Horst 2019

Interview by Dennis Meersman
Photos shot at HORST (2014-2018) and ASIAT

The beginning of a new dawn. After five years, the growth of the music and arts festival Horst caused a location change from the idyllic green site around the Horst Castle to ASIAT, a former desolate military base with two nuclear cooling towers located in Vilvoorde-North. A challenge, but also a door to lots of new possibilities. In light of the introduction of Horst Exhibition and Lab, we talked to co-organiser Tim Borguet about the desire to impact their surroundings and transcend the typical festival formula.

We want to see Horst more as a movement rather than just a festival

Can you describe the essence of Horst?

Horst is an arts and music festival. Over the years, it grew into an internationally renowned platform for showcasing cutting-edge electronic music as well as inventive in-situ art and architecture. For the past five editions, we held expositions during the festival. The vernissage of these exhibitions was also the opening of the festival, and the synergy of those two worlds blossomed around the historical Castle of Horst in Holsbeek. After five years, we decided to expand our goals for the event. We want to see Horst more as a movement rather than just a festival: a movement for arts and music that focuses on the development of talent, places and cities.