Instagram you might have noticed that I spent the last week in Antwerp. It's Belgium's second biggest city and it's absolutely worth a visit! I was invited there by ThisIsAntwerp, a part of VisitAntwerp, along with 12 artists, photographers and writers from all over Europe to take part in D.A.T.E. - 'Discover Antwerp Through Experience'. Over the course of five days we went all over the city and visited creative entrepreneurs, galleries, sights, restaurants, bars, cafés... It was truly an experience and it's been a whirlwind of impressions. I will take you through the trip over the next couple of days and let you in on some Antwerp secrets along the way. First, day one of D.A.T.E;
Jessica for instance, who I know from Berlin and hadn't seen in three years. Anna and Søren of 12hours I had been following on social media forever so it was nice to finally meet them. And the rest I found to be immensely friendly and funny. We had the best group!
Erik used to be a police detective but now does guided tours and he introduced us to Antwerp's history as a sieged city, to its architectural influences and showed us some hidden spots.
Galerie De Zwarte Panter whose owner Adriaan Raemdonck greeted us - both as a statue and in real life. I love that the statue also shows his dog Fleur. The gallery is located in an old church and we saw works by renowned Belgian artist Fred Bervoets.
current exhibition is about Martin Margiela's years designing for Hermès (1997-2003) and it displayed works that showed the eccentric designer's influence on the old-fashioned French fashion house.
ThisIsAntwerp's Facebook-page to see photos from the night.
I was invited to Antwerp by VisitAntwerp. They showed us around the city and took us to restaurants and to meet locals. I haven't received any money and everything I write or photograph is of my own opinion and responsibility.