‘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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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.
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.
In many cities, October offers some welcome respite between summer and wintertime. Not so in Antwerp, where numerous top events are planned the first weekend of October. Ready to enjoy the busiest weekend of the year? Why not be inspired by the exciting programme and book your stay in Antwerp at the same time? After all, you’ll need more than one day to take it all in.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work. Here he entertained Europe’s nobility and Royalty and stored his impressive art collection in a beautiful art room. The garden, the creators’ workshop and the fabulous collection draws 150 000 visitors from all over the world, year after year.
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
Accompanied by experienced city guides you’ll walk to the unique Market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. You’ll be astonished when seeing the famous Cathedral of Our Lady, coronated with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. You’ll then pass through a charming sixteenth century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, and will continue your stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.
Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises.