It's coming back. Arts, architecture and music in 2021. Horst unfolds its plans.


What is there left to say about 2020? In a year filled with uncertainty, ever-changing plans and disconnection, Horst tried to embrace the unparalleled situation. In what's the weirdest of times, Horst explored the concepts of resilience, creativity and togetherness. The summer Restaurant Club gathered 2800 visitors over 23 nights. The end-of-year digital Lab brought together inspiring people from around the globe for what was a truly educational and transformative weekend. 

Building on the insights of 2020, this new Horst year places conscious attendance and activism at heart, unfolding into a series of cutting-edge Labs (one in Vilvoorde and one in Leuven), a two month summer Exhibition with new in-situ artworks and a three-day Festival momentum - which serves as the final destination of Horst’s 2021 artistic itinerary. 

The symbiosis of autonomous artworks, community projects, inventive dancefloors, transformative workshops, circular architecture, and the collective experience of an innovative music festival makes us think about what a festival can be.

Horst Arts & Music Festival
10, 11, 12 September, 2021


The 2019 edition was met with raving reviews as Horst moved to a new location: the ASIAT site, a former military site with two iconic cooling towers as a backdrop. 2021 now marks greater ambitions, including three festival days and over seventy artists, ranging from well known fan favourites to up and coming scene innovators. Once again, Horst aims to provide a platform for groundbreaking electronic music in all its aspects.

Spearheading the first line-up announcement is Jeff Mills, who is undoubtedly one of the founding fathers of techno. Yet his career reaches much further than simply techno music. He has transcended disciplines through a large number of collaborative projects in contemporary art. Whether it’s his ever minimal yet highly complex live sets, his re-scoring of Fritz Lang’s 'Metropolis' or his multimedia revisiting of 'The Rings Of Saturn', Jeff Mills always treads a careful line between dance music and art.

Other artists on the first round of names are (in alphabetical order):  AceMoMa, Aïsha Devi, AliA b2b DTM Funk, CC:DISCO!, Cherry B, Darwin, Gabriola, Gene On Earth, Grand River (live), Juliana Huxtable, Mafalda, Mézigue, Danilo Plessow (MCDE) fka Motor City Drum Ensemble, OK Williams, Suze Ijo and Teki Latex.

"Booking Jeff Mills has been a dream since we started Horst. Being a crucial figure in the formation of electronic music and active for +35 years, few people keep pushing music to new boundaries and almost literally into space."

Horst Exhibition
July 11 - September 5, 2021

2021 will mark the new direction we’re taking with our artistic programme, exponentially aimed at fostering connections with local communities that define the social and cultural fabric of the city of Vilvoorde. 

Horst continues to strive to open up evocative artistic experiences to a wide audience. Horst wants to present and mediate contemporary art outside the institutionalised white cube context. On the one hand this generates unique opportunities for experimentation for artists, while on the other hand, it marks our attempt to embed art into everyday life in a playful, yet urgent manner.

The artistic programme and participating artists will be announced in April.

"After a year in which our interactions and sense-of-self have been defined and reduced by online meetings and digital avatar-like representation, the Horst exhibition will celebrate the raw fleshiness of the human body. Protesting bodies; dancing bodies; love-making bodies; tripping bodies - the concept of bodies in alliance as a way to enforce empathy, solidarity and community." 

Horst Lab in Vilvoorde
3 - 11 July, 2021

The Horst Lab is a platform for experiment, co-creation, and creative talent development. It's a workshop series, created in partnership with KU Leuven, where influential creatives inspire the next generation. In the summer of 2021, a series of 4 workshops will open to over 100 young (inter)national creatives from all backgrounds. The Music Lab, the Art Lab, and two Architecture Labs will be held in the second week of July. 

All details about the Lab, coaches and registrations will be announced mid-March.


Horst realizes that covid-19 continues to affect our everyday lives. However, we remain hopeful for what's coming. Just like in 2020, Horst will approach its own activities in a creative way and adjust the various parts in order to be able to organize them safely in 2021. Horst wants to take up a safe and responsible role and will always make decisions in line with the applicable measures and regulations.