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The Little Secrets That Kikk Festival Holds


Dept's Visual Designer Tiago Nascimento gives us the lowdown on the Festival of Digital & Creative Cultures in Namur, Belgium

The Little Secrets That Kikk Festival Holds
Kikk is the yearly Festival of Digital & Creative Cultures, in Namur, Belgium. Two days a year, this picturesque city comes to life to receive and accommodate creatives from all around the globe. At the conference, there's a number of shared values between speakers. They all try to bring something inspiring to the room. Most succeed, others don’t. Especially in the latter category, some can’t seem to avoid cliché slides like ‘Trust your gut feeling’ and ‘To lead change, be the change’, often dooming their credibility from the start. Then there are the good stories, those that you leave with and think about on your way back home.

Going to Kikk often means meeting the weird and the insolite. Its organisers consistently invite original creators each year who share their stories to the amazement of most. 2018 didn’t fall short of that. When entering the scene, you are welcomed into a movielike theatre with a hand-painted ceiling and golden artefacts all around, setting the mood for something special: friendly people, very good organisation and, wait for it, it is completely free of charge.

Dominic, inventor and technologist with an enviable sense of humour, from Sunderland in the UK, is responsible for a number of remarkable creations. ‘The Little Inventors’ is probably the most relevant, a project which goal is to stimulate and inspire children to become the inventors of the future. In 2015, he invited 400 young creators to draw any invention they would like. The best ideas were then built by talented craftsman and the final pieces exhibited in a museum in Sunderland. The idea was so successful that the project still runs today at, where children can upload drawings and the most applauded get to be created by devoted makers.

Dominic didn’t stop there, in 2016 he went on to create the ‘World’s First Art Exhibition for Dogs’ As the name suggests, one where our dear canine friends could wander around and appreciate art commissioned and chosen especially for them, together with lots of other good pieces worth glancing on his website.