Upcoming zine events (and a bit of music news)

It will be a busy late Summer and Autumn! I’ve got some zine workshops, a craft fair, another zine-making afternoon, and an exhibition planned as well as a concert with Lavender Witch!

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Visiting the Huis van Alijn museum in Ghent

This blog post is a bit late but I still wanted to write a bit and show some photos of my visit to the Huis Van Alijn museum (“House of Alijn”) in Ghent a month ago because I really enjoyed it. Huis Van Alijn is the museum of daily life. It’s a fun museum to explore at any time because the permanent exhibition (which is regularly updated/changed) is well worth a visit and I think it’s a fun activity in these weird times. But I especially wanted to see their current exhibition about protests and parades…

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Visiting the Witches exhibition in Brussels

Last week I visited the Witches exhibition in Brussels (Belgium), organised by the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles). An entire exhibition about witchcraft and witches, I knew in advance that I was gonna enjoy it but it really went beyond my expectations. So I decided to write a little blogpost about my visit and show you some images from the exhibition. The exhibition closes by the end of this week so make sure to visit if you can!

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FAN ZIJN exhibition about music and fanzines

A few days ago I went to the exhibition FAN ZIJN (“being a fan”) in the public library of Sint-Niklaas, a small city in Belgium. It’s part of the PPPUSH-IT project, an event with walking tours and exhibitions in Sint-Niklaas related to music, and FAN ZIJN focuses on zines, fandom, music and DIY culture. You can see local and international fanzines from the 80s up till today (like Cometbus), alongside some tapes, T-shirts, and badges, as well as videos of interviews with zine makers (including Vinyldyke) and informative and encouraging tutorials. There’s a focus on punk and hardcore, riot grrrl and feminist rock, anarchist, and gothic subcultures. The original zines are shown under glass while some pages have been photocopied and stuck on panels which reminded me both of oldschool xeroxed fanzines (which of course are still made today, including by me) and posters advertising punk shows.

It’s a pity the exhibition only runs until June 20th because I wish more people could see it all throughout the summer (covid also doesn’t help). As far as I know this is the first exhibition in Belgium that focuses on zines and I really think it could make a great travelling exhibition. If you can, go see this fan-tastic expo! (I’m not just saying that because some of my zines are part of it). Register to visit on weekend days here or just go during the opening hours of the library. The exhibition can be found on the ground floor, first and second floor of the library, there is an elevator and entrance is free.

Photo time…

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Fanzine exhibition at the public library of Sint-Niklaas

Some of my zines are part of this exhibition about fandom, music, and zines:

 

FAN ZIJN expo

“Fan zijn, wat is dat juist? Misschien ben je wel een stiekeme fan en blijf je graag wat meer onder de radar? Met een slaapkamer die volhangt met posters van je idool of wie weet, zelfs een dekbedovertrek. Maar wat als je net met Jan en alleman wil delen van wie jij fan bent? Hoe toon je dat ‘fan zijn’ aan de wereld? Door een t-shirt van je favoriete band of artiest aan te trekken? Of ga je all the way en maak je zelf een Fanzine from scratch?

De Bib verzamelde Fanzines van vroeger en nu, die veel meer coveren dan het vertellen van een muzikaal verhaal. De makers ervan schrijven niet enkel óver, maar ook vóór hun gemeenschap, hun subcultuur. Deze Fanzines zijn verbluffende, visueel prikkelende documenten die getuigen van een enorme Do It Yourself-attitude.

Dat de streamingplatformen intussen de wereld hebben veroverd moeten we je niet vertellen. Dat de cassette bezig is aan een heuse opmars en terugvecht voor zijn ereplaats is wel groot en vooral verrassend nieuws! Treed naast de platgetreden Spotify-paden en (her)ontdek de fysieke ervaring van de cassette.

Echte fans herken je meteen aan hun band shirt. Trek je coolste bandshirt aan en vereeuwig jezelf op onze wall of fame!

FAN ZIJN is een onderdeel van PPPUSH-IT”

More info @ UitinVlaanderen

More info @ Pppush-it

When?

Visit on Saturdays or Sundays from May 7th – June 20th 2021

Free entrance: book to visit

Where?

Bibliotheek Sint-Niklaas
3 Hendrik Heymanplein
9100 Sint-Niklaas
Belgium

 

Photo report – Ladyfest Brussels

IMG_7252webSo this took place a few months ago, but I only found time now to select and edit the photos. Ladyfest is a non-commercial DIY feminist festival with music, workshops, films and art which is organised all over the world since 2000, including in Brussels.

This year’s Ladyfest Brussels took place on March 18th-20th at Brass. I was invited to DJ (fun!) and exhibit some drawings. Here you can see some pictures from the festival:

On the right, my drawings at the exhibition:

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