In order to create some space in their warehouses, Antwerp’s most famous designers sell their leftover stock at reduced prices: you might walk out fully dressed for the money normally spent on underwear (fashionable underwear, that is).
Big celebration with the Chinese community in our two-street China Town. Think: dragons and fireworks. LOTS of fireworks.
Crazy for Dries van Noten and Veronique Branquinho but always short on cash? We know the routine! The stylish but poor might want to know that stocksales are organised twice a year spread over the North of town. Dates and locations per designer via the link below.
One of the largest fairs in Belgium. You know the drill: cheap entertainment, boxcars and arcade games, eating fat sweet food (like the local ‘smoutebollen’) and being sick afterwards in the spinning attractions.
For two months, there’s music, movies, stunts and parties all over Antwerp’s hidden corners, like an industrial site in the harbor where everybody watches the sunset (and nothing else) from a wooden stage. Prices vary, but movies and outdoor concerts are usually free.
In a big park on the outskirts of town we have an open-air amphitheatre with a stage surrounded by a fountain. Quite some big names passed here over the last few years. Last year Sheila E., Eels, Bobby Womack and Jamie Cullum played in the park.
Antwerp has a proud gay community. There’s gay bars, bookshops, clubs, ... all over the city. But one week in August we just do that little extra: a stiletto-run, golden shower parties, Mr Wet Underwear contest, pride parade, ...
The Laundry Day Festival started as a small street festival that didn’t even have a stage. Today it’s a giant electronic music festival that has 13 stages, over 100 artists (Martin Solveig, Laidback Luke among others, and local heroes TLP and Murdock) and over 60.000 visitors each year.