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presented by Kaaitheater & Passa Porta

The Wonders of Multilingualism

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The Wonders of Multilingualism
The Wonders of Multilingualism

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Tue 08.02.22

Last year Passa Porta and Kaaitheater organised an evening of discussions on 'multilingualism' with writer Sulaiman Addonia and theatre maker Ahilan Ratnamohan. For the remainder of this series, we will let the audience set the agenda. The initial question reads: What are the hot topics and opportunities around multilingualism that we should pay attention to right now? The evening will be moderated by an experienced facilitator of the Open Space conversation format, a proven method of giving all attendees the right to speak.

Marisol de la Cadena & Isabelle Stengers

How Large is a Person?

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How Large is a Person?
How Large is a Person?

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Tue 14.12.21

During this evening, we will explore how human personhood has been constructed, and how it can be decentered and made to expand into different ways of seeing and being. The rational, universal individual has violently suppressed mutable persons existing at the intersection of multiple beings, as well as collective and interspecies ways of building knowledge that persist in the sciences, though often unrecognized. Underneath the steamroller of modernity, we will discover many possibilities for a more convivial future.

Decolonial Aesthesis, the Phantom Archive and the End of the Museum

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Decolonial Aesthesis, the Phantom Archive and the End of the Museum
Decolonial Aesthesis, the Phantom Archive and the End of the Museum

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Wed 27.10.21

Kitchen Broadcast is an online radio broadcast curated by Joachim Ben Yakoub and Reem Shilleh. In the presence of Lara Khaldi en Rolando Vazquez this episode proposes to discuss Rolando’s new book ‘Vistas of Modernity. Decolonial Aesthesis and the End of the Contemporary.’ and Lara her recent curatorial work and reflections.

Ecopolis 2021

Dare to Care

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Dare to Care
Dare to Care

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Sun 24.10.21

The global Covid crisis brought healthcare into the spotlight. But care extends beyond the strictly medical: it includes everything we do to preserve and restore the world. Can care be a new starting point, based on connectedness and generosity? Can care, as an emancipatory principle, underpin politics and economics? Ecopolis 2021 makes room for these questions, and many more, during a day of lectures, conversations, workshops, literature and performance.

Gosie Vervloessem invites

Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing

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Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing

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Tue 19.10.21

During this evening we will focus on tendrilesque writing. What happens to human speech if vines enter our flesh, roots crawl through our veins, and we turn into hybrid plant monsters? What happens if we let plants speak through us and what kind of new language, new bits of knowledge and new worlds can emerge from there? We will explore these topics while focusing on the status of women, and their relation to plants, as presented in works of fiction in which the distinction between women and plants becomes blurry.

AflamNa / Fatima Mernissi Leerstoel

A Woman's Eye

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A Woman's Eye
A Woman's Eye

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Tue 14.09.21

In the film industry gender equality is far from achieved. For this evening, three women delve into their work. With their North African and Middle Eastern film excerpts, they will discuss gender stereotyping, cultural taboos and their own experience as a director or film programmer.

Leilani Farha, Fredrik Gertten & Alice Romainville

Who owns the city? On the "financialisation" of urban housing

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Who owns the city? On the "financialisation" of urban housing
Who owns the city? On the "financialisation" of urban housing

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Sat 11.09.21

Since the financial crisis in 2008, housing is no longer a basic right, but an attractive investment or financial product used by (big) capital as a safe haven. This is a familiar scenario, also in Brussels. Who does the city really belong to? In this programme, together with Leilani Farha, Fredrik Gertten and Alice Romainville, we take a deeper look at the root causes of these urban problems and processes of change.

Saskia Sassen

in conversation with Quinsy Gario

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in conversation with Quinsy Gario
in conversation with Quinsy Gario

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Fri 10.09.21

We are very pleased to welcome Saskia Sassen for the keynote of Sous les pavés, het strand. Sassen is a Dutch-American sociologist and economist, known for her research on globalisation and international migration, and for coining the term 'global city'. Quinsy Gario – a performance poet and artist from Curaçao and St. Maarten – will lead the discussion.

Permanent Summer School

Building Beyond

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Building Beyond
Building Beyond

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Thu 09.09 - Sat 11.09.21

Departing from the emergence of collective infrastructures in Europe, Permanent takes stock of different voices, experiences and practices of sharing and commoning within changing urban settings with the summer school Building Beyond. And all this as part of the new city festival Sous les pavés, het strand.

Fatima-Zohra Ait El Maâti

Le Filet

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Le Filet
Le Filet

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Sun 11.07.21

Le Filet is an immersive audio-visual installation that allows us to dive into a mothers’ concerns, fears and anxiousness while awaiting a response from her arrested son. Fatima-Zohra Ait El Maâti depicts women – more precisely mothers – as the collateral damage of the state violence endured by their brothers, fathers, husbands and sons.

Les grandes remplaçantes ?

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Les grandes remplaçantes ?
Les grandes remplaçantes ?

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Sat 10.07.21

During this evening programme, several Belgian persons and collectives with an intersectional and feminist vision will take the floor. They will talk about their discourse, about the new terminology that makes it possible to focus on marginalised living conditions and about the resistance they experience from other feminist movements – mainly from white feminists.

Passa Porta Festival

AfroLit

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AfroLit
AfroLit

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Tue 23.03 - Sun 11.04.21

AfroLit is the title of a recent anthology of modern literature from the African diaspora in Belgium and the Netherlands, compiled by Dalilla Hermans and Ebissé Rouw. The anthology inspired the Passa Porta Festival and Kaaitheater to compile a full evening programme, highlighting the vitality of Dutch Afro-literature.

State of the Arts

Social Security

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Social Security
Social Security

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Sat 27.02.21

How to develop better ways of working in the performing arts sector today – and in the future? As part of How to Live and Work Now?, State Of The Arts (SOTA) started a self-organised working group on social security for artists. On 27/02 the reflection group throws the doors open: they organise an (online) public discussion and collective process to bring together as many viewpoints and reflections as possible on the reform of the artists' status.

Ahilan Ratnamohan & Sulaiman Addonia

The Wounds of Multilingualism #1: losing and learning languages

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The Wounds of Multilingualism #1: losing and learning languages
The Wounds of Multilingualism #1: losing and learning languages

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Tue 23.02.21

With The Wounds of Multilingualism Kaaitheater and Passa Porta are launching a series that sheds light on the human, cultural and political complexities surrounding multilingualism. A series that immerses you, as it were, deep into the bath of multilingualism. Sulaiman Addonia and Ahilan Ratnamohan have a conversation around this. They bring with them exceptional stories about the impact of migration, learning new languages, a lost mother tongue, the privilege of language control...

How to Make (a) Movement Resilient?

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How to Make (a) Movement Resilient?
How to Make (a) Movement Resilient?

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Sat 06.02 - Sun 07.02.21

How can activists carry on and perhaps even increase their impact, without burning out? How can citizen movements organise themselves internally and externally better? This is exactly what Wouter Hillaert from Hart boven Hard wants to discuss during a conversation with fellow activists, as a shared reflection from within.

Miriyam Aouragh & Constant vzw

Infrastructure solidarity: a conversation

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Infrastructure solidarity: a conversation
Infrastructure solidarity: a conversation

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Tue 26.01.21

What are the current and future technological infrastructures for solidarity? Members of Constant – a Brussels organisation for art and media – speak with media anthropologist and activist Miriyam Aouragh about the relations between political activism and technological criticism. How to organise for online social change when tech giants profit from our interactions?

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