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Antwerp: a modern creative powerhouse
It should come as no surprise that Antwerp’s cultural cred punches way above its ‘second capital’ status. It was, back in the 16th-century, one of the world’s greatest and richest cities and one where merchants and diplomats, sailors and artisans mixed and mingled. Today’s multicultural city is as open and fluid as ever, its mix of beautiful Baroque townhouses, Jugenstil districts and edgily regenerated industrial areas providing a moody and evocative backdrop to a flourishing creative milieu and a flourishing contemporary art, fashion and music scene.
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