Maarten Vanden Eynde

Art, experience and nature in the Zenne Valley.

The Zenne Valley is bubbling and bustling. Nature and industry are constantly seeking a new balance, the big city beckons in the distance and yet the countryside is omnipresent. The Senne keeps the motorway just at a safe distance. Here, in the green Flemish fringe, is a region in full transition. So many apparent contradictions have led to a magical mixture, source for a new artistic story: GIST.

GIST is a new triennial where art, theatre, literature, nature, gastronomy and industry meet in iconic locations. You will experience theatre on an old industrial site, discover visual art along the waterfront, listen to literature to the rhythm of the motorway and enjoy gastronomy among beer barrels. There is music and there is silence. You paddle, cycle and walk at your own rhythm through unlocked natural areas and industrial heritage, from FeliX Art & Eco Museum to The House of Herman Teirlinck, from church to canal.

GIST gets its name from the wild yeasts that thrive here and give character to the region's unique Lambic beers. But not only beer lovers are at the beck and call. Everyone is welcome: young and old, locals and curious visitors, art lovers and nature lovers ... all can explore here.

Participating artists: Alice Vanderschoot, Anna Burvenich, Anneke Eussen, Atelier Van Lieshout, Bart Lodewijks, Elias Cafmeyer, ‍Fabian Seibert, Francesca Ferreri, Henk Visch, Honoré δ’O, Isabel Fredeus, Jan Detavernier, ‍Kaat Van Doren, Laura Nsengiyumva, Léo Fourdrinier, Lobke Meekes, Lode Laperre, Maarten Vanden Eynde, ‍Marjolijn Dijkman, Maxime Brigou, Nils Verkaeren, Peter Terrin, Renato Nicolodi, Rob Sweere, Strook, ‍Suzette Boursma, Tina Gillen, Ugo Schiavi, Willem Boel.