Us By Night 2019

“A design and creativity festival, curated for the hungry.” That’s how Us By Night, a three-night long event held in Antwerp every September, describes itself.

From September 26th to 28th, designers and creatives of every stripe descend upon Antwerp’s Waagnatie neighbourhood to inspire and be inspired. A night market offering “honest foods and drinks” (their words) is a running feature, along with a tattoo booth, XXL screens and projectors in every direction, and “colours and movements done just right” (again, their words). Creative directors, set designers, sneaker collagists, and purveyors of positivity are but some of the speakers presenting over these three days.

And one of those speakers was Polestar’s own Pär Heyden, there to talk design, communication, and challenging norms.

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