jacket to go with them as well as the scent of the moment.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
For our orange album, young and upcoming photographer Pauline Miko aimed her lense at red heads, capturing their somewhat mysterious and intriguing aura.
The Word’s limited edition tote
Our new collection of The Word totes hit the streets today, with a limited edition illustration by Virassamy. Get yours and support your favourite Belgian bi-monthly.
The second instalment in our series of Word-exclusive mixes comes from female DJ duo The Lizzies.
Win tickets for Michael Hurley
Folk legend Michael Hurley is playing at L'Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on Wednesday. And we have five pairs of tickets to give away to our lucky, lucky readers.
Spring is a time for new beginnings (read: new clothes). But what to stuff in your closet once you're done clearing out the cobwebs from your woolly Belgian winter wardrobe? Here's our handpicked selection of lovely spring things.
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.
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 Build: Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
Despite being the brainchild of Hot Chip's core members and shape-shifting experts Al Doyle and Felix Martin, New Build aren't just a chip off the old block.
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.
With their self-titled debut album, Django Django finally get around to acknowledging the 2009 super-buzz around their double A-side single.
We Have Band
With their album Ternion, We Have Band counter rumours that they're just another one-trick pony.
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.
Part three of our Valentines mix has Brussels-based Jealov turning knobs and turning heads. "A slippery slow mix to keep the pace", as they succinctly put it.
Miss Hot Tracks’
We continue our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mixes with Brussels-based DJ Miss Hot Tracks mix entitled 'Desires'.
Hunting and Collecting’s Niels and Aude
Niels and Aude are the creative geniuses behind Hunting and Collecting, a Brussels-based concept store that's made a name for itself in Belgium and beyond.
The love movement
A few weeks ago we asked our readers to send us a photograph which, to them, illustrated the word 'love'. Here are the 13 photographs that made the cut.
Leuven-based all-rounders Uphigh Collective kick off our series of Valentine's Day-inspired exclusive mixes.
The Valentine’s Day gift guide
Every day of the week we'll be hand-picking one gift that is guaranteed to get you in your loved ones' good books. And we ain't talking heart-shaped boxes...
By telling the story of the aunt and cousin of Jackie 'O' Kennedy, 1976 documentary Grey Gardens shows the face of the American aristocracy fallen from grace.
Photographer Kelly De Block
In our continued bid to shine a light on rising Belgian talent, we speak with recently-graduated fashion photographer Kelly De Block about collages, contrasts and connecting with people.
Felicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson
In the fourth part of our series on illuminating couple-collaborators, we introduce multi-talents Felicia and Bartholomé whose pooled resources include books and records.
Illustrator Joost Stokhof
We continue our series on emerging talent with an interview with Utretcht-based illustrator Joost Stockhof
Memymom’s Lisa and Marilène
Part II of our fascination-feature on outstanding Belgian two-pieces. Drumroll please for Memymom, a photography venture concocted by mother and daughter duo Marilène and Lisa.
In Sickness and In Health
In this unconventional family portrait, photographer Colin Gray offers you the ability to gaze into the spheres of a dying woman.
We talk to the quirky Norwegian outfit Casiokids about their new record ‘Aabenbaringen over Aaskammen’, getting sponsored by a-ha and playing gigs in lighthouses.
Bruce Davidson’s Subway
We take a closer look at Steidl's recent reissue of American photographer Bruce Davidson's groundbreaking photographs of the New York subway back in the 1980s.
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...
Our Christmas wish list
Starting today and up until Christmas eve, we’ll be putting forward two present proposals a day meant to make your end-of-year gift search that little bit easier. Today: A knitted cardigan from Henrik Vibskov and scarf by SPRB.
We book a table at gastronomic newcomer Bouchéry in Brussels' south to discover a world where passion and provenance prevail.
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.
From teapots to toothpaste, these are the items that inspired us for our white album.
The king of clean
Eddy Beaurain's Pressing No1 is an institution amongst Brussels' fashion folk. We pay him a visit days before he closes shop for good.
The best burgers in Brussels
We round-up three of our favourite burger joints in Brussels - and toss in others that deserve a mention.
Belgian photographer-on-the-rise Julie Calbert aims high with her feature on the ever-changing scenery of the world above.
The shelf: Shedding light
Chinese living, the most dangerous city in America, the disappearance of landmarks in Colorado, colour-coded foreplay and a personal history of the household. Five fine art and photography books that'll see you through the winter months.
Rue Blanche is not only known as a purveyor of softness for everyday women but also for its outstanding look books. We dived a bit into history and had a closer look at its catalogues of the last 25 years.
The interview: White Russia
Having just released the debut LP O Jerusalem singer/songwriter Maria Elderton from London two-piece White Russia speaks to us about apathetic bands and wanting to be Axl Rose.
The interview: White Car
We speak to Elon Katz from upcoming Chicago two-piece White Car about his slew of side projects, Chinese underground music and painting a house white.
Chauncey’s white crew neck
Cosy-up to this white sweater from Brussels-based knitwear label Chauncey made of the finest Mongolian cashmere.
The interview: Girls
We speak with Girls frontman Christopher Owens about white sneaker fetishes, running a business and singing “Stille nacht” to sailors at Christmas time in Antwerp’s docks.
The interview: Mario & Vidis
Following the release of their double album Changed, we speak with Lithuanian production prodigies Mario & Vidis about their top three records of 2011, their hometown and who they'd book for their last ever party.
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.
Fifteen questions to: Zhao Li
With her playful, animal-shaped creations, up and coming jewellery designer Zhao Li has roots in China and a home in Antwerp, adding some much-needed colour to the local jewellery scene. We speak with her about the beauty of spiders, using medical plastic and her jewellery line 'talitali'.
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.
Into the light
A light-sensitive series of juxtaposed animated gifs that has the entire office finding itself a new-found love for the digitally-bettered arts.
The notebook: Dirty Beaches
A quick-fire, handmade interview with Dirty Beaches frontman Alex Zhang that talks to us about being on the road, his mom and eating good food.
A Sofie D’Hoore dress
The little black dress gets given a Belgian twist in the shape of Sophie D'Hoore's upscaled offshoot for the modern woman.
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.
Bleu de Chanel
Chanel's latest fragrance for men 'Bleu de Chanel' hits all the right notes. Neither too girly nor too macho, the perfectly balanced manly scent offers just the right mixture of confidence and unpretentiousness.
Boat rides, backstage antics and portraits of adoring fans: we step into the world of psychedelic popster Connan Mockasin through our disposable camera project.
Fifteen questions to: Sofie Claes
We sit down with Antwerp rising start Sophie Claes for the second in our instalment of fifteen question sessions to talk doing charity in India, starting her own business and what characterises her style.
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.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps
You know what they say: a good defence is a strong offence. Don't wait for the winter to take its toll on your skin, and pre-empt the cracks with Kiehl's Creme de Corps, a face-saving, all-encompassing body cream that'll act as damage control to the winter months' wrath.
The review: Black Box Revelation’s My Perception
With their new release “My Perception” Belgian garage rockers Black Box Revelation deliver their third album in only three years and this time they are determined to make it big across the Atlantic. Whilst sticking to their raw and heady sound, the two-piece outfit from Dilbeek aims to conquer the US.
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.
Following the release of their excellent debut Le Danse, we speak with Parisian electro-pop two-piece Slove about their various side projects and their love of French music.
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.
Closing our blue chapter
Up and coming Antwerp-based photographer Joke De Wilde, a former intern of ours, delivers a mesmerising blue-lined series of eight portraits, bringing our blue album chapter to a close.
Les jeans de Chanel
Denim is everywhere and now you can even wear it on your nails: We love Chanel's jeans inspired shades of blue.
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.
Meeting Dries Van Noten (or the day my heart stopped beating)
We meet Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten to discuss distance, independence and advertising (or lack of).
The blue album release party photographs – The uncensored gallery
The unedited and uncensored version of our blue album release party's image gallery.
M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
The French electronic dreampop band M83 is back after a three year pause: Their new much anticipated album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' is to be released on October 17th. We've had a first listen.
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.
The backstage antics of Australian two-piece Civil Civic. Having headlined this year's Microfestival in Liege / Luik, the band undoubtedly had lots of fun playing around with one of our disposable cameras.
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.
Interview: These New Puritans
Whilst These New Puritans, the band of four from Southend-on-Sea in England, could be considered youngsters to the musical spectrum, their albums suggest otherwise. And, although Beat Pyramid (the band’s debut, released in 2008 on Angular Records) had already confirmed the group as a force to be reckoned with, their latest LP Hidden (released in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Backstage at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Show2011
Final year students at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Art‘s Fashion Department have just taken their final bow, going out with a bang with its Show2011. And, true to form, this vintage year produced yet another crop of talented designers. Here, we sneak a peek backstage, capturing pre-show hysteria, post-show relief and everything in between […]
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 […]
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 […]
A few words about our iPad app
Our iPad app having hit Apple’s AppStore last week, we thought it useful to give you a little background information on it. You know, the why, who, what, when and all. We first started toying with the idea of developing an iPad app towards the end of the summer 2010. Apple had just released its […]
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, […]
Polaroid perfect pages
Above, a curated collection of the suggestive and sexy. Below, a story about a story, with hints of celebrity. Both are online projects. And both make Polaroids a very possible project after all. The kinky collectors – Pornaloid “What better medium to capture your girlfriend naked?” suggests Gilles Kasverdenko, co-founder of Tumblr instant hit Pornaloid. A […]
Into the wild
“Come to Minneapolis and wear a thick jacket and boots.” Such was Alec Soth’s cryptic reply when Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove requested to shoot a documentary about him. Not knowing what to expect, both directors – not a couple – followed the American photographer for three years, resulting in the film Somewhere to Disappear. […]
7d Bermuda shorts
Sunscreen, shades, a good book and a killer iPod playlist might be the essential components to a perfect holiday although one shouldn’t underestimate the life-changing capacity of certain often overlooked items like, say, a pair of Bermuda shorts. Starting today, each week will see its new suggestion, a little something that somehow caught our attention […]
Music: Mark Boombastik and Eduardo Delgado Lopez’ Adios Berlin
You could say Mark Boombastik is something of a general ordering his troupes to get in line and march to the beat. A Berlin-based beatboxer, lyricist and singer with an intense, commandeering and hypnotic vocal presence, his recent collaboration with Eduardo Delgado Lopez (also the bass player in Caspar Brötzmann Massaker) on their joint effort Adiós Berlin […]
Music: The funniest Dick in showbusiness
Old-fashioned, at times annoying, and mostly uninspiring, we certainly never thought of lounge music as “funny” listening. That’s until we discovered Richard Cheese – the alter ego of 45 year-old LA-based singer/ comedian/actor Mark Jonathan Davis – whose cheesed-out covers of mainstream and alternative hits managed to turn the elevator music genre into a hilarious […]
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