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LOCATION

This year the Existenzweek will take place in the monastery of the Brothers of Charity, a hidden oasis of tranquility located in the centre of Leuven. The mansion on the Brusselsestraat dates from the 18th century and was gradually extended with a chapel and adjoining monastery wings that form a central courtyard garden. The complex served as a care centre for the elderly, founded by the Sisters of the Poor, until its operation was transferred to the Brothers of Charity in 1925. Until recently, it also offered a place for the "rudder house" and student housing.



Locatie

FLOOR PLAN

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PRACTICAL

This year, the Existenzweek takes place from 17 to 22 March.


Openinghours

Sunday March 17:              18:00-23:00

Monday March 18:              12:00-23:00

Tuesday March 19:             12:00-23:00

Wednesday March 20:        12:00-23:00

Thursday March 21:           12:00-23:00

Friday March 22:                12:00-22:30


Payment

You can pay in our café by cash or card.


Bicycle Parking

Entrance: Kaboutermansstraat 6.

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WEEKOVERVIEW


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PLANNING

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SUNDAY

Take a look at the program for Sunday



18.00 -19.30: Opening & reception

Lise-Lore Vanstechelman and Tom Husson aka, Lilø are two students of Leuven with a common dream: making music for the rest of their lives! Their poppy music with an electronic touch is infectious.
You may already know Tom Husson from his other project, Abre, where he and his brother make catchy hip-hop. We have no doubt that his beats in combination with Lise-Lore Vanstechelman's heavenly voice will also catch on!

For fans of Oh Wonder, Oscar & The Wolf





Psychedelic dreampop with a jazzy touch from Limburg.

Homegirl is the project of Ellen Steegen and her band. The jazz-inspired singer combines inventive melodies with hypnotic synths, guitar pieces and danceable jazz grooves. The band is a welcome guest as ‘Artist in Residence’ of the Muziekodroom in Hasselt and released their debut EP ‘Upstairs’ with single ‘Keep on Going’ in 2017. In 2019, the foursome are preparing for the release of their latest single and a performance at the Existenzweek.



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MONDAY

Take a look at the program for Monday



14.00-17.00: WORKSHOP - Sheep On Wheels



14.00-16.00: WORKSHOP - Wienerberger relay



16.30-18.30: WORKSHOP - 3D-Printing



Maybe you know him from the 'De Nieuwe Lichting' of 2018. 51 North is a singer-songwriter from Antwerp who lets you get carried away with his soft voice and sweet guitar pluck.
With his melancholic, fragile songs, he starts to find himself in this big world. And there's new work coming up!



Leuven Jazz and Existenz join forces!

On this evening we bring the legendary Belgian saxophonist Jack Sels (1922-1970) back to life with a short documentary about the work and life of the Antwerp native. Recently, the jazz legend has been in the spotlight again: the unsurpassed Sdban Records released the double album 'Minor Works', with unfindable and unpublished material. Lander Lenaerts (aka DJ The JazzKid) directed the liner notes.

First you get to see the short documentary 'Uncle Sax - The Life and Jazz of Jack Sels', followed by a concert of the Casimir Liberski trio met Samuel Ber (drums), Cyrille Obermüller (bass) and Casimir Liberski (piano). The evening ends with a DJ-set of The JazzKid.



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TUESDAY

Take a look at the program for Tuesday



13.00-14.00: ESCAPEROOM



14.30-15.30: ESCAPEROOM



14.00-16.00: WORKSHOP - Febelcem concrete



14.00-16.00: WORKSHOP - Bookbinding



16.00-17.00: ESCAPEROOM



16.30-18.00: WORKSHOP - Yoga



17.00-19.00: WORKSHOP - Saté welding



Jochen Keymeulen, aka Spring Creek Revival brings soft pop that runs deep. With his acoustic guitar he takes you on a journey to places that may or may not have been invented.
Delicious to dream away. Order quickly a drink and move the chairs a little closer!

For the fans of Brian Fallon





19.00-21.30: Quiz

20.00-21.30: Auditoriumlezing Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter (DK) at STUK

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WEDNESDAY

Take a look at the program for Wednesday



13.00-14.00: ESCAPEROOM



14.30-15.30: ESCAPEROOM



13.00-18.00: Market



14.00-16.00: WORKSHOP - Wood



16.00-17.00: ESCAPEROOM



16.00-18.00: WORKSHOP - Barista



He started as a street musician on the Meir in Antwerp, but has toured all over Europe. All his life he has been busy with music. Hardened by years of experience as a street musician and an EP in his pocket, he is now ready to let the musical thunderstorm erupt indoors. Hereby, you are warned!



19.00-22.00: Lecture Night

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THURSDAY

Take a look at the program for Thursday



13.00-14.00: ESCAPEROOM



14.30-15.30: ESCAPEROOM



14.00-17.00: WORKSHOP - Adobe



14.00-16.00: WORKSHOP - Neck & Shoulders



16.00-17.00: ESCAPEROOM



16.00-18.00: WORKSHOP - Strength training



18.00-20.00: Barbecue



Heartfelt emotions, well structured melodies and honest storytelling are caught in intimate songs. The result is a collection of musical stories that deal with some important topics in life : love, compassion, joy, anger, sadness…life in all it's aspects in general. Ruth. is ready to hit stages everywhere. Influences : belle and Sebastian, Aurora, Absynthe Minded, Ray Charles…

Wavy indie from the forests of Maasmechelen, put on the world by examples such as Foals, Porches, Kung Fu Kenny and Prince. Bronce sounds like a summer thunderstorm that looks you straight in the eyes, threatening and engagingly sultry.



With the release of their first EP, she bad is ready for more. The Depot already had a go and now it’s the turn of the Existenzweek!
Lindy Versyck (vocals), Bert Dewinter (guitar), Gert Velghe (guitar), Severin Caerts (bass) and Luka De Ceuster (drum) form a male band with a female face and bring contemporary rock with a female side. They won Rockvonk in 2017 and the Interfaculty Rockrally was easy for them.
Dance, jump, sing or mosh with them into the evening!

For fans of Brutus, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Nothing But Thieves, Marmozets, Yonaka.





23.00-05.00: Thursday Night

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FRIDAY

Take a look at the program for the last day



Joanne is the solo project of Isadore frontwoman Joanne Van Bastelaere. Accompanying herself on guitar, she performs her songs in a moving and honest way as music should be in essence!





14.00-16.00: WORKSHOP - Spikeball



16.00-19.00: WORKSHOP - Wine tasting



18.40-18.50: Afsluitspeech



Low Hill is tipped by SX as the artist we have to keep an eye on in 2019 and we understand why! The fine mix of classical songwriting and electronic experimentation is very appealing! His songs emerge from a fog of sound sheep, but stay upright on a guitar with three strings. Laurens Vanhulle, the man behind this project, has mainly made music for theatre and dance production's but also with his solo project he already has a successful EP in his pocket and there is more to come!

For fans of Warhola, SX, Nick Murphy, James Blake





Kraftwerk meets Mogwai

The Antwerp instrumental band consisting of drummer Antoni Foscez (Statue), keyboard player Hans de Prins (Millionaire) and guitarist Philipp Weiss (Manngold) has already built up a strong live reputation in recent years. Their mix between post-rock and dance already brought them to Pukkelpop, the Lokerse feeststen, Eurosonic, in the Ancienne Belgique, the Depot. In 2019, a beautiful European tour awaits them with a.o. a performance at dunk! festival, the walhalla for the post-rock fan. Their last album, ‘II’ from 2018, was described in the online magazine Indiestyle as an almost perfect marriage between electronics and guitars and a subtle balance between potent masculinity and dreamy subtlety.

After their European tour it’s up to Leuven to be in trance, brought by these gentlemen!

For fans of Mogwai, Kraftwerk, God Is An Astronaut, Sigur Rós





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Barbecue - Thursday



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And he took a loaf of bread, expressed his thanksgiving prayer, broke the loaf, distributed it, and said, "Today we are adding a delicious grilled meat.

For years now, the barbecue has been the last supper of the Existenzweek, which forms together with the closing party, the ultimate finale. But beware! This year the end may take an unexpected turn!

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WORKSHOPS


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Sinners discover your sins and forgive them, 1 room seven deadly sins. Who had you in his possession, Lucifer, Mammon, Satan,...?
Free yourself from evil, decipher the riddle, crack the castle in the monastery of the Brothers of Charity Kaboutermansstraat 6, Leuven.

Price: 2 euro

Monday


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Sheep On Wheels brings a homemade machine with which you can make your own tiles. These tiles are made of melted plastic waste!
More info on the website of Sheep On Wheels

Price: 5 euro


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Build your wall at the other side as fastest!

Price: 3 euro


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Always wanted to work with a 3D printer? Now you can finally make your own creation!

Price: 3 euro

Tuesday

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Learn to compose / cast / use concrete yourself.

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Come and enjoy a full two hours of yoga!
This workshop is taught by Saja Yoga from Leuven. 'Sarah Jabloune, herself active for years as a yoga teacher, wants to create a warm, accessible place with Saja Yoga Studio in Leuven where consciousness and of course yoga are central. An inspiring place where young and old can be themselves and learn to create space in their mind and body during these busy times. A place with breathing space … '
More info about Saja Yoga can be found on their website.

Price: 2 euro


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Turn needle, thread and paper into a book. This workshop is given by one of our existenzmembers: Lisa Servaes. Join the workshop and go home with a nice sketchbooklet!

Price: 5 euro

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The Saté Social Workshop will take care of this welding initiation. 'Social atelier Saté is an open workplace where organisations, semi-professional and hobbyists can shape ideas in wood and steel. It is not easy to find suitable material and/or a solid space for DIY projects and you can come to us for that'.
More info about Saté can be found on their website.

Wednesday

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Turn a few planks of wood and tools into a beautiful creation!

Price: 3 euro

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Become a real Barista! Learn to make the coolest shapes with some milk and coffee.
Noir Coffee will give this workshop. More info about Noir Coffe can be found on their website.

Thursday


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Do you have an Adobe license from KULeuven but no idea how to use it? There will be a short basic about Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. A few handy tips and tricks will get you on your way to beautiful masterpieces!

Price: free


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'Do you often suffer from tension in your neck or shoulders? The increasing stress in our modern life often causes the large muscles to take over the work from the deeper muscles. This causes a lot of unnecessary muscle tension and pain. During this workshop we will take the time to release the tension in the neck and shoulders by stretching. In addition, we can awaken the deeper muscles in our body again by activating exercises inspired by the Oriental vision of the body.'

This workshop will be given by Saja Yoga from Leuven. 'Sarah Jabloune, herself active for years as a yoga teacher, wants to create a warm, accessible place with Saja Yoga Studio in Leuven where consciousness and of course yoga are central. An inspiring place where young and old can be themselves and learn to create space in their mind and body during these busy times. A place with breathing space …'
More info about Saja Yoga can be found on their website.

Price: 2 euro


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The organization 'Open Gym' will provide a strength training at different places at our location! 'Open Gym - sports constructions made of recycled material. Suitable for those who want to train strength outside, climb or practice any other sport. Anyone can train on our constructions, at any time of the day. On Open Gym, everyone's background, social status or origin fades away. Every Open Gym member can work with his input to create a sports venue that is fair, climate-conscious and in harmony!'
More info about Open Gym can be found on their website.

Price: 2 euro

Friday


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Spikeball is the new sport! Have you no idea what this is? Or are you already a bit more experienced? Fun guaranteed for every level! Check out the basics here!

Price: 2 euro


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What gives the specific taste of some well-known wines? How to taste wine the right way? How can you know how a certain wine from a certain region will taste? Find out all this during a fun workshop with bread and wine.

Price: 6 euro

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Lecture Night - Wednesday



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Existenz invites Tanner Merkeley (OMA), Xaveer De Geyter (XDGA) and Fala atelier.

The Night Lecture, known as the Soirée Écoutée of the previous years, will be a slightly different approach instead of a standard lecture about an architectural practice and its projects. This evening, the focus will be on how architecture must interact with the current problems and difficulties in the society, now and in the future. What is the role of architects in different domains besides architecture? What is the purpose of architects and architecture itself in the daily lives of the ordinary person? What is the bigger meaning of a building, a monument, an intervention, etc. for the society?

• Tanner Merkeley of the research and design studio AMO of OMA will learn us how architectural thinking can be applied on non-architectural domains.
• Xaveer De Geyter will talk about the broader spectrum of architecture that his practice tends to do with their projects.
• The Portuguese practice Fala atelier believes that practices also need to address some political problems. Such as the status quo of European cities that are being transformed into theme parks for tourists, regardless of their originals inhabitants.

Price: €5 /student & €9 /non-students
Place: Kaboutermansstraat 6, Leuven
Language: English
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Thursday Night



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The Existenzweek would not be complete without our legendary closing party. This year it will not be the actual closing of the week, but it will be equally memorable as before! Expect fresh cocktails, lots of dancing and a unique setting.

We are keeping the location and line-up a secret, for now. GET HYPED

Get your ticket at the bar of existenzweek!

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Quiz - Tuesday



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Hallelujah, it 's time again for the Existenz Quiz! Learn the 10 commandments by heart and prepare yourself for a real Cloister through your general knowledge. Form a group of crusaders together with four other apostles, to battle with other heretical intellectuals. Hopefully Jesus will assist you in your journey to the Holy Grail, but make sure you don't end up on the stake.

Practical:
max. 5 persons per group
Price: €15 per group

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