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Northern Light Parade

Northern Light Parade (Noorderlicht Parade) is since 2016 a yearly initiative of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (specialization In Situ). Together with the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and the AP University of Applied Sciences and supported by the District of Antwerp, an artistic event for and together with the residents of the colorful district of 2060 Antwerp takes place. In 2016 a parade was tailor made for the streets of the 2060 neighbourhood. In 2017, an artistic hair salon was set up in the Permeke Library. In November 2018 another parade will take place through the streets.

'Noorderlicht' is an artistic intervention by artists, students and local residents who bring light and atmosphere to the north of Antwerp. "If you want to make art with a neighborhood, it's better to choose one that has something to offer. And, that's how we ended up at Antwerp Noord and therefore Noorderlicht. Noorderlicht finds its inspiration in the diversity and architecture of the 2060 neighborhood. It is important that we do not take the neighborhood into consideration, rather it is the other way around ", says Kris van 't Hof, Noorderlicht coordinator.

Diversity festival

This festival presented the singing hairdresser Mustapha, painted sewer covers, poetry carwash, projections on facades, ethnic costumes of the Antwerp Fashion Academy worn by local residents, dancers and musicians, but also acrobatics and lots of lights. A duo of a visual artist, Kris Van 't Hof, and a performing artist, Karel Tuytschaever, designed the parade in 2016. Van 't Hof: "Parade Noorderlicht is a celebration of diversity. It is, as it were, a link project of students, the neighborhood and artists. More than that, take one link away and the project is tinkering.

"Several associations from the neighborhood are contributing to the project. The residents of 2060 are invited to join the parade at Sint Jansplein until the winter party at Campus Spoor Noord. "With this parade, the diversity in the arts is placed next to the social diversity of the neighborhood and they interact with each other", adds Pascale De Groote, dean of AP Hogeschool. "Artists get things done here because they have diversity in their fingers."


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