Horst Festival announces online version of Horst Lab

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Between December 11 and 13, you can join the multidisciplinary program that will focus on building a more resilient nightlife community.

This summer, Horst was forced to cancel Horst Lab, a week in which a few dozen of applicants from all over the world would get together for a series of lectures, workshops and open panel discussions about music, art and architecture. Today, the organization announces it will host a brand new online version of platform on December 11, 12 and 13, in partnership with   KU Leuven.

“The Horst digital Lab is a three-day intense and multidisciplinary weekender where we offer inspiration, togetherness and playfulness”, says promoter Jochem Daelman. “We want to stimulate connection and interaction between like-minded people from all over the world who are currently isolated. In short, we have the ambition to bring the Horst Lab experience to your home”. For a €35 fee, anyone with a passion for learning, sharing, and a desire to be involved in the artistic and creative industries can join. You can expect in-depth discussions, hands-on workshops, exploratory outdoor experiences, and unexpected performances.

The issue of strengthening a more diverse and protected nightlife community has become more important than ever.

In cooperation with local nightlife advocacy group Nachtplan, this online edition of Horst Labs will focus on building a more resilient nightlife community. As the pandemic is still wreaking havoc on music industries across the globe, the issue of strengthening a more diverse and protected community has become more important than ever. Topics will include ‘the societal importance of nightlife’, ‘nightlife’s role on the personal wellbeing’, ‘decolonizing music culture’ and ‘rethinking club architecture'. Eris  Drew (DJ/Producer), Lutz Leichsenring (Vibelab, Club Commission), Bogomir Doringer (Space of Urgency), Liese Kingma (Freitraum), Eamon Harkin (Nowadays, Mister Saturday Night),   Authentically Plastic (Nyege Nyege) and Dee Diggs   are amongst the confirmed speakers so far.