Traffic problems in Brussels on 24 and 25 May
Traffic problems are expected in Brussels on 24 and 25 May because of security measures taken for the visit to Brussels by the president of the United States, Donald Trump. Especially Théâtre Varia (because of traffic blocks in the European district) and Kaaitheater (because of a planned protest march on 24 May) can be hard to reach. We recommend taking the necessary precautions and using public transport to move in-between the festival locations.
Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine: workshops 23 > 26/05
There are still some places left for the workshops at Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. In one-to-one sessions participants will begin the process of learning a book by heart, known here as “second generation books”. The workshops are taking place from 23 to 26 May, from 10:30 to 12:00. There is one workshop per participant per book; participants commit to the four days. Booking through the box office.
Festival centre and box office closed on 20 May
On Saturday 20 May the Belgian Pride is taking place at Mont des Arts. The festival centre and box office will exceptionally remain closed that day. For more information about the festival, and to book your tickets, you can still reach us by e-mail or by phone (02 210 87 37), all day from 12:00 to 19:00.
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.
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.