To get you (and ourselves) all warmed up for the festival, we had a little chat with Laura Praet who is the artistic director of WeCanDance. She shared her expectations with us and spilled a couple of details about this year’s edition.
Tell us a bit more about yourself…
My name is Laura Praet and I’m a creative director and stylist. After graduating I went abroad to gain experience and so I interned in NYC and Paris. When my first real job in Barcelona ended, I decided to come back to this tiny country called Belgium… still feeling rather nomadic.
How did you discover your love for styling?
It all started when I went into my mom’s dressing room to put on her shoes for the first time. After a while, I didn’t agree with her choices anymore so I started to make my own whenever we went shopping. And as much as I love my mom, my grandmother is my biggest muse.
How did the “desert dreams” theme come to life and what was your part in the process?
It was actually one of the founders who suggested it. I helped to fine tune the direction. From the start, we all felt comfortable with the “desert dreams”.
What do you expect of the festival as the creative director of WCD17?
I expect people to have goosebumps! Doesn’t matter whether it’s by tasting the delicious food, while experiencing the art installations, by listening to a set or customizing some babouches. We just want you to be moved and surprised by something.