Those who like spoonfed, VIP-area, health-and-safety-stamped nights out, click off now. Adventurers, creatives, misfits, innovators – still here? Great, listen up.
Antwerp Mansion, described lovingly on its website as a “falling-down death trap”, is a spiritual home for the likes of us. Tucked around the back of Ambala shop on the curry mile, you’ll need to persevere to find it, but you’ll be glad you did.
The determined folks who keep it running describe the mansion as “a renovation project, aiming to turn a beautiful but run-down Victorian mansion into a music, art and photography haven”.
For a light-hearted preview of what the night will hold, we love this article on the ins and out of a night at the venue.
Over the years, the mansion has become a cradle for hip hop, rap, techno, drum and bass and spoken-word artists, but this isn’t its only focus. Keep your eye out for one-off events featuring performance art, exhibitions and markets.
Like all progressive projects, the mansion is difficult to categorise so remains an underdog when it comes to attracting investment. However, its need to self-fund only fuels its creative agenda. Those who appreciate that spark will see beauty in its rough edges and crumbling features and will enlist a friend to hold their toilet door on straight.
If you value creativity, culture, innovation, upcycling, recycling, entrepreneurship and the beauty of old buildings, Antwerp Mansion will clasp its rugged, passionate fist around your heart.