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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.
On launching The Word Radio, an online community radio for Belgium
A few words from our editor-in-chief Nicholas Lewis on the launch, next Friday 1st December, of The Word Radio.
11 iconic Belgian logos: the design and stories behind the country’s trademark symbols
We take a trip through memory lane and revisit some of the titans of Belgian industry, both past and present, through their iconic visual identities.
Neighbourhood watch: The design improvements Region of Brussels’ residents would bring to their Communes (Part 1)
10 Brussels-based locals imagine a future for architectural design in their neighbourhoods.
“I’ve always had something of a fascination for folkloric figures”: The tall tales of sculptor Eric Croes
We caught up with the artist Eric Croes in his Etterbeek studio to talk myths, artistic renewal and the clumsiness of ceramics.
10 essential movie posters – Part 2
From the essential (La Promesse) to the graphic (De Zaak Alzheimer) and the revolutionary (23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles), we zoom in on the artwork that positioned these movies for longevity.
The six sequences of ADAM’s collection, part 4: Design as a Trojan Horse
Was American design in the 1970s protest or pure innovation?
Why Belgium needs to look closer to home before pointing fingers.
With the country's seeming unwillingness to tackle its own fundamental failings head on, its ability to hold a moral compass up to its international partners stands diminished.
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.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Ethnoyoutubers in Brussels, Gaming galore in Antwerp and clandestine checkpoint-inspired art in Ghent. Do the right thing.
Les Disques Lexi founder Catherine Plenevaux’s 17 favourite Belgian releases
A journey into the darkest corners of Belgian pop by the founder of one of the country's most unique record imprints.
Full disclosure: Why we’ll soon be urging you, over and over again, to submit a project for Brussels
A few words about our work on Make.Brussels, Atrium.Brussels' latest initiative to reenergise downtown Brussels.
Photographer Joke de Wilde photographs and interviews Mechelen-based, family-owned Circus Ronaldo.
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.
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.
David Menessier's list is a cure for bad taste and chronic Belgian music ignorance.
Synthesizers and some of the best national techno anthems: the man behind TSOB shares his favourite Belgian releases.
WIELS senior curator Zoë Gray
We ask recently appointed Wiels's senior curator Zoë Gray about her favourite places in Brussels.
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.
Artist Lisa Lapierre meets The Belgian Six
Artist Lisa Lapierre take a fresh and focused look at the works on show at our exhibition, The Word presents The Belgian Six.
Five exhibitions to see during the Summer of Photography
Five must-see exhibitions from this year's Summer of Photography, which opened yesterday in Brussels.
15 spaces for photography in Belgium
From Brussels' Contretype to Antwerp's FoMu, we’ve crisscrossed Belgium looking for the best spaces for photography.
A weekend of Warhol, Wilde Things, MAD and MØ
...don't miss Gold Panda at Botanique and window dressing with Splash, Can and Cock at Komplot
Brainbox, Richard Serra and Happy birthday dear Academy
...plus Catclub, Gedi Sibony and Everything and More at Tim Van Laere
A weekend of Mykki Blanco, Chvrches and TUFTUFTUFTUF
...plus Freek Wambacq’s Antwerp trailblazing, Etienne Courtois at Island, and Javier Tellez at SMAK.
20 of Brussels’ best fountains
Take this as a tease, but we're closing the summer with a list of Brussels' top 20 fountains.
TempoColor’s food for thought and more STUFF.
...plus Jacky Nickerson's Amerikay, Henri Jacobs' not-so-private notebooks and Kate Newby at La Loge
Blackout, Braids and Brussels Art Days
Plus acid house at Kozzmozz, Michael Borremans and billboard art.
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.
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
Belgium’s photography graduates: Lisa Spilliaert
Last but certainly not least, Lisa Spilliaert brings the series to a close...
Belgium’s photography graduates: Lenka Lukacovicova
The recent graduate talks abandonment issues and the abundance of space in her graduation series Muses
Eighties, art + Boomtown. This weekend in Belgium
Cinematek goes retro and Brussels' photographers reclaim some space, plus Mario Merz, Stefan Rinck and Robert Suermondt
On wedding photography – Call for entries
Submissions for our wedding and corporate photography found footage challenge are now open. Here's how to participate.
Belgium’s photography graduates: Heidrun Klos
Fresh from the prestigious art school, she tells us about the challenge of using images for self-expression.
Ghent gets Ten Days Off. This weekend in Belgium
...plus IETS in Knokke, mumblecore, Pierre Lefebvre and graphic arts explored...
Belgium’s photography graduates: Miles Fischler
School's out. Miles Fischler is first in our series of interviews with recently graduated Belgian photographers.
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.
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.
Area codes: Dieter Van Den Storm’s Brussels North district
Change to this gritty cityscape is a long time coming...Brussels' north inner city gets a once-over.
Lo-fi fuzz and frolics. This weekend in Belgium.
Idiot Glee and Krystal Klear come to town, Ghent goes runway and Taschen have a jumble sale.
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
A walk through Ostend with DJ Nosedrip
What’s so great about Ostend? DJ Nosedrip reveals what he loves best about his native turf
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.
Another show about promotion and advertising material
Austrian-born graphic designer Stefan Seigmeister is at le Grand Hornu for a discourse on his commercial ventures..
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...
Glory holes, GLBT benefit parties and water closet art.
Ten things to do over the weekend, from the release party of our latest edition tonight to Catclub and Friends tomorrow night.
Opening tonight: Parallax Scrolling group show
A group show presenting the works of six upstart Brussels-based artists.
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...
Roni Horn at Munich’s Sammlung Götz
The Iceland fan has been building up an eclectic oeuvre including sculptures, drawings, photography, installations and books.
Record barters and garden parties. This weekend in Belgium
… check out Off The Record, BSFF and Oh My Garden, plus Mitch Epstein, Vivian Maier and Le Corbusier.
The big bang of satellite fairs
Some call them parasites, others an affordable alternative. Whatever way you look at them, their number has mushroomed in the past decade
Consummate Brussels collector Dimitri Jeurissen talks Art Brussels
"Look at the art and not at the market. And build real relationships with the artists..."
10 things to do during Art Brussels
An artful selection of activities that includes everything from off-fairs to parties and openings.
An interview with Poppositions founder Liv Vaisberg
"We don’t just want to be the kind of off-fair that shows the artists who got rejected by the official one..."
Newly-installed Art Brussels director Katerina Gregos’ fresh start
After 15 years, Brussels' seminal contemporary art fair gets a new director.
APE founder Jurgen Maelfeyt on The Molem Collective
A limited-run record, a sneaker fiend talking about his obsession and classic hip hop productions. Comes pretty close to nirvana.
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...
Exhibition: The Bride and the Bachelors at London’s Barbican
We had a peek at the fascinating expo centered around the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp.
Mathias Hielscher’s Berlin
Ex-Viginia Jetzt! bassist and founder of the super cool, finger-on-the-pulse Berlin website 'Mit Vergnügen' shows us around his favourite Schlesi hotspots...
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.
Preview: an interview with Belgian photographer Julie Calbert
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the revamped Word magazine is almost here. A tantalising teaser of what's in store...
The throwaway project: Design Miami with Victor Hunt
Build-up, beaches and Mustang backseats all feature in this latest palm tree-themed instalment of The throwaway project...
Swans, Xiu Xiu and a look back on YSL. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus Stanley Whitney and Humo's Rock Rally darlings, Compact Disc Dummies...
Interview: PA/PER VIEW curator Frances Horn
In the run-up to the three-day book bash, we had a chat with the PA/PER View curator about why print is no longer dead
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
The Paris-based DJ, producer and label boss recently showed us round one of the city's more 'spirited' neighbourhoods...
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.
Stylist Pholoso Selebogo’s Antwerp
The sought-after stylist takes us on a jaunt of her favourite neighbourhood hotspots.
Birthdays, exhibitions, fairs and concerts. This weekend in Belgium.
The Word Magazine turns 5, Untitled! gets six candles and James Chance chances Antwerp.
Kulter collective art director Julie Dassaud’s Amsterdam
A new feature sees guest contributors take us round their favourite neighbourhood hotspots. First up: Amsterdam's Kolenkit
The throwaway project: Thomas Bayrle at Wiels
Wiels curator Devrim Bayar documents the installation of a Thomas Bayrle retrospective with one of our throwaways...
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...
King of Pop and Works on Paper. This weekend in Belgium.
Feast on Found Footage and the overlooked lyrics of Pop's overlord, Michael Jackson.
Bart Sibiel examines Rock Rally ’82, the album that best showcases the skills of album artwork aficionado Ever Meulen.
Ignatz, Antilux and art therapy. This weekend in Belgium.
Check out our hand-picked collection of delectable concerts and cultural happenings, ripe for your weekend calendar.
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...
Interview: New York star curator Clarissa Dalrymple
The celebrated New York art guru has been let loose on Xavier Hufkens Gallery where she reveals a very personal selection
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...
Xavier Hufkens presents…Clarissa Dalrymple
An exhibition curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, “the most aristocratic bohemian on New York's contemporary art scene”.
Fit to print
In a converted printing press we learn about the early days of Brussels' art activism and post-digital letterpresses.
Bollyfood and art bonanza. This weekend in Belgium.
Belgium's weekend is bursting with exhibitionists, with Constant Permeke and Clarissa Dalrymple on the cards.
Future, fine art and photography. This weekend in Belgium.
FuTure brings beats to Liége and Weegee's murderous tabloid tales hit Antwerp.
The Vlek team looks back on 2012 and pick their very favourite new tracks of the year, compiling them in a Word-exclusive mix.
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...
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.
Belgium’s best record shops
Record-hunter Bart Sibiel honours Belgium's remaining legion of well-stocked vinyl emporiums with a list of Belgium's best record shops.
Friederike von Rauch’s Sleeping Beauties in Antwerp
German photographer Friederike von Rauch deploys her trademark aesthetic in a study of after-hours art.
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.
An interview with Wiels curator Devrim Bayar about her project Le Salon
As Le Salon turns one year old, its founder and Wiels curator Devrim Bayar fills us in on the Brussels' premier go-to art guide.
Adeline and Alexandre on the opening of Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Cousins Adeline and Alexandre's blink-and you'll-miss-it one stop shop for Belgian creative entrepreneurs sets 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.
Photographer Nicolas Karakatsanis ‘Adjusting Infinity’ at Alice
Nicolas Karakatsanis' characteristic emotional intensity is back for an exhibition at the Alice Gallery
A retrospective of Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman in Germany
Dirk Braeckman opens his first solo show at Kunsthalle Erfurt, a retrospective spanning twenty years
Slow journalism, fast medium:Bart Kiggen & Magali Elali’s Coffeeklatch
Bart and Magali visit interesting Belgian people in their homes, ask questions, drink coffee, and put it all on Coffeeklatch...
Dirk Braeckman and Zarina Bhimji in Amsterdam double expo
Photographer Dirk Braeckman explores the filmmaker within and is joined by artist Zarina Bhimji for a joint expo in Amsterdam
MoMu director Kaat Debo on its first decade
Kaat Debo waxes fashionable about the first ten years of MoMu, Antwerp's prestigious fashion museum.
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.
Group show We do not remember the Berlin Wall opens tomorrow in Brussels
The 12 multidiscipline artists that make up Emilie Pischedda & Barthélémy Schöller's group show bring new blood to an old city.
Belgian modern art and Catclub’s birthday bash. This weekend in Belgium.
Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, M83 and Liars plug in their amps, while Catclub celebrates ten years in the city.
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