Jeroen Peeters: Talk


A reader of living books, Jeroen Peeters likes to spend time browsing the library of Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. Drawing from memories, stray notes and seeds of books to come, he will share his 'Reveries and confessions of a reader' in a conversational manner, on Thursday 18 May from 19:00 to 21:00 at Galerie Ravenstein.

Bookshop open


At the festival centre a selection of books and periodicals is on sale that put the topics and the artistic projects of this year’s festival in context. You can also buy the official festival merchandising, t-shirts and tote bags. The bookshop will be open from 13 to 18 May, and from 21 to 25 May, from 12:00 to 20:00.

Before the Codes : tickets on sale


On Saturday 13 May you can participate in Before the Codes, a late night reflection programme at Palais de la Dynastie curated by Lars Kwakkenbos & Daniel Blanga-Gubbay. A limited amount of tickets is still on sale at the box office and the ticket desk. Don't miss it.

Dimanche: book launch, opening & performances


Pierre Droulers is is publishing a book that looks back over his forty-year career and more than thirty creations. At La Raffinerie he is exhibiting an installation that reveals the materials and principles used when the book was being put together. The exhibition opens on Sunday 14 May with an entire day programme of activities and performances by Malika Djardi, Alain Franco, Daniel Linehan, Laure Prouvost and others. You can find the full programme here. The exhibition is on display at La Raffinerie until 27 May.

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine: Reflections on the practice


On Thursday 11 May at 19:00 Bruno De Wachter will kick off a series of weekly talks reflecting on the practice of Mette Edvardsen’s project at Galerie Ravenstein. Bruno De Wachter is the Selected Poems of Hans Faverey, both in the original Dutch version, and in the English translation. He will speak about being a ‘book’. A moment to follow a singular experience of different phases of the life of a book. The following talks will include Jeroen Peeters (18 May) and Victoria Pérez Royo (25 May). More information is coming soon.

Within: exhibition opens on 10 May


From 10 to 25 May at Palais de la Dynastie you can go and see the exhibition of instruments that Tarek Atoui has developped in the frame of Within, a project based on the way in which people who are deaf or hard of hearing perceive sound. The exhibition will be open from 12:00 to 20:00 (exceptionally closed on 15, 19, 20 and 22 May). On 13, 14, 21 and 25 May you can also book a sound massage.

Parking at festival locations


Some of this year’s festival locations are difficult to reach by car or lack parking spaces in the vicinity. On the opening night of the festival, the parking lot at the backside of WIELS will be entirely closed. It can also be difficult to find a parking spot around Les Halles de Schaerbeek, where Marlene Monteiro Freitas is performing from 5 to 8 May. Try parking your car in nearby underground car parks at Botanique or Passage 44. To travel between festival locations, we strongly recommend taking your bike or using public transport.



On Friday 5 May the festival kicks off with celebrations and trumpets sounding! At 18:00 there is a stand-up opening reception at WIELS, with interventions by the artist Mette Edvardsen and poetry slammers Mama’s Open Mic, Miss Elli and Loucka FireGun. The exhibition The Absent Museum will exceptionally remain open until 20:00. All over town there are premieres of performances by Marcelo Evelin, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Tetsuya Umeda, and Lili Reynaud-Dewar. The studios at P.A.R.T.S. are open, and there is a concert by Tarek Atoui at Rosas Performance Space. At 23:30 Eszter Salamon and a group of dancers will inaugurate the festival with an open-air performance around WIELS, after which the opening party breaks loose. A limited number of tickets to see the shows is still on sale. See you Friday!

Wanted: participants for Le Moindre Geste


For the Tunisian choreographers Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, the power of transformation resides in small, everyday gestures, and these can transcend differences. For their creation Le Moindre Geste, the festival is searching for participants (male, over 25 years old) to perform for one night and live a strong experience of empathy with a stranger.

Interested? Contact Anne at the festival by telephone (02 226 45 73) or e-mail (

Public programme presentation on 25 April


Do you want to find out more about the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and the artistic projects and side activities on the programme? Come and join us on Tuesday 25 April at 18:00 for the public presentation at WIELS (Avenue Van Volxem 354, 1190 Brussels). Artistic director Christophe Slagmuylder and festival collaborator Flore Herman will guide you through this year’s festival programme. We hope to see you then.