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.

Start ticket sales


Presale for all shows and exhibitions at the festival kicks off on Thursday 13 April at 11:00. From now until the start of the festival, the box office on the Mont des Arts is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00. You are welcome for all your bookings or to discover this year’s programme.

Looking for participants for a performance by Tetsuya Umeda in Forest


The festival is looking for participants for Tetsuya Umeda’s Composite, a musical performance on different locations in Forest (in and around BRASS, WIELS and GC Ten Weyngaert). Are you in between 9 and 99 years old? Would you like to experience an artistic adventure together with friends, family members or complete strangers? Are you a dancer, musician, or even a curious spectator? Come and play with sounds and songs! Experiment with the collective heartbeat of Composite. Everyone is welcome. The performance plays from 5 to 14 May, with some rehearsals prior to the premiere, from 29 April. A fee is offered in recompense. For more information or to apply as a candidate, you can contact us by mail ( or telephone (02 226 45 73).

​The Absent Museum : 20.4–13.08.2017


For its 22nd edition the festival is embarking on a collaboration with WIELS Contemporary art centre. Together we are organizing a large-scale exhibition (The Absent Museum) and a series of artistic projects that open up together a vast transdisciplinary and international artistic space in Brussels that reflects the city’s cosmopolitan nature and its diversity. The Absent Museum runs from 19 April to 13 August. The performances by Nástio Mosquito, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Otobong Nkanga and Carsten Höller take place between 5 and 27 May.

Programme announcement


The 22nd edition of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes place from 5 to 27 May 2017 in more than 20 theatres and arts centres, and in surprising locations across Brussels. There are 39 projects this year, of which 25 are in world premiere. The full programme will be unveiled on 29 March and tickets go on sale 13 April. From that day onwards, you can reserve your tickets online or visit the box office, located in a container on the Mont des Arts.

Young Art Reporters


The Kunstenfestivaldesarts and De Veerman are running a mixed media project for young people from Brussels for the first time. Starting in April, a team of young people aged between 16 and 22 will meet frequently to discuss the artistic programme and create reactions to it through different mixed media (such as videos, texts etc.), being coached along the way by several media and communication professionals.


Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017


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Indiscipline: Brussels, the multifaceted and interdisciplinary capital, comes to light in Paris


Over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th September 2016, more than 30 artists, comprising visual artists, performers, choreographers and video makers based in Brussels, will be invited to the Palais de Tokyo by Indiscipline, selected by a curatorial team of WIELS, Kunstenfestivaldesarts and the Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse agency. Coming from around 15 different countries, these artists will present works from diverse crossover disciplines, pushing a number of our symbolic, physical, cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Within the space of a few years, Brussels has turned into an international platform dedicated to emerging artists and to artistic experimentation. Artists from all around the world gather there to find a breeding ground in which to showcase their talents. Characterised by their artistic risks, local artists don’t seem to share any common ground, other than their undisciplined nature and their interdisciplinary bias.

Indiscipline is an initiative of the Minister of Promotion of Brussels Mr Rachid Madrane, carried out by in collaboration with WIELS, Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse.

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Job offer: administrative assistant (m/f/x)


We are looking for an administrative assistant (m/w/x) to join our team. You'll find the job offer on the webpage Jobs & internships. Apply before 16 august 2016.

In retrospect


The 21st Kunstenfestivaldesarts draws to a close in Brussels on Saturday 28 May 2016. For three weeks the festival has welcomed a wide range of artistic propositions, mostly world premieres of new works, along with numerous other activities that provide an opportunity for artists and audiences to meet and exchange ideas. Highlights this year include relevant and innovative projects that have been illuminated by the presence of remarkable artists such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Milo Rau. These projects have been shared with a wide audience from Brussels, Belgium and elsewhere. This diversity can also be found in the people who come to the festival: contemporary arts enthusiasts alongside the uninitiated, professionals alongside individuals from all kinds of environments who are attracted by the festival’s open-minded and daring approach. In May 2016 the Kunstenfestivaldesarts has reaffirmed its unique position. It combines local roots with a national identity. It combines presenting a demanding and bold artistic programme and sharing it with a wide and diverse audience. Yet again this year ticket sales have exceeded the previous year’s figures (which was a record at the time!) while the various free activities organised in parallel with the festival (parties, debates and exhibitions) have also attracted a large number of visitors. Many thanks to all those who help bring this project to life and share with us the need for artistic creation.