Brand-new Belgian design festival Us by Night hits Antwerp

Brand-new Belgian design festival Us by Night hits Antwerp

Monday, July 17, 2017 — Last year, renowned 3D designer Rizon Parein brought Europe’s biggest design festival OFFF to Antwerp. It was a great success, with no fewer than 4,000 people visiting the festival! On 23, 24 and 25 November 2017, the event venue Parkloods in Antwerp will once again become the international mecca for design and creativity, and the organisers are now just thinking about how to make it bigger, better, faster, stronger! Want to hear talks from the studio behind Stella McCartney’s web design or Major Lazer's graphic designer? Then grab yourself a ticket for Us by Night!

Curated for the hungry!

The first edition was a massive hit! Computer Arts, a trend-setting magazine in the sector, did not sit on the fence: “We’ve been to our fair share of design events here at Computer Arts, but none quite like this.” 
Curator Rizon Parein can't wait until the second edition: “The By Night topic was so successful that we very clearly had an incredibly strong story to roll out further on our own. From this year, we are setting the bar even higher under the name Us by Night, as a pure Belgian concept!”

At the end of November, you can once again enjoy the crème de la crème of the design world in Antwerp for three nightsMore than 40 top names will discuss the latest trends in graphic design, web design, motion design and art in inspirational keynotes. This year, the line-up also includes sound designers, comedians, animators and graffiti artists

And that’s not all! Besides keynotes, there is also a vibrant night market with arcade games, ping pong tables, demostattoo shops, installations, live paintings, surprising live acts, book stalls and an array of food stalls featuring local street food! In addition, Us by Night will once again put local design studios and creative entrepreneurs in the spotlight with a Q&A stage. If you have a question, then pop by!

“We want to be a trendsetter for design lovers and professionals, but in particular we want to invite interested people from outside the sector to enter this inspiring creative world,” says Parein. So it will be an inspirational three days for everyone!


A line-up to feast on

“With living legends in the scene, including Neville Brody, Aaron Duffy, Mode2, Jonathan Zawada and James Veitch, to name but a few, we have managed to secure even more diverse names for our second edition!” 
Aaron Duffy may not be a familiar name, but he came up with the incredibly popular video for ‘The Writing's on the Wall’ from OK GO. You will have already seen Hugo & Marie’s work at Stella McCartney, Hermès and Rihanna, and you will definitely have heard of Echolab, because they have done the signature sound design for successful films and series including Gravity, Interstellar, Game Of Thrones and Narcos. You might know the comedian James Veitch from his TED talk on spam that went viral in 2015? Brand heavyweights are also returning to the event, including José Cabaco, the Global Creative Concept and Storytelling Director of ADIDAS global, and Mirko Borsche, the man behind various Nike campaigns. Nike and ADIDAS at one festival? That promises to be a lively mix! Every evening, the famous festival Playground from Amsterdam, known for film & animation, will join the line-up.


A night out with a difference

Like last year, Us by Night takes place every day from 4.00pm to midnight.
What does the ideal Us by Night evening involve? “You can see it as a night out with a difference,” explains Parein. “You listen to a keynote speaker, gawp at the live paintings or gigantic LED walls, and meet international artists that you only know from Instagram! Do you fancy a tasty bite to eat, or want to get a tattoo from a famous tattoo artist? Or are you up for a game of ping pong, with bat in one hand and a falafel sandwich in the other, before going to listen to the Q&A stage?” In short, Us by Night is for everyone that wants to learn or be inspired by creativity, or do something creative themselves. Curated for the hungry.

The festival is also cheaper than most events of its type. A combi ticket costs €130. 

Us by Night
23, 24, 25 november 2017

Damplein 2
2000 Antwerp

16u doors
17u start keynote speakers
00u end

Student 3 day combiticket: € 95
Regular 3 day combiticket: € 130

For more info, images or interviews, please contact:
Marie Lemaître
0032 494 92 21 52