Successful 3rd edition of creative festival Us By Night

At the end of November 2018, Antwerp’s trendy Parkloods was once again the place to be for creative talent from all over the world. The city hosted the third edition of Us By Night, the internationally acclaimed festival for design and creativity. Rizon Parein, curator and man behind the event looks back on this successful third edition and forward to Us By Night 2019.

Us By Night: a unique festival concept

Rizon Parein: “There are lots of large international conferences for designers. People come along to listen to fascinating keynote speakers at the top of their game. It’s a valuable exercise but I often missed the social aspect. The creative sector is increasingly working on a global scale and creative people spend the whole day behind their computer. I thought it would be nice if they could also get together with colleagues and friends at such an event. This is what led to the idea of Us By Night. The biggest names from the creative world are given a platform, but it’s also a great opportunity to party the night away with friends.”

Antwerp as ideal location

“Antwerp is the perfect location for such an event”, says Rizon. “The bustling city life and a venue in the up-and-coming Northern part of the city offer plenty of opportunities. The city is home to numerous designers and has quite a reputation when it comes to innovation and creativity.” “The enthusiasm of the creative community during former editions made it obvious to organise Us By Night in Antwerp once again.”

2018 was a truly memorable edition

“This edition was a huge success”, explains Rizon. “Picking one single highlight is difficult, because sometimes the most unfamiliar names can be the most surprising. If I had to name just one, then the big surprise for me was the reading by illustrator Jim Stoten.”

There was something for everyone this year: a main stage with keynotes, the more intimate Living Room and the Tutorial Stage, where visitors could follow workshops. There were flashing led light walls, trendy arcade games and interesting art installations at the Night Market.

Take a look back on Us By Night 2018 via the aftermovie of the event.

International profile

The festival has become an international reference for design and creativity. The numbers of the 2018 edition confirm what Us By Night’s thousands of visitors already know:

  • 1.950 visitors per day / sold out 5 weeks in advance
  • 35% international guests
  • 35 different nationalities
  • + 70 international speakers/ 6 from Antwerp and 13 from Belgium

New location for Us By Night 2019

Rizon Parein is already looking forward to Us By Night’s next edition in 2019. The festival is moving to a new location: “The event grows in size each year. That’s why we are moving to Waagnatie in 2019. Waagnatie is more spacious and we can even organise outdoor activities.  As a result, we are planning our festival for earlier in the year, when it’s still warm outside. What’s more, it is a really stunning spot: on the River Scheldt and close to the city centre, with many hotspots close by.”