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TABLE OF CONTENT

a talk with foreign exchange students who – correctly - decided Antwerp was the place to be

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for our photo shoot, the legendary Konichiwa crew did an exclusive reunion

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a look into the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, probably one of the city’s most culturally diverse institutions

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rocking the nightlife big time, with the most tropical beats in town: we dropped by Café au Lait

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picture yourself, #thisisantwerp on Instagram

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a chat with Stefan Kartchev, a fashion designer who combines trendy with tradition

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we also talked to the dudes of Champion Sound, who are on an everlasting quest to find the best local producers

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our famous and handy city map

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a selection of the finest foodie hotspots in town, where you can taste the world

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Jasper Kuylen Visit Antwerp

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Manu Van der Perre Remy M. Ndow Stefan Kartchev Let’s Go Urban Vincent Van Reusel Laetitia Sabiti Lara Richir Kevin Lau @kwillekens @astridmikkers @karen_vanvaerenberg @hannahhofm @sannegvrts @nathcoo @deconinckjoke @reneevanlaer @koenpanis

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Laetitia Sabiti Cleo Klapholz Laurent James Vincent Van Reusel Lara Richir Lize Colson Kevin Lau Helen Van den Poel De Clippeleire Anouk Van Tiggel Visit Antwerp

the story behind Let’s Go Urban, where urban culture is used today to invest in the people of tomorrow

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Remy M. Ndow

a stroll over Antwerp’s beloved Exotic Market

An Eisendrath - Kastaar

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Editor in chief:

a talk with Remy M. Ndow, the designer of this issue’s cover

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

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This magazine is a publication of Visit Antwerp. It was edited with great care. The City of Antwerp cannot be held responsible for printing errors or changes. No part of this publication may be used by third parties without prior written consent of Visit Antwerp. None of the addresses mentioned in this magazine paid for mentioning in any way.


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Congrats. You got your hands on a copy py of the 13th issue of our This is Antwerp magazine. Antwerp You’re about to to read the stories of the most diverse array of people. Why? Because Antwerp is the second most diverse city in the world. Together, all people living living in Antwerp represent 165 nationalities. Which puts put s this city on the the second second spot spot in i the top three of most international cities. Amsterdam counts Amsterdam 177 nationalities, New York 150. 4

Since there are living so much different people with different nationalities and cultures in Antwerp, we thought it was about time to celebrate them. them. They are the ones that push this city forward. They are the reason for Antwerp’s creative and and innovative innovative mindset. mindset. Without them, Antwerp wouldn’t be such a relaxed yet vibrant and bustling piece of heaven heaven on Earth. So start turning these pages and read about Remy M. M . Ndow, who designed this issue’s cover cover and got inspired by the city’s diversity. diversity. Or join us for a stroll over over Antwerp’s Exotic Market Market where you you can taste the the world.

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Learn all about Let’s Go Urban, the urban culture collective where where young people can discover discover their talents, regardless of their cultural background. Or meet the students of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, which probably is one of the city’s most diverse diverse institutions. We also dropped by Café au Lait, the most tropical bar in town, town, to have a chat chat on the Antwerp nightlife. A nightlife which is rocked rocke d by Champion Sound. The guys of Champion Sound will tell tell you you all about their quest to find the best local loc al producers. You’ll also meet a bunch of foreign exchange students who’ll tell tell you yo u why they they chose to study study and live in in Antwerp. Like Ste Stefan fan Kartchev, a student at Antwerp’s Fashion Department who combines the latest latest fashion trends with tradition. And don’t forget to get get a look at the photo shoot we did with the infamous Konichiwa crew. Or at our handy city map and selection of the best foodie hotspots in town that’ll introduce you you to cuisines from all over over the world. Yeah, we can’t deny the the fact that Antwerp’s diversity diversity is also the city’s biggest asset. Antwerpians want to discover discover the world and they want the world to discove discoverr their city. Which leads to great stories, exciting collaborations and an endless source of inspiration. So go ahead. Read this magazine, share it with your your friends, get inspired. And drop by Antwerp whenever you you want. We’ll welcome you yo u with open arms and take you you on a trip around the world, without ever ever leaving leaving the city.


Text & pics by Laetitia Sabiti

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With a great power to turn motion into emotions, Remy is more than qualified to be our next cover artist. Bringing people ‘all up in their feels’, he might be our very own Drake of graphic design. We paid him a visit at Wonderburo for a little studio session to talk graphic designs, movies, feelings – and to play a game of ping pong.

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What made you the graphic designer that you are today? I think it’s particularly the work I do as a motion designer that defines my success. It’s what I like to do the most and what I happen to do most often: devise concepts and tell stories through graphic design, sound and motion. I believe one of the first experiences that led me to this path happened during my summer job at UGC – a cinema. Each time a movie was about to end, we were supposed to wish people a good day/night and clean up the cinema hall – while catching a glimpse of the movie in the meantime. One time they were playing The Fault in Our Stars, a very corny chick flick. But when the movie ended and the lights went back on, I saw a pretty emotional audience wiping away tears and giving each other hugs. And I was just wowed, saying to myself that if a movie like this can mean so much to so many people, that’s exactly what I need to be aiming for. That’s the emotion I want to inject into each of the motion or graphic designs I create. To touch somebody, even if it’s just one person. The idea that my work could make that person cry, laugh, or inspire them to be more confident suffices as a motivation for me. What have been your favorite projects? The most fun commissioned project I’ve done so far would be for my most fun client, OLT Rivierenhof. It’s a venue where artists perform in the open air during summer. I worked there as a student and I loved it. When I graduated, I proposed the idea of making an animated video about it, and they jumped right in on it. I considered it a special project because OLT carries great significance to me. I basically grew up in the neighborhood, and I’ve been going there ever since I was a child. So I really wanted to translate the feelings that I harbor for this venue into something graphic. Other fun designs I’ve created would be those I did in collaboration with Anthony Nti. They were very substantive and conceptual. I just love the confidence he has in me to do whatever it is I want to do. I created the title sequence for his short movie Boi – an extension to his movie, but then again my own little story. Many people who’ve seen the movie, told me that it added an extra emotion to the story.

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What inspires you and moves you to incorporate these emotions in your designs? Lots of movies and series. And although I’ve watched The Fresh Prince of Bel Air a thousand times, I love the fact that the show was meant to entertain in a comical way but, at the same time, managed to bring up serious matters like racism or even just missing your family. Like the episode in which Will’s father randomly shows up and, within moments, disappears again. Man, that was some harsh reality, a slap in the face. Those kind of feelings inspire me. Other artists inspire me as well, including my own friends. None of us have regular day jobs, we’re all doing something creative – whether it’s cinematography, music, fashion or entrepreneurship. My friend Joachim Badejoh, for instance, is a true inspiration. Entrepreneurship suits him well. I look up to the positivity he radiates. What about our cover? What inspired you? Since multiculturalism is the theme of this issue, the cover kind of blossomed from the idea that everyone is the same, no matter the color of our hair, eyes or skin. Regardless of whether we’re bigger or smaller than one another. Man or woman. Underneath everything we’re the same, and that’s what matters. So, I translated that idea into the design of a skeleton constructed of the bones of people from different backgrounds and origins. While the flowers surrounding the skeleton represent Antwerp and depict a place where we can all live happily ever after, the skeleton also hints at something darker with the intent of broaching certain contemporary issues.


Coming to think of it… you collect and show illustrations of others on the Instagram account Shoo Art. Can you tell us a bit more about this project? I decided to create this account two years ago due to a lack of accounts crediting the work of the artists they post. I thought there needed to be a page that gives artists the credit they deserve by mentioning their names and linking to their own Instagram pages. Thus, a school of artists was born. It’s a fun way to share my own work and that of others within a network of graphic designers. I noticed there was a need for it, as the hashtag #shooart has been used over 6,000 times. People truly appreciate the effort.

recognize my work. I can’t really tell what it is that defines my style. Perhaps a little cheeky homage to the fifties, as I’ve always been a fan of the way posters and animations were drawn back then – like those Saul Bass title sequences. Not necessarily cleanly illustrated but still super nice, arousing the kind of feelings that arise only through a human touch, rather than through digital software. Being an Antwerp local, other than your studio, where do you like to hang out? I often go to Caffénation to have a drink while finishing up some work. Last summer, I spent quite a lot of my time at Bar Gloed as well. Too bad it was only a pop-up bar! For snacks, Loa is definitely the place to go. I’ve actually worked there as well (laughs) (laughs).. And if it’s not Loa, it’s either Hector Chicken – represent! – or Bintu Snack, an African snack bar near the Coninckplein. Other places would be Rivierenhof, Boelaerpark, ‘t Vlot, the quay and Café au Lait, a bar where I also used to work. It looks like I only seem to go to places where I’ve worked before.

What future projects would you like to do? I would definitely love to make a short movie. Even if it’s only shown at one festival or appreciated by just a few people, I’d be a very happy man. Other things I’d like to scratch off my to-do list would be to illustrate the music videos of artists like Stromae or Bon Iver … after fainting at least once. Do you feel like you’ve still got your own style even though most of your work is commissioned? I actually do, but not on purpose. Because I start each commission from scratch, my designs rarely look alike. I do have my own style, though it varies widely. Sometimes it’s very illustrative and sometimes it’s rather simple. Eventually, if you look at my body of work as a whole, it strongly reflects my signature. Which has been proven before by my friends who randomly

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TASTE THE WORLD IN ANTWERP

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Text and pics by Vincent Van Reusel

It’s safe to say that one of the nicest ways to get to know a culture is by exploring its cuisine. Luckily, Antwerp is just the place for traveling the world with your taste buds. Wake up early on Saturday and move your tummy in the direction of the Vreemdelingenmarkt, which literally translates to “Foreigners’ Market” and is often referred to as the Exotic Market. We’ve selected 3 mouthwatering food stands. No kitchen needed, just bring your appetite.


Les Délices de la Tunisie

Cafeat8 First, to start off the day: coffee. The market offers one of the most appreciated coffee hotspots in town. Cafeat8 is the adorable stand of a Sicilian barista and roaster named Alfio and precisely where you need to go for bio organic coffee, since coffee instantly makes your day better.

Speaking of treats, why not get some sweets for the road? Les Délices de la Tunisie offers a wide range of small Tunisian pastries. This stand really knows how to make wonderful delights out of honey, nuts and dates (among many other ingredients). Don’t hold back, treat yourself, select as many sweets as you want and explore the wonderful world of Tunisian desserts.

Alfio, the owner, grew up in northern Italy and moved to Belgium 14 years ago. It was in Italy that his love for the little roasted beans began, but it is in Belgium that he found the freedom to be creative with coffee. So, stop by, order a coffee and don’t forget to ask Alfio about his history in the aviation construction industry.

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Miel & Olives Ask Antwerpians for their favorite food stand at the Foreigners Market and changes are high that they will say Miel & Olives. This stand, packed full of Moroccan products, is known for one specific treat: a delicious Mediterranean pancake wrap. Crucial to this dish is the rich filling made of honey, olives, goat cheese, artichokes, peppers‌ the list of ingredients goes on and on. You might think that sweet and savory don’t go well together, but just wait until you try this wrap. Add a mint tea to your order and enjoy your treat on one of the little seats provided.

Vreemdelingenmarkt aka Exotic Market :: every Saturday from 8am until 4pm

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Text by Cleo Klapholz Pics by Let ’s Go Urban

In 2009, a young and very driven woman felt that there was something missing from her town. There wasn’t a place where young people could come together after school to explore dance styles originating from urban subcultures.

So, Sihame El Kaouakibi decided that it was time to start organizing classes. A venue was found, and Let’s Go Urban was born. Youths between the ages of 6 and 30 were given the opportunity to enjoy dance classes in ragga, house dance, new style, modern dance and more.

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Nurturing growth, supporting success It’s 2017 now, and you’re probably not surprised to hear that this tiny seed of an idea evolved into an enormous tree of success. There are now five branches of classes that each explore a different path. Not only are there dance classes, but also sports sessions such as acrobatics, media classes that include acting, the Urban Dreamers’ path for young entrepreneurs and finally, the music division with its choir classes. Apart from all of these courses, Let’s Go Urban is above all an organization that seeks to support young people in every way possible. That’s why Sihame El Kaouakibi has chosen not only to teach, but also to help young adults both professionally and personally. Let’s Go Urban has a professional track that supports ambitious and future-minded young people in reaching a professional level in a desired discipline. The other track is more focused on personal development, aiding youths who have financial issues or who live in difficult family situations.

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Coaches with firsthand experience These tracks are being implemented by young coaches. During the sessions, they get to know every participant in order to help them in their personal development and aid them in reaching their full potential. These young coaches are all alumni participants, which helps explain why they connect with the kids in such a great way. They don’t need to be taught how to handle certain situations because they were part of a similar group when they were younger. As you can imagine, the organization of this entire setup is no longer manageable by just one boss lady. Sihame El Kaouakibi was alone in 2009 when she founded Let’s Go Urban, but now she has an army of three strong young women standing beside her. It’s clear that Valentina, Sigrid and Chaima also channel the efforts of their hearts and souls into the organization, especially since they were part of the first 20 youngsters to start dancing in 2009.


A new venue, a bright future Even more, the tree of success will not stop growing, as these ladies are planning to open their very own urban center, where all the different activities will take place under one roof. The future looks bright for these strong women and the LGU Academy. If you want to find out more, you’ll find all necessary information on: Facebook, Instagram and lguacademy.be.

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Based on the five years’ worth of Antwerp-related content on our website and in our magazine, you might have guessed it already: we locals really like our city. A vibrant nightlife, a fashion avant-garde, top-tier food. We could go on for about 42 pages. You don’t have to take our word for it. Oh no, we’re as prejudiced as they come, but at least listen to what these exchange students have to say.

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Alexandra (23) from Austria, logistics student. Antwerpian since September 2016. “As a logistics student, I’ve always wanted to come to Antwerp because of its harbor. I also knew Antwerp as a fashion capital and I thought it would be an interesting city in general. Now, after seven months, I can honestly say I like the city even more than I anticipated. I expected a small city, but Antwerp is actually quite big. Every time I stroll through the streets of Antwerp, I discover new things. I just feel so happy when I walk around in this city, everything is different from Vienna; the diversity, the architecture, the city flair. Antwerp feels like a metropolitan city, but everything is within walking distance.”

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Joan (21) from Girona (Barcelona), former student in international business student, currently doing an internship in Ghent. Antwerpian since September 2016. “I’m a musician, I play the guitar and the ukulele. One day I met this guy from Lleida, also close to Barcelona, and we became friends instantly. We were talking about making some music together and we eventually gathered at the riverside, next to Het Steen. We invited another friend who plays instruments and some people to come chill and listen. It was a sunny day and about twenty people showed up in all. We just jammed and hung out, it was such a great time. Then, the week after, we did it again and this time forty people showed up, but it was still all music and fun. In the end, we even turned it into a charity event. I met so many people there and it’s such a heartwarming and happy memory for me.”

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Eva Lep (21) from Slovenia, media and communications student. Antwerpian since February 2017. “Something that was important to me in my choice of Erasmus destination was cultural diversity, because Slovenia is a bit lacking in that area. I knew Antwerp was incredibly diverse, but I was still surprised to see such a big Muslim community here. It was a bit of a culture shock, but in the best possible sense of the word. It’s exactly that kind of ethnic and cultural diversity I was looking for.”

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Ambroise Centelles (21) from England, communications and global studies student. Antwerpian since February 2017. “I have only been here since February, but I’ve already had so many cool experiences. I had a few drinks at the City Hall of Antwerp during a guided tour, I experienced my first cantus, and yesterday I went to an Indian shop for some milk and we ended up talking about India, where I lived for a couple of years, for half an hour. Even just walking around and observing buildings has been fun, I love how a lot of the corners in Antwerp have these little statues mounted outside. I’ve been hanging out in the central area around Groenplaats a lot, but the South of Antwerp seems really chill, so I can’t wait to discover that side of the city as well.”

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Text by Helen Van den Poel De Clippeleire & Lize Colson. Pics by Manu Van der Perre

Meet the Konichiwa crew, a collective of DJs, producers, dancers, urban lovers and fashion beasts. Although the crew split up to go their separate ways (Foot Juice Records, Osei Bantu and Park Festival), they were very keen on having a little reunion for our shoot. What. A. Day. It. Was. These guys! Just see for yourself.

M odels : Konichiwa Crew represent! David Tricot, Sydney Yacoubu, Lito Silva, Ramos Sama & Peter Sarpong (unfortunately, Joffrey Anane couldn’t make it)

Photog ra p her: Manu Van der Perre

Styling: Valentina Blonda

Clot hing p rovided by: SCOOP STORE, Joe Merino, CafĂŠ Costuum, G-Star, Tensen, Timberland Retail Store, Moose In The City, Toos Franken (addresses at the back of the magazine)

Prod uc tion : Helen Van den Poel De Clippeleire & Lize Colson

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THE ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF ANTWERP:

STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Text and pics by Lara Richir

Kaori Ishiguro (26) :: dancer :: Gumma, Japan

Antwerp is known for its Royal Academy of Fine Arts with, among others, the Fashion Department.. However, the city also hosts the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. With its three departments in performing arts – dance, theater and music – it’s not only a multidisciplinary school but also a center of multicultu-ralism. Three students with different cultural backgrounds give you their view on Antwerp and their school. 24

This is Antwerp: How did you end up at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp? Kaori Ishiguro: I graduated in Japan with a bachelor in dance, but I wanted to broaden my horizon and my technique in a foreign country. My teacher recommended me the Conservatoire of Antwerp. It’s renowned for it’s contemporary dance department.


TIA: How do you experience the multiculturalism in your school? Kaori: Only in the first year of dance there are sixteen different nationalities. This complements the learning and dance experience. We all have very different temperaments, characters and styles. You learn from each other. Even though the verbal communication might be difficult, through dance and expression we find a way to communicate.

TIA: What is the biggest difference between the Japanese culture and the Belgian one? Kaori: People of Antwerp are very open and more extravert than Japanese. What made me laugh the most is that as soon as the sun shines, even if it’s only for ten minutes, everyone comes out to soak up the sunshine! There’s a way that they appreciate the small things more. However, from time to time I get together with a group of Japanese women. It’s great to still have something which reminds me of home. Next time we’re coming together is for Hanami. (‘flower viewing’, a feast where you look at cherry trees while having a picnic, Ed.)

TIA: What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? Kaori: I love spending time on the banks of the River Scheldt. The sunset there is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. For the best sushi you have to go to Ko’uzi.

Johan Corrales (32) :: mandolin player :: Medellin, Colombia

TIA: How did you end up at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp? Johan Corrales: I moved to Europe when I was 24 to follow my guitar teacher who moved to Barcelona. However, I didn’t like the atmosphere there. I had two aunts who were living in Belgium and I decided to join them. Little did I know I would meet my wife here and finally we ended up moving to Antwerp. I started to be interested in mandolin and that was one of the instruments you could study at the Conservatoire.

TIA: Are there any similarities between the Colombian and the Belgian culture? Johan: Antwerp is rather similar in mentality to the people in my hometown Medelin. People here are hard working and have a wide and ambitious vision. The citizens are also very proud of their city; it’s the same as the people in my hometown. Besides the mentality, there is also a lot of culture in Antwerp. Especially with the re-opening of the Queen Elisabeth Hall the music scene is blooming again.

TIA: What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? Johan: I find the Central Station the most impressive architectural spot in Antwerp. For music, café De Muze is always a good place to go.

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TIA: How did you end up at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp? Issam Dakka: I wanted to become an actor ever since I was 14 years old. However, coming from a Moroccan family that wasn’t so self-evident. So first I went to cooking school, later on I studied to become a teacher but the dream of becoming an actor still lingered. In the end I auditioned at the drama department and now I am in my second year.

Issam Dakka (28) :: actor :: Belgium/ Morocco TIA: How do you experience multiculturalism at the school? Issam: Ofcourse in the drama department you don’t have that many different nationalities, this has to do with the language. However, there’s also a lack of multiculturalism. Just to give you an idea: I was the first Moroccan-originated drama student they ever had. I do believe the drama department is becoming more multicultural, but there’s still a way to go. Especially the way you can get type casted as an actor when you are from an other culture is still something that needs to change. However the process is rolling, but slowly. I am proud of having two cultures: I am Belgian and I am Moroccan, but sometimes people forget the first.

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TIA: What is your favorite spot in Antwerp? Issam: I like the trendy South. There are some very good bars and there is something for everyone. My favorite café there is Chatleroi. For good gastronomical Moroccan food you have to go to Zafraan. But then again, if you want to taste Antwerp, just eat some fries!


WHERE DIVERSITY THRIVES Text by Laetitia Sabiti Pics by Manu Van der Perre

As the name suggests, at CafĂŠ au Lait, we like our coffee with a dash of milk. The bar has been representing a mixture of people that have been sharing laughter over cocktails to funky beats since 1995. If somebody asks you where the love is, please direct them to Oude Beurs 8.

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Cocktails & love potions :: Coming from a mix of cultures himself, bar owner Herman Poupaert felt there was a need for a place where people, regardless of nationality and belief, could get together in a laid-back atmosphere. A place where nothing but good vibes prevail, the perfect environment for making warm memories to funky, soulful beats pumping from the speakers. A place where there’s no difference between black or white – just maybe a slight difference in the tonality of the laughter being shared over colorful and tropical drinks. This ambition works like a charm – 22 years later, Café au Lait is still one of Antwerp’s most thriving and vibrant bars.

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While cocktails are being served, friendships are being made and relationships are blossoming, Café au Lait actually happens to be the author of many love stories with endings that haven’t yet been written, as these stories are continued through generations. “It’s very pleasing to know that people who first met at your bar settled down, got married, started families and now bring their children to our annual street party in the during summer. Some of the kids of these parents who met here have even continued the tradition,” says Herman. Based on these stories, it’s not a stretch to wonder if bartenders are spiking drinks with the au Lait love potion. Fancy an extrasweet cocktail or one with a spicier touch? Name it and Saidi Kikunda, king of cocktails, will serve you anything that you desire, on the rocks or with crushed ice. We recommend betting on the Café au Lait alltime favorite, the Coco Berry, and letting the potion work its magic.


That being said, it’s quite clear that Café au Lait isn’t your average bar. It has never been just a bar. From small performances by local artists to a random visit and surprise set by David Guetta, au Lait has established a name for itself in Antwerp’s party scene. For its one-year anniversary in 1996, the bar threw its first birthday bash and the party never stopped. With au Lait continually growing in popularity, the venue for its parties moved from Club Surplus to Café d’Anvers and Felix Pakhuis.

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Check the website to find out where Café au Lait’s next street party will go down. Rumor has it that you’ll be sipping your cocktail while enjoying a beautiful view – potentially leading to some brand-new, sugar-sweet love sequels.

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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 gets featured on our Instagram page (@thisisantwerp) or in the next issue of our magazine, for everyone to see.

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Stefan Kartchev is a twentysomething fashion designer, hailing from Bulgaria, who debuted his bachelor’s degree graduation collection at last year’s annual Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Fashion Department show.

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creating fashion that combines trendy with tradition Despite the fact that this was a BAlevel collection, he landed immediate international press attention and got to present his collection, titled “Miscible Displacement”, at a showcase during the London Fashion Week. Time to hit up this talent while we still have him in Antwerp.


This is Antwerp: Hi Stefan! Could you tell us a bit more about why you chose Antwerp to study fashion design? Stefan Kartchev: A Bulgarian friend of mine, who teaches fashion illustration, was familiar with my aesthetic and introduced me to the Antwerp Academy. I didn’t know much about it, but it just felt right to apply. I was keen to start studying, get busy and to develop my creativity.

TIA: Has that influenced your fashion designs at all? Stefan: At the Academy, one of our tasks was to reproduce an ethnic costume of our choice. I was told that the selection needed to be based on very good reasons. When we finally made our choices, we had to research it extensively and work on it so much that we’d discover new techniques as we went along. Of course, we’d also learn something new about a culture we may have not been completely familiar with beforehand. Naturally, I picked a Bulgarian costume. Since accurate information was very hard to find in books or museums, I had to physically go there and find ways to get enough material for my research. Through this process, I decided to use some of my own heritage for my bachelor’s graduation collection. My goal was to use elements and symbols from traditional Bulgarian clothing and translate them into modern sportswear. Elements have been reworked and manipulated in different ways and influenced by other inspirations in order

to achieve an indirect ethnic feeling. Anyway, there are so many interesting traditions in Bulgarian culture that I could have used. I would like to continue researching it.

TIA: Could you tell us a bit more about your early life in Bulgaria? Stefan: Actually, until the age of fourteen, I would only spend time in Bulgaria during the summer holidays. I mostly grew up in France because of my parents’ careers. After moving back to Sofia, I attended a high school for the arts where I studied drawing, sculpture, woodcarving and other disciplines. This was the first time I’d spent so much time in Bulgaria and I was just always busy, being creative.

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TIA: What’s your favorite thing about Antwerp? Stefan: It’s a small but quite diverse city. I have met the most incredible people here. Every year, there is such an amazing influx of new people coming into town, and maybe some people stay a little bit too long! (laughs)

TIA: Where do you see yourself in the future? Does Antwerp fit into your plans? Stefan:II honestly have no idea. Stefan: There is so much to discover and learn. I feel like I will need to travel first, just for the sake of enjoying nature’s beauty, and then reorient myself towards a bigger city in order to fully develop myself professionally.

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Stefan is currently generating financial and creative energy for his master ’s degree in fashion design. Let ’s hope he does some more great work for the Antwerp Fashion Department .

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Antwerp’s beatcrafting epicenter ::

Text by Kevin Lau. Pics by Kevin Lau and Champion Sound

Anyone who happened to be within Antwerp city limits on the 25th of February might have felt some exciting yet familiar beats, raging through their entire beings. If you’re one of these lucky people, don’t worry, your heart is fi ne – we hope—but what you felt were the eff ects of local beatmakers generating heat at the annual beat battle, Champion Sound, at TRIX. Two weeks after attending the event, we fi nally cooled off enough to sit down and have a chat with Pieter, David and Ufuk, the guys behind Champion Sound.

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This is Antwerp: Can you guys introduce yourselves?

the commercial clubs, Ed.), collecting records and writing.

The Champion Sound crew: We’re Pieter, Ufuk and David, the founders of Champion Sound. Besides Champion Sound, we’re also co-founders and promotors of various Antwerp-based party concepts.

David: I’m the founder and promotor of various Antwerpbased events like Park Festival, Foot Juice and From Boogie to Booty. Alongside hosting parties, I’m also managing the Foot Juice record label and a booking agency called Impano.

Pieter: I’m co-founder of Next Level Shit, Stoofpot and Beat Kitchen. I’m also into creating visual art and I handle all things design within Champion Sound. Ufuk: I’m a secondary school teacher during the day. In addition to teaching, I’m into hosting the Mint parties (an alternative Thursday night party concept for students who don’t feel like going to

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So, there you have it. Three of Belgium’s finest, united under one roof in Antwerp. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter via @championsoundBE for more heartthrobbing beats and local talent.

TIA: Tell us a bit more about Champion Sound… Ufuk: We had been talking about a similar concept for a while now. David was running an internship at Kavka at the time and they really helped us realize this idea. The goal of Champion Sound was to host a beat battle with a focus on promoting local

beatmakers and producers. It started off as a beat battle, but it has grown into a platform ever since. We also got in touch with 22tracks, which offered to take over the beats playlist, which boosted our reach as well. We host workshops too, but we mainly try to establish a network among producers After the beat battle, we release a compilation of the tracks that result from the battle. David: To summarize, Champion Sound is a platform for producers. Mainly young talent, but more importantly: local talent. We’re mostly known for our beat battle, but what we really want to achieve is to offer producers a network they can work with.


TIA: But why in Antwerp? David: It’s our home base. It just makes sense to hold our events in Antwerp because we have our connections and network here, it’s just so much more efficient. Ufuk: But Champion Sound is really a Belgian thing, it’s not just for Antwerpians. We have competitors from all over the country, Flanders to Wallonia. (respectively the Dutch and the French speaking part of Belgium, Ed.) David: Also, the other big cities already have similar platforms. While Antwerp, we feel, is still lacking a bit in that area. So, we wanted to fill that gap.

TIA: How do you find your contestants? Pieter: First off, we announce the upcoming event by dropping a teaser and then we invite competitors to register. We also send invites to beatmakers who are familiar with the scene. And then we hold a preselection. Ufuk: Thanks to 22tracks, we have a decent database filled with producers we can also contact for participation. We got close to a hundred admissions this year, and 50 of them made it through the preselection process. Finally, we selected fourteen competitors plus the two finalists of the year before, who are qualified by default. It’s not an easy job when there are so many strong producers out there.

TIA: Do you think winning Champion Sound is a boost for a local producer? David: Winning Champion Sound immediately gives you some acknowledgement. Studio Brussels (Belgium’s biggest national alternative radio station, Ed.) plays your music, for example, and other artists want to use your tracks. Our winner this year, Corrupted, woke up the next day with a mailbox filled with track requests and label offers. I do think it gives you a boost as an artist. Simply said, winning Champion Sound will give you a thousand extra likes, which is worth a lot in today’s social media society. Pieter: Another benefit is the fact that the event is livestreamed all over the world, and foreign producers definitely pick up on anyone who shines during the beat battle. Ufuk: Our panel of judges for the competition is always carefully selected too. We look for judges who carry a certain weight in this scene, like Lefto, Mathieu Fonsny and Bart Sibiel this year. It’s also useful for the competitors, of course, to meet these people rather than sending them a Soundcloud link online that they’ll probably ignore.

with different organizations so we can learn from them, but we also want to teach others, and maybe even find something new and evolve along the way. Pieter: I have a dream (laughs) of sending our top contenders abroad and expanding our events into other countries so we can challenge local beatmakers there. Ufuk: There is a lot of growth potential, and having an international partner like Red Bull (which really is Champion Sound’s partner, Ed.) also doesn’t hurt. But first, we want to further improve on what we have here. We have built something we can be proud of, but we really want to leave a mark.

TIA: If you could host Champion Sound anywhere in Antwerp, where would it be? David: Openluchttheater Rivierenhof, bam! Ufuk: Museum of Fine Arts, when it reopens, at least. Pieter: The old warehouses at Scheld’Apen, a trashy industrial vibe.

TIA: Any upcoming plans? David: Making the money! (laughs) No, honestly, we want to further improve the local beats scene and stay in touch

TIA: Favorite hangout in Antwerp?

P.S. from Pieter, David & Ufuk: Shout-out to venues Kavka and TRIX for welcoming our concept with open arms.

Ufuk: For me it’s Tune Up Records.

David: Het Bos.

Pieter: Just at the waterfront.

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In Antwerp you can taste everything the world has to offer. From Chinese specialties, over Indian cuisine to South-American dishes, Antwerp has it all. These are some multicultural foodie heavens, approved and loved by our network of This is Antwerp Locals.

Text by Anouk Van Tiggel

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Exotic Market Every Saturday from 8am to 4pm you can visit the Exotic Market at the Oudevaartplaats. There you’ll find a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese. And the best part: you can taste all of it. The experience feels like traveling around the world in just one day. Moroccan spices, French wine, Mexican tortillas or Italian pasta… anybody else getting hungry?

Other places to spoil your taste buds

A multicultural walk The most multicultural neighbourhood in Antwerp is probably nearby Antwerp’s Central railway station. You can take a walk through the Jewish, Indian, Arab and African hoods, as well as Antwerp’s Chinatown. Must visit neighbourhoods are the Diamond Quarter, Borgerhout, the De Coninckplein and the Carnotstraat.

Chinatown Van Wesenbekestraat

World kitchen at Het Bos Every last Thursday of the month, you can try a new exotic dish at Het Bos (“The Forrest”) at the Ankerrui. They serve the typical cuisines from different countries, such as Congo, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and many more. For only €6, you can explore another country every month.

Food market Mercado Groenplaats

Aahaar Indian cuisine Lange Herentalsestraat 23 Pho61 Grote Markt 42 Bún Sint-Jorispoort 22 Chickpea, Oudaan 4 Fez Kloosterstraat 52 Umamido Graaf van Egmontstraat 57 Supernatural Minderbroedersrui 47


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 38-39.

A. B. C. D. E.

UGC Cinema’s

Van Ertbornstraat 17 2018 Antwerp

OLT Rivierenhof

Turnhoutsebaan 246 2100 Antwerp

P. Q.

Antwerp’s South Quarter

R.

SCOOP STORE

S.

Joe Merino

T.

Café Costuum,

U.

G-Star

Caffènation,

Mechelsesteenweg 16 2000 Antwerp

Loa

Hoogstraat 77 2000 Antwerp

Hector Chicken De Keyserlei 53 2018 Antwerp

F.

Bintu Snack

G.

De Coninckplein

Muizenstraat 7 2060 Antwerp

2060 Antwerp

H.

Rivierenhof

I.

Te Boelaerpark

J.

‘t Vlot

K.

Antwerp’s Quays

L.

Café au Lait

M.

Exotic Market

Turnhoutsebaan 232 2100 Antwerp Gitschotellei 2140 Antwerp

Steenplein 21 2000 Antwerp 2000 Antwerp

Oude Beurs 8 2000 Antwerp

Nieuwstad 2000 Antwerp

N.

Het Steen

O.

Antwerp City Hall

Steenplein 1 2000 Antwerp Grote Markt 1 2000 Antwerp

Groenplaats

2000 Antwerp

V.

2000 Antwerp

Nationalestraat 66 2000 Antwerp Kloosterstraat 28 2000 Antwerp Dendermondestraat 44 2018 Antwerp Huidevetterstraat 12-14 2000 Antwerp

Tensen

Huidevetterstraat 52 2000 Antwerp

W. Timberland Retail Store Kammenstraat 44 2000 Antwerp

X.

Moose In The City,

Y.

Toos Franken

Z.

Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

IJzerenwaag 10-12 2000 Antwerp Steegstraat 18 2490 Balen

Desguinlei 25 2018 Antwerp

AA. Sunset at the banks of the River Scheldt Loodsgebouw at Tavernierkaai 2000 Antwerp

AB. Ko’uzi

Leopoldplaats 21 2000 Antwerp

AC. Queen Elisabeth Hall Koningin Astridplein 26 2018 Antwerp

AD. Central Station 2018 Antwerpen

AE. De Muze

Melkmarkt 15 2000 Antwerp

AF. Chatleroi

Graaf van Hoornestraat 2 2000 Antwerp

AG. Zafraan

Lange van Ruusbroecstraat 139 2018 Antwerp

AH. Club Surplus Rijnkaai 2 2000 Antwerp

AI. Café d’Anvers Verversrui 15 2000 Antwerp

AJ. Felix Pakhuis

Godefriduskaai 30 2000 Antwerp

AK. Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Blindestraat 35 2000 Antwerp

AL. Kavka

Oudaan 14 2000 Antwerp

AM. Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Leopold de Waelplaats 2 2000 Antwerp

AN. Old Scheld’Apen Warehouses Petroleum Zuid / d’Herbouvillekaai 2020 Antwerp

AO. Het Bos

Ankerrui 5-7 2000 Antwerp

AP. Tune Up Records Melkmarkt 17 2000 Antwerp

AQ. TRIX Music Center Noordersingel 28-30 2140 Antwerp

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Good to know • Most stores are closed on Sunday. Except for the ones in Hoogstraat and Kloosterstraat. Only every first Sunday of the month, most stores are open. 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 say a ‘pintje’, will set you back approximately €2,5 (so don’t get ripped off ). • Most museums are closed on Mondays. • Most markets take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Vrijdagmarkt, Exotic Market, Bird Market, etc.) • 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’). Keep it around €3,5 for a large portion. • Antwerp has a pop-up culture, so check our (free and offline) 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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How to get around BY TA XI Sometimes it’s easier to use a taxi to get from point A to point B, but here are some ground rules: • you can’t wave your arm around and expect a taxi to stop. You have to call one (or use the taxi app) or go to one of the taxi stands • you can fit 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.

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

BY B I K E Velo

Biking is always a nice way to explore a city. You can rent a red bike (you’ll spot them al over town) with your credit card in three different ways: • head over to www.veloantwerpen.be and buy a day or week pass • call the information desk at +32 3 206 50 30 • visit the information desk at Kievitplein 7, 2000 Antwerp (closed on weekends)

BY PU B LIC TR AN S P ORTATION Antwerp has an extensive network of public transportation (bus and tram). You can buy a single ticket for €2 on the bus, or buy one in advance at the vending machines on the platform. If you’re partying the night away on Friday or Saturday you can take the night buses. They leave at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Groenplaats and F. Rooseveltplaats. Definitely check the time schedules in advance, because they change during summer.


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

Free wifi

Coffee bars

It’s always handy to know where can get free wifi , so we listed a few spots:

• Coff eelabs Lange Klarenstraat 19

Café/bars • Vitrin Marnixplaats 14 • Chatleroi Graaf van Hoornestraat 2 • Bar Leon Reuzenstraat 23 • Korsakov Sint Jorispoort 1 • Vagant Reyndersstraat 25 • Baah Bar Sint Jorispoort 2 • De Kroon Kerkstraat 91 • Café Mombasa Moorkensplein 37

Antwerp City Hostel

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

• Caff ènation Mechelsesteenweg 16

Eating

• Broer Bretel Nassaustraat 7 • Normo Minderbroedersrui 30 • Kolonel Koffi e Grote Pieter Potstraat 30

• Perruche Oude Vaartplaats 60 • Café Stanny Stanleystraat 1 • Caravan Damplein 17

• Coff ee & Vinyl Volkstraat 45

• Felixpakhuis, Godefriduskaai 30

• Mokkakapot Sergeyselstraat 2 • Viggo’s Coninckplein 21

• Café Storm, Hanzestedeplaats 5 De

• Kornél Sint Lambertusstraat 1 • Tartoer Korte Koepoortstraat 2

• Krokbar Fabiola Sint Antoniusstraat 4 • ViaVia Wolstraat 43 • Barrio Hoogstraat 77

• Kaff eenini Nationalestraat 114

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