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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.
Neighbourhood watch: The design improvements Region of Brussels’ residents would bring to their Communes (Part 2)
Nine more Brussels-based locals imagine the potential futures for architectural design in their neighbourhoods.
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.
Crevette Records’ founder Pim Thomas on his perfect hideouts in Brussels
Brussels-based DJ and Record Store owner Pim Thomas shares his favourite spots.
“I think you need some guts to live here”: The enduring and contradictory appeal of Borgerhout
We round up some of Borgerhout’s most involved and committed residents to consider the neighbourhood’s many different facets and discuss what makes it the hotbed of possibilities and potential it is today.
Let’s face it, biking is the future
Continuing our series on the love for cycling, two Brussels-based locals share how biking has changed their lives for the better.
On housing two generations under one same roof, by Chantal Baestle
Mons-based Chantal Baestle recounts her experience with the Belgian intergenerational housing project 1toit2ages.
BelgoMarkt, the neighbourhood grocer banking on homegrown produce
We met with the founders of BelgoMarkt, a year-old new age grocer relying on a myriad of Belgian producers, to talk entrenched habits, learning curves and what lies ahead.
On Ghent’s urban farming marketplace, by Joksie Biesemans
How Ghent-based Joksie Biesemans started farming as a hobby and eventually became Buurderij's Assembly Host.
On tips for sustainable urban lifestyles, by Dot-to-dot
The three Brussels-based founders of upstart online magazine Dot-to-dot discuss why and how they made urban sustainability easier to grasp.
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.
Belgium’s vibrant bicycle initiatives
A roam around Belgium's different bicycle-related initiatives, with profiles from a family-owned manufacturer, an edu-tainment publisher and bike sharing project, to the capital's only bike polo team.
Photographer Joke de Wilde photographs and interviews Mechelen-based, family-owned Circus Ronaldo.
Best for basketball
Our selection of some of the best basketball courts in Belgium.
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.
Flagey’s Gilles Ledure
Flagey's Gilles Ledure sets up his classic picks of Brussels addresses.
New kids on the block: Bayer & Bayer
There's a new, English-inspired barbershop in town and it's called Bayer & Bayer.
Masks, headgear, Tintin and more masks. What happened when we handed Swedish outfit GOAT one of our throwaway cameras.
Here's Liège queer-punk outfit Cocaine Piss acting all silly with one of our office throwaway cameras.
More backstage snap-happiness, this time courtesy of Antwerpers Middle Earth All Nighters
15 addresses for vintage design in Belgium
A rolodex of addresses for vintage design in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Liège.
Area codes: Coffeeklatch’s Magali and Bart on Antwerp North
The prolific profilers talk gentrification and architectural gems in this crash course on their north city 'hood.
A walk through Ostend with DJ Nosedrip
What’s so great about Ostend? DJ Nosedrip reveals what he loves best about his native turf
The Word Magazine All*Stars: Max and Randa
Shoes say more about you than any of the rest of your wardrobe picks. And sneakers say even more.
Journalist Nabeelah Shabbir walks us through some of her favourite shabby to chic corners of her native London town
The Word Magazine All*Stars: Damien and Olivier
“They really are my gig and festival sneakers. They could write a book”
Area codes: there’s a renaissance happening in Amsterdam
We're taken on a tour of Amsterdamian Rhiannon Pickle's absolute-must city-side addresses...
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...
Stylist Pholoso Selebogo’s Antwerp
The sought-after stylist takes us on a jaunt of her favourite neighbourhood hotspots.
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
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.
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...
Photographer Frieke Janssens takes your last shot before you die
The Belgian photographer is embarking on a sort-of-morbid mission to make you immortal.
A chat with the owners of Brussels culinary gem Bouchery
Another installment in our series on dynamic duos going it fifty-fifty sees us drop in on Damien and Bénédicte, the creative minds behind Brussels restaurant Bouchery.
The weekend has landed
"All that exists now is clubs, drugs, pubs and parties. They’ve got 48 hours off from the world..." Our pink album's fashion series shot by Antwerp-based photographer Kris De Smedt.
Five reasons why we deserve a week off
We'll be taking a couple of days off until Monday 22nd October and here's five reasons why you won't make us feel bad about it.
Inside the very serious business of Belgian beauty
Here’s our shoutout to the people behind Belgium’s parties for the pretty, from the Mister Belgium promoter to Belgium's Miss East Africa.
The best weightlifters in Belgium
Weightlifters are often (wrongly) perceived as steroid-hungry meatheads. Truth is, the discipline, resilience and mental strength needed to master this Olympic sport would make any other professional athlete run for cover.
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.
An interview with graduate fashion designer Louis Gabriel Nouchi
Louis Gabriel Nouchi's menswear collection was one to watch at this year's La Cambre Mode[s] show. He's back to the drawing board in Brussels' prestigious fashion academy, burning, bleaching and cutting his way to the top.
Brazilian design celebrated at stunning Brussels venue Ampersand House
We made ourselves at home at Ampersand's very homely gallery to contemplate the Brazilian Modern exhibition, an insightful showcase of Brazilian furniture worthy of extra special attention this Design September.
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.
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.
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.
Parties, pop-up shops and festivals. This weekend in Belgium
Following a short summer hiatus, we're back this week with our usual pickings of weekend happenings.
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.
Photography, painting and outdoor parties. This weekend in Belgium
It's gearing up to be a sun-soaked weekend, so make sure to get down to Brüxsel Jardin's massive outdoor shindig, cure your hangover at Caoutchou Record's lazy Sunday in Antwerp and don't forget to check out the exhibitions of Gert & Uwe Tobias and Tamas Deszo.
The role of death and depression in photographer Anne De Gelas’ work
In a frank conversation about death, legacies and the trials and tribulations of life, photographer Anne De Gelas opens up to reveal a little more about her work.
Inside Brussels painter Karen Vermeren’s studio
In part three of our series on artists' spaces, we pay a visit to Brussels-based painter Karen Vermeren's studio.
Design, drawings and an electronic music festival. This weekend in Belgium
We've selected six exhibitions, two music festivals and two parties for this weekend's agenda-fillers.
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.
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.
Juke playlist by Damien Aresta
We were quite keen to give newly-launched music streaming service Juke a try, so we asked some members of our extended family to toy around with the newcomer, create an exclusive playlist and get back to us with some feedback.
Inside the studio of Belgian painting royalty Sam Dillemans
We continue this month's art special by dropping in on Belgian painter Sam Dillemans in his studio.
Street art, vintage fashion and a canal-side party. This weekend in Belgium
Shake off the office and get into Brussels' much loved Catclub this weekend, then get shopping at Vide Dressing au Garage before heading to Ostend's Storm Thorgerson album art fetish fest and Kosmorigins street art expo. A balmy Belgian weekend awaits.
The weekend in Belgium 19.07
We haven't been this impressed by Belgium's weekend lineup since, well, ages. Cinematek's road movie marathon and Antwerp's photography nights wandering expo, rounded off by Power Festival in La Louvière and new art in Ghent.
Knee deep in dirt, our own Joke De Wilde went down to Dour festival at the weekend to capture all the fun on film.
The weekend in Belgium 12.07
Your Belgian weekend's all music with Dour Festival and 10 Days Off for those of you who like it electronic. Brussels, meanwhile, is putting on a music flea market and a big night out in the Marolles with Manu Chao while Ghent hosts art by Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo.
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.
We know what you’re thinking. This girl looks like trouble. But this little sight of beauty knows exactly what she’s doing and where she’s going. Have a look at our grey album's fashion series, shot by Antwerp-based photographer Alex Salinas.
By 2020, 40 percent of the Belgian population will be over 50. They will want to have fun, travel, and stay healthy and mobile in their own (renovated) homes. These four professionals understand that seniors will soon rule the world.
The weekend in Belgium 28.06
This weekend stars a hefty host of exhibitions in Belgium, including In Sight, H Urban and Ghent's Kask school end-of-year, as well as the summer-induced madness that is the start of the July sales, including a big one at everyone's favourite design shop, La Fabrika.
The weekend in London 28.06
Cherry-picked from London's busy weekend roster are Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Damon Albarn in another opera and a new genre-bending party called Staunch 003.
The weekend in Belgium 21.06
With nine sumptuous exhibitions - from Sol LeWitt to Jeff Ladouceur - plus a concert by Californian five-piece Thee Oh Sees and the latest installment of Catclub, there'll be no time for gardening or DIY this weekend. You might as well face it.
The weekend in London 21.06
Jack White goes solo, Eva Rothschild gets involved with school boys, Stephen Willats continues to deconstruct the role of art and The Mutant Disco crew throws a party with Bill Patrick. This is your London weekend.
Belgium is an obligatory pit stop on most truckers’ itineraries. Here, we hitch a ride with some of the local boys, capturing the loneliness that comes with having chosen life on the road.
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.
The best green spaces in Belgium
Can't get away for a holiday? Never fear. Joke De Wilde and Anne Catharina Richards have scoured Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels and captured on film their favourite green oases for your lounging and picnicking pleasure.
The best graffiti writers in Belgium
We hunted down six legendary Belgian graffiti writers, each with their own speciality, and got them talking about their nighttime obsessions.
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.
The weekend in Belgium 07.06
This weekend you'll find us knee-deep in fashion with both Brussels' La Cambre and Antwerp's famous fashion academy putting on their annual catwalk bash, plus expos and shows up and down the country.
The best travel blogs in Belgium
The holiday season is upon us and we reckon you deserve a break. To get into the swing of things we've got an online travel special for the month of June, starting with our pick of Belgium's best travel blogs.
The weekend in Belgium 31.05
Join us at the Bozar shop on Friday for the launch of our grey album, but feel free to tuck into any of the other worthy happenings in Belgium this weekend, like Paul Wackers, Kelley Walker, El Anatsui expos, plus Rankin's Rubbish and more.
The weekend in London 31.05
We're all juiced up for London's 4-day weekend of sound and vision with special thanks to expos by sculptor Henry Moore and Sarah Lucas, as well as parties by Inxec and Secretsundaze and of course, the Queen's jubilee jamboree.
Welcome to the jungle
We invited a number of fashion experts including American style icon Diane Pernet to discuss the industry and what it takes for young designers to make it.
The weekend in Belgium 24.05
Lots of reasons to get hyped about this Belgian weekend, with a mega-list of must-haves that includes the Lizzies, White Denim, a photography exhibition at Hunting and Collecting and much much more.
The weekend in London 24.05
The coolest places to be in London this weekend, boys and girls: Camden Arts for Zoe Leonard's camera obscura, the Welcome Collection's brain food, a Rough Trade in-house gig and a pre-Novi Sad, pre-Exit party.
Collaborate. Cooperate. Consume
Economic models based on sharing, swapping, bartering, and collective buying are outstripping outdated modes of shopping. We spoke to five alternative economisers, collaborative consumers and collective shoppers.
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.
The start-up survival kit
We’ve pieced together a range of survival kit items to get you through the start-up years, from the essential laptop bag to lifesaving Aiki Noodles.
The best online shops for fashion
Online shopping goes native with our pick of Belgium's best e-tailers, plus a round-up of our favorites abroad, with a focus on sites featuring Belgian brands.
The weekend in Belgium 26.04
The weekend is set to be a good one for music lovers with the country's concert halls graced by the likes of The Lemonheads, The Beatnuts, Dandy Warhols and Wallace Vanborn. Plus there's an art book market in Ghent and exhibitions by Ian Wilson, Will Rogan, Stef Renodeyn and Lisa Carletta.
The future is bright, the future is orange: Five Belgian kids with a bit more potential than the rest of them tell us about their dreams for tomorrow.
Destined to shine
Our pick of orange show-stopping goodies, from a Burberry trench to Kenzo's latest perfume.
The weekend in Belgium 19.04
Here's our pick of somethings for your Belgian weekend, lovingly laid out with Art Brussels sitting pretty at the top of the pile with expos by Roe Ethridge and Felicia Atkinson, 40 murals by Invader, and some art fair side-shows.
The weekend in London 19.04
London goes to town again this weekend with some well-worth-a-look expos by Mondrian, Erica Baum, Sara MacKillop, everyone's fave celeb artist Damien Hirst and a nose around 50 years of British Design.
Pimpinelle, a new boutique in Brussels for foodies, inspires Damien Aresta to sample some other recent delicious food experiences. Dig in.
The weekend in London 12.04
London is loaded this weekend with an eerie doll sculpture expo by Wendy Mayer and sixties throwback Responsive Eyes, all washed down with some punk at New Cross Inn and some Magna Carta clubbing...
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 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 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 best architectural renaissances in Antwerp
In the first part of our series on old spaces that have been granted new life, we turn our attention to Antwerp's Kammenstraat church, now a concert hall and a railway depot-turned-city park.
The weekend in Belgium 05.04
The orange album's mother-of-all-parties might be behind us, but never fear. This weekend's got a new wave fest, second hand shopping and a bunch of expos, from Gert & Uwe Tobias, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Erica Svec and Zachary Wollard.
The weekend in London 05.04
Using the long Easter weekend for a getaway trip to London? With exhibitions exploring body adornments and the street art of Spanish artist Pez, Clark's album launch party and the Superfreq night you'll have a lot to discover.
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.
The weekend in Belgium 29.03
This weekend, everyone's off to The Word's orange album release party. Oh, and there's also exhibitions of Charley Case, Joel Morrison, Andres Serrano, Lara Gasparotto and Ford Madox Brown, plus parties at Brussels' Catclub and a Helmet gig. It's going to be a busy one.
The weekend in London 29.03
London's calling with exhibitions from Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake and Japanese artist Kasuma, plus a gig by London-based band Guillemots and an absolutely unmissable drum n bass do at Fabric.
Back to zero
As part of our series on new beginnings, here's Julien Mourlon and Mieke Dumortier who've accomplished something most of us scaredy cats daren't do: they took the reigns of their careers and said so long to playing it safe.
The Word's throwaway project whisks you backstage for a peek at Norway's Casiokids doing their thang on their latest tour.
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.
The weekend in Belgium 22.03
From Jeffrey Clancy's metallica to Kubrick's lonely cities, and all the Gustavo Riegos, Kirsten Pieroths, Koen Vanmechelens in between, throw in an average temperature of 17° and some cold, fizzy Jupe and you're set for a killer weekend in Belgium.
The weekend in London 22.03
Exhibitions of Christopher Baker and Alice Chennar and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Drums of Death and Nero in concert: Definitely worth a trip to the island this weekend.
The rise of e-suicides
Today we kick off our series on 'new beginnings' by taking a look at those who dare to say goodbye to their social network accounts. But, as the Eagles put it: “You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave.” Or can you?
We sat down with Scottish producer Sei A AKA Andy Graham in London to talk about his music and how moving to the big smoke has affected it.
Fifteen questions to Alice Knackfuss
We talk to the designer about feminism, the "freedom" of menswear and why she ultimately refuses to believe in fast fashion.
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.
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