The northern Belgium city of Antwerp is a city of contrasts and often overlooked as a destination. For leathermen it’s an important city to add to their travel plans, especially in February. LeatherWest Sam Berger explains.

If you’re someone who likes truth and fact, then Antwerp’s name most likely derives from an ‘t werf (on the wharf). If you’re more prone to fancy and fable, then it’s name comes from the local legend of a giant cutting off the hands of those that refused to pay a toll for crossing his river, and throwing the severed limb into the river – the Dutch hand werpen, is similar to the Old English hand and wearpan (to throw).

However it got it’s name, for Leathermen, Antwerp has become an annual destination every since the rise of Belgium Leather Pride in February. This mega-event boasts the biggest fetish audience outside of Folsom Europe and its numbers are increasing. Over the past five years, this event has grown into a massive celebration of kink that draws a crowd from all over Europe for a five day fetish festival.

 

Leather Pride Belgium centres around a dockside warehouse within easy walking distance of the city centre. This location offers guys that horny industrial vibe that lends itself so well to horny fetish fun. Inside during the weekend events, the huge space is separated into different zones reflecting the needs of the various events. There is Darklands, the indoor fetish festival; the night parties such as Meltdown, Rage and Crash (2016’s events); along with other key events like the X-Awards, Camp K9 and Mr Leather Belgium competition.

The northern Belgium city of Antwerp is a city of contrasts and often overlooked as a destination. For leathermen it’s an important city to add to their travel plans, especially in February. LeatherWest Sam Berger explains.

If you’re someone who likes truth and fact, then Antwerp’s name most likely derives from an ‘t werf (on the wharf). If you’re more prone to fancy and fable, then it’s name comes from the local legend of a giant cutting off the hands of those that refused to pay a toll for crossing his river, and throwing the severed limb into the river – the Dutch hand werpen, is similar to the Old English hand and wearpan (to throw).

LeatherWest has been honoured to be a part of this event for the past two years. We have spread the word about what you guys get up to in the west of the UK and of course, have highlighted UK Leather Pride to our European neighbours. We had many visitors to our stand again this year and it was a pleasure to be able to share all the activities going on back home. Indeed, many guys promised that they would make a special trip to visit us in 2016.

We were of course delighted to have been nominated for an X Award and even more shocked and stunned to have won! Read more about what it means to have our community recognised right across Europe in this blog post.

Leather Pride Belgium returns in 2017 between 16 and 20th February. Make sure you put it in your diaries now and swing by our stand again.