HORST is a celebration of art and music in a setting like no other, a refreshing take on what a festival can be. The two day festival offers alternative electronic music. During these two days, an exhibition of art in the public spaces around the castle also starts for a period of 2 months.
During HORST contemporary art dialogues with the historic setting of the castle, its green surroundings and the music festival. It is a yearly exhibition with new in-situ artwork at the intersection of architecture and visual art. Each year an artist or architect is invited to redefine the concept of a music stage. In 2017, for the first time, two new music stages were presented.
The first five editions of the festival are curated by architect/artist duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. This fourth edition was titled SPACES & PLACES, and focused on various shared spaces in the surroundings of the castle. In 2017 HORST presented work of Assemble Studio (UK), architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (BE), Gabriel Lester (NL), Batia Suter (CH), Chaim van Luit (NL) and Amber Vanluffelen (BE).
Musically HORST offered a genre-spanning repertoire, a line-up covering versatile ground, a program embodying enthusiasm, flair and talent. Among the presented artists were: Gilles Peterson, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Egyptian Lover, Helena Hauff, Steven Julien, Special Request and many others.