Behind The Scenes

Sorry Not Sorry

Stuff’s happening this weekend. 22 and 23 of September we welcome back Sorry, Not Sorry, Ghent’s street art festival in and around the old docks and curated bottom-up alongside partners from the scene. Along Ghent’s quays you’ll find both international and local artists, established or emerging, as well as a programme thought out by the neighbouring inhabitants. There’ll be slam poetry, skate and graffiti jams, concerts and workshops. An ode to the commonplace art we can find around us every day, just the way we like it.

Pictures by Yassin Moustahfid, Nuno Viegas, and others

Kids and grown-ups were able to customise their own Sorry, Not Sorry poster. Schools, art academies and illustrators sent us over their work and even passers-bys at the yearly Cultuurmarkt made their own drawings. All results will be exposed during the festival.

In less than a week, we are setting up camp at DOK, our offices for the festival this weekend. We invited all artists and partners for a final get together.


Meanwhile partner TopoCopy is preparing for Drkpstrt #6, their steamroller printing event during Sorry, Not Sorry. They are cutting linoleum for the twenty participating artists to carve in.

Graffiti is one of the key elements at Sorry, Not Sorry. An example of the artists we support is Wallin —a young Ghent based graffiti collective—, who brought over three Portuguese street artists for a mural. One of them is Nuno Viegas, who painted these impressive ‘Paper Planes VII’ in the Désire Fiévéstraat.

Build-up week for production leader Gert Decraene. Here he’s helping out Sabine Oosterlynck (PROPS Gent) with her project on floating identities, for which she will create a floating crosswalk on the Houtdok water.

We’re doing a final check of the industrial festival site to get all the facts straight for the guided tours we’ll be giving this weekend. The sun is shining at Bar Bricolage, and we feel ready for this year’s Sorry, not sorry edition. See you there!

The Sorry, not sorry festival takes place 22 and 23 September around the docks in Ghent. The festival is free for all.