Us By Night Festival

Author: Alex Staudt

Es könnte das beste Novemberwochenende eures Lebens werden – denn schon zum dritten mal in Folge wird in Antwerpen am 22, 23 und 24 November das Us By Night Festival stattfinden. Das belgische Design- und Kreativfestival bringt nationale und internationale Talente in das fantastische Industriegebäude Parkloods in der Antwerpener Innenstadt. An allen drei Tagen öffnen die Türen um 16 Uhr, bis dann um 23 Uhr der letzte Talk stattfindet. Zu den Sprechern gehören Mr Bingo, Doubleday & Cartwright, Emily Forgot, Mirko Borsche, Tim Coppens, Random Studio, Hotel Creative, Paul Boudens, Hato, Hassan Rahim, Man vs Machine und Lars Harmsen.

Neben den hochkarätigen Talks ist auch genug Zeit den Nachtmarkt mit Essens-, Cocktail- und Craftbierständen, dem Flohmarkt und einem Tattooladen und noch vielem mehr zu erkunden. Sichert euch jetzt schon euer Early Bird Ticket.

For the third year in a row, Antwerp’s Parkloods is the setting for Us By Night, a Belgian design and creativity festival that brings national and international creative talent to Antwerp. On 22, 23 and 24 November 2018, the enormous building will once again be transformed into an eclectic mixture of larger-than-life LED walls, art installations and performances, a night market inspired by the original Brooklyn Night Bazaar and over 60 leading speakers on three stages. In short: a visual amusement park organised for and by creative people.

Renowned 3D designer and curator Rizon Parein introduced the unique nocturnal event to Belgium three years ago. “It’s strange to realise that we’ve only been doing this for two years. We actually feel like we’ve passed the ten-edition mark,” says Parein. Us by Night proved to be a success right from the start, with the previous edition in 2017 welcoming more than 5,000 visitors from 20 countries.

For three evenings, design lovers, creative spirits and other curious minds can enjoy a night out with a difference. On the Main Stage, over 25 national and international keynote speakers will spotlight the wonderful worlds of design, illustration, photography, film, motion design, sound design and modern art in all its forms.

Besides this, you can listen to inspiring stories from design studios and creative entrepreneurs on the informal Q&A stage The Living Room. For those who want to roll up their sleeves and learn the tricks of the trade from the best of the best, there is also the Tutorial Stage.

And there’s more! This year, the lively night market will be once again bursting at the seams with 
video installations, art interventions, arcade games, table tennis, air hockey, live painting and acts, tattoo shops and dozens of street food stalls.

“We aim to be a trendsetter for design lovers and professionals, but in particular we want to invite curious minds from outside the sector to step inside this inspiring, creative world. We see it as an alternative night out. Our nightlife is in desperate need of an update, and that is one way in which we hope to expand the Us By Night concept in the future.”
- Rizon Parein

An impressive venue demands an equally impressive line-up. American illustrator Shantell Martin has previously worked with Kendrick Lamar, and you may have seen her amazing illustrations for Tiffany & Co, Max Mara and PUMA.

Not impressed yet? Fashion hero Mirko Borsche, whose CV boasts collaborations with Givenchy and Balenciaga? Adidas and Nike are strongly represented again this year, with Nike’s design director Eric Hu on stage, and a huge Adidas-related surprise! Andreas Bozarth Fornell, the architect of many Acne Studio Stores, will also be in attendance, and 19-year-old David Uzochukwu, a photographer from Brussels who has already snapped Pharrell Williams, FKA Twigs and J-Huss, is coming to speak.

With an incredible line-up, inspiring location and amazing activities, this year’s Us By Night is an unmissable event for creative minds.