Parcours March 27

10:00 - 11:00

Sun 27.03
10:00
treinen vanuit Gent en A’pen
NL

Brussels Express

Literary readings in the train from Antwerp and Ghent. In Dutch.

Sun 27.03
10:30
Hotel Le Plaza
FR
Literary breakfast

Wilfried N’Sonde

A unique opportunity to make the acquaintance of writer and musician Wilfried N'Sonde, born in the Congo and living in Berlin.

Sun 27.03
10:00
gares de Liège et de Namur
FR

En train d’écrire

Creative writing workshops in the train from Liège and Namur. In French.

Sun 27.03
10:30
centraal station / gare centrale
EN / FR / NL

Brussels poetry collective

Join the specially expanded Brussels Poet’s Collective on a train journey that takes a mostly poetic look at some of Brussels underside: an underground labyrinth, the red-light district, sites either derelict or under construction, ending in a forest.

 

Sun 27.03
10:30
Hotel Le Plaza
FR
Literary breakfast

Mathias Enard

Delicious literary breakfast with Mathias Enard. Booking required before 23rd of March.

Sun 27.03
10:30
De Markten
NL
literary breakfast

Afghan women

Four Afghan women writers in Europa plus a Dutch journalist discuss their position and subjects. With Afghan breakfast, 4 euro.

Sun 27.03
10:30
Hotel Le Plaza
EN

Literary networks: Halma and LAF

Literature Across Frontiers is celebrating its 10th birthday. And HALMA, the network of literary centres in Europe, is 5 years old. Both are permanent partners of Het beschrijf...

11:00 - 12:00

Sun 27.03
11:00
La Monnaie / De Munt
FR

Bernardo Atxaga

Bernardo Atxaga put the Basque country on the literary world map with novels like Obabakoak and The Accordeonist’s Son. A discussion about history’s influence on the human soul.

Sun 27.03
11:45
Théâtre des Martyrs
FR

Douglas Kennedy

The travel reports and novels by Douglas Kennedy (The Woman in the Fifth and The Big Picture) appeal not only to readers but also to the critics. Some of his successful stories have been translated into fifteen languages...

12:00 - 13:00

Sun 27.03
12:00
Ateliers de la Monnaie / Ateliers van de Munt
DE / FR / NL

Juli Zeh

The German author Juli Zeh made her international breakthrough with intriguing novels. On a trip through ex-Yugoslavia she kept a diary. In her latest novel Corpus Delicti she raises questions about state control...

Sun 27.03
12:30
Vaudeville
FR

Alexandre Romanès

The deeply human writings of the poet of gypsy life Alexandre Romanès (Paroles perdues, Sur l’épaule de l’ange) are like tears he refuses to weep. Intervieww with critic and producer Philippe Lefait.

Sun 27.03
12:00
Gare Centrale / Centraal Station
NL
Sun 27.03
12:30
Gare Centrale / Centraal Station
e.a. / EN / FR / NL

brussels poetry collective

Join the specially expanded Brussels Poet’s Collective on a train journey that takes a mostly poetic look at some of Brussels underside: an underground labyrinth, the red-light district, sites either derelict or under construction, ending in a forest.

Sun 27.03
12:30
De Markten
NL

Hans Keilson

Werner Trio (Klara) talks to the 102-year-old novelist and psychoanalyst Hans Keilson about the universal strength radiated by his work, which is now being rediscovered throughout the world.

Sun 27.03
12:00
Hotel Le Plaza
EN

Best European Fiction

The American publisher Dalkey Archive Press has an exceptionally sharp nose for new literature outside the States. Publisher John O’Brien presents his list and talks to Gonçalo M. Tavares, Peter Terrin and Igor Štiks ...

Sun 27.03
12:00
Cercle des Voyageurs
FR

Apéro Géo Magazine

Reporter and novelist Jean-Luc Coatalem, responsible for the GEO travel reports, presents this celebrated magazine. Interview: Rony Demaeseneer

Sun 27.03
12:30
Magic Mirrors
Sun 27.03
12:00
Cinéma Arenberg
NL
Frequent flyer

Abdelkader Benali

Abdelkader Benali's latest book Oost=West is the result of his years of travelling throughout the Arabian world and the West. This Dutch writer of Moroccan descent uniquely describes the nexus between both worlds.

Sun 27.03
12:30
Espace Wallonie-Bruxelles
FR

Prix Indications/Passa Porta/IESSID

For a second time, Indications, Passa Porta and future librarians of the IESSID are awarding the prize to a foreign author. The candidates are Jérôme Ferrari, Alberto Ongaro, Agnès Desarthe, Maylis de Kerangal. And the winner is …

Sun 27.03
12:00
KVS
NL

Helmut Lotti reads poetry

Specially for the Passa Porta Festival, Helmut Lotti explores the world of poetry. From Seamus Heaney to Lorca and Claus, with many gems in between. Come and see for yourself and let Lotti’s words sing in your head.

Sun 27.03
12:00
BOZAR
EN

Ramsey Nasr & Etgar Keret

A conversation with Ramsey Nasr and Etgar Keret: the one a Dutchman and Palestinian, the other the greatest Israeli talent of the moment. Both are passionate and versatile artists with clear opinions.

13:00 - 14:00

Sun 27.03
13:30
Beursschouwburg
FR / NL
anne provoost and alain bertrand

Home Sweet Home?

What happens when two writers give each other the key to their house? The Fleming Anne Provoost and the Walloon Alain Bertrand took up the challenge.

Sun 27.03
13:45
Contemporary Art Gallery - QUEST 21
NL

Marion Bloem

In the QUEST 21 art gallery the Dutch writer, artist and film-maker Marion Bloem reads from her new novel Meer dan mannelijk. She will also discuss the relationship between the various media she uses.

Sun 27.03
13:30
Hotel Le Plaza
FR

Prix des Cinq Continents

Le Prix des Cinq Continents is a literature prize created by the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie). Three former winners will be present in Brussels: Liliana Lazar, Wilfried N'Sondé and Mathias Enard. 

Sun 27.03
13:30
KVS
EN

Andrea Levy

The British writer Andrea Levy talks about what it means to be 'home'. Her parents emigrated from Jamaica to Great Britain; the wrench between two homelands continues to occupy the writer in her novels. 

Sun 27.03
13:30
KVS
NL

The Belgian as a migrant

Marc Reynebeau talks with authors Erik Vlaminck concerning his novel about a 'Flemish' vilage in Canada, and Annelies Beck about her début work Over het kanaal. Both researched the Belgian as migrant. Can he ‘integrate’?

Sun 27.03
13:00
Magic Mirrors
EN / NL

On the move - Sjón and Mana Neyestani

On the move. The theme of the Passa Porta Festival is a favourite of many writers, including the two authors here, who read from their work, on being on the road, willingly or not. Good fortune or trouble.

Sun 27.03
13:30
Rits café
NL
Emancipation and poverty I

Tom Naegels

Author Tom Naegels and journalist Marjorie Blomme talk about Volk, their book on poverty in Flandres. They explore and describe how poverty  takes hold of the lives of  everyday people.

Sun 27.03
13:00
La Bellone
FR
Culture and immigration: clichés, images and words

Nabil Ben Yadir & Azouz Begag

Nabil Ben Yadir, director of the celebrated film Les Barons, meets former French minister Azouz Begag, author of some twenty novels (e.g. La guerre des moutons, Fayard, 2008).

Sun 27.03
13:15
Théâtre des Martyrs
NL

Connie Palmen

This grand lady of Dutch literature presents the case against populism and the tyranny of mediocrity and talks about how powerful reading experiences change lives, create happiness and inspire travel.

Sun 27.03
13:00
Rits Cinéma
FR / NL

Erwin Mortier’s Marcel

Bilingual reading (with projected translation) of Erwin Mortier's Marcel by Guy Dermul and Itsik Elbaz, accompanied on the viola by Paul Declerck. An insightful and astute story. Voice: Geneviève Damas.

Sun 27.03
13:00
BOZAR
EN

Sandro Veronesi

Travel through Sandro Veronesi's oeuvre with the Italian master of Calm Chaos and Troy is Burning as your guide. XY, Veronesi's next novel, appears in translation this spring and is an important new step in this varied oeuvre. Interview: Sven Speybrouck

14:00 - 15:00

Sun 27.03
14:00
Cercle des Voyageurs
FR
In the foosteps of Bouvier, Segalen, Leiris and company

Gérard Cogez & Björn Larsson

Essayist Gérard Cogez, author of a book about 20th-century writer-travellers, exchanges thoughts with the Swedish seafarer, philologist and novelist Björn Larsson.

Sun 27.03
14:15
La Tentation
EN / FR
Frequent Flyer

Mahi Binebine & Abdelkader Benali

The Moroccan Mahi Binebine is a painter and writer. In his novels he has a finger on the pulse of Morocco today. Abdelkader Benali grew up in the Netherlands. Erwin Jans interviews these two globetrotters, for whom art knows no boundaries.

Sun 27.03
14:30
Espace Wallonie-Bruxelles
FR
Road Book

Eric Sarner & Frank Albers

Writers Eric Sarner and Frank Albers appear with a road book. In the footsteps of Jack Kerouac they paint a cool portrait of American characters and scenes. Fantasy, myth and reality seamlessly intertwine in the lively tale of their wanderings.

 

Sun 27.03
14:00
BOZAR
EN
Frequent Flyer

Saša Stanišić

A conversation about travelling and writing; two things which are inseparably linked for the young Bosnian Saša Stanišić, who fled to Germany as a child.

Sun 27.03
14:45
Théâtre des Martyrs
FR

Jean-Christophe Rufin

Jean-Christophe Rufin, physician with Doctors for the World and ex-French Ambassador to Senegal and Gambia, is a critically acclaimed writer. In 2008 he became a member of the Académie Française and in 2011 he received the Goncourt Prize.

Sun 27.03
14:00
Beursschouwburg
EN

New home, New identity

Identity is not immutable. Rita El Khayat, Easterine Kire Iralu and Chenjerai Hove talk to the philosopher, political scientist and writer Bleri Lleshi.

 

Sun 27.03
14:00
Cinéma Arenberg
DE / FR
Football and Literature

Péter Esterházy & Jean-Philippe Toussaint on football

After the 2006 WC the famous Hungarian author Péter Esterházy wrote a book about football, a lifelong passion. Jean-Philippe Toussaint also wrote about his fascination for that same ball.

Sun 27.03
14:15
Gare Centrale / Centraal Station
FR / NL

Waiting room readings

During the festival, the Royal Salon in Central Station will be used for bilingual talks: a select group of writers invite you to take a break.

Sun 27.03
14:00
AB Club
NL

I love Herman Brood

Musical narrative by Bertus Borgers about the life of the legendary Dutch rock musician and artist Herman Brood.

Sun 27.03
14:30
De Markten
NL

Contemporary Dutch Poetry I

Is poetry a genre without movement? This Poet's Podium with the best that contemporary Dutch poetry has to offer will convince you of the opposite.

Sun 27.03
14:30
Rits café
NL
Emancipation and poverty II

Jeanne Devos & Frederic Vanhauwaert

Talk and debate about emancipation in the fight against poverty. With missionary Jeanne Devos from India and expert Frederic Vanhauwaert.

Sun 27.03
14:00
Vaudeville
NL
Frequent Flyer

Ramsey Nasr

On the move fits Ramsey Nasr like a glove. His trips, including Palestine and Tanzania, impact on his multifacetted work.

Sun 27.03
14:30
Gare Centrale / Centraal Station
NL

Young poets

Frank De Crits went to three Brussels schools to urge pupils to engage with poetry. They will now read from their own work, on Brussels, time, love and other matters.

Sun 27.03
14:30
Église du béguinage /Begijnhofkerk
NL
Living in exile

Erwin Mortier & Lieve Blancquaert

Erwin Mortier and Lieve Blancquaert talk about their collective project No one knows I’m a person. In this book in Dutch they compiled the stories of underage refugees. A unique meeting in the Beguinage church.

 

Sun 27.03
14:00 > 18:00
Église du béguinage /Begijnhofkerk
FR / NL
expo

Fred Pauwels

Photographic exhibition of Fred Pauwels' coverage of the occupation of the Beguinage church.

Sun 27.03
14:15
BOZAR
EN

New Hungarian Literature

Discover three key figures from current Hungarian literature: György Dragomán, Attila Bartis et Krisztina Tóth.

Sun 27.03
14:00
Gare Centrale / Centraal Station
Sun 27.03
14:00-17:00
Place du béguinage / Begijnhofplein
FR

Voyage autour de chez moi

A multi-disciplinary travel report about weeks' ‘expedition' around the Beguinage church. Testimonies and life stories are jotted down in a caravan.

 

 

Sun 27.03
14:00
Ateliers de la Monnaie / Ateliers van de Munt
FR / NL / PT

Gonçalo M. Tavares

In his novel Jerusalem the Portuguese writer Gonçalo M. Tavares examines violence and madness in an unnamed town. His latest book Uma viagem à India reads like a present-day odyssey. 

Sun 27.03
14:30
Gare Centrale entrée Cantersteen, 10 / Centraal Station ingang Kantersteen, 10
FR

Thomas Clerc & Bruce Bégout

Literary and philosophical discussion on the topic of ‘style' with Thomas Clerc (The man who killed Roland Barthes, Gallimard) and Bruce Bégout (The Park, Allia).

15:00 - 16:00

Sun 27.03
15:15
Via Via Café
NL

Babah Tarawally

Babah Tarawally fled Sierra Leone in the nineties and in his recent literary debut (in Dutch) links life in the West and in Africa. Ilaja Sandopla Jaweh tries to escape the dull life of the asylum-seeker.

 

Sun 27.03
15:45
BOZAR
EN

The borders of the Balkans

Where do the Balkans begin and end? Do authors from Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Albania have anything in common? The Hungarian author Györgi Dragoman grew up in Romania. Igor Stiks was born in Sarajevo and grew up in...

 

Sun 27.03
15:00
Gare Centrale / Centraal Station
NL
Sun 27.03
15:30
Gare Centrale entrée Cantersteen, 10 / Centraal Station ingang Kantersteen, 10
NL

Modern explorers

Photographers Carl De Keyzer and Pieter-Jan de Pue and writer-journalists Jef Lambrecht (unconfirmed) and Rudi Rotthier talk about their travels and the way they have shaped their world view and work.

Sun 27.03
15:15
Place du béguinage -Begijnhofplein
FR / NL

Caravan readings

These stories about the life of an emigrant and adventurous globetrotters will undoubtedly have you itching to travel. The readings take place in a caravan. Alternating between French and Dutch. With Peter Holvoet-Hanssen, Daniel Hélin, Noella Elpers, Karen Guillorel.

Sun 27.03
15:30
Vaudeville
EN

Jens Christian Grøndahl

Margot Dijkgraaf talks to the great Danish author Jens Christian Grøndahl about his two new books. The words intimate and intense could apply equally to the novel You don't know that as to the memoirs In an hour the trees will bud...

Sun 27.03
15:00
BOZAR
FR

Philippe Claudel

After the bestseller Grey Souls, Philippe Claudel brings us The Investigator, seen in France as his most impressive work. This confirms Claudel's status as a master-storyteller. A conversation with Rik Torfs.

 

Sun 27.03
15:30
De Markten
NL

Contemporary Dutch Poetry II

After a short intermission, the readings continue with three leading figures of present-day Dutch poetry: Tonnus Oosterhoff, Nachoem Wijnberg and Arjen Duinker. A rare opportunity to hear this remarkable trio in Belgium.

Sun 27.03
15:30
KVS
EN / NL

On the move - Faraj Bayrakdar and Karel Sergen

On the move. The theme of the Passa Porta Festival is a favourite of many writers, including the two authors here, who read from their work, on being on the road, willingly or not. Good fortune or trouble.

 

Sun 27.03
15:30
Beursschouwburg
NL

MO* debate on migration

A UN report shows that migration can be a developmental opportunity, while others argue for its avoidance through development cooperation. A debate with Cécile Riallant (UNDP) and Rachida Lamrabet (author and jurist).

Sun 27.03
15:30
Magic Mirrors
NL

Rita El Khayat and Marion Bloem

Two remarkable women, both writers appreciated for their pronounced opinions, talk about women in and between cultures, migration and women's rights.

Sun 27.03
15:00
KVS
EN

David Mitchell

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festival: Annelies Beck interviews David Mitchell, the Brit who, with The Thousand Arms of Jacob de Zoet, made it all the way to Barack Obama's bedside table.

 

Sun 27.03
15.15
Cercle des Voyageurs
FR / NL

On the move - Salem Zenia and Boris Korkmazov

On the move. The theme of the Passa Porta Festival is a favourite of many writers, including the two authors here, who read from their work, on being on the road, willingly or not. Good fortune or trouble.

Sun 27.03
15:15
Rits Cinéma
NL

Joke Hermsen

Never having time. That is a fundamental experience of our time. It is synonymous with a successful existence. For the ancient philosophers doing nothing was the basis of civilization. A discussion with the author Joke J. Hermsen.

Sun 27.03
15:00
Hotel Le Plaza
EN

Andrés Neuman

According to Roberto Bolaño, he is the king of 21st-century literature, and Granta magazine counts him among the best Spanish-language novelists of his generation : Andrés Neuman is the discovery of the moment.

Sun 27.03
15:00
CINEMATEK
FR / NL
Literature and Film

Imaginary journeys

Two Belgian authors each write an imaginary journey on the occasion of the festival. In the Cinematek Pjeroo Roobjee and Xavier Deutsch read their stories, with short films by Georges Méliès.

16:00 - 17:00

Sun 27.03
16:30
AB Club
NL

I love Herman Brood

Musical narrative by Bertus Borgers about the life of the legendary Dutch rock musician and artist Herman Brood.

Sun 27.03
16:00
Rits
EN

On the move - Tendai Frank Tagarira and Manal Al-Sheikh

On the move. The theme of the Passa Porta Festival is a favourite of many writers, including the two authors here, who read from their work, on being on the road, willingly or not. Good fortune or trouble.

Sun 27.03
16:30
Hotel Le Plaza
FR

David Homel

Meeting with writer David Homel, born in Chicago and living in Montreal. In his novel Le droit chemin (Actes Sud, 2011) his hero, specialized in French literature, completes an essay about dromomania, an uncontrollable urge to travel, which principally affects men...

Sun 27.03
16:30
Espace Wallonie-Bruxelles
ES / FR
Writers-translators

Robert Juan-Cantavella & Mathias Enard

The young Spanish writer Robert Juan-Cantavella translated Mathias Enard's Zone into Castilian, and Enard translated Proust Fiction, the novels of Robert Juan-Cantavella. Discover the world of writer-translators. Moderator : Gilles Collard

Sun 27.03
16:45
KVS
NL
Belgium and the Congo

David Van Reybrouck & Guy Verhofstadt

Congo is David Van Reybrouck’s phenomenal history of the country which also inspired his theatre monologue Mission. During the festival the author talks with Guy Verhofstadt about colonialism, writing and travel between Belgium and the Congo...

Sun 27.03
16:45
Rits Cinéma
FR
Portrait of an abandoned utopia

Kjartan Fløgstad

The Norwegian writer and former seafarer Kjartan Fløgstad is a seasoned globetrotter. Pyramids is a contemplative work about an isolated small mining town in the Arctic archipelago Spitsbergen (Svalbard)...

Sun 27.03
16:15
Gare Centrale entrée Cantersteen, 10 / Centraal Station ingang Kantersteen, 10
FR

Départ Outre-Atlantique

Meeting the French writer Fabrice Gabriel, who lives in New York. In his books Fuir les Forêts and Norfolk (Seuil fiction & Cie), departure and life as an emigrant are core topics. Leading the debate is literary journalist Sylvain Bourmeau (Les Inrockuptibles).

Sun 27.03
16:00
CINEMATEK
FR
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE CREATION

Philippe Di Folco & Mathieu Amalric

Screenplay writer and author Philippe Di Folco (Le dictionnaire de la mort) in conversation with actor and director Mathieu Amalric (Tournée, Prize for Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2010). An indiscreet glimpse behind the scenes at the creation.

Sun 27.03
16:00
Église du béguinage /Begijnhofkerk
FR

Mais d’où venez-vous ?

In a Paris prison, Michèle Lesbre and Sylvie Granotier listened to the personal yet universal stories of people without papers. Together with philosopher François De Smet, the authors debate the subject with political scientist Mathieu Bietlot.

 

Sun 27.03
16:00
Cercle des Voyageurs
FR

Du récit de voyage à l’édition

Two new series, Le sentiment géographique from Gallimard and Peuples de l'eau from Seuil, give their own view of the modern travel story. With Christian Giudicelli, Elodie Bernard and Alain Borer. Interview: David Branders.

Sun 27.03
16:00
BOZAR
DE / FR / NL

Péter Esterházy

Through the ties with his father, the eminent Hungarian writer Péter Esterházy reveals the personal dimension behind the history of Hungary. 

Sun 27.03
16.45
De Markten
EN

On the move - Maria Barbal and Pegah Ahmadi

On the move. The theme of the Passa Porta Festival is a favourite of many writers, including the two authors here, who read from their work, on being on the road, willingly or not. Good fortune or trouble.

Sun 27.03
16:00
Ateliers de la Monnaie / Ateliers van de Munt
FR / IT / NL

Giorgio Vasta

Material Time by Giorgio Vasta is one of the most important Italian novels of recent years. Three youngsters find themselves in a current of idealism, terrorism and impossible loves.

 

Sun 27.03
16:30
Via Via Café
FR

Poétique nomade

La Troupe Poétique Nomade is a collective of poets, performers and musicians. The latter improvise freely around the poetic voice and contemporary poetry performance.

17:00 - 18:00

Sun 27.03
17:00
Beursschouwburg
FR
Reading by Laurence Vielle & Benoît Verhaert

Ernst Moerman’s Vie imaginaire de Jésus-Christ

Brilliant prose poem. Benoît Verhaert and Laurence Vielle effortlessly bring this agitated and sparkling text to life.

Sun 27.03
17:00
Beursschouwburg
FR / NL
music and literature

Momomatique

Momomatique is the new band centred on the writer and musician Jef Aerts and singer Katlyn de Ghellinck. They write warm electro-acoustic songs in French, Dutch, English and Brazilian, alternated with readings by Aerts.

Sun 27.03
17:00
BOZAR
NL

Arthur Japin

Betty Mellaerts talks to the successful Dutch author Arthur Japin about time travel and the genesis of his latest novel Vaslav, about the legendary dancer and artist of movement, Nijinsky.

Sun 27.03
17:00
Vaudeville
FR

Philippe Djian &  Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Conversation between Philippe Djian (Incidences, 2010) and Jean-Philippe Toussaint (The Truth about Marie, 2009) about their literary activities, their journeys and escapes. Leading the discussion is William Irigoyen, journalist with ARTE.

Sun 27.03
17:30
BOZAR
EN

Perihan Mağden

The Turkish Perihan Magden can include Orhan Pamuk among her esteemed readers. In addition to novels and essays she writes columns that bring her into regular conflict with the Turkish authorities...

Sun 27.03
17:00
Magic Mirrors
EN

Freedom of Speech & Exile

Two of the many writers who are threatened or silenced are given the chance to speak.The Iranian Parvin Ardalan, writer, journalist and militant feminist, and the Kenyan Philo Ikonya, poet and novelist talk to Deo Namujimba

Sun 27.03
17:15
Centro Galego - La Tentation
FR
Literature and dance

Caroline de Mulder, Ego Tango

Tango and sensuality go hand in hand, also in the novel Ego Tango by Caroline de Mulder, Prix Rossel 2010.

Sun 27.03
17:00
Rits
NL

Citybooks

Five authors and a photographer give their view of the city where they stayed. Conversation with Christiaan Weijts, Jeroen Olyslaegers and Gerda Dendooven.

 

Sun 27.03
17:15
BOZAR
EN

The Appeal of Short Stories

In this fragmented world, people appear more than ever to value reading and telling stories. What are the incentives for authors to devote themselves to the short story? 

 

18:00 - 19:00

Sun 27.03
18:30
BOZAR
EN
closure

Orhan Pamuk

The festival closes with the Turkish Nobel prizewinner Orhan Pamuk, who reflects on the theme On the move. He talks about Turkey and Europe, about nationalism, about the restless movements of today's world, but also authorship and commitment.