Kapow is a movement which means we’re constantly on the move. Check out the latest happenings:
10.10.2018 :: BUY IT OR BURN IT
Carbonel, the visual artist and all-around creative from Recife Brasil, came to conquer the Kapow Space. He created masks, art, music and went full on crazy at the campfire. Via an auction, he was selling his art and the ones that didn’t got sold ended up in the fire. Buy it or burn it!
24.06.2018 :: KAPOW OASE
Ten days of madness coming Ghent’s way, but the KAPOW OASE is your not so hidden escape. During the festivities, the Kapow Space offers a mental and physical break. Great music, healthy food and revitalising drinks. Every day from 17h till 1h at night. Have a look at the Facebook event for more information.
24.05.2018 :: Bring Ghana into your life
Bring Ghana in to your life baby! A fresh handmade jacket collab between Parker Collections (Ghana) and KAPOW! Order yours via firstname.lastname@example.org!
24.05.2018 :: skate on art
09.02.2018 :: New website coming up
You hear that? It’s awfully quiet in here, right? That’s because we’re building a brand new site. In the mean time, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news. Our new skate school and art collabs for example. Did you Sep is winning prices by the way?
15.09.2017 :: Ka Ka Pow Skate school
Time to kiss our summer goodbye. As do these kids. But we gave them an unforgettable experience so they can daydream on those rainy days. The Ka Ka Pow skate camps were a huge success. Flipping boards, hot wheels and nearly no tears. A new generation of skateboarders has been born.
30.07.2017 :: Gentse Feesten, we love you!
Oh wow, what a blast we had. Our bodies and minds are still recovering from the epic ten days filled with music, great food and lovely people. Thank you all for coming! We had a blast. Want to relive the moment a bit? Check out the video. See you next year!
10.07.2017 :: Kapowse Feesten coming up!
Those ten days of mayhem are coming! Our beloved city Ghent turns into this huge melting pot of culture, music, alcohol and hangovers. In the midst of all the carousing Kapow will create a cultural oasis, at walking distance from the heart of the festival. Feeling hospitable and full of positive energy Ewing Sima and KAPOW are inviting guests for a musical encounter during the Gentse Feesten 2017. All info on the event page.
18.06.2017 :: Pizzeria da Canemorto
When pizza meets art… well you get this strange universe filled with twerking waitresses, artful pizzas and popping beers. For a couple of days the Kapow HQ became a craziness filled pizzeria with the Canemorto collective exhibiting art on pizza boxes and our walls while turning the space into a hot oven. Music, food and funky people, that’s all we need!
12.04.2017 :: How to be the change!
The world needs game changers! So we invited some of them for an evening at Kapow. The Prinsen brothers will show their documentaries on climate warriors while Rob Greenfield -famous eco activist- gets the stage for an interesting talk. Lokaal takes care of our stomachs with veggie noms and Suntapes massages the ears. So get your ass over to the Kapow space and be part of the change. More info over here.
02.04.2017 :: Pizza per favore!
The Italian trio CANEMORTO will transform KapOw in the best pizzeria in town on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April! Get ready to taste the unique CANEMORTO flavour, irrigated by exclusive drinks, pizza music, hot waitresses, fresh paintings and much more… Follow the event page for info.
27.03.2017 :: Amazumi EP release at Kapow
Mellow Minds presented Amazumi‘s debut EP release at our favourite organic playground KapOw. On this special night, A M A Z U M I took us on a dark electronic HipHop trip. Amazumi is flow, rhythm and word personified. A Nepalese from Hong Kong, she began her journey into HipHop while making a documentary about a Belgium-raised MC in London. We had a full house! Check out some more pictures at their Facebook page.
26.03.2017 :: Skateboardcamps by Kapow this summer!
Kapow and Ghent present: not your average summercamps. Kickflips, ollie, cruising and a lot of fun, that’s what a skateboardcamp should be. Want your kid to have excellent skateboard teachers? Go subscribe on the following links (limited places):
25.01.2017 :: Opening expo Lightning Guitar by Sam Scarpulla
One of Kapow’s finest is having an expo right at the Kapow headquarter! Sam Scarpulla’s limited edition linocut relief prints form a graphic novel about the career and the road to success of a guitarist with all associated challenges, ambitions, failures, self destruction and love. A must see so feel free to join us! Ch-ch-check it out!
Thursday 26 January at 20:00h
Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January
Friday 3, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 February
from 14:00h till 20:00h (or by appointment)
17.11.2016 :: Biso na Biso
Four brothers from same and different mothers, shattered into pieces yet together, dispersed over different continents. More info over here. We have been selected for the new book of JR who has been selecting the best photos from all Inside Out actions since the birth of the project!
03.11.2016 :: New artist in residence: Gleo
All the way from Colombia Gleo has come to show her incredible talent on belgian soil. Through her paintings she’s giving indigenous people and animals their own voice. Curious for her colorful work? Come visit her expo at the Kapow Space from 3 Nov till 6 Nov.
15.10.2016 :: What’s Cooking
Our youngsters are on a mission. Vince Blok, intern at Kapow and Polly Pollet, known for her explicit drawings, took off for Nantes Creative Generations creating a newstyle cooking book, drawings included.
02.10.2016 :: Gijs Van Hee expo
We had a new residency at the Kapow space, hosting Gijs Van Hee’s brand new ‘De Merel Die Dwars Fluit’. Black and white drawings, in which Gijs tells his own stories through animalesc formats. A great success with lots of visitors and sold work.
12.09.2016 :: Sam Scarpulla going big
No closure without a big finale so we gave one of our top painters an enormous wall to close down the Sorry Not Sorry festival. Sam Scarpulla, Kapow since the early days, worked for several days to get this massive piece up. Proud much?
:: 15.07.16 :: Kapow Mood @ Gentse Feesten
Kapow Mood, an escape from the Gentse Feesten stampede! Music, quality food, relaxing in beach chairs and Mr Mong’s brand new exposition. Pick your own art and play some crooked ping pong. Check out the event page for more information. Feel free to join us, you won’t regret it!
:: 18.05.16 :: Sorry, Not Sorry aftermovie
What a blast we had! The Sorry, Not Sorry festival was on fire! Great artwork, lovely dance performances, an incredible party at Friday with an even more impressive Big Whoop pumping the vibes. We had delicious food, beautiful people joining and the sun kissing our skins. Hard to believe? Check out the aftermovie, made by Quinten Prinsen.
:: 07.05.16 :: Sorry, Not Sorry
It’s on! The Sorry, Not Sorry street festival is happening as we speak and Kapow is represented. And we’re international. Our Philippino buddy Soika the Vomiter is showing his work at the Kapow Space. Be sure to check out Sam Scarpulla’s and Mr. Mong’s work as well and come enjoy some sun, good vibes and cheapo drinks at Nieuwland!
:: 06.04.16 :: Scared Heart Duad
Sous-Sol editions is excited to release a new limited edition of 60 linocut prints “SACRED HEART DUAD” on handmade paper by Leeroy New from the Philippines, printed at the Iron Handpress Studio in Belgium, available now from our webshop at www.sous-sol.be
:: 04.04.16 :: KAPOW x Sens Unique x Sorry Not Sorry present: CHRYSALIS.
‘An anatomical reconfiguration with latex on a live danser as performance.’ What a great show that was! Featuring Filipino artists Leeroy New and Ea Torrado and live music by Suntapes, a creative bunch to follow.
Pic by Pieter Vanoverberghe
:: 28.03.16 :: Biso na Biso
Biso na Biso means “amongst us” in Lingala (DR Congo) and consists of portraits of two Congolese brothers and a Belgian brother and sister mixed up in one portrait. A piece of each face on display in Belgium, while another piece is pasted in Kinshasa. Both posters will interact with the busy street they will become part of. Who belongs where? And why? Don’t we all deserve to be wherever we want?
To symbolise the gap that shouldn’t exist between people of poor and rich continents, a third portrait, consisting of yet another set of pieces of them four, is being portayed in Dunkirk, watching the sea, the promised land, the unreachable shore. All of them, shattered into pieces yet together, dispersed over different continents.
This project is influenced by JR’s Inside Out Project, and came to being after the two Congolese brothers fled into illegality during a stay in Belgium last summer. They are as brothers to the Belgian brother and sister, indeed, love isn’t bound by frontiers nor influenced by colour.
The Belgian poster will be wheat pasted in Ghent – Sint Pietersnieuwstraat on the 25th of March. Dunkirk and Kinshasa will follow.
A one hour video will be shot of each poster looking over it’s environment in the public space. This artistic installation will be presented during the SNS festival on 8-9th of May. Additionally 6 smaller posters will be transformed by Congolese, Belgian and in exile living artists (TBC). These pieces of art will also be presented during the SNS festival.
:: 26.03.16 :: Water war at Buda
We knew from our trip through the Philippines how talented Leeroy New and Ea Torrado were. So we invited them over to Belgium for some creative collabs. The installation Polyp Canopy, completely made out of old pipes and plastic bottles for the exposé Water War. Next to that they performed live by dancing and moving in a costume made of old fishing nets and bottles.
:: 18.01.16 :: KAPOW fires up the Cebuano art scene
Mistah Matt and Boomin Sep took on a new adventure all the way up east. They created an art – in – the – public – space – event in Cebu (Philippines) to ignite interaction with the locals on the street, artists, designers, skateboarders and more crazy souls! Using the hapag (traditional basket handmade out of bamboo) as a bearer. Check out the video!
Pssst… there’s a long version too. Find it here.
:: 05.12.15 :: KAPOW documentary coming up!
We took our crew all the way to Morocco for an incredible road trip through an extraordinary landscape filled with art, music and lovely people. We had the photo exhibition in the Ghentian church by Louis Philippe, we had the House of Art videoclip, but now we still have something special up our sleeve; an Exodus documentary!
21st of December, nine o’clock PM we’re launching the documentary at the garden of Hotel D’Hane Steenhuyse during the short film festival in open air. Come watch our amazing adventure through the Moroccan landscapes. Live music by Raffaelo Visconti and Owen Weston, video art on the spot by Nizzl. Free entrance by the way so get yo ass up.
:: 05.12.15 :: Café by KAPOW, Filipino style
KAPOW is always on the hunt for fresh collaborations in any art field. After Peru, Congo and Morocco, it was time to set sail for the Philippines.
With the support of De Centrale and partner USAF we invite you to come on the 19th December and taste Pinoy fingerfood and Don Papa Rhum, see the finest Cebuano artworks, sing Karaoke, check some KAPOW moments in Cebu and dance at the funky tunes by Jona. All in a beautiful set up by Livable Products.
FREE ENTRANCE (and maybe even free Rhum and fingerfood for the early birds!!). More info on the Facebook event.
:: 05.12.15 :: SORRY, NOT SORRY
SORRY, NOT SORRY is a street art track in Ghent comprising murals, graffiti, performances and art installations, using the city as bearer and crossbeam. And of course KAPOW will be partnering in this creative journey. Curating artists, hosting musicians and beautifying the city.
6, 7 and 8th of May we close up with a rumbling festival, but hey mister impatient, no worries. The coming months we’re taking a run-up with Filipino artists, six murals with Ghentian legends, launching a new skateboard series and inviting Janne Saario, an amazing landscape architect… More coming up!
:: 12.09.15 :: Event 369
When skateboarding meets nightlife. Kapow, DC Shoes, Club 69, Corona, Red Bull and Ramp Affairz Objects joined forces and turned the Oude Beestenmarkt in Ghent into a skate&partypark. Phat beats by Miki Gold, Dj Jona and Mistah Matt while board warriors were ripping the wood. Great atmosphere and some brilliant tricks.
pic by Stijn Brands
:: 30.08.15 :: Pukkelpow
:: 29.08.15 :: Kapow wins the Copa Dok
The tension… Supporters nearly fainting… Pacing coaches… A golden goal to decide who would win the Copa Dok Pure Golden Cup (okay maybe just iron). And as it should be, Kapow’s main force Mistah Matt canonballed the Kapow team into glory! Hurrah! An excellent finish of a great three day tournament, colab by Kapow, Democrazy and Dok. Thanks to all the supporters, the other teams, the deejays and mister barbecue!
pic by michiel devijver
:: 28.07.15 :: Lobi, c’est lélo
What. A. Night! The adrenaline is still pumping through our veins. We saw people going wild during the dance workshop, the Kapow Kimvuka band was on fire and what a performance by Seekaman. Munana Popi aka Matt finished the perfect evening off with a deejay set. Thanks to all people showing so much support. We love you forever! Gentse fiesteeeeuuuh…
pics by pieter vanoverberghe
:: 13.07.15:: Kapow @ Gentse Feesten
EXTRA! EXTRA! Great news for the Kapow squad and all the fans. This year Kapow gets to host a complete night during the Gentse Feesten. Shake ya booty at the African dance workshops and performances by the magnificent Seekaman, Congo-Belge band Kapow Kimvuka and deejay Mistah Matt. Take your agenda and write down the 24th of July. And while you’re at it, cancel all plans for the day after cause it’s going to be epic! Place to be is Baudelo. More info on the eventpage.
:: 12.07.15 :: Lobi c’est lelo
Tomorrow is today is yesterday. Kapow invites four top of the bill artists for a week long reflection on progression. Visual installations, performances, music, cocktails, art and city walks. Check out the full schedule on the event page and come join us for a unique experience in beautiful Ghent. It’s on from 19 July till 25 and completely free.
:: 08.07.15 :: Copa Dok
It’s on like Donkey Kong. The Kapow team won the first round of the Copa Dok, a beach soccer tournament. We’re heading for the finals on August 29 so come to Dok and support your favourite team!
:: 15.05.15 :: Fresh mural
Fresh KAPOW mural in Gent (Kraankindersstraat 2 ) by a Squid called Sebastian, Strook, Sam Scarpulla & Mr. Mong. Special thx to the owner of the building for the paint, Graffiti vzw & partner in crime De Centrale.
:: 30.04.15 :: We bring you wood!
Your morning wood won’t be the best wood in your life anymore! The brand new Kapow mini ramp is ready to be rolled. Come check it out at Dok. The first of May at 14h there’s a skate jam to celebrate the opening. More to know on the event page.
:: 30.04.15 :: Kapow’s Local Heroes
The new Kapow space is tight as a freshly washed skinny jeans! To celebrate our brand new creative hub, we invited three bands to funk you up: Los Flamencolicos, Seekaman and Big Whoop. Studio 45 tickles the beat on the turntables. Free entrance! Party starts at 19h at Nieuwland 65. More info on the Facebook event page.
:: 15.04.15 :: Témé Tan goes blind
In collab with Topo Copy Témé Tan played a blind set. A what? A set without eyes on the audience. The crowd was seated in the nearby library where they could enjoy art while listening to the Kapow hero Témé Tan. The curious ones could have a sneaky peek-a-boo through a tiny window.
:: 27.03.15 :: Kapow Kimvuka feat. Roland Van Campenhout
WHAT. A. SHOW. Kapow Kimvuka and Roland Van Campenhout got it on like Donkey Kong and we pitty those who missed it. Brilliant performance. But hey, we want to share the love. Have a look at the pictures over here. Want some angels peeing in your ears? Push play!
:: 20.03.15 :: Afrigand Videoclip
It’s here! And yours to watch. The brand new videoclip for the Afrigand song with Tout Puisant Kimvuka, Témé Tan, Alessandro Le Tagarel, Camille and Matthias. Made by the magnificent Muriel Grégoire.
:: 12.02.15 :: Kapow Kimvuka
Kapow is proud to be hosting Ewing Sima, singer and leader of the Congolese music band Tout Puissant Kimvuka. Ewing is bringing his guitar buddy ‘Le Sorcier’ for a concert 21th of March at De Centrale. They will be supported by Big Whoop, an upcoming and very talented local band.
The 26th local legend Roland Van Campenhout, Ewing Sima and Le Sorcier join forces on stage for an intimate concert at the cafe. More info over here.
:: 04.02.15 :: Kapow Kinshasa
Check out the short report from the Kapow trip in Kinshasa. Murals, music, skate and love.
:: 26.11.14 :: BIENNALE
Mistah Matt and Sam Scarpulla are in Kinshasa at the moment, starting off a brand new skateboarding clan. The first one in Kinshasa! Next to that Sam will hit the walls with his art, while Matt joins the Congo connection on stage for a musical showcase. All during the big Yango Biennale, an international gathering of creative souls. Mundele mundele!
All the information on the Biennale can be found here.
:: 24.11.14 :: EXODUS KAPOW
We took our crew all the way to Morocco for an incredible road trip through an extraordinary landscape filled with art, music and lovely people. We had the photo exhibition in the Ghentian church by Louis Philippe, we had the House of Art videoclip, but now we still have something special up our sleeve; an Exodus documentary! Coming soon!
:: 18.11.14 :: TOPO COPY x HOUTD x KAPOW
In collab with al whole bunch of artists, Kapow released a collection of 40 riso prints, boxed in a handmade wooden frame. Only two colors (blue and yellow) could be used, resulting in wicked collection of art. The series includes work of artists who mainly work and live in Belgium, Venezuela and Congo.
Kapow organized a 2 day workshop in Kinshasa in collaboration with Collectif Sadi to engage artists from Académie des Beaux – Arts in Kinshasa.
:: 14.11.14 :: NEW VIDEOCLIPS
His previous trips to Congo were an inspiration to continue his musical road and Matt returned to Kinshasa to create more music, in collaboration with Témé Tan and Mocambo. The concept Afrigand, the bridge between Ghent (Gand in french) and Africa, came real. Next up: new videoclips and music!
One very special video clip featuring the streets of Kinshasa and a second one, hand drawn by a local animator.