8 Design Conferences to attend in Belgium 🇧🇪
AnnouncementBy Thomas Dahm,
The extremely popular KIKK Festival grew every year and hosted over 30.000 participants in 2019 alone. Us By Night introduced in 2016 a new vision on what a creativity festival could look like. And is highly successful with this new concept. Just like and&, but in different venues. Fig. Festival International de Graphisme, Integrated Conference and Antwerp Poster Festival explore the wide range of styles and visions in the field of graphic design. One-day festival Bump combines it all with 7 inspirational talks! New in 2020 is Creative Voices a conference on leaderschip in design.
What all these annual festivals have in common it’s that they are community-driven, inclusive, designed to have interaction, the interaction between participants, speakers and the local community. Which design festival in Belgium are you attending in 2020?
KIKK Festival — Namur
KIKK is a multi-track festival on the intersection of art, science & tech to explore the economic and artistic implications of new technologies. With the conference is on Thursday and Friday, and several exhibitions open to the next Sunday. In 2020 KIKK celebrated its 10th anniversary. 🎉
- Next edition of KIKK is November 5-8, 2020
- Related interview: Curator Marie du Chastel on curating and transforming KIKK Festival into a platform for creativity
Us by Night — Antwerp
Antwerp-based design and creativity festival turned into a unique night experience. With a lineup of 70+ artists and an endless market, it's guaranteed to provide you 3 nights you don't want to miss. In 2020 Us by Night celebrates their 5th anniversary 🎉
- Next edition of Us by Night is September 24-26, 2020
- Related interview: Curator Rizon Parein on creating the biggest Us by Night to date, and his non-stop hunger for more
And& — Leuven
Biennial and& is a summit and festival at the intersection of health, high-tech, and creativity, curated for the curious. and& champions a well-selected collage of thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, citizens, and artists of all backgrounds.
- Next edition of And& is May 6-9, 2020
Fig. Festival International de Graphisme — Liège
A graphic design festival that offers talks, exhibitions, workshops, and round tables. The objective of this event is to discover the many facets of contemporary graphic design.
- The next edition of Fig. is February 4-8, 2020
Bump Festival — Kortrijk
One-day creative conference on design, motion graphics, creative coding, and technological innovation. In 2020 BUMP celebrates their 5th anniversary 🎉
- Next edition of Bump Festival is June 19, 2020
Integrated Conference — Antwerp
This biennial highlights the changing positions of designers, visual and performing artists, architects and scientists. Integrated examines how designers can be the connecting actors in our restless and complex society.
- The next edition of the Integrated Conference has to be announced for 2021.
- Related interview: Organizer/curator Hugo Puttaert on doubt, overbranding and new directions
Antwerp Poster Festival — Antwerp
Antwerp Poster Festival promotes graphic design and creative thinking in Antwerp with an international appeal. The festival strives to showcase the broad spectrum of styles and visions in the field of graphic design.
- The next edition of the Antwerpen Poster Festival will be announced soon.
Creative Voices — Zaventem
The inaugural edition of Creative Voices a leadership conference for all who have a role to play in shaping our creative industry. With keynotes and personal talks from international creative leaders in the creative industries.
- The first edition of Creative Voices is March 05, 2020
That’s It For Belgium!
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Next to these five bigger design conferences, there are lots of smaller meetups, morning or evening events. Local organizations like Creative Network, organize multiple events per year in several cities across Belgium, and chapters of Ladies, Wine & Design, The Design Kids and Creative Mornings in Brussels, Ghent, Liege, organize events frequently.