First names


The 24th edition of the festival will take place from 10 May to 1 June. While awaiting the full programme, we can't resist to reveal four artists – four new creations – already:

Trajal Harrell, choreographer celebrated for his performances at the crossroads of modern dance and voguing, is once again presenting a solo after many years.

Begüm Erciyas, who already enchanted us in 2017, shows her new creation that invites you to engage in a disturbing, intimate relationship with the non-human.

The Thai director Wichaya Artamat brings his work to Europe for the first time and shows us a family fresco against the background of national history.

And finally, Canadian artist Dana Michel, whose bold choreographies question conventions, takes us on an exploration of sexual identities.

Are you ready for what's next? We almost are.

Frie Leysen et Christophe Slagmuylder awarded at the Prix de la Critique


Every year, cultural journalists honour performances, directors, actors and actresses, set designers and technicians with the Prix de la Critique, awarded to productions created during the previous cultural season in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

Frie Leysen and Christophe Slagmuylder have been awarded the very special Bernadette Abraté Award. This award honours the influence of a performing arts personality.

The jury explains its motivation : "En honorant par cette récompense Frie Leysen et Christophe Slagmuylder, le jury tient à saluer leur travail accompli à la création et à la programmation du Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Tous les ans, au mois de mai, l'événement créé en 1994 fait de Bruxelles la capitale européenne des arts de la scène. Des centaines d'artistes en théâtre, danse, performance et arts plastiques venus du monde entier apportent un regard singulier sur notre monde. Frie Leysen en fut la créatrice et la directrice du festival 1994 en 2004. Christophe Slagmuylder lui a succédé, prolongeant cette collaboration inédite entre les différentes institutions culturelles de la capitale.

All the awards and laureates are on

Fantastic news: we now have a trio of directors!


The board of directors of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts has appointed Sophie Alexandre, Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Dries Douibi as successors of Christophe Slagmuylder at the head of the festival. The board of directors has withheld the artistic project of Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Dries Douibi, who will join Sophie Alexandre as directors. The trio will write the third chapter of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, together with the strong, permanent team, that is pleased with the decision.

The appointment is a conscious and deliberate choice in favour of a new model of direction, supported by the three directors, who have complementary profiles: Sophie Alexandre’s network in Brussels, Daniel Blanga Gubbay’s international profile and artistic vision, and Dries Douibi’s experience with and involvement in the artistic scene of Brussels as a dramaturg.

The directors' complete biographies >>

The project of Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Dries Douibi has been selected for its radical artistic vision and artist-based approach. They propose to rethink the festival’s relation with the city and to refresh its involvement on a local level, while connecting with international networks and unusual creation contexts. The project is the basis for renewing and deepening the festival's vision, without losing its continuity out of sight. Thanks to a broad network of partners, the festival will encounter new and various audiences.

The board of directors was supported in its decision by a jury of experts, consisting of Mette Edvardsen (artist), Zoë Gray (senior curator WIELS), Lars Kwakkenbos (lecturer KASK), Laurence Rassel (director ERG) and Annemie Vanackere (intendant Hebbel am Ufer).

Together with the directional shift, the festival’s board of directors gets two new presidents: Bie Vancraeynest and Anne Hislaire are succeeding Marion Hänsel and Geert Van Istendael.

The new direction will now begin with the completion of the artistic programme of the festival’s 24th edition, taking place in 2019 from May 10 to June 1.

Picture : Bea Borgers

Thank you and see you soon, Christophe Slagmuylder!


Today is Christophe Slagmuylder's last day with us. After 12 years at the helm of the festival, he will leave for Vienna where he'll start as the new Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen from Monday 3 September.

Click here for more information about the Wiener Festwochen or to stay in touch with Christophe Slagmuylder.

A new artistic direction for the Kunstenfestivaldesarts will be designated in September.

Christophe Slagmuylder will lead the Wiener Festwochen 2019


Christophe Slagmuylder, general and artistic director of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, becomes the artistic director of the Wiener Festwochen.

The internationally renowned festival will take place in Vienna from 10 May to 16 June 2019. Christophe Slagmuylder will be taking up his new post on 1 September. At the same time, he will be leaving the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, which he has led since 2007.

This appointment accelerates the search of a successor to Christophe Slagmuylder as artistic director of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. The new director will enter office as soon as possible after summer, even though most of the 2019 programme is already defined. The nominated successor will be announced early September.

It will also be the moment to look back on the 12 years during which Christophe Slagmuylder has been the head of the festival, and to take stock of his exceptional programming in Brussels.

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts is seeking to recruit an Artistic Director


Read the call for application

Applications should be e-mailed to before 25 June, 6 pm.

This was 4-26.5.2018


The 23rd Kunstenfestivaldesarts drew to a close in Brussels on Saturday 26 May. Almost 40 works created by artists from all over the world have invigorated Brussels, stimulating debates and conversations, workshops and parties.

With an occupancy rate close to 98% (and more than 26,500 tickets sold), one can only acknowledge that the festival gathers large audiences from Brussels and further afield around demanding artistic projects that attempt to avoid a particular format.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have “made” this 2018 festival with us: the artists, the partners, and the audiences.

Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2019 will take place from the 10th of May till the 1st of June, 2019.

See you next year!

Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2018 at BRUZZ


Bruzz has broadcast a lovely video report about the 23rd edition of Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Behind the scenes, artistic director Christophe Slagmuylder guides you through the program and venues. 

Watch the video here.

Extra tickets concert Charlemagne Palestine & Nico Vascellari - 25/05 in Kanal – Centre Pompidou


There are extra tickets available for Newwwsswirlll, the concert of Charlemagne Palestine & Nico Vascellari, tonight (25/05) in Kanal – Centre Pompidou. Afterwards there is a free party! 

Buy tickets (online until 17:00 or at the door in Kanal — Centre Pompidou)

☛ Composer, musician, shaman, visual artist and performer, Charlemagne Palestine, opened the festival with an impressive concert on organ and bells in the Cathedral of Saints Michael & Gudula. In Kanal he will be addressing his talents as punk icon.  

Nico Vascellari works with complex and eccentric installations, combining performative and sculptural elements with drawings, collages, videos and sonic extravaganzas. He is also singer in the punk band With Love and is famous in the alternative underground scene.

Extra performance of Sorour Darabi - Farci.e on 20/5


The performance of Farci.e on Saturday 19/5 was cancelled for technical reasons. An extra performance will take place this Sunday 20/5 at 5 pm. Ticket holders of the cancelled performance can use their ticket for this extra show. There will also be tickets on sale at the doors.