Our expo is open: Thursday to Sunday

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Visit 'To Have or To Hold'

The new Horst Expo titled 'To Have or To Hold' has finally opened its doors. It offers a unique blend of art, nature, and leisure at the lush Asiat Park—basically all you need for a lovely weekend out. The expo runs until 8th September 2024, and is weekly open from Thursday to Sunday between 12h00 and 20h00. Entrance is completely free, thanks the support of the National Lottery and its players! Here's what you need to know:

Free guided tours

To fully immerse yourself in "To Have or to Hold," join our free guided tours available every Saturday and Sunday in Dutch, French or English. Tours start at 15h00 and take approximately an hour and a half.

Book a tour here.

Group tours on demand

For groups of less than 15 people, the rate is 75 euros. For groups of 15 or more, the rate is 120 euros. For groups larger than 30 people, rates start at 150 euros and include two or more guides. Please contact info@horstartsandmusic.com to make reservations.


To Have or To Hold showcases artworks and installations by Afrah Shafiq, Every Island & Flore Fockedey, Luca Vanello, Maëlle Dufour, Piovenefabi, Rachel Daniëls, Sheila Hicks, Stand van Zaken & Serban Ionescu. Additionally, there are are several installations permanently on view, which were part of earlier Horst exhibitions over the years. For more background on the participating artists and information about the programme, go here.

Luca Vanello, Libidinous drip makes home on lignin veins, acre humidity reminds. Photo by Elias Derboven.

Drinks and bites

Your expo visit can most perfectly be combined with a refreshing drink or energising bite at Bar Bâtard. They run the renewed Officer's bar, which next to being part of our expo programme is—you guessed it—a fully functioning summer bar as well. From Thursday to Sunday, they offer freshly made sourdough pizzas too.

How to get there

You have plenty of options to reach Asiat Park:

Take the scenic route to Horst along the river the Zenne and travel by bike. (Knooppunt 14 Vlaams-Brabant). You can park your bike at our bicycle parking near the entrance at Mechelsesteenweg 255, 1800 Vilvoorde.

The nearest train station to Asiat Park is Vilvoorde Station. There are plenty of connections to all Flemish cities.

At the Vilvoorde bus station you can take bus 280 or 282 to "Vilvoorde Kerkhof"

You can park for free in the neighbourhood around the Asiat Park. The nearest streets are Cyriel Buyssestraat, Willem Elsschotstraat and Mechelsesteenweg.


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Horst Arts & Music is headed for new territories in 2025. Our festival grounds are expanding across the Zenne, for which a new pedestrian bridge will be built.

Leading architect Sumayya Vally, Principal of the Johannesburg/London-based studio Counterspace, has won the competition to design this new bridge in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The Asiat-Darse bridge is a project initiated by the city of Vilvoorde and Horst Arts and Music. It is financed by Kunst in Opdracht at the Flemish Ministry for Culture, and ANB, the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forest who partnered with DVW, the Agency for Flemish Waterways. Curator Heidi Ballet is artistic advisor for the project.

Counterspace’s response to the brief uncovered the story and legacy of Paul Panda Farnana, one of the most important, yet least acknowledged figures of the city, who epitomises the region’s complex relationships with past and future generations of migrant bodies and communities.

Sumayya Vally said: “Vilvoorde is a city celebrated for its diversity. It comprises multiple cultures, identities, and narratives. I was deeply moved to uncover the story of Paul Panda Farnana through our research, which then drove our response to the city’s brief for a pedestrian bridge. Trained as a horticulturist at the Vilvoorde Horticultural School not far from the site, this project will revive Farnana’s legacy by foregrounding the concept of the species explored in his research, alongside water architectures from the Congo.”

Vally took inspiration from water architecture of the Congo as one of the starting points to honour this history. Along the Congo River, fleets of dugout canoes are frequently seen docked alongside one another. As a collective, they form a communal platform, from which trading and gathering can take place. These images form the basis for the proposed Asiat-Darse bridge, itself a place of gathering of travellers, whether commuters or visitors. The bridge is constructed of a series of boats tied together to cross the canal.

“Trained as a horticulturist at the Vilvoorde Horticultural School not far from the Asiat site, this project will revive Farnana’s legacy by foregrounding the concept of the species explored in his research, alongside water architecture from the Congo.”

— Sumayya Vally

Vally looked at plants and species to honour Farnana’s horticultural work. Each ‘boat’ form serves as an isolated seed bed, in which specific plants can be cultivated in order for their seeds to be spread on the wind, and carried on the bodies of people travelling across the bridge. As a result, the bridge pays homage to Farnana’s horticultural work, serving as a nursery, or seeding bed from which plants may distribute themselves, migrating across the site.

In addition to the main structure, several smaller boat structures are proposed, which embed themselves along the river bank. Each of them will be named after the labourers whose names were included on the register from the Congo, which the studio discovered in their research. Every boat will act as a pollinator - pollinating an industrial zone and acting as a little garden for reflection for passers-by to rest in.

“A bridge is a connector - in our project, it is a connector to past and future narratives of migration too. It is my hope that this project helps to embody and raise awareness on the story of Farnana, and that it reminds us as architects that we have to listen deeply to the grounds of the contexts we work in. There is always architecture waiting to happen in places that are overlooked.”

— Sumayya Vally


Sumayya Vally is Principal of Counterspace—an award-winning design, research and pedagogical practice searching for expression for hybrid identities and territory, particularly for African and Islamic conditions—both rooted and diasporic. Her design process is often forensic, and draws on the aural, performance and the overlooked as generative places of history and work.

In 2022, Vally was selected by the World Economic Forum to be one of its Young Global Leaders, a community of the world’s most promising artists, researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, and political leaders, and, as a TIME100 Next list honoree, has been identified as someone who will shape the future of architectural practice and canon. She has joined the World Monuments Fund Board of Directors, and serves on several boards through her interest in dynamic forms of archive, embodied heritage, and supporting new networks of knowledge in the arts. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada inducted Sumayya into its 2023 Honorary Fellowship, which recognises individuals that exemplify the tremendous impact that architects have—not only on the built environment, but also on public life and the world around them.

In 2019, Counterspace was invited to design the 20th Serpentine Pavilion in London, making Vally the youngest architect ever to win this internationally renowned commission. Vally is also the Artistic Director of the inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale in Jeddah.

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