Before, during and after the festival different groups of Brussels residents come together around the artistic programme to share their experiences and ideas with each other and the outside world. Together with a number of major partners, the festival supports these annual initiatives that are rooted in the city and reflect its cosmopolitan character.

The ⏩ Sessions

The ⏩ Sessions (read: The Forward Sessions) brings together a group of young Brussels residents, rooted in different networks of the city’s artistic creations. The group meets regularly throughout the year and for the three weeks of the festival, to watch particular performances. Each chosen production leads them to ask a specific question linked to art or society, which is then tackled as a group, starting from each person’s experience and reality.

Participants: Aminata Abdoulaye, Alhadi Adam Agabeldour, Karim Akalay, Omar Al Samarrai, Chems Eddine, Niels Coppens, Alex Deforce, Farbod Fathinejad, Liyo Gong, Sihame Haddioui, Sanae Jamai, Hyun Lories, Ilyas Mettioui, Hendrick Ntela, Anthony Nti, Lisette Ntukabumwe, Amina Saâdi, Milø Slayers, Ahlaam Teghadouini
Moderators: Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Bie Vancraeynest


After six years, the Chicago Project is now called #nofilter. Three youth organisations from different parts of Brussels come together to define a joint programme. The youngsters watch shows, meet the artists and discuss their expectations and experiences, camera in hand. Using the filmed material, they make video clips to share online. However, the lively discussions continue long after they’ve put their cameras away! The name #nofilter refers to the youngsters’ less inhibited and more direct approach of artists, compared to other audiences. It also refers to the intense impact of some performance, and to the authentic experience of having an enjoyable time together at the theatre! On the last Wednesday of the festival, the youngsters invite you to join them for a collective meal, and to discover their filmed reactions during the 2019 festival.

2019 #nofilter videos: 
#1 Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere - Pleasant Island
#2 Alice Ripoll, Cia Suave - CRIA
#3 Anne Lise Le Gac & Arthur Chambry - DUCTUS MIDI

Public screening and collective iftar meal
Wednesday 29.05, 21:00
GC De Kriekelaar
Registration required:

Coordination: Oualid Akrouh, Chiraz Graja, Nouha Mhamdi
Videos: Badredine Oulad Haj Amar, El Ayadi Mourad
Moderator: Lars Kwakkenbos

In collaboration with: Chicago & VMJ-AJM youth centres (D’Broej), TransfoCollect
With the support of: Bernheim Foundation


TRACK (before called Young Art Reporters) invites a group of young people (student reporters and artists or quite simply curious youngsters) to immerse themselves in the world of the festival and express their views on what they've experienced as members of the audience and guests behind the scenes. The young people are accompanied by a group of coaches in order to identify and master their preferred form of expression: interview, chronicle, poetry, drawing etc. All the contributions will be published in a collective webzine that the TRACKers will share with the audience at a presentation mid-way through the festival.

TRACK stands for Trajectory for Reporters, Artists and Curious youngsters at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

2019 Webzine

Public release of the webzine 
Sunday 19.05, 18:00
Festival Centre

2019 TRACKer's: Abigail Abubakar, Adeola Hawna, Audrey De Temmerman, Brigitta Skarpalezos, Elisabeth Röben , Emma Ladeuze, Hind De Decker, Liam Rees, Lisa Kaison, Lucie Yerlès, Lula Kodjabachian, Nelly Manet, Nour Verkindere, Zoé Hagen
Coaches: Lorent Corbeel, Leslie Doumerc, Daan Simons, Ali Talbi, Benjamin Thomas

Initiated by: De Veerman, Kunstenfestivaldesarts
In collaboration with: (Indications asbl)
Supported by: Evens Foundation
Thanks to: Ecole Active, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, GO! atheneum Anderlecht (Audio-visual education), Ihecs (Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications sociales), Jeugd & Stad, Lycée Emile Max (Arts d’expression), Préparts, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Agrégation Information-Communication)

Producers' Academy 4

During three days, La Raffinerie becomes the headquarters of the Producers’ Academy. This workshop gathers young Belgian, European and international performing arts producers. Through the encounter with experts, and within a programme mixing workshops, case studies and round-table discussions, participants will be invited to question their own practice in international production and distribution. Producers’ Academy builds up a cultural network that focuses on mutual support and know-how sharing.

13–15.05, 09:00–18:00
La Raffinerie
Language: EN

Organised by: CIFAS (Centre International de Formation en Arts du Spectacle, Brussels)
In collaboration with: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, MoDul asbl, On the Move
With: producers, bookers, administration managers, tour managers, cultural entrepreneurs

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