The box office will be open on the 1st of May!


The box office will be open on the 1st of May. You are welcome for all your bookings or to get more info about this year's program. Tip: don't wait too long to get your tickets!

You can find us at Recyclart : Rue de Manchester, 13-15
> Until 10.05 (before the festival): from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 19:00.
> From 10.05 (during the festival): every day from 12:00 to 20:00.

Extra performance of Dana Michel - CUTLASS SPRING on Monday 20.05


An extra date for Dana Michel’s - CUTLASS SPRING has just been added to the festival calendar, on Monday 15th May at 20:30 at Beursschouwburg. Tickets are now up for sale at the box office and online.

Ticket sales have started!


Buy your tickets or Festival Pass online or at the box office, situated on the new Recyclart location (Rue de Manchester 13-15). You are welcome for all your bookings or to get more info about this year's programme.

> Before the festival, the box office is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 19:00.
> During the festival you can visit the box office every day, from 12:00 to 20:00.

Call: one man (35+) and two chess players (m) for the new creation of Federico León


In May 2019, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts welcomes the new creation of the famous Argentine director Federico León, entitled Yo escribo. Your Dibujás. ("I write. You draw."). This is an artistic performance that requires about twenty local participants for all kinds of roles. We are still looking for:

(1) a man (35+, preferably with grey hair)

(2) two male chess players:

  • between 20 and 35 years old
  • elo ranking of around 1,600 points
  • used to play chess well and quickly in public and under pressure: They will be the opponents of a chess champion in a simultaneous game.

No further experience as a professional actor is required: there is no text to memorise or declaim. However, it is very important to feel comfortable on a stage and to be available during rehearsal and performance dates.

We offer a compensation of € 200 as well as a catering service for the participants during the rehearsals.

Practical info


Tue 30.04: evening
Wed 01.05: afternoon
Thu 02.05: evening
Fri 03.05: evening
Sat 04.05: afternoon
Sun 05.05: afternoon
Mon 06.05: journée libre
Wed 07.05: evening
Wed 08.05: dress rehearsal 1 in the evening
Thu 09.05: dress rehearsal 2 in the evening

Halles de Schaerbeek, Rue Royale Ste Marie 22, 1030 Schaerbeek


Fri 10.05, 20h30
Sat 11.05, 15h00 + 20h30
Sun 12.05, 15h00 + 19h00
Mon 13.05, 20h30

Halles de Schaerbeek, Rue Royale Ste Marie 22, 1030 Schaerbeek

Contact Safa El Alami ( if interested.

Become a TRACKer !


TRACK is a bilingual (French/Dutch) trajectory for young people (between 16 and 22 years) before and during Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

Read more about TRACK here.

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.