Looking back on Damstories...>>>
From October 13 to 15, 2023, Damwijk came alive with DamStories, a visual documentary and evening stroll directed by Peter De Graef and Sara Dandois in collaboration with RooftopTiger, Tulpa, and Meneer Zee.
The event provided a captivating exploration of Dam's rich history and vibrant present. Through storytelling and visuals, participants gained a profound understanding of Dam's evolution and its significance in the city's context.
DamStories not only opens the doors to the future but does so in collaboration with the local residents. For a year now, they have been collecting stories, anecdotes, and photos about the neighborhood, resulting in a growing archive. This archive will be showcased in the Mini-Museum and forms the foundation of this enchanting audio walk. The authentic tales of Dam residents, transporting us to the times of dockworkers, butchers, and sailors, come to life in this experience.
DamStories celebrates the community's past, present, and future, creating a powerful connection between residents and their stories.
<< AIRHOTEL @WAKING LIFE PORTUGAL
6 "rooms high in the sky" were set up in which the audience was fully immersed in multiple sensory experiences through performative sessions.
With the support of the Flemish Community.
MARCH >> Our FIRST SEMINAR
‘Inclusive socio-artistic working methods in a non-formal learning space’. This was the kick-off of the newborn European network Forgotten lands: Forgotten lands is a recently born small-scale European network of five co-creative, artistic residency spaces for young people in sub-urban and rural contexts in Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.
With the support of Jint and Erasmus+
APRIL >> PROMISING NEWS
ToT/h\em project got the green light from the Flemish community/ Over the next 3 years we will work with our supra-local partners in Hoboken, Ghent, Kortrijk, and Brussels to establish a Flemish knowledge-sharing platform on consolidating grass rooted organizations in urban development areas.
MAY >> ANTWERP ART WEEKEND, DEFILE D'OBJETS & SOIREE DEFILE
40 talented artists exhibitioned at the Antwerp Art Weekend across two unique locations: Vanishing Past(s) at Archipel and NEXT at our new venue.
Vanishing Past(s) was a large-scale, site-specific art show inspired by the material and immaterial heritage of Antwerp North. NEXT at Archipel's new studio merged their artists and collectives with Atelier FAAR for a unique perspective of the new space.
And then there was a monster auction followed by a banger of a closing party: The Shed, once a pig auction hall, transformed into a catwalk of curated (art) objects from 5 years of Archipel residencies. People could bid on a cabinet of curiosities, then got wet by dancing until dawn at our farewell party.
JULI AND AUGUST >> ARCHIPEL ON THE MOVE
Archipel Kunstenwerkplek has found a new home at Slachthuislaan 23, 2060 Antwerp. Together with SOSO Artz and Rooftoptiger, we've discovered an inspiring space in the vibrant Antwerp-Dam, courtesy of Triple Living. Come visit and explore with us the new artistic dimension at our splendid new location!
SEMTEMBER >> FEESTEN VAN DE VETTEN OS, DEN DAM
On Saturday, September 9, 2023, the legendary "Feesten van de Vetten Os" made a comeback in the Damwijk. The historic slaughterhouse district of Antwerp set the stage for a day full of festivities, including BBQ, markets, music, art, and more. With highlights such as a lively raffle and a rodeo, the day promised fun for all ages. The Feast of the Fat Ox seamlessly blended tradition and modernity in an unforgettable celebration filled with laughter and lively festivities.
With the support of District Antwerp, Het Oude Badhuis, City of Antwerp & Heritage Lab Antwerp.