The Horst Music Lab 2021 is now open for applications

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Young creatives are invited to an inspiring week of workshops, experiments and co-creation with industry professionals.

Although the status of Horst Festival 2021 in September may not be apparent at this point, the Labs program is ready to be revealed. Between July 3 and 12, young creative minds are invited to participate in one of the Horst Labs, an immersive week on their festival grounds filled with enriching experiences like panel talks and workshops with some influential names in the scene. There are four different Labs, focusing on different disciplines, one for the arts, two for architecture and one for music.

The Music Lab aims to inspire and challenge the next generation of artists and activists

During the Labs, coaches and participants work together on ambitious projects that will remain present on the grounds during the Horst Exhibition and the actual festival. “The Music Lab aims to inspire and challenge the next generation of artists and activists”, explains booker Simon Nowak. “Leading professionals at the forefront of the electronic music landscape will dissect essential ideas, forward-thinking visions and pressing concerns. In this program, we want to connect local topics with global concerns that are close to our hearts”.

Amongst various other subjects, topics that will be discussed in the Music Lab will include:

- Dance music in the 2020s: navigating a crisis and building a better future

- Afrofuturism in music

- How to become financially independent in a niche music scene

- A critical look at media partnerships and the importance of independent journalism

- The importance of (deep) listening and training your ear.

So far, these industry professionals have confirmed to participate: Cornelius Harris (Underground Resistance), Mat Schulz (Unsound Festival), Carin Abdulá (Outer Agency), Nadine Artois (Pxssy Palace, Lesbiennale), Annabel Ross (freelance music journalist), Will Lynch (freelance music journalist), Avril Ceballos (Futura Agency, Cómeme), Souria Cheurfi (VICE Belgium), Koen Galle (freelance music journalist) and Jonas Lion (Red Bull Elektropedia).

To apply, you need to fill out a questionnaire, ranging from personal philosophies to motivation and personal experience. The enrollment fee (€350) covers the program costs, ground transportation, food and drinks, etc. Additionally, participants will receive a weekend ticket for the festival in September (which is still pending). Horst offers a spacious and clean warehouse to set up your tent. You can register until Sunday April 25 (midnight).

Horst strongly encourages applications from POC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ candidates and others who are underrepresented in the arts and culture industry. Also, Horst offers a limited amount of bursaries to Lab participants, in which case the enrollment fee will be reduced.