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ART

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TABLE OF CONTENT 5 we sat down with Saïd and Salah, aka SLM,

to talk about the importance of fashion and roots in hip hop

8 Street Art Antwerp’s Tim Marschang talks us through the city’s booming street art scene and spills the beans on the Baroque Murals project

12 since Antwerp is a true fashion capital, we

couldn’t resist dropping by Atelier Solarshop, designer Jan-Jan Van Essche’s hidden store in the Northern part of town

16 a big part of Antwerp urban culture is its hood food, we selected some of the best places for you to grab a greasy snack

20 together with SLM we took the streets of

their favorite hood and experienced urban fashion during this issue’s photo shoot

28 we discovered that the tours by Shitty Guide aren’t as shitty as they are surprising

30 picture yourself, #thisisantwerp on Instagram 32 Amo Achille, one of the most talented hip

hop artists lurking in the shadows of Antwerp, took the time to tell us his story

35 nightlife in Antwerp is much alike the river

Scheldt: you know at what point you jumped in, but you got no idea where it will take you

Photography:

Manu Van der Perre – Tide Collective Laetitia Sabiti Sem Shayne Tim Marschang Tine Van den Poel De Clippeleire Visit Antwerpen Shitty Guide Atelier Solarshop Snack Black Star Snack Roma @thejadeantwerp @kaatdekock @riageysen @letizialorenzetti @maureen_d_w_ _ photography @streetsofantwerp @katdelemontagne @merdantaplak @sjekje @stvnvnpck

Copywrite:

Laetitia Sabiti Tine Van den Poel De Clippeleire Vincent Van Reusel Cleo Klapholz Joke Tourné Lize Colson Hanne Van Looveren Alexandre D’hoore Bethany Wong Jasper Kuylen

Depot nummer TIA:

D/2018/0306/105

Cover:

Manu Van der Perre Tide Collective

Design & layout:

An Eisendrath an@studioanorak.be

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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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 or brands mentioned in this magazine paid for mentioning in any way. 3


And what a trip it will be. Just like the city itself, urban culture in Antwerp is layered. This city is home to some of Belgium’s better known artists, musicians and fashion designers. But scratch that surface, and you’ll notice they’re just the tip of the iceberg. So we set out to discover who and what lies beneath that surface.

Job well done, you managed to get your hands on the latest edition of the This is Antwerp magazine. This 15th issue is all about Antwerp’s urban scene. Which makes sense, since we’ve been writing for many years about all things urban in this city. So pick out your favorite sneakers, put on that hoodie and join us on a trip through Antwerp’s streets.

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Take SLM. This hip hop collective started its own nationwide urban revolution. Thanks to their clever lyrics, funky beats, no-nonsense attitude and a fashion sense for which the expression “street cred” was invented. Featuring them on the cover of this magazine and in the editorial shoot was a no brainer. Or what about the art scene? Antwerp artists like Luc Tuymans or Jan Fabre are rocking the international contemporary art scene. At the same time, there are tons of amazing street artists lurking in the shadows. Tim Marschang, aka Street Art Antwerp, talks us through the city’s vibrant street art scene. We already mentioned fashion. Who doesn’t know the Antwerp Six? But Antwerp is home to designers like Jan-Jan Van Essche as well. We dropped by Atelier Solarshop, his store hidden in the Northern part of town, far away from Antwerp’s famous fashion district. While you’re on this trip through Antwerp’s urban scene, take a break. We could tell you to do so somewhere fancy. But why pay a month’s worth of savings

to get some really good food? Why not try some of the finer hood food? When you’ve build up your energy with that hood food, you’re ready to join a Shitty Tour. Shitty Guide set out to map all of the beauty in Antwerp’s less attractive parts of town. Trust us when we say Shitty Tours make for very surprising times. Surprising is what you can call Amo Achille as well. Although he’s still working in the shadows, he’s destined to great things. Just remember: you’ve heard it here first. And of course we couldn’t publish a magazine on Antwerp’s urban culture without experiencing one of those unpredictable nights out. Enjoying nightlife in Antwerp isn’t as much about the destiny as it is about the journey. While reading this magazine, you’ll get hungry. Hungry to discover more. We can’t promise you that hunger will be gone by the time you flip the last page. The only thing we do promise is this: when you drop by Antwerp, experiencing the local urban scene yourself, you’ll never want to leave town again.


REPRESENTING THE HOOD WITH SLM

Who better to represent Antwerp’s urban lifestyle than the guys from SLM? SLM is more than just a hip hop collective. Salahdine, aka Salah, and Saïd are two rough-looking guys with a heavy Antwerp accent and a unique style that can be placed somewhere between “urban chic” and downright “hood rat fashion”.

text by Joke Tourné photography by Manu Van der Perre – Tide Collective

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Meeting them for drinks in a pretty well-known Antwerp bar, Dansing Chocola, was pretty out-of-place for all of us, since a big part of the This is Antwerp fam stems from the same suburban part of Antwerp: ’t Kiel. To many, this neighborhood could be described as dodgy. Full of working-class people and people of different ethnicities. If you keep your mind closed, it’s easy to deny the beauty in its streets and way of life. That is, until the guys from SLM decided it was time to put ’t Kiel on the map as a bedrock for budding urban talent. Love for the hood The very first thing we were dying to ask them is why they choose to stay at ’t Kiel. The answer was simple and rang loud and proud: “Because Antwerp and ’t Kiel made

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us into the people we are today”. Both Salah and Saïd nodding in fervent agreement, they provide us with a fast, chaotic yet recognizable list of reasons to love their hood. Nice people, down-to-earth way of living, good food and a lively atmosphere as well as a calm Antwerp’s city center just can’t provide. Mind you, our chat takes place in one of Antwerp’s better-known areas: ’t Zuid. Another hub of creative talent, but with more chances of spotting a famous face. So there is life outside of ’t Kiel? “Of course we don’t limit ourselves to just the old stomping grounds!” We get a little smirk over that one. “One thing you should know about hip hop and its origins is that the place you grew up in means everything to your style,”

Salah stresses, “The love for our hood is represented in much of our work and we will continue to show that love for as long as we do what we do.” This doesn’t mean they can’t be spotted anywhere else. Try your luck in one of the many tea houses on the Turnhoutsebaan, Bar Noord or at Linkeroever, the left bank of the city. We promise you it’s never dull to run into either one of these guys. Life, love, laughs So how does life at ’t Kiel, this suburban working-class area, translate into their music? SLM incorporates universal sentiments of the youth into their songs. From the prejudice of society to the celebration of the differences that are so blatantly expressed: they offer a view on what it’s really like to grow up in one of Antwerp’s most notorious hoods.


One look at their video clips will show you: the streets of ’t Kiel are littered with life, love, laughs and respect. By incorporating local kids and their amazing talents into their work, both on and off stage, Salah and Saïd play an active role in bettering the community. Besides the fact that a lot of people steal secret looks at the both of them for their fame (they star in movies, theater productions and in national media one way or the other), Saïd and Salah’s sense of fashion stands out in its own right. Fashion icons and cultural revolutions “We try to support local brands, as well as preserve that personal, urban style that is so typical in hip hop culture”. With a mix of indigenous

clothing and contemporary fashion trends (they often sport the traditional Kaftan in combination with the latest Nike sneakers underneath), these dudes have transformed into true urban fashion icons for their fan base. A five minute walk around ’t Kiel shows just how much this style has been incorporated into the local fashion sense. Brands like Arte and Kudeta are among Salah and Saïd’s favorite Antwerp brands, but they won’t turn down classics like Napapijri, Nike and Australian as well. You could say that by blowing up the Belgian music scene with phat urban beats and downto-earth performances and by developing their personal fashion sense, SLM has paved the way for a cultural revolution that springs in the most unlikely places. Don’t judge a book by

its somewhat ragged cover, because the story within is so much more adventurous than you could ever guess. Just ask Saïd, Salah and the people from ’t Kiel.

Check out the full editorial shoot with Salah and Saïd sporting that Antwerp urban fashion on pages 20-27. facebook.com/SLM. Officieel

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Yvon Tordoir

text by Tine Van den Poel De Clippeleire photography by Tine Van den Poel De Clippeleire, Tim Marschang & Visit Antwerp

“Too busy painting.” That was the answer we got from the artists we wanted to interview for this article. Antwerp street artist Yvon Tordoir invited three internationally renowned colleagues to the city to bring the Baroque era to the contemporary scene. They each painted a mural that is linked to a characteristic art form of the 17th century: painting, architecture, graphic art, and typography. As we write this, they are finishing up for the big opening of the Antwerp Baroque 2018 festival on June 1, 2018. ANTWERP BAROQUE 2018 RUBENS INSPIRES The Baroque Murals project is part of the Antwerp Baroque 2018 festival. Antwerp artist Yvon Tordoir invited three internationally renowned street artists to bring some street cred to the Baroque art style.

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STREET ART IN ANTWERP BAROQUE MURALS AND MORE

But did Antwerp have much street art to offer before Yvon Tordoir (aka Rise One from Aerosol Kings), Smug (Glasgow), Astro (Paris), and El Mac (LA) painted the town? Luckily, Tim Marschang from Street Art Antwerp did have time for a chat. His website and app are essential to easily find all Antwerp street art. This is Antwerp: How did your guided street art tours come about? Tim Marschang: It all started quite organically. I’m not an artist myself; I’m just immensely passionate about street art. Three or four years ago I photographed an artwork. The image was shared all over social media, which set the ball rolling. It opened my eyes to all the art around me. I started collecting Together with Astro, Smug and el Mac he created some stunning pieces in Antwerp’s historic city center. All inspired by Baroque grandmaster Peter Paul Rubens. For more information on the murals and Antwerp Baroque 2018, head over to www.antwerpbaroque.be

them all on a map, which resulted in my website Street Art Antwerp. At the end of 2016, I led a few guided tours to raise money for charity. The next year, I kept getting requests for tours – the word of mouth had done its work. So now I organize guided tours twice a month for all ages, from school groups to elderly ladies. I love promoting street art to a wider audience and making them see the city in a new light. I’m a true Antwerp citizen, so this is my way to express my love for my hometown. I also stimulate new artwork and organize street art festivals. Street art has become an enormous part of my life, while I still have a regular job as well. It’s all worth it, though: I have never had as much energy as I do now.


TIA: Is street art really a thing in Antwerp? Tim: Actually, it is, which many people don’t realize. During my guided tours, visitors who have been to Berlin and Paris were astonished by both the quality of the street art in Antwerp and by how many paintings can be found here. In the past, our city’s street art scene was not marketed enough, but this is changing. TIA: Is the street art scene part of a typical Antwerp culture? Tim: Antwerp is known for its creativity and street art is an extension of that. Especially now that Antwerp Baroque 2018 has started, the link with classical art has become clearer. I will always promote the murals

as a real art form. I wouldn’t say that street art is undervalued, but it is rather unloved. It evolved out of graffiti, which for many people is still linked to criminality and vandalism. While graffiti can be so much more than that… TIA: Do you make a distinction between illegal graffiti and street art? Tim: Of course I do. Graffiti is a part of it, it’s the starting point – think of Keith Haring, JeanMichel Basquiat or Banksy. They all started out illegally but became globally famous artists. Now there is a bigger platform for legal street art, which is a great development.

TIA: Which Antwerp artists should we know and discover? Tim: We have loads of talent here in Antwerp. Off the top of my head, there are artists like SMOK, especially his realistic animal paintings, and Joachim for his characteristic style. There is also Steve Locatelli, who moved from Brussels to Antwerp a decade ago. A young talent you should keep an eye on is Rwina, a guy with Moroccan roots who has been very active for the past two to three years.

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Astro

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TIA: Does Antwerp attract international artists as well? Tim: Through my social media, foreign artists have been noticing the recent heightened activity in Antwerp. They’re contacting me to inform about available walls. Antwerp has become one of the cities you should visit in Europe to leave your mark. For the project with the Baroque murals, toptier street artists travelled to Antwerp especially to paint unique Baroque-inspired pieces. These murals can stimulate others to visit Antwerp. I expect this project to open doors for a whole wave of international artists. The best is yet to come. TIA: Can you tell us a bit more about the Baroque project? Tim: First off, I am happy to say that the city of Antwerp has come to realize that street art is not just for youngsters, but needs to be properly addressed by the Culture and Tourism department. For the start of Antwerp Baroque 2018 on June 1, the city commissioned a couple of huge artists to create a new piece for this theme. Yvon Tordoir’s mural at the Eiermarkt wasn’t even finished yet, and it was already all over social media. Smug One’s piece at the Meir is a great example of what street art can be. So I very much hope that the Culture department sees this as the start of more projects that will make Antwerp even more attractive. Street art tourism is a niche market that is starting to boom, so Antwerp should definitely go along with the hype.


TIA: Do you have other plans? Tim: My mind is buzzing with new ideas all the time. I’m working on several projects, but one of the most interesting ones is Street Art Cities. This is an international platform that tries to document all the street art in the world. Right now, we’ve got locals in over 180 cities around the world. We’re very proud of the free Street Art Cities app. It can already be used in more than 20 cities in the world. Including Berlin, Paris, Montreal, Melbourne, LA and of course… Antwerp. And more are being added. Definitely try it out.

TIA: Finally, what is the must-see on a visit to Antwerp? Tim: The one thing you need to see when you are in Antwerp, is the Zomerfabriek (“Summer Factory”) in Berchem. 3,000 m² of street art that is repainted every year during the Meeting Of Styles festival. It is rare to find so many artists’ work concentrated in one spot. If you want to hear Tim effuse about street art in person, you can book a street art tour with him.

Joachim

For more information on Street Art Antwerp and the Baroque murals: streetartantwerp.com facebook.com/ StreetArtANTWERP streetartcities.com/app antwerpbaroque2018.be

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AN ESOTERIC TESTAMENT TO COSMIC CURIOSITY text by Alexandre D’hoore photography by Atelier Solarshop

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The most remarkable thing about Atelier Solarshop, in the heart of Antwerp’s hood Seefhoek, is just how unremarkable the facade is. We must’ve walked by it 50 times before ever setting foot in the place, and even then it was at the behest of a friend who’d recommended this “nifty little furniture shop” at a stone’s throw from the Central Station. It’s not exactly a furniture store, it’s kind of an everythingand-anything store. Piëtro Celestina and menswear designer JanJan Van Essche opened up shop about a decade ago in what used to be a solar panel store. They kept the sign above the display window and took it as inspiration for the shop’s name.

A natural aesthetic flow The pair’s quest to stock their atelier with unique products has not gone unnoticed. The scope of the items they procure is global, with the only commonality being things of quality. How that’s defined is interesting. There seems to a be thematic obsession with woven goods. Palm and leather woven Tuareg mats and Belgian-made linen, as well as utensils and other tableware. Cups and glasses abound, and hand-blown shot glasses, wooden receptacles begging you to cup your hands around their curved base like a bleach-toothed model in a hot cocoa advertisement. While some items seem prohibitively expensive for most, others come off as shockingly affordable. It feels like it was all made by the same person, such is the natural aesthetic flow of the items. You could decorate an entire space using only knickknacks from Atelier Solarshop and your unsuspecting houseguests wouldn’t for a minute suspect you of pomp, which lends the earth toned interior with an almost haunting delicateness.

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thought-provoking and unassuming. Just like Atelier Solarshop has attained some worldwide acclaim, having been recently profiled in GQ and the New York Time’s, so too is Jan-Jan’s work popping up in some of the most exclusive boutiques around the world. Which makes his work somewhat of an internationally renowned hidden secret. Nestled in the bustle of the Seefhoek, this is a true Antwerpian gem. An esoteric testament to some cosmic curiosity which is quintessentially of the city. It may take a minute to find the place, but we suspect that it’s intentionally so. Internationally renowned hidden secret “Hauntingly delicate” is perhaps the best way to describe the work of Jan-Jan Van Essche, the store’s cofounder and clothing designer. While Atelier Solarshop’s clothing offerings extend beyond his own creations, his work is displayed. Antwerp cranks out brilliant designers like Germany does technically gifted footballers, and Jan-Jan easily fits into this tradition. His work is elegant and casual,

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HOOD FOOD text by Cleo Klapholz & Laetitia Sabiti photography by Laetitia Sabiti, Snack Black Star & Snack Roma

Oh food! Our ultimate love in times of need, in times of hunger and especially after a night out in the city. Since we know that a night of debauchery may cloud your judgment, we made a list with the best hood foods in town. What’s hood food you ask? Well, basically: supreme quality at amazing prices in places where you least expect it.

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Mémé Frit Provinciestraat 164 2018 Antwerp In Dutch we have a saying: “fondke leggen”. It basically means that you line your stomach with something greasy so it can handle your night out. Mémé Frit is the best spot to ensure your stomach won’t let you down halfway through the night. It’s the classical Belgian fry shack with a modern twist. The place is owned by a young couple. They made sure all the classic items are on the menu, but also newcomers like vegan and vegetarian snacks. Their veggie “bitterballen” are the best thing you will ever taste. On top of this awesomeness they have a vintage interior which makes you want to stay and relax while stuffing your face with a delicious greasy snack.

KingRibs Gitschotellei 14 2600 Antwerp If you’re looking for the best greasy delivered-at-home snack for your lazy Sunday night, we highly recommend KingRibs. They have the most extraordinary ribs and hamburgers and extremely crispy and perfectly salted potato fries. But the unique sauce that you can taste in all of their products is the thing that makes KingRibs truly the king in the spareribs game. The flavors of their marinades slay on the battlefield of taste. So if you’re in a meaty mood, you know where to order.


KingSlize Driekoningenstraat 92 2600 Antwerp

Snack Banu Uitbreidingsstraat 454 2600 Antwerp Banu is ideally located near Antwerp-Berchem’s train station. Perfect for a quick bite on the go or an enjoyable snack on the spot. Whichever direction you’re headed, there’s no escaping the savory smell of juicy burgers. The best burgers in town, if you ask around. Widely known for their chicken burger, Banu also serves the meanest “kapsalon” (Dutch for “hair salon”), a layered dish of fries, shawarma, sauce, veggies and melted cheese. Feeling hungry yet?

The perfect pizza is—in our opinion—the crispy kind with flavorful toppings, which is exactly what KingSlize has on offer. Not only do they have king-sized pizzas (which are literally the largest pizzas we’ve ever seen) but they also deliver your favorite pizza in a very well-designed and practical box. Tiny tabasco bottle and an after-dinner mint included. The young guys who own this place are extremely kind and do everything to make your pizza experience the best one you’ll ever have.

Snack Baraka Sint-Bernardsesteenweg 199 2020 Antwerp Snack Baraka lies in a hood slightly out of the city center, also known as ’t Kiel. They have great opening hours seeing that most places in the city close around 10 p.m. Snack Baraka is open every day from lunch till midnight. If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, don’t forget to order their homemade fries. Quirky fact: one of the waiters has made it his mission to remember the orders of every client he’s ever had. Try him out!

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Sultan Snack Van Kerckhovenstraat 48 2060 Antwerp In chicken we trust! And we trust Sultan with our chicken as they serve the best chicken snacks in the northern neighborhood of Antwerp. Whether you take a chicken burger or a chicken satay, an encounter with a Sultan Snack always turns into love at first bite. Turn the romance up a notch and take your snack to go for a little tête-à-tête on the stairs of the neo-Gothic SintAmandus church, right across Sultan Snack. You’ll have the most perfect snack date.

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Snack Black Star Muizenstraat 7 2060 Antwerp For those who’ve always wanted to travel around Africa, but whose bank account won’t allow it… We have found a cheaper way to tick the African continent off your bucket list. A visit to Snack Black Star will do the trick as its menu offers a wide range of African dishes with specials like banku, fufu and wakye. Your taste buds will be in for a trip with the Ghanaian snack bar being the Mama Africa of African cuisine.

Snack Roma Turnhoutsebaan 295 2140 Antwerp If it’s fish you’re craving late at night, you’ll find the perfect haven savoring a dish of fresh fish at Snack Roma. Their fish dishes look like sea treasures, so we strongly recommend towing along your food buddies to help you dig into these delicious plates. Not really a fan of fish? No worries, there’s such a variety of snacks on the menu, you wouldn’t know what to pick (first). No need to rush either; Snack Roma doesn’t close until 2 a.m. So take your time, place your order, enjoy your meal and prepare for another round.

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KIFESH ‘T KIEL? text by This is Antwerp photography by Manu Van der Perre - Tide Collective

CREDITS PHOTO SHOOT

Photography: Manu Van der Perre Tide Collective Production & styling: Lize Colson & Hanne Van Looveren Models: Salahdine Ibnou Kacemi & Saïd Boumazoughe Clothing provided by: Kudeta, Studio Collect, Fish&Chips, Avenue, Essentiel

outfit provided by Essentiel :: jewelry by Studio Collect

Go ask people in Antwerp who they associate with the local urban culture and more than once you’ll get the answer “aw, them dudes from SLM”. Saïd and Salah are the embodiment of the city’s international character. Throw in their street cred and you got yourself the perfect urban cocktail. We let them pick their favorite Antwerp based brands and took to the streets of ‘t Kiel, the hood they grew up in and one of the city’s many playgrounds for anyone who’s into urban culture.

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outfit provided by Avenue and Essentiel

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outfit provided by Fish&Chips :: jewelry by Studio Collect

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outfit SaĂŻd provided by Avenue and Essentiel :: outfit Salah provided by Fish&Chips and Kudeta :: jewelry by Studio Collect

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outfit Salah provided by Kudeta and Avenue :: outfit SaĂŻd provided by Kudeta and Fish&Chips :: jewelry by Studio Collect Cap

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SHITTY TOUR, SURPRISING TIMES text by Cleo Klapholz & Joke Tourné photography by Shitty Guide

It was a regular boring Tuesday. Not warm, not cold, not grey, not blue. Just mediocre, like most Belgian days. Not what you’d wish for on a Tuesday in May, but we’re used to a lot worse too. The day went by as usual: 7 to 7 work shift, breakfast at the office, lunch at the office and dinner on the go. Boy, did we not expect the turn of events that apparently was scheduled to happen later that night. 28

We had a meet-and-greet with Benni and Freddy from Shitty Guide. They asked us to meet in this local watering hole, this brown bar, “een bruin café” as they say in Dutch. When we agreed to the location, we never expected that it would actually be both repugnant and compelling. A tasting of the neighborhood’s flavor Shitty Guide brings you to the weird and unexpected places, the hidden pearls of the city. The places you definitely won’t find in a Lonely Planet guide. It’s about what you want to see and what you don’t want to see at all, but will still come across. And seeing that Antwerp is a city like an onion, with so many different layers, we weren’t surprised to find out that there are a lot of such abnormalities. The Shitty guys from Shitty Guide felt exactly the same way and after a few years of writing about all these places, they wanted to create a tour where people can actually experience the peculiarities of these typical folksy bars and Antwerp’s weirdest places. From old sex cinemas to Tibetan karaoke bars, they take you on a true “tasting of the neighborhood’s flavor”.


It all started when Benni went to the Far East and visited a lot quirky places. Stepping away from the beaten path, he found a far more colorful country than popular tourist guides claim to show you. He had an epiphany and thought it would be quite interesting to look for “shitty spots” in his own city and share them with likeminded souls. We know, hard to believe people would be interested in these kinds of places. But it turns out we were dead wrong. Quite a number of people were jumping at the chance to go on this three to four hour tour of foulness.

Beautiful weirdness Whether you’re a fan of the lifestyle or not, there’s no denying that there’s a certain allure to a peek into the margins of society all over the world. Be it an opportunity to drink with locals and hear their stories (they’ll love to share, whether you want to listen or not, trust us) or shake a leg at one of the famous Shitty Parties, these Shitty boys know exactly how to show you a shitty old time. Hell, the parties were such a success that people still bring them up in conversations and recalls of epic events. Despite their shady reputation and the fact there hasn’t been one in a good while. Bet you’re wondering what can be epic and shitty at the same time. Trust us when we say you

won’t be able to make this one up yourself: in between the old-wives bickering you see so often with people who share an eventful past, Benni and Freddy managed to tell us about the party with the fortune-telling Segway act. Yep. You read that right.

We admit this all sounds more like a weird ol’ time, rather than a good bar crawl. And yes, a Shitty Tour isn’t your average tour around town. You’ll see Antwerp in all of its beautiful weirdness. Hear stories and meet people who have a thousand lives in the span of ten city blocks. You’ll be mesmerized by the variety of colors and flavors, stunned and awed by the generosity of those who are often deemed unworthy of a tourist’s visit. If you’re looking to spend some time with a couple of Shitty dudes telling good stories, make sure you book yourself a Shitty Tour. We can’t promise they’ll behave, but we do promise you this: no matter how boring your day starts out, if you join a Shitty Tour, you’ll be surprised at how eventful things can get.

You might be wondering what we are trying to make clear.

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PICTURE YOURSELF

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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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COMPLETELY IN AMO WITH ACHILLE text by Laetitia Sabiti pictures by Sem Shayne

Amo Achille’s latest EP Nada Rosa suggests that nothing’s really pink. Except for the pink cheeks we get with excitement whenever he releases a new song. Having done that on a weekly basis for a while, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the urban indie artist who’s been making a name for himself among smaller circles in Antwerp and Brussels. A crush so deep, that we decided to finally ask him out on a date to talk about his music.

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This is Antwerp: How would you describe your musical genre? Amo Achille: I don’t really like to adhere to genres as I’m influenced by a lot of different things. From punk rock to afrobeat, to basically all sorts of styles. I can’t stay stuck listening to only one genre. I don’t limit myself when it comes to that. The same goes for my own music. I just love making music and I really just make the music I want to make. The genre would depend on my mood and the season of the year. It also depends on the type of stuff I want to listen to at that time. TIA: What influences are we talking about? Amo: I think attitude-wise it would have to be punk rock. Sound-wise… I really love 808’s for some reason and when it comes to vocals, I really like these Celtic kinds of vibes. I’m into many different styles and I just blend them all together. I don’t like making the same thing twice as I get bored quickly. So, I experiment a lot, and the result sounds amazing. I know it definitely sets me apart from everyone else. I just like to surprise myself first and foremost.

TIA: You were born in Congo and raised in South Africa. You’ve lived in Switzerland and now you’re settled in Belgium, living in-between places. Would you say these places shaped your music in some way? Amo: I think everything that you experience as a person shapes you. But the issue is that a lot of people never go anywhere. A lot of times you get to see a place while vacationing instead of really going and staying there. You know you’ve got a home to come back to. I’ve kind of been like a vagabond for a long time. I never see any place as home, but these places have definitely shaped me. You pick up on different cultures, different languages, on how people move, what they do for fun… and you just absorb all of that whether you’re into it or not. TIA: In what way does Antwerp contribute to this influence? Amo: I’ve lived here for 8 years, but I don’t live here at the moment. I like Antwerp! It’s the perfect place for me to make music. It’s a very dark city. Has no one ever told you that? Antwerp is a very dark place. It’s like a pretty house with a lot of passages underneath. It seems calm on the outside, but it’s actually a really wild place. The perfect place to create and to make the best music ever. So yeah, Antwerp has been good to me creatively speaking.


TIA: You’ve recently released the EP Nada Rosa. What’s the story behind it? Amo: Have you heard the song “No More”? At a certain point I say that life is not always this rosy. “Nada Rosa” is a bad translation, but I prefer it to be a terrible translation. It makes sense to me. I actually made that EP two years ago. I wasn’t planning on releasing it anymore as I’ve made a lot of new music over the last year. But a lot of work went into the creation of the Nada Rosa EP and I felt like I needed to release

it as an homage to the guys who helped me produce it. Like Jazz Maeson who produced “Roll Squady” and Daniel Tarlizos who played the guitar. It’s for them, too, because that’s the music we enjoyed making and getting turned up to. Something worth sharing with the rest of the world to hear. TIA: What other big projects are you currently working on? Amo: Big projects… not really. We’re working in the shadows now. All the behind the scenes

stuff that a lot of artists tend not to focus on. We’ve noticed how most artist don’t really know anything about their own publishing. The biggest step for us now is to understand every single aspect of the business before we release an album. It’s about getting into the business first, so we don’t get fucked over. You have to be more strategic as an indie artist. We have more room for mistakes and can do whatever we want to do. So, we’re turning that into our advantage.

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TIA: What’s the most interesting project you’ve been working on? Amo: The project I’m most proud of is this new project I’m working on since last summer. I’m not going to give away the title though. The project was all about shaping a sound, in a sense. I really found my sound. It has elements of stuff you hear every day, but it’s not going to sound like anything else you’ve heard. It’s tenebrous… that’s the only thing I can say about it. When the timing is right, I’ll release it. Wish it could be today, but I want the visuals and everything around it to be perfect. It’s like a little universe I’ve created. Could be that I’ll release it as a short film, or maybe a feature film, perhaps as science fiction. https://fanlink.to/amo

To celebrate this 15th issue of the This is Antwerp magazine, Amo Achille made us an exclusive mix. Head over to soundcloud. com/thisisantwerp for a free listen.

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AN ORDINARY ANTWERP NIGHT OUT text by Alexandre D’hoore & Bethany Wong

Nightlife in Antwerp is a bit of a vague term. The night has a strange ability to start in the late afternoon, end in the early morning and take you to places you never planned on going to. And what better way to tell you about Antwerp nightlife than experiencing it ourselves?

We started out in a small group on the banks of the river Scheldt. The river is lined with stone slabs, and every couple of meters you’ll find a group of picnic-ers or people just hanging out. We grabbed some snacks from the BiologischeDynamische Bakkerij (“Bio Dynamic Bakery”) in the South of the city and walked over to the river’s stone embankments to watch the sunset. Gorging on smoothies and soup, which is a bit of an awkward mix, but that’s about par for the course in Antwerp. People just kinda do whatever here. They go where life takes them.

As we were finishing up, we heard what sounded like one of those old automatic seatbelts blaring out from somewhere behind us. It took a couple minutes before we realized that it was a bagpiper playing to the sunset. The sky was all in soft pastels, and it started to get a bit nippy as the sun began to fade. Village-feel Our little crew was a mix of random locals and friends from out of town: designers, engineers, architects, waiters, nurses and whomever else. One minute we’d be speaking English, then a small conversation would start up in Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and yes even a little Dutch. We popped into Witzli Poetzli, a small café across from the

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Cathedral. The plan was to hang out at the café before walking to the northern tip of the city for some concert at Het Bos. Every few minutes some passerby would recognize someone in our group, stopping to chat, often dismounting from their bike. One of our favorite things about Antwerp is that it feels like a village. Everyone knows each other, and people from all kinds of backgrounds and age groups seem to congregate in the same places. When you drop by the city, you’ll notice that groups tend to cling together, but the locals still are approachable.

A bit of East Berlin in Antwerp We finally made it to the venue, which is a bit bizarrely situated. Het Bos is kind of tucked away near the MAS, an amazingly designed museum where you’ll catch the best (and free) panoramic view over the city. The area around it, called ’t Eilandje, has been developing like mad. The view will make you glow with wonder. We started walking north and got about 30 meters before everyone filed into a night shop with about a 100 different beers. Belgians do like their beers, and in Antwerp you’ll find a wide variety everywhere you go. They won’t let you leave without a drink either. If you want to avoid it the trick is to always be nursing a drink in your hand, but fair warning, it doesn’t always work. We grabbed some Cabardouche beer (brewed in Antwerp) and marched on, making our way through the winding cobbled streets. Something you’ll notice even more at night, when the streets are quiet, is the mystifying architecture. A narrow causeway can open up into a Baroque square where the stone facades echo the gurgling sounds of a nearby fountain.

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Anyway, by now the sun had fully set and we were watching some indie band. The music was nice, but it was the atmosphere that made this place feel so special. The building has the look of a gutted factory retrofitted with plants and miscellaneous art. It feels like a cross between Dischord Records circa 1988 and East Berlin. By this point our group began to fracture, and we lost track of one friend, but another one introduced us to these two artists who invited us to go to an event at the Base-Alpha gallery where they would display some work, later that night. We grabbed a city bike and made our way over to BaseAlpha. Doing stuff like tagging along with strangers you just met, felt cool. But also came naturally. For Antwerpians, stuff like this is effortless: the people are chill, the city is gorgeous, and they don’t mind going off-script. We mean like really off-script. We even forgot to say goodbye to that friend who disappeared.


Arriving at Base-Alpha, our company noted it is possibly the funniest gallery they’ve ever seen. Maybe the most typically Antwerp thing. The city oozes pomp, but all the artists lack deference. There’s a kind of delicate ugliness that makes you want to burst out laughing with joy. You’re not in some stuffy gallery where a guy in a turtleneck judges your Reeboks. You’re in a crowded, bizarre Chuck E. Cheese for bohemians. In the meantime, the group had broken apart and come back together like a confused iguana regenerating an only partially severed tail. Some of us decided to strike out on our own. It was getting late and we were gently finding our way home. Mint tea and parades Long story short: we got sidetracked and were invited to hang out with a bunch of old Moroccan men. We sipped mint tea and chatted until the sun rose. They didn’t let us pay for anything. A river of mint tea later, we were ready to call it a night. We came out onto the street, squinting into the sun, beset with a sense of accomplishment. It was Sunday morning and the streets were quiet.

By now the city was wide awake. We had just experienced the most Antwerp-like night out and were glad we had made it all the way through. High on self-love for a good two weeks after that. And realizing just once more why we’re so in love with this city.

Turning a corner we found ourselves face to face with two donkeys connected by wooden poles supporting what looked like files for a filing cabinet. A bald woman in military fatigues carrying a prop in the form of a green pepper nodded at us. We followed the parade to the opening ceremony of LLS Paleis, a gallery and art space in Antwerp’s South. We’ve gone to every exhibit they’ve put on ever since.

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J.

Baroque Mural by Yvon Tordoir

This is a list

Eiermarkt 2000 Antwerp

of places

K. Zomerfabriek Minkelersstraat 2018 Antwerp

mentioned in the

L.

articles, in order

of appearance. Each address

A. Dansing Chocola

got a letter, with

Kloosterstraat 159 2000 Antwerp

which you’ll find

B. Turnhoutsebaan

the location

C. Bar Noord

of the hotspot

2140 Antwerp

Viaduct-Dam 64-80 2060 Antwerp

Atelier Solarshop

Dambruggestraat 48 2060 Antwerp

M. Mémé Frit

Provinciestraat 164 2018 Antwerp

N. KingRibs

Gitschotellei 147 2600 Berchem

Driekoningenstraat 92 2000 Antwerp

P.

Snack Banu

O. Kingslize

on the map on

D. Linkeroever

pages 38-39.

E. Arte

Q. Snack Baraka

F. Kudeta

R. Sultan Snack

G. Baroque Mural by Astro

S. Snack Black Star

Prekersstraat 2000 Antwerp

Muizenstraat 7 2060 Antwerp

H. Baroque Mural by Smug

T.

Kolveniersstraat – Meir 2000 Antwerp

Snack Roma

I.

Baroque Mural by el Mac

U. Studio Collect

2050 Antwerp Kammenstraat 54 2000 Antwerp Kammenstraat 64 2000 Antwerp

Gramayestraat 2000 Antwerp

Uitbreidingstraat 454 2600 Antwerp Sint-Bernardsesteenweg 199 2020 Antwerp Van Kerckhovenstraat 28 2060 Antwerp

Turnhoutsebaan 295 2140 Antwerp Steenhouwersvest 13 2000 Antwerp

V. Fish&Chips

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Kammenstraat 18-22 2000 Antwerp


WHERE IS WHAT?

W. Avenue

IJzerenwaag 1 2000 Antwerp

X. Essentiel

Schuttershofstraat 42 2000 Antwerp

Y.

Banks of the river Scheldt

2000 Antwerp

Z. De Biologische- Dynamische Bakkerij

Volkstraat 17 2000 Antwerp

AA. Witzli-Poetzli

Blauwmoezelstraat 8 2000 Antwerp

AB. Het Bos

Ankerrui 5-7 2000 Antwerp

AC. MAS | Museum Aan de Stroom

Hanzestedenplaats 1 2000 Antwerp

AD. Base-Alpha Gallery

Kattenberg 12 2140 Antwerp

AE. LLS Paleis

Paleisstraat 140 2018 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. 42

V E LO

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 on our website or in our free app.

Café/bars

• Loa Hoogstraat 77 • Falafel Tof Hoogstraat 32

TIPS

• Native Muntstraat 8 • Brel Statiestraat 46 • ViaVia Wolstraat 43 • Krokbar Fabiola Sint Antoniusstraat 4

Coffee bars • Caffènation Mechelsesteenweg 16 • Black & Yellow coffee bar Nassaustraat 7

• Baraque Friture Marnixplaats 10 • Racine PAKT Regine Beerplein 1 • El Z’hoor Verschansingstraat 28

• Normo Minderbroedersrui 30

• Vitrin Marnixplaats 14

• Kolonel Koffie Grote Pieter Potstraat 30

• Chatleroi Graaf van Hoornestraat 2

• Coffee & Vinyl Volkstraat 45

• Bar Leon Reuzenstraat 23

• Mokkakapot Sergeyselstraat 2

• Korsakov Sint Jorispoort 1

• Viggo’s De Coninckplein 21

• Café Mombasa Moorkensplein 37

• Tartoer Korte Koepoortstraat 2

• Cafee Cabron Kaasrui 1

• Kaffeenini Nationalestraat 114

• De Muze Melkmarkt 15 • De Kroeg Wolstraat 46

• Copper Belegstraat 80 • Butchers coffee Kasteelstraat 57

• Bar Brul Karel de Preterlei 222

• TEXAS coffee Volkstraat 63

• Café Stanny Stanleystraat 1

• Buchbar Scheldestraat 79

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 MAGAZINE #15  

This is the 15th issue of the This is Antwerp urban magazine. Enjoy!

This is Antwerp MAGAZINE #15  

This is the 15th issue of the This is Antwerp urban magazine. Enjoy!

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