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.



On Friday 5 May the festival kicks off with celebrations and trumpets sounding! At 18:00 there is a stand-up opening reception at WIELS, with interventions by the artist Mette Edvardsen and poetry slammers Mama’s Open Mic, Miss Elli and Loucka FireGun. The exhibition The Absent Museum will exceptionally remain open until 20:00. All over town there are premieres of performances by Marcelo Evelin, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Tetsuya Umeda, and Lili Reynaud-Dewar. The studios at P.A.R.T.S. are open, and there is a concert by Tarek Atoui at Rosas Performance Space. At 23:30 Eszter Salamon and a group of dancers will inaugurate the festival with an open-air performance around WIELS, after which the opening party breaks loose. A limited number of tickets to see the shows is still on sale. See you Friday!

Wanted: participants for Le Moindre Geste


For the Tunisian choreographers Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, the power of transformation resides in small, everyday gestures, and these can transcend differences. For their creation Le Moindre Geste, the festival is searching for participants (male, over 25 years old) to perform for one night and live a strong experience of empathy with a stranger.

Interested? Contact Anne at the festival by telephone (02 226 45 73) or e-mail (anne@kfda.be).

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 (participate@kfda.be) 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.