Residence & Reflection

Every year, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts invites a small group of artists to follow the festival up close during a ten-day residency, young artists from around the globe who have been selected during prospection trips. The participants engage with one another and with the festival performances. The ‘Res & Ref’ers’ are particularly interested in finding out about each other’s often quite contrasting opinions and perspectives. Not only do they become acquainted with ten or so new colleagues, but they end up exploring their positions as artists, as world citizens and as human beings.

Guest artists Keyvan Sarreshteh, Ding-Yun Huang, Younes Atbane, Alejandro García Ruffoni, Mara Cassiani, Chrystèle Khodr, Nathalie Rozanes, Dounia Mahammed, Marion Menan
Moderators Dries Douibi & Delphine Hesters
Assistant Joana Cardoso
In collaboration with Kunstenpunt (Flanders Arts Institute)
Sponsored by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

The ⏩ Sessions

Our wish is to be a resolutely urban and cosmopolitan festival, one that is rooted in our city. For this reason we are initiating The ⏩ Sessions, a residency for young artists and cultural workers from Brussels. Along with 10 (carefully selected) inhabitants who are in touch with artistic creation in the city, we will view five performances. Each of the presentations opens up a specific question related to art and society that we would like to address together, based on every person’s individual experience. For example: How does art contribute to the narrative of Brussels? By dealing with the pertinent questions, we aim to go forward together – as a festival, as artists, as citizens.

Participants Amina Saadi, Ntela Hendrickx, Alhadi Adam Agabeldour, Alex Deforce, Illyas Mattoui, and others
Moderators Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, Lars Kwakkenbos & Bie Vancraeynest
In collaboration with Demos