KU Leuven, Horst & AB examine societal challenges through the lense of music and nightlife culture.
UPDATE: AB closes its doors up to and including the 3rd of April as a result of COVID-19. Therefore, this concert will be suspended and if possible postponed to a new date. Every ticket buyer will be notified personally. Thank you for your understanding.
In an ever-changing world and in a diverse city like Brussels with a melting pot of cultures music has capacity to unite people. Through a series of talks KU Leuven, Horst & AB examine societal challenges and look for possibilities through the lense of music and nightlife culture.
Keynote 'Dance of Urgency' by Bogomir Doringer (Space of Urgency, Freitraume)
Introduction film 'Decoratelier' with Jozef Wouters (Decoratelier)
Panel discussion 'Space of Urgency' with: Ella Overkleeft (Trans Europe Halles, Club Health Conference, N8BM Amsterdam), Pieterjan Ginckels (KU Leuven), Eva de Klerk (NDSM) & moderator Liese Kingma (Space of Urgency)
The introduction keynote will be held in english, the panel discussion will be held in dutch.
The nightclub is one of the most important spaces in contemporary culture. They're distinct spaces of nocturnal leisure providing visitors, musicians, artists, architects and designers with opportunities, inspiration and above all - freedom.
Music clubs & free spaces impact the cultural identity of our cities, they build subcultures & create communities. Rapid urban development and the focus on economic growth makes the history of free spaces increasingly urgent. Today, more than ever, it seems we have to remind ourselves of what free spaces mean and how we have to maintain them.
How have past movements contributed to the core identity of cities around the world? What can we learn from self-organized rave and festival culture? How can these insights influence our urban planning and create a foundation for new partnerships in the cultural landscape? And how can big institutions like AB be part of this conversation, what role could they play?