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ANWERP BAROQUE 2018

FLEMISH MASTERS 2018-2020

RUBENS INSPIRES

Get the Baroque edition of the Antwerp City Card and discover Antwerp Baroque 2018 featuring tons of discounts and free entrance to most museums. www.antwerpbaroque2018.be for more information


TABLE OF CONTENT 5 having a chat with Laurent James,

who directed this issue’s photo shoot and cover image

8 a visit to one of Antwerp’s most Baroque places: the Opera

12 a talk with Nelson Donck, one of the driving

forces behind Baroque nightlife concept Plein Publiek and the Mercado food hall

16 an introduction to Antwerp’s classic Baroque art scene, from Rubens to the Saint Charles Borromeo’s church

18 creative Antwerp duo Timo Sassen and

Laurent James took DJ Bibi Seck to the Rubens House for a Baroque photo shoot

27 city guides Sébastien De Vroey and

Erik Anken took us on a Baroque trip through Antwerp

30 shining a light on Antwerp’s Ballroom and

Vogue scene with Zelda Fitzgerald, Demi Blanche, Zelda von Trapp and Lynn Andries

34 a Baroque take on Antwerp’s nightlife by event agency Stalker

38 picture yourself, #thisisantwerp on Instagram 40 an exuberant night out in Antwerp

Photography:

Timo Sassen Kevin Lau Esther Sla Tijs Vervecken Congé nv Opera Vlaanderen Visit Antwerpen @amilie_m @yannick_vincent25 @ilonavnplns @helloalexbos @rafaelllh @bertelsballooning @addictetwo @wendyvanrompaey @jonasopdebeeck @_ana_ventura_

Copywrite:

Helen Van den Poel De Clippeleire Vincent Van Reusel Lize Colson Hanne Van Looveren Cleo Klapholz Joke Tourné Kevin Lau Marian van Sprakelaar Jasper Kuylen

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Depot nummer TIA:

Cover:

Timo Sassen Laurent James

Design & Layout:

An Eisendrath

Editor in chief:

Jasper Kuylen

Publisher:

Stad Antwerpen Ondernemen en Stadsmarketing Annik Bogaert Visit Antwerpen Grote Markt 1 BE – 2000 Antwerpen

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Baroque has always been a big part of Antwerp’s history. The city thrived during the 16th century, not in the least because of its world renowned art scene. Even to this day, Baroque is still alive and kicking. That’s why we’re stoked to announce this magazine’s cover and photo shoot were made by local creative duo Timo Sassen and Laurent James. Two great minds who already proved their worth by breaking the internet with their shoots. Shoots that show Baroque is still a relevant style. They teamed up with Antwerp DJ Bibi Seck and the result is astonishing.

Hello. Welcome to another amazing This is Antwerp magazine. For our 14th issue we discovered Antwerp’s Baroque scene. 2018 will be the year the City of Antwerp is celebrating all things Baroque. Since this city is home to Peter Paul Rubens, stunning Baroque architecture and even a Baroque nightlife, there’s no other city in the world that’s better equipped to celebrate this art form than Antwerp.

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Also still relevant in this day and age is Antwerp’s Opera. We’ll take you on a trip through its history and make-up and costume department. But Baroque can be more than visual lavishness, opera or art. Congé nv’s Nelson Donck understands that it’s also a way of life. He’ll introduce you to his nightlife concept Plein Publiek and the Mercado food hall. And of course we can’t publish a magazine on Antwerp Baroque without talking about the city’s Baroque highlights. We selected the Rubens House, the Saint Charles Borromeo’s church and the heritage of the noble gentlemen Plantijn and Moretus as three of our most Baroque institutions.

But there are more than just three old school Baroque hotspots to discover in Antwerp. That’s why city guides Sébastien De Vroey (Antwerpen à la carte) and Erik Anken (Walks and Talks) took us on a tour through the city center. And even though we walk by these spots every day, we still learned a lot of new stuff about them. But don’t think you’ve seen Antwerp’s Baroque scene after walking around town on a sunny day. This city’s nightlife has an interesting thing or two to offer as well. We talked with the ladies who push Antwerp’s Ballroom and Vogue scene forward and sat down with Stalker, an event agency that brings you the best over-thetop nightlife experience during their Leave Us At Dawn parties. So… Get ready for a whirling trip through Antwerp’s Baroque scene. And if that still doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, just head over to Antwerp in 2018 to experience all things Baroque yourself.

For more information on Antwerp Baroque 2018: www.antwerpbaroque2018.be


BAROQUE REMIX text by This is Antwerp photography by Timo Sassen

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For this very special issue celebrating Baroque, This is Antwerp asked creative duo Timo Sassen and Laurent James to shoot the cover and editorial spread. We sat down with Laurent James to find out more about the duo’s endeavors and the story behind the cover featuring Antwerp DJ Bibi Seck.

Sweater dress Moschino via Verso Antwerp. 5


This is Antwerp: How did you and Timo Sassen end up working together? Laurent James: Timo and I have been best friends for years. Our professional collaboration happened very organically. Neither of us were really planning a career doing shoots. It just sort of happened. Timo is a talented fashion designer, but he studied photography a few years ago, and I’m actually working on music. When our friend Bibi needed her picture taken for some promo stuff last year, I proposed Timo to do it and I’d sort of oversee the shots with him. We got together one night, threw on some clothes, I did her makeup and that was that. Those pictures ended up being featured in a few magazines. It was very frivolous and homemade and I think people liked that approach.

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Since that first shoot, we’ve had some requests to work on more editorials together. We shot Belgian actress Olga Leyers earlier this year and those pictures ended up going massively viral in Belgium. I think we both just have an eye for things. And now we’re here shooting Bibi for the second time, as a full-blown cover star. It’s a full circle moment, very exciting. TIA: How did this issue’s cover and editorial come about? What was the inspiration behind it? Laurent: As soon as I knew we we’re doing it, I really wanted to feature the Rubens House, as it’s the focal point of Baroque art in Antwerp.. It’s such a

beautiful space. I then started to research the Baroque age and stumbled on the role of women in that particular era. I found all of these art history papers and books and discovered that it was actually a pivotal moment in time for women. Particularly in Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy, it was the first time that women took on significant roles in high society and art. Despite all the progress made for women during that time, it was clear that women were still at a disadvantage in general. It has always been that way, and is to this day, actually. So, I wanted our shoot to counteract that. Timo and I both adore strong, powerful women and I feel like Bibi is just that. We could’ve taken the theme very literal and gone with heavy ballroom gowns and blazing diamonds, but we went the other way around. Since Bibi is a DJ, I found it funny to name the editorial ‘Baroque Remix’ and to actually remix the clothes with the museum. It’s lavish, extravagant fashion with a nod to the opulence of the Baroque age, but updated for this day and age. TIA: We’ve heard there is a very interesting story behind the picture in front of the famous Adam & Eve painting. Could you tell us a little bit more about that? Laurent: There really is. Bibi is standing in front of the painting where normally Adam should be, reaching out towards the male extra instead of the other way around. I put him in a t-shirt with the painting on it and we


made him turn his back to the camera so it looks like he’s being punished. It’s our version of a woman’s payback for the 2018 years she has historically taken the backseat. Bibi is also wearing Dries Van Noten gloves that sort of resemble the snake in the painting. I think that whole origin story is deeply, deeply problematic to begin with. It says the woman listened to the snake, bit into the apple, AKA had sex, and mankind went to earth instead of living in the eternal paradise. It sets women up to be the ultimate sinners and I heavily disagree with that. A woman is now Adam, a man is now Eve, the snake is turned into a designer accessory and the deeper meaning of the painting is placed up front. A lot of people don’t realize that the painting is about sex. So, I put it on the shirt. Sometimes, especially in this Instagram culture we live in, you have to place things right in front of people in order to get the message across. Context or deeper thought is often lost because we live in such an upfront visual world. People often take everything at face value. I also think that if he were alive, Rubens wouldn’t really like that we did this. (laughs) He did celebrate women in his paintings, but they were mostly either very prestigious, angelic-looking women of power or naked anonymous women. I think you can be an intelligent, powerful woman and own your sexuality at the same time. That is Baroque 2.0 to me. More ladies in charge, please!

For the entire shoot, head over to page 18 www.instagram.com/ iamlaurentjames www.instagram.com/ timosassen www.instagram.com/bibisck

Bibi Seck

is a 20-year-old DJ and producer hailing from Antwerp. She has been making clubs from Antwerp to Paris sweat from their ceilings with her energetic, funky sets that instantly pack the dance floor. As a special gift to you, the This is Antwerp reader, Bibi mixed a set containing some classic R&B cuts, seductive dance tracks and, oh yes, an actual Baroque remix. Head over to soundcloud.com/ thisisantwerp for your (free) listen

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ANTWERP’S where OPERA Baroque is text by Marian van Sprakelaar & Lize Colson photography by Opera Vlaanderen

When entering the impressive Antwerp opera building, you are instantly overcome by an extraordinary feeling. The imposing space, with its heavy ornamentation, stately stairs and marble columns throws you back to a previous era, one of red carpets and luxury. Baroque pur sang.

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city architect named Bourla (the venue still exists today and is known as Bourla Theatre). In this hall, mostly French repertoire was addressed.

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A glimpse into the history of opera in Antwerp Let’s take a trip back in time for some historical context. The history of the Antwerp opera dates back to the 17th century and started in the rooms of famous guild houses. The very first opera performances in Antwerp took place in the opera theater, which was located on the second floor of the Spaansche Pant, a property at the Grote Markt, in which the Oude Voetboog guild was established and run by the Chaplains. Obviously, a portion of the profits generated by the shows was donated to the poor. In 1710, a bigger, more spacious opera theater was built in the Tapissierspand at the Komedieplaats. Traveling companies performed mainly French repertoire here, as well as Italian and Dutch drama and opera. After a fire in 1746, the Tapissierspand was rebuilt and became the Grand Théâtre. Although for several years a stunning, suitable room, the space was replaced by an even more magnificent hall at the beginning of the 19th century (1834): the Théâtre Royal or Fransche Opera created by a

Years later, at the instigation of composer Peter Benoit, mayor Jan Van Rijswijck ordered the construction of a new building: a Flemish Opera as a counterpart for the Bourla Theatre. After a long quest for the appropriate location, a special committee chose the former Kunstlei (current: Frankrijklei), where the Criée (indoor market hall, Ed.) was formerly located. Inspired by several study trips to venues abroad, master builders Alexis Van Mechelen and Emiel Van Averbeke constructed the opera building from 1904 until1907, In pure neo-Baroque style. The official inauguration took place in October 1907 with a festive version of ‘De Herbergprinses’, conducted by composer Jan Blockx. The opera house was eventually fully finished in 1909. Since then, it is the place in Antwerp where operas are shown.


Going behind the scenes of a modern production

The neo-Baroque building decorated in Lodewijk XVI style was instantly loved by the crowd. It was open to both a rich and a less affluent audience, which made it very democratic. What made the opera so revolutionary was the fact that it was completely equipped with electric lights, which was exceptional for that time. The building shares strong similarities with de Stadsfeestzaal at de Meir (built in 1908, currently a luxury shopping mall, Ed.). Both public buildings were created by the same architect, Van Mechelen, and and are distinguished by their sumptuous beaux-arts architecture inspired by the Parisian festive style. In 1981, ‘de Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera’ (the Royal Flemish Opera) fused with ‘de Koninklijke Opera’ (the Royal Opera) of Ghent. Both operas merged into ‘de Opera voor Vlaanderen’ (Opera for Flanders), which was renamed again in 1995 to ‘de Vlaamse Opera’ (The Flemish Opera). In 2004, the opera closed its doors to undergo a thorough renovation (modernized technique, expansion with side stage and newly build offices working spaces), which lasted 3 years and was designed by architects Robberecht & Daem.

That being said, there is no better place to investigate Baroque than the opera. When you think of the opera, distinctive characters and dramatic expressions of emotion come to mind. Opera is one of the arts in which Baroque is still greatly alive. We were given the wonderful opportunity to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the opera in Antwerp. Two great characters working at the Flemish Opera, Cees Janssens, head of costumes, and Alexander Kinds, head of makeup, showed us around.

The true art – and hard work – of costuming revealed Cees Janssens has worked at the opera for over ten years and knows all there is to know about costumes. He travels between Antwerp and Ghent, where the costumes ateliers are situated. The men’s department is in Ghent, the women’s and ballet

departments are in Antwerp. It is quite unique for an opera to have its own costume ateliers. Most companies don’t have their own ateliers anymore, since making costumes is expensive and you need to have skilled people to do the job right. The Opera has all the know-how required and is very experienced at making costumes. While walking through the opera house, from the ateliers to the dressing rooms, Cees shares some of his knowledge. He explains that costume tailoring is an art that takes a lot of time and work: 60 hours are needed to create one costume.

The tailors have to work out patterns, stitch the fabric together and customize the costumes so that they fit the singer perfectly. The opera doesn’t employ its own designers. Instead, the director of the production puts together a creative team, and the designer is part of this team. With every production, there is

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Costuming isn’t for the faint of heart (or the disorganized) another designer who creates the costumes. This is a challenge for the costume department because every designer has a different vision and work ethic. The tailors must continuously adapt to the needs and wishes of new designers, and the Flemish Opera collaborates regularly with national and international designers. In the past, A.F. van der Horst and Tim van Steenbergen have created costumes for the Flemish Opera and Ballet. As we enter the dressing room of one of the principals, Cees tells us that for every new production, the dressers receive scripts that explain in detail how the costume should look, how it should be worn and which accessories go with it. This is important, because the singer must look exactly as the designer and director have intended. Dressing the singers takes plenty of planning and preparation; the costumes should be in perfect shape, clean and ready to be worn. Often, the singers must change between scenes, and the dressers have to know exactly where and when the singer has to change so the right costume is ready.

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We walk to the paint and fabric atelier. Cees explains that a costume is only a costume once it fits perfectly with the performance and decor. Cees and his team have to pay attention to every little detail. Every tear and stain is created with precision. Everything must look random, but nothing is left to chance. At the end of the production, all the costumes are cleaned and prepared for storage. Every item is carefully labeled and registered. The Flemish Opera owns a large storage area containing thousands of costumes and other items. The storage area is filled with vast rows of shoes, boxes with costumes and other accessories.

Hair and makeup as essential elements of operatic expression Once the singers are dressed and are wearing the right costumes, the work of Alexander Kinds, head of makeup and hair, comes into play. Every costume goes with a unique makeup and hair look. The right makeup and hair are a vital part of the appearance of the singer. For every performance, Alexander and his team create new makeup and hairdos. The creative process starts with the vision of the director and then the director tells Alexander how he envisions the singers on stage. While the principals of the performance have their makeup done in the back, Alexander shows us how the makeup and hairdos for the performance are created. Alexander and

his team first create mood boards and experiment with different makeup looks and hairstyles to create the perfect combination. When creating these looks, he has to keep in mind that the singers will be on stage, where the lighting and distance between them and the audience strongly impact their appearances. Having their hair and makeup done is also a moment for the principles to relax and gives them time to get into the right mindset to go on stage. Soft music is playing in the background, and the room is cool and fresh. Alexander has to step out for a second to apply some makeup to the principal of the show: a symbol has to be painted onto his chest. First the makeup is applied, then it is fixed with a powder and a spray so that is won’t blur or fade on stage. Alexander takes us downstairs to the makeup room, where the singers of the choir are being prepped. There are about ten makeup artists working on these singers right now. The process of putting on the makeup and wigs takes quite a while: every makeup artist works for about 60 minutes on one singer. For long-haired singers, it takes even longer, since their hair must be braided so it doesn’t show when they are wearing the wig. You can clearly see the legacy of the Baroque era in the makeup department, where wigs and expressive appearances play important roles in the production. While some might associate Baroque with a certain kind of heaviness, Alexander doesn’t see it that way. For him, Baroque is all about the expression of emotions, of being alive and celebration.


Attend a real opera in Antwerp for the full experience Of course, it’s not a true experience if you visit the Flemish Opera without seeing a performance. Luckily for us, the opera invited us to attend a dress rehearsal of one of their amazing performances, and after the tour, it was finally time for us to experience some of that great expression ourselves. Alexander takes us to the hall, and, after a little searching, we find our seats. All that is left to do for us is to lean back and enjoy the wonderful show. Eager to know more about the history of the Flemish Opera or feel like attending one of its many productions? Participate in one of the monthly tours organized by the Opera or check out their calendar at www.operaballet.be. Highly recommended!

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A GREENHOUSE AND A POST OFFICE TURNED BAROQUE text by Kevin Lau photography by Congé nv

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2018 will be the year of Baroque in Antwerp, and what better way to hype ourselves up than by looking into the flamboyant food market Mercado and the not-sohidden gem that is Plein Publiek. Both are managed by a company called Congé nv, so we sat down and had a talk – no, not that talk– with Nelson Donck, head of programming and communications at Congé nv.


This is Antwerp: How did it all start for Plein Publiek and Mercado? Nelson Donck: Plein Publiek is the result of a contest from the city itself, challenging us to do something temporary with the Fierensblokken (a former social housing project, Ed.). We wanted to do right by the building, so we opted for a greenhouse in the middle of the courtyard. This way, you are indoors as you admire the interbellum era buildings around you at the same time. The rough and alternative style of the greenhouse combined with the tall city buildings surrounding it give it a unique Berlin-meetsNew York feel. For Mercado, we actually scouted out the location before we decided on the concept. But the idea of a food market

dawned on us quickly after seeing the old post office; the monumental entrance hall, the mighty pillars, it was just right. Also, we saw that there were a lot of food truck festivals, but no actual food market. So, we wanted Mercado to be the first in Belgium. We tried to match the location and the concept together in a natural way and I think we did just that with Mercado.

TIA: How did you come up with the names of the venues? Nelson: Plein publiek means “public square” and that’s exactly what we try to do with the venue, it’s open to everyone. We don’t want to differentiate by race, gender or religion, nor do we charge entrance fees. That’s why we try to manage and organize

as much as we can ourselves, so we can keep the prices low and the events accessible. Mercado is literally “market” in Spanish, sometimes you don’t have to complicate it (laughs). It rolls off the tongue and it’s just a memorable and solid name in general.

TIA: Both Plein Publiek and Mercado host daytime and nighttime events, how do you balance those activities? Nelson: I think it has to grow naturally, we didn’t really want to push one or the other at our target audience. And as, of course, an idea or a concept changes as time passes, both Plein Publiek and Mercado went through changes until they became what they are today.

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Nighttime activities are vital to Plein Publiek, but we deliberately end our nights at 3am because there are more than enough obscure nightclubs in Antwerp. We wanted to do something different and more accessible with Plein Publiek, that was kind of our vision behind it. As for the evening activities like the restaurants, live bands and art galleries, they all intertwine nicely with each other to form a complete nighttime experience. We also host events during the day, but it’s just not the same. Plein Publiek shines at its brightest when it’s dark. And Mercado should be an option for anyone at any moment on any occasion. Whether it’s day or night, whether you’re on a date or

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just keeping your grandparents company, Mercado is the place to be. It’s a meeting place for 8 to 88-year olds and we don’t want to exclude anyone. Lately, we have been hosting more nighttime activities in Mercado; after work nights on Thursdays, dance concepts on Friday and big-name DJs on Saturdays.

TIA: You change up the look and the products of your venues depending on the season, is there a specific reasoning behind that? Nelson: Antwerp has winter and summer bars, but no spring or autumn bar. We wanted to honor all four seasons, so in Plein Publiek you’ll notice the decorations changing every season. With Mercado, it’s more

about what kind of food we offer. We also expect our food stands to reinvent themselves constantly, leading to new dishes every season.

TIA: How do Plein Publiek and Mercado fit into the bustling nightlife and hospitality scene in Antwerp? Nelson: I like to think that Congé carved its own place in the scene with Plein Publiek. I have been working in nightlife for quite some time and I don’t think there is currently anything like it in Antwerp. Plein Publiek, to us and to our visitors, is something unique in terms of music and atmosphere. Even our DJs frequently tell us how much they love to play there.


As for Mercado, I think Congé added some value to a part of the city that hasn’t been that popular with locals for quite a few years now. But in the long term, our goal is to be known nationwide, everyone in Belgium should at least have heard about Mercado in Antwerp.

TIA: Any plans for the future? Nelson: We have to leave the Fierensblokken at the end of this year, so Plein Publiek is reaching its end. However, we will move the concept somewhere else in Antwerp. And the greenhouse is coming with us (laughs). We have known this was coming for a while now and new plans have been in the works for over half a year. Every party involved has been more than happy with Plein

Publiek so far, so it’s definitely coming back…in the near future. And Mercado is staying at least until April-May next year, hopefully longer. But that’s about everything I can say with certainty about the food market, it’s a high-maintenance venue so we’ll have to wait and see what the future has in store for Belgium’s first ever food market.

TIA: If you could start a new concept at literally any location in Antwerp, where would it be?

still somewhere in the pipeline. Oh, and a rooftop party on top of the Boerentoren (Europe’s first and Antwerp’s biggest skyscraper, Ed.).

Are you amped up yet for Baroque Antwerp 2018? Yes? No? Either way, you should still check out these two over-the-top venues in our beloved over-thetop city. www.pleinpubliek.be www.super-mercado.be

Nelson: The old courthouse and the former National Bank of Belgium would both be pretty interesting. In fact, three years ago I was planning something concerning the National Bank. I didn’t go through with it, but it’s

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text by Joke TournĂŠ photography by Visit Antwerpen

CLASSICAL ART IN A MODERN METROPOLITAN CITY Brussels has Magritte, Paris has Claude Monet and Antwerp has Rubens. Rubens is surely worth mentioning first! Not only is he one of the most well-known Antwerpians in history, he is undoubtedly, to this day, one of the most talented painters in the world. Now, you can of course go admire his paintings at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. But we would strongly suggest passing up on that, since the museum is closed for renovations until 2019. Instead, opt for a visit to the very house he used to reside in. Peter Paul Rubens used to have his residence in the dead center of town. Even back then (Peter

Every country has them. Every major city takes pride in at least one or two icons in their respective fields. Antwerp is no different. We are proud to say we have produced quite a bit of extraordinary people. In 2018, Antwerp will pull out all the stops to celebrate our Baroque heritage with a full year of Baroquerelated activities. Allow us to introduce you to those heavy, classical subjects with our typically Antwerp, modern-day flair.

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Paul lived from 28 June 1577 until 30 May 1640), the Rubens House was a central location with everything he could have wished to find in town at his fingertips. Hand on heart, we swear that walking through his house is like a real trip to the past. From the tiny doors (tall people beware), to minute and intricate wood carvings all over the place, the architecture puts you right back in early 17th century Antwerp. Pair these elements with the display of some of his most famous pieces, and you just can’t miss this. Nice bonus: the Rubens House currently has a painting by Tintoretto on display that was owned by none other than David Bowie. Tintoretto was a muchadmired Italian painter, with Rubens as one of his number one fans!


As long as we’re skipping past your typical museum and landmark monuments like the Cathedral of Our Lady, one of our most famous buildings, we would like to invite you to visit another one of our city’s tributes to the Baroque life. The Saint Charles Borromeo’s church is located some 800 meters from the Groenplaats and is a true masterpiece. The structure of the building has survived two major fires and is the epitome of Baroque architecture in Antwerp. Now, we won’t go in to too much detail about the architectural style and meaning. But if it was deemed one of Rubens’ favorite places, it has to be worth a visit, right? You might even find some of his works there. In any case, the Saint Charles Borromeo’s church will touch you with its small but mighty magnificence. You might even like it more than the Cathedral of Our Lady.

To go out with a bang, we would like to express our gratitude to Christoffel Plantijn and Jan I Moretus, who taught us how to read and helped us print the most magnificent stories well before many others could. The art of printing would not be the same without them. You don’t believe us? Stop by the Museum Plantin-Moretus on the Vrijdagmarkt, where you can learn all about how Antwerp became a hotspot for writers and printers the world over. Still don’t believe us? Take UNESCO’s word for it. The building is first ever museum to make it onto their world heritage list.

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Dress Gabriel Figueiredo. Stockings Wolford. Boots Adult.


BAROQUE REMIX text by This is Antwerp photography by Timo Sassen

CR E DITS PH OTO S H OOT

Photog ra p hy: Timo Sassen Prod uc tion & St yling : Laurent James M a ke - U p & H air: Cécile Paravina for MAC Cosmetics Photography Assistant: Thibault Lastra Wa rd robe A ssista nt : Jessica Ndimubandi

Inspired by the Baroque Year the City of Antwerp is hosting in 2018, creative duo Timo Sassen & Laurent James did a shoot with Antwerp DJ Bibi Seck, at the Rubens House. The former home and atelier of Peter Paul Rubens, the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition, serves as a truly special backdrop for this fashion editorial. Titled ’Baroque Remix’, the duo depicts a strong woman, ready to turn the historic museum floor into a dance floor at any moment.

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Gloves Valentino. Shoes Adult. Earring model’s own.


Dress MaryMe-JimmyPaul. Shoes Gucci via Verso Antwerp.


Shirt Enfold via Manou Antwerp. Necklace Leo by Leo. Gloves Dries Van Noten. Stockings Wolford.


Dress Cathrine Hammel via Manou Antwerp. Blouse (worn as bow) Gucci via Verso Antwerp. Earrings Jutka & Riska.


Sweater dress Moschino via Verso Antwerp.


A BAROQUE TOUR THROUGH ANTWERP text by Cleo Klapholz photography by Kevin Lau Oh Antwerp, how glorious you are. How beautifully your bricks are placed, how extraordinarily your lines are sculpted. It would be such a pleasure to learn more about these architectural masterpieces that you host, to fully grasp the rich history that is behind each and every one of them. To that end, we sought to embark on a special tour during which experts could tell us more about those who drew the original plans for these exquisite buildings.

Baroque from the experts themselves Luckily, we were able to do such a tour with the This is Antwerp fam. What an amazing informative day it was. We were welcomed by two city guides who are both masters in their fields of expertise, Sébastien De Vroey of Antwerpen à la carte and Erik Anken of Walks and Talks. Sébastien knows everything there is to know about buildings in our city. He is truly fascinated by them, and when you hear him speak, you can feel his enthusiasm and can’t wait to learn more about these structures. It’s the same story with Erik: this city guide is passionate about everything art-related and we’re sure he can tell you everything about each painting or sculpture in the city.

Introducing our omnipresent hero It was a beautiful Sunday morning; the sun was shining and the birds were singing. We started our tour at the Groenplaats, where a statue of the Baroque hero of Antwerp is located. Naturally, we’re talking about Peter Paul Rubens, who wasn’t just a painter but also specialized in making altarpieces for several churches. Even more, he designed tapestries and prints, as well as his own house. Who knew that this artist was a jack-of-all trades? He was truly a mastermind in these different fields. Not only did he design the Rubens House (the villa in the city center where he used to live with his wife, Ed.), which is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the city, he was also a diplomat, traveler, and first and foremost, a Baroque painter. He created a vast number of works for several royal families and religious groups, and nowadays, his art is still highly regarded, 400 years after his death.

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The Groenplaats doesn’t only host the statue of our Baroque hero, but also another landmark from the Baroque period. The Hilton Hotel on the corner of the square used to be a department store, and if you look at the façade of the building, you can find all of the characteristic features of Baroque architecture, such as the dramatic use of light and opulent ornamentation. Naturally, we couldn’t admire this building for too long because we had a lot more to see.

Then, we arrived at the neoBaroque building where Dries Van Noten’s fashion is sold, het Modepaleis (“Fashion Palace”). As our guide mentioned, it is quite a coincidence that this designer’s clothes are sold in this building, since his fashion could be interpreted as influenced by neo-Baroque as well. The building is classified as neoBaroque because the building itself was only constructed in the late 1800s, and not the 16th century.

Displaying the Baroque mastery of ornamentation The next stop was a classic example of Baroque architecture, the Saint Augustine Church in de Kammenstraat. This building is a perfect example of baroque architecture and used to house altarpieces that were specifically designed for this church, such as the canvas for the high altar by Rubens. The church has been transformed into a music center, AMUZ, and it only accessible during concerts. We highly recommend attending one, as the program is exquisite, and listening to music in such a setting is a unique experience, if you ask us.

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Up next was the Museum Plantin-Moretus on the Vrijdagmarkt. The building is also a Baroque classic, since it was built in the late 1500s. The façade is extraordinary, and if you enter the building, there are several rooms and staircases that express the Baroque feeling to the fullest. Here as well, our hero used to be present. He worked closely with Plantin in creating several book cover illustrations, and many of his portraits are exhibited in the museum. As we walked towards our final stop, we pass the Grote Markt (“Grand Place”), where our guides point out that we have to pay close attention to the top structures of the mansions on this square. While most of the buildings were destroyed during the First World War, some remained intact and still have original Baroque tops. The best example is the building where the famous karaoke bar Bonaparte is housed at the moment.

We approached our final stop (which turned out to be the love of our guide Sébastien’s life), the masterpiece of the Baroque buildings in the city. The Saint Charles Borromeo’s church on the Consienceplein, a gem created by the Jesuits in the 1600s. After listening to our guides for almost an hour, we understood how to read this building and we tried to find the Baroque elements. We admired the different levels and paid special attention to the symmetry of each level, we admired all the different ornaments and tried to make out which saint was portrayed on which level.

Don’t take our word for it: take the tour yourself We could go on and on about this amazing tour and the beautiful gems we have admired, but that it’s best to take this tour yourself, since I haven’t even introduced one tenth of the information that we acquired. Moreover, the tour gives you the opportunity to be transported back in time to the glorious Baroque age, the age of our Baroque Antwerp hero: Peter Paul Rubens. www.antwerpenalacarte.be www.walksandtalks.be

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ANTWERP’S gotta BALLROOM be real :: SCENE text by Vincent Van Reusel & Helen Van den Poel De Clippeleire photography by Tijs Vervecken Know your history

Something is stirring in Antwerp’s underground drag culture. Up until recently, the students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Fashion Department overwhelmingly defined the scene. But now, powerful new voices are stepping up to the front. Meet the passionate ballroom and drag performers who aren’t afraid to shake things up: “This is some new shit”.

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Zelda Fitzgerald is one of the few known female masters of ceremony (MCs) in the ballroom scene, where dancers compete in categories such as vogue and waacking. She is based in Antwerp. As she quotes Tim Lawrence (2011, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-1992, Ed.): “The term ballroom (in this case) can be traced back to the queer masquerade balls that arose around 1860 in Hamilton’s Lodge in Harlem, New York. Queer people of all walks of life would get dressed up and come together at balls. By the time we got to 1970, the drag competitions were experiencing racial fragmentation. AfroAmerican drags were expected to live up to white beauty standards. In 1972, butch queens Lottie and Crystal Labeija had had enough and created balls for LGBTQ people of African descent (POAD) and people of color (POC) under the collective name House of Labeija.”

Fast-forward to the late 1980s and early 90s. Zelda: “Key ballroom figures like Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja and Dorian Corey starred in documentaries like Paris is Burning. Ballroom was also emerging in pop culture. For instance, Madonna’s hit song Vogue refers to the dance style that comes from ballroom. It was choreographed by Jose and Luis Xtravaganza. Voguing is a physical expression that emerged from ballroom. It consists of a series of stylized poses struck in imitation of fashion models”. “That’s very important,” Zelda points out, “new participants and outsiders often find it very beautiful and mesmerizing - and that’s amazing - but at the end of the day, there’s a certain heart and soul in this culture that comes from the LGBTQ POADs and POCs. This fact should never be forgotten”. Demi Blanche, a Miss Que Pasa (Antwerp’s drag queen epicenter, Ed.) finalist of 2017, agrees: “With both drag and voguing, I think it’s really important to know your history. You can’t expect to be great if you don’t know the background behind what you do”. Be real, be you & find your tribe Zelda von Trapp, inspired indeed by Zelda Fitzgerald, was elected Miss Que Pasa last year. Since then, she’s starred as the leading lady in the videoclip Sleep in My Bed by Vive la Fête, Belgium’s famous electropop band, and appeared on popular talk shows. In short: Zelda’s career is taking


off. However, the drag queen vividly remembers the feeling of loneliness during childhood: “When I was growing up, I felt super weird and really alone in this. Drag gives me confidence. It’s very therapeutic. And then there comes a moment that you find your own tribe, a group of likeminded people, which I found here in Antwerp. When you discover it, it’s like coming home”.

Lynn Andries is the dancer who teaches and preaches voguing in Antwerp: “I fell in love with the dance. That’s what I teach, that’s what I live for. Through dancing, I got in touch with the culture and history. To me, it’s obvious that there are a lot of similarities between drag and ballroom: makeup, show, flamboyance… and yes, everyone has once felt like an outsider and that family feeling is why both drag

and ballroom have Houses”. Lynn herself is part of one of the iconic Houses that came from the NYC ballroom scene: the House of Ninja. Together with waacking artist Katerina Ourda, aka Kitty Vineyard, she’s the driving force behind the platform Vogue & Waacking Belgium. Together with Zelda Fitzgerald’s KL34, they make things happen both for and with the Belgian ballroom scene.

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CR E DITS PH OTO S H OOT

Photog ra p hy: Tijs Vervecken Tha n k s to: the House of Kong agency Clot hing : Zelda Fitzgerald by Christian Wijnants & Bernhard Willhelm, provided by Labelc Inc.

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It’s not a fetish, it’s an art form

Zelda Fitzgerald: “Drag artistry emerged through ballroom, that’s the whole gag about it. I don’t understand why both communities are separated right now in Antwerp or even Belgium. That divide started in the eighties, we want to start building bridges again.” A new generation of drag queens Zelda von Trapp: “The nineties were definitely a defining moment for the drag scene in Antwerp. Drag queens were super popular. They appeared on TV and made good money as promotors for vodka brands. That legacy is still strong. However, a brand new generation of drag queens is stepping up and they are mainly inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race. Demi and Zelda von Trapp both agree that the popular American drag reality show has had a huge impact on young Antwerp queens”. Zelda Fitzgerald: “It’s too early to call ballroom a scene in Antwerp, though. But a group of people is participating in the European ballroom scene and reaching out to people in Belgium. Change is coming. This is some new shit”.

When asked about the number one prejudice, Demi Blanche, Lynn and Zelda von Trapp all agree. “People tend to think it’s a sexual thing,” Zelda von Trapp explains. “Like a weird kind or fetish. I get dick pics from strangers on Facebook on a weekly basis because they think that if I dress like a woman, it must mean I want to fuck them. It’s rude, but also hilarious.” “I totally feel you,” says Lynn. “When I ask how I did after a performance, it’s always the same answer: sexy. Just sexy. I hate that. People don’t care”. “In the drag world, I’ve learned that you need to be independent. There will always be people who want to drag you down,” says Demi Blanche. “People don’t realize that I’m doing my makeup for four hours before I get on stage every time. They don’t recognize the work, the passion and the dedication. It’s more than just a pretty face and a cute laugh. They don’t see the art in it. But that’s exactly what it is: art.” Everybody nods in agreement. Zelda Fitzgerald: “Everybody thinks that it’s easy, what I do as an MC. MCing is hard. Voguing is hard. Drag is hard. But at the end of the day, if people think it’s easy, that’s a compliment, because that means we make it look effortless”. “It’s a compliment and an insult at the same time,” Zelda von Trapp adds.

Growing together Zelda von Trapp, Zelda Fitzgerald, Demi and Lynn share a passion that is contagious. Demi Blanche: “I hope I can keep on doing what I’m doing, developing my art and persona, and that I can do it with the people I trust and appreciate”. “I will always keep on doing what I’m doing, even when I’m 70,” Lynn responds “,I hope that in the near future there’ll be other people in Belgium that step up and want to be mother figures for the newcomers. I feel that change is already coming. We’ve only started working together quite recently. Thanks to the strong energy between us, we have already created a new platform and organized great events”. “I hope we find the strength to be the best possible versions of ourselves. I see so much potential in all of us, but it’s so easy to be distracted by daily life”. Working in psychiatry, Zelda von Trapp doesn’t have the lightest of jobs. Zelda Fitgerald’s message is strong and clear: “My personal goal is breaking out of this zombie slave mentality, where you do and feel what everybody does. Feel what you feel and then see if you find people who feel the same. Always be yourself, unapologetically”. www.facebook.com/ voguewaackingbelgium www.facebook.com/KL34B2 www.facebook.com/ quepasaantwerpen

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STALKER text by Cleo Klapholz photography by Esther Sla

giving Baroque back to Antwerp’s night life with Leave Us At Dawn ::

Baroque in Antwerp is a theme visible in many forms. Not only do we have architectural masterpieces, we also host events that are inspired by this unique, eccentric art style of the late 1600s. In order to capture the true Antwerp Baroque feeling that we experience at these particular events, we talked to Wolfram Ghesquière and Robin Houben, the two founders of the event agency Stalker, who always use these specific Baroque elements in their events.

Transforming difficult concepts into an overwhelming experience Wolfram and Robin are two young potentials with amazing ideas. They started the event agency Stalker with a concept in the back of their minds derived from the film Stalker, an artistic cinematographic gem by Tarkovsky. Stalker refers to a person who brings curious souls to a forbidden zone where one can discover their inner desires. With that in mind, they try to achieve this feeling of forbidden desire at every one of their parties. They want to make their audience feel like both the narrator of the story as well as

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the main character who lives the story, in order to undergo a transformation like never before. Not an easy task.

Continuously surpassing expectations It all started when Wolfram was part of the band Winther. At every show, he felt like it was truly a struggle to have people show up and so he decided, together with his father Koen Ghesquière, to organize a party where the CD release of the album ‘Leave Me at Dawn’ would also take place. They named the party Leave Us at Dawn and it turned out to be a huge success, so they decided to continue. After a few years Wolfram met Robin and it turned out that they were the perfect combination, since they were into the same line of thinking. They clicked, and more magic was bound to happen. And it did. Together, they have organized multiple Leave Us at Dawn parties, where they have been able to outdo themselves time and time again.

Hence the extraordinary complementary characteristics of their personalities: Robin is the more strategic thinker, while Wolfram is the poet with otherworldly ideas. Together, they create events such as Leave Us at Dawn, where the night is the setting of peoples’ dark and guilty pleasures, representing the unknown and the spiritual entity of the beyond. But when dawn comes, the framework collapses, because at dawn, everyone goes home. As you can tell, these concepts are not easy to translate into an event, but with elements such as costuming or interactive performances, they make the magic happen.

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Crafting positive and transcending experiences Although events aren’t their only interests, as Wolfram states, “I want it all, and I want it fast”. They would like to describe their agency as a platform that takes on interesting concepts, be it opening a bar (BarBossa), starting a newspaper, stepping into the world of advertising, working side by side with the City of Antwerp (Mechelsepleinfeesten), organizing company events, creating performances or making music. As long as it creates a positive influence in this world where everyone is welcome, where the saint and the sinner are both embraced, where every soul can find some kind of comfort, Stalker can’t wait to make it happen.

Where Baroque comes in So the question remains, how do they integrate the Baroque feel into their concepts? Wolfram explained me that it isn’t only the actual event that incorporates Baroque, but also the thought process they go through before the event takes place. He describes his agency

as a place where he can conquer his own fears, where dreams can be turned into reality. He wants to be transformed himself, he wants to gain knowledge and experience after every concept that has taken place. To Wolfram, Baroque means questioning over and over again if the rules can be broken, and more importantly, how to break them. Questions arise such as: “do we really need a stage?”, “do we really need a headliner?” and, “can we pull off this much nudity?”. They try to use elements such as romance, symbolism, religious themes, archetypal performers, detailed poster images and over-the-top costumes. All of this could be overkill in any other situation, but they kind of see the irony in it, which makes the audience more open to embracing it. Robin also emphasizes that being able to express your opinion, however blunt it may be, is for them a true example of Baroque. That’s what they try to accomplish. Since Robin is the visual composer of the agency, she tries to write a

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story and follow each frame of the storyboard. Figuratively speaking, that is. She creates visual assets, plays with the lighting and sound in order to create a fairytale-like ambience, which elevates the whole experience to a new level of partying. They want you to be mesmerized, amazed and in awe. They describe it as, “the night is the reality, but on steroids”.

In conclusion, Robin and Wolfram listed some Antwerp hotspots, concepts and people that come to mind when thinking of Baroque: • Yoeri Vanlangendock www.callewaertvanlangendonck.com • Kissinger / Gory www.kissinger.be • La Fille d’o www.lafilledo.com • Sidi Larbi Cherkaou www.east-man.be • Zelda Von Trapp • Glints www.vi.be/glints • Vogue Waacking Belgium www.facebook.com/ voguewaackingbelgium • Athos Burez www.athosburez.com

Nurturing the good things to come As you can tell, these two are creative geniuses, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. At the moment, Wolfram is living in the forests of the South of France, far away from civilization to find inner peace and come up with new ideas for future concepts. Meanwhile, Robin is our urban explorer and lives in the city center, where she tries to grasp the inner desires of the people. When these two come together once again, they will have extraordinary ideas for new concepts, as they have had before.

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Every day, we carefully select and share a #thisisantwerp ‘Pic of the Day’ among all the photos you posted on Instagram. Here, we’re sharing ten of the most popular ‘Pics of the Day’ from the last six months. Do you want to be part of this rad collection of #thisisantwerp pics? Just share your photo using #thisisantwerp. And maybe your pic will be featured on our Instagram page (@ thisisantwerp) or in the next issue of our magazine.

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text by Hanne Van Looveren

AN EXUBERANT NIGHT OUT IN ANTWERP Affordable and exuberant Baroque hotspots ::

Baroque was a style characterized by magnificence, richness and grandeur in every way possible. Trying to find Baroque in present day Antwerp isn’t that hard. We went looking for restaurants, bars and shops in Antwerp where we could find these traces of the Baroque era brought back to life. Antwerp seems to have some great addresses where you can indulge yourself in amazing food, drinks and shopping. Let us guide you to some of the perfect places for a luxurious night out.

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Frank & Brut The interior of Frank & Brut is filled with marble, gold and little angels holding bottles of champagne. The excessive ornamentation is a beautiful reminder of Baroque, which you can enjoy while holding a bottle of champagne yourself in one hand and a hotdog loaded with the tastiest toppings you can imagine in the other. This place brings street food to a whole new level – not over the top, but just how it should be! Ernest Van Dijckkaai 19-20 2000 Antwerpen

Dogma After a delicious meal, it’s time for some drinks. Want to go for a cocktail? Dogma is the place to be. This twenties-style bar will offer you cocktails like you’ve never seen them before. Forget about the tequila sunrise and maybe go for the Aix-enProvence, a cocktail with goat cheese that will transport you to the lavender fields of the South of France. Yes, you read that right, a cocktail with goat cheese! Just try it, I promise you won’t be let down. The menu at Dogma often changes, so there’s always something new to discover. However, one thing never changes: every cocktail is made with only the finest ingredients, with a focus on presentation as well as taste. Each one will amaze your eyes and taste buds.

De Foyer / Bourla Where are all the brunch lovers at? After a night out on the town, nothing beats a delicious brunch. And as far is brunch goes, nothing can beat the Sunday brunch at the Foyer. You can expect a Burgundian feast in one of the most beautiful settings in Antwerp. Enjoy your brunch with a glass of champagne, or try their detox water if the night before was just a little too exuberant. A visit to the Foyer is always a treat, even if you don’t indulge yourself in their amazing brunch or afternoon tea. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings in Antwerp, inside and out. For those who didn’t know: the Foyer is the bar inside the Bourla Theatre, one of Antwerp’s finest architectural pieces from the neoclassical era. A style clash with the Baroque era of course, but the excess of delicious food will make you forget about any historical mix-ups. Komedieplaats 18 2000 Antwerpen

Can’t get enough of contemporary Baroque in Antwerp? Here are some more hotspots.

Food & drinks • Fish&Eat • Meat and Eat • Savage Dining • Frites Atelier Amsterdam | Antwerp • The Jane • Brasserie Gustav • De Groote Witte Arend

Shopping • The Recollection store • Fish & Chips

Architecture • Saint Charles Borromeo’s church • Hof Van Liere • Rockoxhouse

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WHERE IS WHAT?

L. Cathedral of Our Lady Handschoenmarkt 2000 Antwerp

M. Saint Charles Borromeo’s Church

A. The Rubens House

Wapper 9-11 2000 Antwerp

B. Dries Van Noten

This is a list of places mentioned in the articles, in order of appearance. Each address got a letter, with which you’ll find the location of the hotspot on the map on pages 42-43.

Nationalestraat 16 2000 Antwerp

C. Opera Vlaanderen

Frankrijklei 1 2000 Antwerp

D. Grote Markt

2000 Antwerp

Hendrik Conscienceplein 12 2000 Antwerp

N. Groenplaats

2000 Antwerp

O. Museum Plantin-Moretus

Vrijdagmarkt 22-23 2000 Antwerp

P.

Jutka & Riska

Nationalestraat 87 2000 Antwerp

Q. MAC Cosmetics

Schrijnwerkersstraat 21 2000 Antwerp

E. Bourla Theatre

R. Manou Antwerp

F. Stadsfeestzaal

S. Verso Antwerp

G. Mercado

T. Wolford

H. Plein Publiek

U. Statue of Peter Paul Rubens

Komedieplaats 18 2000 Antwerp

Meir 78 2000 Antwerp

Groenplaats 43 2000 Antwerp

Van Craesbeeckstraat 33 2000 Antwerp

I.

Former National Bank of Belgium

Frankrijklei 166 2000 Antwerp

Huidevetterstraat 38 2000 Antwerp

Lange Gasthuisstraat 9 2000 Antwerp

Oudaan 15 2000 Antwerp

Groenplaats 2000 Antwerp

V. Hilton Hotel

Groenplaats 32 2000 Antwerp

J. Boerentoren

Eiermarkt 20 2000 Antwerp

K. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

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Leopold de Waelplaats 2 2000 Antwerp

W. Modepaleis

Nationalestraat 16 2000 Antwerp


BRANDS BAROQUE REMIX

X. Saint Augustine Church / AMUZ

Kammenstraat 81 2000 Antwerp

Y. Bonaparte

Grote Markt 21 2000 Antwerp

Z. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Fashion Department

Blindestraat 35 2000 Antwerp

AA. Que Pasa

Lange Koepoortstraat 1 2000 Antwerp

BB. Callewaert- Vanlangendonck Gallery

Wolstraat 21 2000 Antwerp

CC. La Fille d’O

Kasteelpleinstraat 64 2000 Antwerp

DD. Frank & Brut

Ernest van Dijckkaai 19 2000 Antwerp

EE. Dogma

Wijngaardstraat 5 2000 Antwerp

FF. De Foyer

Komedieplaats 18 2000 Antwerp

AB. Fish&Eat

Volkstraat 65 2000 Antwerp

AC. Meat and Eat

Marnixplaats 1 2000 Antwerp

AD. Savage Dining

Kaasstraat 3-5 2000 Antwerp

AE. Frites Atelier Amsterdam | Antwerp

Korte Gasthuisstraat 32 2000 Antwerp

AF. The Jane

Paradeplein 1 2018 Antwerp

AG. Brasserie Gustav

Van Ertbornstraat 2 2018 Antwerp

AH. De Groote Witte Arend

Reyndersstraat 18 2000 Antwerp

AI. The Recollection Store

Kloosterstraat 54 2000 Antwerp

AJ. Fish & Chips

Kammenstraat 18-22 2000 Antwerp

AK. Hof van Liere

Prinsstraat 13 2000 Antwerp

This is the list of brands used for the Baroque Remix photo shoot, as seen on pages 18-26 ADULT. www.adult-antwerp.com Cathrine Hammel www.cathrinehammel.no Dries Van Noten www.driesvannoten.com Enfold www.enfold.jp Gabriel Figueiredo www.instagram.com/gabriel.fgrd Gucci www.gucci.com Jutka & Riska www.jutkaenriska.com Leo by Leo www.leobyleo.com MAC Cosmetics www.maccosmetics.com Manou Antwerp www.manouantwerp.com MaryMe-JimmyPaul www.maryme-jimmypaul.com Moschino www.moschino.com TOPSHOP www.topshop.com Valentino www.valentino.com Verso www.verso.com Wolford www.wolford.net

AL. Rockox House

Keizerstraat 10-12 2000 Antwerp

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Good to know • Most stores are closed on Sunday. Except for the ones in the Hoogstraat and Kloosterstraat. Only every first Sunday of the month, most stores are open for Sunday Shopping. Most stores are closed on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve. • You often have to pay a fee to use public toilets. • A beer, or as locals call it a ‘pintje’, will set you back approximately €2 to €2,5 (so don’t get ripped off). • Most museums are closed on Mondays. • Most markets (Vrijdagmarkt, Exotic Market, Bird Market, etc.) take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. • There are four cinemas in the Antwerp city center: UGC (approximately 20 screens), Cinema Zuid (quality programming and re-runs), Cinema Klappei (a small location theater, re-runs) and Cinema Cartoons (quality programming and re-runs). • Don’t overpay for fries. There are lots of great fry shacks (‘frituren’). Stick around €3,5 for a large portion. • Antwerp has a pop-up culture, so check our (free) app to see where the party’s going down. • If you get into trouble (which you won’t) and you need help from the police, medical emergency team or the fire brigade, call 112.

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Biking is always a nice way to explore a city. You can rent a red bike (you’ll spot them all over town) with your credit card in three different ways:

How to get around

• Head over to www.veloantwerpen.be and buy a day or week pass • Call the information desk at +32 3 206 50 30

BY TA XI

• Visit the information desk at Kievitplein 7, 2018 Antwerp (closed on weekends)

Sometimes it’s easier to use a taxi to get from point A to point B. Here are some ground rules:

BY P U B LI C TR A N S P O R TATI O N

• You can’t wave your arm around and expect a taxi top stop. You have to call one (or use the taxi app) or go to one of the taxi stands • You can fit your four people in a normal sized taxi and up to eight in a van. It’s a lot cheaper to share a cab • You have to pay extra at night. Starting rate is €5,45 from 10pm till 6am Download the Antwerp-tax or DTM app for Android or iOS.

Antwerp has an extensive network of public transportation (bus and tram). You can buy a single ticket on the bus or tram, or buy one in advance at the vending machines on the platform. Or just send a text saying ‘DL’ to 4884. If you’re partying the night away on Friday or Saturday, you can take a night bus. They leave at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Groenplaats and the Franklin Rooseveltplaats. Definitely check the time schedules in advance, because they change during summer.

You’ll find taxi stands at: • • • • • • • • • • •

Arenbergstraat Bolivarplaats Dageraadplaats Franklin Rooseveltplaats Godefriduskaai (MAS) Groenplaats Kievitplein (Central Station) Leopold De Waelplaats Pelikaanstraat (Central Station) Steenplein Waalsekaai

Free wifi Free wifi always comes in handy. Most (coffee) bars provide a free wifi service, so no worries if you want to Skype home, update your blog or check Instagram.


TIPS

Eating

TIPS

The Antwerp way of life These are some of our favorite bars, coffee bars and restaurants where it’s nice to hang out and live the Antwerp way of life. You’ll find more hotspots in our free app for Android and iOS.

Café/bars

• Café Stanny Stanleystraat 1 • Felix Pakhuis Godefriduskaai 30

TIPS Coffee bars • Coffeelabs Lange Klarenstraat 19 • Caffènation Mechelsesteenweg 16 • Black & Yellow coffee bar Nassaustraat 7

• Vitrin Marnixplaats 14

• Normo Minderbroedersrui 30

• Chatleroi Graaf van Hoornestraat 2

• Kolonel Koffie Grote Pieter Potstraat 30

• Bar Leon Reuzenstraat 23

• Coffee & Vinyl Volkstraat 45

• Korsakov Sint Jorispoort 1

• Mokkakapot Sergeyselstraat 2

• Vagant Reyndersstraat 25

• Viggo’s De Coninckplein 21

• Baah Bar Sint Jorispoort 2

• Kornél Sint Lambertusstraat 1

• De Kroon Kerkstraat 91

• Tartoer Korte Koepoortstraat 2

• Café Mombasa Moorkensplein 37

• Kaffeenini Nationalestraat 114

• Cafee Cabron Kaasrui 1

• Copper Belegstraat 80

• De Muze Melkmarkt 15

• Butchers coffee Kasteelstraat 57

• De Kroeg Wolstraat 46

• TEXAS coffee Volkstraat 63

• Café Storm Hanzestedeplaats 5 • Krokbar Fabiola Sint Antoniusstraat 4 • ViaVia Wolstraat 43 • Barrio Hoogstraat 77 • Falafel Tof Hoogstraat 32 • Native Muntstraat 8 • Brel Statiestraat 46

Where to sleep ABHostel

Kattenberg 110 2140 Borgerhout +32 473 57 01 66 www.abhostel.com

The ASH

Antwerp Student Hostel Italiëlei 237, 2000 Antwerp +32 3 500 88 17 www.ash-antwerp.com

Pulcinella

Bogaardeplein 1 2000 Antwerp +32 3 234 03 17 www.jeugdherbergen.be

Antwerp City Hostel

Grote Markt 40 2000 Antwerp +32 3 500 50 40 www.antwerpcityhostel.be

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THIS IS ANTWERP #14  

This is the 14th edition of the This is Antwerp magazine. The Baroque edition.

THIS IS ANTWERP #14  

This is the 14th edition of the This is Antwerp magazine. The Baroque edition.

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