debate

The Wonders of Multilingualism #3

Kaaitheater & Passa Porta

debate conversation

Kaaitheater & Passa Porta
Kaaitheater & Passa Porta
Tue 11.10.22

For some time now, Passa Porta and Kaaitheater have been meeting up to discuss multilingualism in all its wonderful and complex facets. The theme has not yet been decided, but the structure is already known: the focus is on mutual discussion, supplemented by short artistic interventions around the theme.

Ecopolis 2022

Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures

colloquium debate conversation

Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Sat 15.10.22

Social, ecological and economic crises force us to think about a radically different way of living. "The world is not about to end; we are already living with a different world," writes philosopher Bayo Akomolafe, speaker at the eighth edition of Ecopolis where artists, thinkers and doers break open our frames. This year, Ecopolis brings stories that depict an inclusive and sustainable future for this new world.

Isabelle N'Diaye

Brussel, diasporic archipelagos

debate

Brussel, diasporic archipelagos
Brussel, diasporic archipelagos
Sat 19.11.22

Let us imagine Brussels as an ocean full of interdependent cultural islands, connected by the same water and separated by different modes of communication, transmission and production. Sensitive cartography, eco-futuristic wanderings, visual arts, archive collections, spoken word and performances are all materials brought together to link the islands that make up the Brussels archipelago.

The Wonders of Multilingualism #2

Mother tongue: what's in a name?

debate

Mother tongue: what's in a name?
Mother tongue: what's in a name?
Tue 03.05.22

Mother tongue: what's in a name? The complexity of 'mother tongue' and multilingualism is the theme of the next evening in the series The Wonders of Multilingualism. Once again, the focus is on mutual discussion, fuelled by short interventions from Effi & Amir, Nisrine Mbarki and Sofie Verraest.

Black History Month

Black Feminism in Belgium

debate

Black Feminism in Belgium
Black Feminism in Belgium
Tue 08.03.22

The year 2022 marks the fifth edition of Black History Month in Belgium. After four successful editions, this year’s focus will be on ‘the power of assembly.’ Building on the mapping research work of Graciela Dutrieue, Black History Month Belgium will be holding an Open Forum to discuss and reflect on the past, present and future of Black feminist thought.

presented by Kaaitheater & Passa Porta

The Wonders of Multilingualism

debate

The Wonders of Multilingualism
The Wonders of Multilingualism
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?

conversation debate

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

debate online

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

conversation debate

Dare to Care
Dare to Care
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

conversation debate

Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
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

debate film

A Woman's Eye
A Woman's Eye
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
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

conversation debate

in conversation with Quinsy Gario
in conversation with Quinsy Gario
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

conversation debate workshop

Building Beyond
Building Beyond
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

installation debate

Le Filet
Le Filet
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 ?

debate film extracts

Les grandes remplaçantes ?
Les grandes remplaçantes ?
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

debate online

AfroLit
AfroLit
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

debate online

Social Security
Social Security
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.

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