18/07/2016 – 23/07/2016


Each summer, for ten days straight, the city of Ghent is under the spell of the Gentse Feesten, a popular cultural festival taking place on various locations in the city. One of the annual events happening during that week is Boomtown, an alternative music festival with a wide range of performing artists. This year Smoke & Dust introduces the Boomtown Summer School! Under guidance of Bart de Baets (NL), Publication Studio Rotterdam (NL, Yin Yin Wong & Micha Zweifel), Ine Meganck (BE) and We Became Aware (BE, Valentijn Goethals & Tomas Lootens) participants will be challenged to collaborate, engage and interact with the festival and its audience in a visual and compelling way.

A terrain facilitated with tools and machinery will be open to the public where an intensive program of workshops, assignments and exercises are held to a group of enthusiastic students. For this program we are looking for design students and others who have an affinity with art and design, text and image, and various mediums of visual communication to sign up and participate. Apply to Boomtown Summer School now and spend an invigorating week with us at the Gentse Feesten!


— Boomtown Summer School takes place from Monday 18 till Saturday 23 July, 2016.

— Sign up before 13 June, 2016 by filling in this form:

— Admission is free.

— Boomtown Summer School can host up to 30 students.

From the entrees a selection will be made based on motivation and work.

— Take note: Accommodation will not be provided by Boomtown Summer School. Once you have been accepted to take part in the program, we will send you a list of nice and reasonable priced places to stay.




Bart de Baets (NL)

Graphic designer based in Amsterdam, working independently on a variety of self-initiated and commissioned projects since 2006. Bart is teaching the first and final year students of the graphic design department of the Gerrit Rietveld academy in Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. He currently teaches a seminar at the Hochschüle fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe.

Publication Studio Rotterdam (NL)

A publishing house and DIY bookmaker focused on producing print-on-demand publications with artist, designers, writers and makers interested in publication in its fullest sense. Run by Yin Yin Wong (NL), graphic designer and Micha Zweifel (CH), visual artist and writer.

We Became Aware (BE)

‘We Became Aware’ is the name that Tomas Lootens and Valentijn Goethals coined for their designers’ collective. Mainly focussing on graphic design for visual artists, architects and musicians, but very often collaborating with different artists on self-initiated projects and installations.
Together with Tim Bryon, Tomas and Valentijn also run the record label and production platform Smoke & Dust. Together with a number of their collaborators, they have been operating out of 019, a project space in a former welding factory in Ghent. /

Ine Meganck (BE)

Ine Meganck runs a Ghent-based graphic design studio working with cultural institutions, artists, publishers, schools and on a series of self-initiated projects. She founded the studio in 2012, after graduating from the Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem, The Netherlands).

Boomtown Summer School is part of the Alles Kan festival during the Gentse Feesten and is made possible by the support of Jeugddienst Stad Gent, Alles Kan & Boomtown.