‘Born in Antwerp’ is the latest breeding-ground for creative entrepreneurship in Antwerp. From April to October, the project puts Antwerp’s creative talent in the spotlight. Discover the work of Antwerp’s entrepreneurs during numerous events, exhibitions and activities. Download the free app to make sure you don’t miss anything. <br />
Antwerp has an incredible amount of creative talent per square kilometre. The city has its artists, fashion and product designers, architects, writers, developers, musicians, producers, advertisers and more. Antwerp’s creative scene is exceptionally rich and diverse. All creative industries are strongly represented by more than 8,000 creative businesses in the city on the Scheldt, which is a creative hub with a considerable power of attraction internationally. This is because Antwerp is the ideal testing-ground for creativity and innovation, a metropolis on a human scale.
Ever since the Dutch Golden Age, the interaction between the arts and creative and cultural entrepreneurship has formed a key driver of Antwerp’s well-being and attractiveness. Numerous artists and entrepreneurs have worked in Antwerp: Brueghel learnt his craft here, Plantin made the art of printing accessible to a wide public and Rubens contributed actively to a cultural flowering of the city as a painter, entrepreneur, diplomat, graphic artist, designer, collector and teacher. Today, Antwerp is still a place to which creative talent willingly gravitates – an operating base from which the world can be conquered. Obvious examples include Panamarenko, Dries Van Noten, Jan Fabre and Luc Tuymans, but also creative businesses such as Zeno X Gallery, Duval Guillaume, Shelter, ShowTex and ID&T.
During Born in Antwerp (22 April to 2 October), you can discover numerous initiatives that contribute to Antwerp’s attractiveness and appeal as a breeding-ground and haven for creative talent. Five key figures from the city’s creative sector supplement the rich Born in Antwerp programme with a wide range of events and exhibitions. They are fashion designer Bruno Pieters, visual artist Lieven Segers, 3D designer and illustrator Rizon Parein, industrial designer Axel Enthoven and Isabel Van den Broeck of Creative Belgium.
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Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
Want to look up your favourite shop? Or the phone number of a restaurant? Thanks to the free wi-fi zones in the city, you can!
The museum allows you to become acquainted with the impressive and highly admired art collection formed during the last two decades of the 19th century by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. The museum opened its doors in 1904, three years after the death of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. That it exists at all is due to his mother, Henriëtte van den Bergh.
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.