“Darklands: The Hotel was an idea of A-Stay”

Touristico and Gaylive recorded a podcast around Darklands, Antwerp‘s kink and fetish festival. Guests of Sven Boutsen (Touristico & Touristicogay) and Marc Dirix (Gaylive) were Darklands co-organiser Jacques Smet and Mister Leather Belgium 2022 & Mister Leather Europe 2023 Andy Walgraef.

Darkland’s Jacques Smet told the podcast hosts it was A-Stay who asked Darklands to become Darklands: The Hotel

“We said yes”, says Jacques. “Hotels love our guests, who are friendly and polite. Hotels are eager to work with us. We are often enthusiastic, but it has to be practical as a shuttle bus service bring hotel guests to Darklands.

Darklands: The Hotel will be a full kink and fetish experience, from breakfast to bedtime. “Co-organiser Jeroen Van Lievenoogen inspected every room type if they can sustain a sling.

It’s sold out, as are many other hotels in Antwerp. 


Smet divulged some other novelties for Darklands 2023. 

New merchandise include power banks, T-shirts by Cartoon Called Life, beanies and hoodies. There are the chocolates for vaccines. Darklands will also sell sneakers. The idea of an own vodka bottle has been postponed. 

A new vendor sells naughty Christmas decorations. 

New this year is the silent auction. With this money, Darklands will sponsor other kink and fetish events around the world. 


Darklands 2023

Antwerp Pride 2023 & Antwerp Queer Arts Festival 2023

Queer Antwerp

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