Belgium’s Horst festival announce talks on the future of nightlife

Eris Drew

Belgium’s Horst Arts & Music Festival have announced a winter edition of their Lab series in partnership with KU Leuven & Nachtplan.

Under the title, “Joining forces: building resilient nightlife communities”, a series of panel discussions will take place exploring the future of the global nightlife economy and community in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The panels will focus on a range of topics including “the forced close of night-time venues, the uncertainty around financial support and re-opening of the night-time economy, reshuffling power structures that have negatively affected Black communities, and the value of arts and culture to our mental health and wellbeing.”

Speakers include Eris Drew, UR label boss Cornelius Harris, dance music theorist Liese Kingma, DJs Authentically Plastic and Dee Diggs and more.

The discussions will be broadcast on a closed, ticketed stream from the 11 – 13 December.  The stream will also include “a variety of exploratory outdoor activities, performative experiences, screenings, interviews, and DJ sets.” Tickets are available now and Horst have also detailed a grant which can be provided to those suffering hardship.

Find the full schedule and ticket information here.