soon

Fri 27.03 | 20:00
Le Botanique
€ 12 / 10
FR

Nancy Huston, Dany Laferrière, Nicolas Michaux

temps composés

A hedonist if ever there was one, Dany Laferrière explores the need to take some time out 'now & then' in L'art presque perdu de ne rien faire ('The almost lost art of doing nothing'). Nancy Huston blends past and present in Bad Girl as she addresses the fetus she once was. Both writers discuss the surprising possibilities offered up by literature and time. Musical interludes specially composed for the event by Nicolas Michaux punctuate the evening.

Sat 28.03 | 18:00
BRONKS
€ 6
AR / FR / NL / TU

Gerda Dendooven, Mélanie Rutten, Fatima Sharafeddine

short stories for a long night

The greatest bedtimes stories, for all from the age of 6. Gerda DendoovenMélanie Rutten and Fatima Sharafeddine read from their award-winning picture books, in Dutch, French and Arabic. A Turkish story about a red apple wraps up the event. A real Tower of Babel in the fairy-tale theatre BRONKS, with pancakes served in the café. 

Sat 28.03 | 20:00
flagey
€ 12 / 10
EN / FR / NL

Christine Angot, Kevin Barry, Michel Faber, Régis Jauffret, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, A.L. Snijders, Annelies Verbeke, An Pierlé

long night of the short story 2015

Masters of the short story from Belgium and abroad share the spotlight during a new edition of the Long Night of the Short Story. They play with the theme of Time in various languages and styles. These stories often focus on small, intimate events at the intersection of past and future. A unique host of writers and characters, with musical accompaniment by An Pierlé.

Sun 29.03 |

passa porta festival day 4

parcours 29 march

The culmination point of the Festival, the Parcours guides book lovers through the heart of Brussels: from BOZAR to Goupil Le Fol, from La Centrale to Les Brigittines. Over 100 authors meet their readers in different languages. And let's not forget readings from banned books, city walks, fictional conversations, erotic poetry, a literature festival for children, and much more. British writer Ian McEwan will be closing the festival.

Sun 29.03 | 10:30 - 18:00
Beursplein
EN / FR / NL

the silent box

Need to get away from the city noise? Unable to choose an event to attend? Then retreat to this silent box, a small oasis of silence in the heart of the festival, and get to know the work of our festival authors.

Sun 29.03 | 10:30 - 17:00
Le Wolf
EN / FR / NL

for all

story jukebox

In a little house that is completely insulated acoustically, the audience listens to a voice-over reading of a story it will have chosen previously. The illustrations are shown on a semi-panoramic screen.

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 13:00
BRONKS

4+

kids’ Cinema

A selection of the best short stories for children on the big screen.

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 12:00
Le Wolf
FR / NL

for all

readings for all

Readings on the subject of time. For parents and children.

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 11:45
La Centrale
FR

hans ulrich obrist & donatien grau

Art and literature were frequently partners in crime, especially in the avant-garde movements, but they now seem to have gone their separate ways. Is there still some common ground? Gilles Collard (Pylône) discusses this with Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries) and Donatien Grau, author of The Age of Creation and affiliated to Oxford University.

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 11:45
BRONKS
AR / FR

6+

don’t open this book!

A book with two sides. You can open this side and smell the lovely scent of home. But the other side comes with a warning: 'Don't open this book!' Fatima Sharafeddine reads her book in two languages. Curious as to whether she will ignore this advice…

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 17:30
BRONKS
EN / FR / NL

for all

cut & paste xl

Come cut & paste with us!

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 11:45
BRONKS
NL

8+

poet interviews children

Kids from four schools read Geert De Kockere 's poetry book Samen over een muurtje ('Together over a little wall') and made short animation films based on it. They are now shown for the first time. Geert De Kockere reads poems and interviews the young film-makers.

Sun 29.03 | 11:30 - 18:00
AB - Foyer
EN / FR / NL

speed-reading

Spritz is a speed-reading app that helps you read at a speed of 1,000 words per minute. Thanks to our Spritz installation you can test your reading speed during the festival.

Sun 29.03 | 11:30 - 12:00
Théâtre des Martyrs
FR

performance

careful with that axe, eugène! (théâtre des martyrs)

Actors of the Brussels theatre company Transquinquennal treat passers-by to previously unheard pop songs featuring lyrics by Belgian author Eugène Savitzkaya.

Sun 29.03 | 11:30 - 18:00
AB - Foyer

a minute’s silence

Sound artists perform a minute's silence. The result is a powerful soundscape that speaks to the imagination. Sit down in this converted barber's chair and let yourself be carried by the sound of silence.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 13:15
Taverne Greenwich
15€
EN / FR / NL
Reserv

greenwich meal time

Comics artists sit down for lunch together and, with your help, imagine the past, present and future. Enjoy this buzzing workshop in the impressive interior of the Greenwich Tavern.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 14:45
AB - Huis 23
EN

performance

first is the worst

First is the Worst is an endurance storytelling performance by the Belgium-based Brazilian writer and artist Luanda Casella. Viewers are immersed in an evasive narrative, full of dramatic moments but never seeming to come to a close.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 12:30
Beursschouwburg - rode hal / hall rouge
NL

what to do? two thunderous speeches

Joost Vandecasteele and Éric De Staercke give voice to their desires in a fire-and-brimstone sermon. Sometimes you just have to raise your voice. Loud, impassioned and memorable: two speeches that have to be heard.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 12:45
Théâtre des Martyrs
FR

hubert reeves on time and space

Hubert Reeves is a unique observer of our time. In Là où croît le péril…, he blends the 'beautiful history of the Universe' and the 'less beautiful' history of Mankind. The astrophysicist is in conversation with Eddy Caekelberghs.

Sun 29.03 | 11:00 - 11:45
De Markten
NL

breakfast with joke hermsen

Dutch philosopher Joke Hermsen sits down with Werner Trio for a breakfast conversation about quality time. She advocates a life with a greater awareness.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 12:45
BOZAR - Ter Arken
ES / NL

fictitious conversations: eduardo halfon

Guatemalan writer Eduardo Halfon answers the questions that he or his characters ask in his novels. A direct conversation between the writer and his work. Concept and interview: Ignasi Duarte.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 13:00
AB - Foyer
NL

Your future in cartoons

Comics artist Wauter Mannaert looks in his crystal ball. Find him and tell him your story. Within a few minutes you will have a clear vision of your future before you.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 12:45
binnenstad - centre-ville
EN

literary walk

Baudelaire, Boon, Brontë… City guide Jan Dorpmans walks you through the literary history of Brussels on a tour filled with anecdotes, quotes and secret locations in the city.

Sun 29.03 | 12:00 - 13:00
AB - Foyer
FR

your future in cartoons

Comics artist Noémie Marsily looks in her crystal ball. Find her and tell your story. Within a few minutes you will have a clear vision of your future before you.

Sun 29.03 | 12:15 - 13:00
BRONKS
NL / TU

6+

the red apple

One cold winter's day, a little rabbit sees, to his delight, a red apple hanging from a tree. But no matter how he jumps, he can't reach it. Luckily he receives some help. This delightful tale by Feridun Oral is read out in Turkish and in Dutch.

Sun 29.03 | 12:15 - 13:00
Muntpunt
NL

writing about the present

marc reynebeau & annelies beck

Marc Reynebeau talks with Annelies Beck about the field of tension between current events and literature. What does a novelist see more than a journalist? Does time need to elapse before a novel can be written about a striking current event?

Sun 29.03 | 12:30 - 13:30
Beurskafee
AR / e.a. / EN / ES / FR / NL

brussels poetry collective

erotic poetry

Members of the multilingual Brussels Poetry Collective let desire speak in new verses that jointly form an erotic body. With Taha Adnan, Frank De Crits, Serge van Duijnhoven, Ramón Neto, Xavier Queipo, Elke De Rycke, Silvia Vainberg and Bart Vonck. Presentation: Gudrun De Geyter.

Sun 29.03 | 12:30 - 13:15
Recyclart
€ 12
NL
Reserv

literary lunch

literature’s kitchen

Sit down to table with literary and culinary journalist Kathy Mathys. Her first book, Smaak - een bitterzoete verkenning  (Taste - a bittersweet exploration), appears in April. She lifts a corner of the veil at Recyclart. Booking required.

Sun 29.03 | 12:30 - 13:15
Vaudeville

only chekhov will last

Thomas Vanderveken immerses himself with author Griet Op de Beeck into her library in search of works that incite and inspire.

Sun 29.03 | 12:30 - 13:30
La Bellone
FR

writing about the war

Pierre Assouline (Sigmaringen) and Valérie Zenatti (Jacob, Jacob) exchange views on crucial questions: how to write about war, how to convey these periods of horror, how to tell history. Moderator: Eric Russon.

Sun 29.03 | 12:30 - 13:30
Het Goudblommeke in Papier / La Fleur en Papier Doré
NL

a pilgrimage to paul van ostaijen: koen peeters en pascal verbeken

Together with visual artist Koen Broucke, writers Koen Peeters and Pascal Verbeken declare their love for the great modernist poet Paul van Ostaijen in Miavoye. Won over by his poetry and dramatic life story, they breathe new life into the poet.

Sun 29.03 | 12:30 - 13:00
La Centrale
FR

performance

careful with that axe, eugène! (la centrale)

Actors of the Brussels theatre company Transquinquennal treat passers-by to previously unheard pop songs featuring lyrics by Belgian author Eugène Savitzkaya.

Sun 29.03 | 12:45 - 13:30
BRONKS
NL

6+

the invention

Coppernickel draws a machine. There seems to be no end to his imagination. But if the machine really does work, it could all go wrong. Author Wouter van Reek shows how to make an animation film.

Sun 29.03 | 13:00 - 14:00
AB - Théâtre / Theater
EN

michel faber

Michel Faber's The Book of Strange New Things is a riveting novel that plays with the borders of time, language and place, explores religion and science, but is above all a story of heartbreaking love. Interview: Ruth Joos. Music: Pigeon.

Sun 29.03 | 13:00 - 14:00
deBuren
EN

jiří hájíček & dan lungu

Czech writer Jiří Hájíček and Romanian writer Dan Lungu both make communist history the subject of their novels. A conversation with two convincing voices from Eastern Europe. With Peter Vermeersch.

Sun 29.03 | 13:00 - 13:45
La Centrale
FR

eugène savitzkaya

François de Coninck meets the Belgian Francophone writer Eugène Savitzkaya, who reads from new work: the novel Fraudeur and the poetry collection À la cyprine (Minuit).

Sun 29.03 | 13:00 - 13:45
Théâtre des Martyrs
FR

pierre bayard

Pierre Bayard (How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read) discusses time in a conversation on two essays: Le Plagiat par anticipation (Anticipated plagiarism) and Aurais-je été résistant ou bourreau? (Would I have been a resistant or a executioner?). Interview: Laurent de Sutter.

Sun 29.03 | 13:00 - 14:00
BOZAR Studio
EN

arno camenisch & ricardo menéndez salmón

Christophe Van Gerrewey talks to Swiss writer Arno Camenisch and Spanish author Ricardo Menéndez Salmón about how they slow down time or speed it up in their novels.

Sun 29.03 | 13:15 - 14:00
BRONKS
NL / PT

6+

the cat and the darkness

In O gato e o escuro, Pintalgato sets out in search of new horizons. This cat is a bit scared but above all very curious. He likes nothing more than to go exploring. Reading in Portuguese and Dutch.

Sun 29.03 | 13:30 - 14:15
Beurschouwburg - Gouden Zaal / Salle Dorée
FR

andrea canobbio

Italian publisher and writer Andrea Canobbio (The Natural Order of Things) presents his new novel Three Light-Years, a tragicomic love triangle, and the story 'Pressentimento'. The author is in conversation with critic Jacques De Decker .

Sun 29.03 | 13:30 - 13:45
Goupil Le Fol
FR

banned books: karel logist

Tucked away safely in the mysterious setting of Goupil Le Fol, Karel Logist reads a fragment from one of the many books that were once banned or censored in the West.

Sun 29.03 | 13:30 - 14:45
Taverne Greenwich
15€
EN / FR / NL
Reserv

greenwich meal time

Comics artists sit down for lunch together and, with your help, imagine the past, present and future. Enjoy this buzzing workshop in the impressive interior of the Greenwich tavern.

Sun 29.03 | 13:30 - 14:30
AB - Foyer
NL

your future in cartoons: conz

Comics artist Conz looks in his crystal ball. Find him and tell him your story. Within a few minutes you will have a clear vision of your future before you.

Sun 29.03 | 13:30 - 14:30
AB - Foyer
FR

your future in cartoons: maxime jeune

Comics artist Maxime Jeune looks in his crystal ball. Find him and tell him your story. Within a few minutes you will have a clear vision of your future before you.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 15:00
Vaudeville
FR

the time of the awards

Winner of the 2014 Goncourt Prize for her beautiful novel Pas pleurer (No crying), Lydie Salvayre is in discussion with Antoine Volodine (Prix Médicis 2014). His latest work, Terminus radieux (Radiant terminus), is a disturbing, dream-like portrayal of humanity after humanity.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 14:45
La Bellone
FR

régis jauffret

In his latest book, Bravo, a collection of short stories about age, the end and death, Régis Jauffret returns to traditional fiction. Martine Cornil talks to him about the times of writing, fiction and 'reality'.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 15:00
Beursschouwburg
NL

the last minute of brussels

Join poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen and his partners of the social-artistic company of the Vrijbus for a bus ride through Brussels and listen to a poetic narrative about the end of the city. Let the last minute also be the most beautiful. Starting point is the Beursschouwburg. Limited seating!

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 16:00
BRONKS
EN / FR / NL

13>18

step in 2 time. workshop

Wanted: writers, slammers, rappers and poets for an exclusive two-hour workshop. Under the direction of professional slammers Mathieu Charles and Giovanni Baudonck. To be followed by a Poetry Slam with all participants.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 14:45
BRONKS
NL

9+

how everything began

Award-winner Jan Paul Schutten, the author of Het raadsel van alles wat leeft (The mystery of all that lives) sheds light on the big bang and all that followed. From 13 billion years ago until today, in under an hour.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 17:00
Le Wolf
FR / NL

for all

the growing landscape

Regardless of age, each participant is invited to paint part of a landscape on a long, collective canvas. The result is a journey into the unknown. Under the supervision of illustrator Anne Brouillard. Paint and brushes provided.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 14:45
binnenstad - centre-ville
NL

literaire stadwandeling

Baudelaire, Boon, Brontë… City guide Jan Dorpmans walks you through the literary history of Brussels on a tour filled with anecdotes, quotes and secret locations in the city. In English.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 14:15
Goupil Le Fol
NL

banned books: annelies verbeke

Tucked away safely in the mysterious setting of Goupil Le Fol, Annelies Verbeke reads a fragment from one of the many books that were once banned or censored in the West.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 14:30
Washing 65
NL

laundry time!

The young theatre collective Bookers & Hookers reads timeless texts while the washing machines are spinning. A mix of pulp and poetry, philosophical tracts and great novels, Hollywood scripts and classical plays.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 14:45
Les Brigittines
FR

philip roth, the work, the moment

A literary critic for Le Monde, Josyane Savigneau knows Philip Roth well, having often met him. In Avec Philip Roth, she works her way through 'a powerful, provocative body of work in perpetual movement'. Ysaline Parisis discusses her book with her.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 15:00
De Markten
FR / NL

judith vanistendael & dominique goblet

Leading graphic novelists Judith Vanistendael and Dominique Goblet meet for the first time. They discuss their work and the rich genre of the graphic novel with host Sébastien Conard.

Sun 29.03 | 14:15 - 15:00
Bibliothèque des Riches Claires
FR

ali amar and the freedom of the press in morocco

A controversial figure in his native Morocco, investigative journalist Ali Amar has worked in Brussels for the past year as a resident of Passa Porta and the International Cities of Refuge Network. With Eddy Caekelberghs (RTBF), he discusses the problems and challenges of journalism and the freedom of the press in Europe and North Africa.

Sun 29.03 | 14:15 - 15:00
BRONKS
CHI / NL

6+

little eagle (story)

When Yang notices that the little boy he found in the snow has a talent for kung fu, he accepts to teach him. And so Little Eagle begins on a long, hard journey that will eventually lead him to perfection. A nostalgic tale.

Sun 29.03 | 14:30 - 14:45
Goupil Le Fol
EN

banned books: valeria luiselli

Tucked away safely in the mysterious setting of Goupil Le Fol, Valeria Luiselli reads a fragment from one of the many books that were once banned or censored in the West .

Sun 29.03 | 14:30 - 15:30
AB - Théâtre / Theater
DU / EN / FR / NL

tom lanoye, josse de pauw & els dottermans

The enfant terrible of Flemish literature is conquering the world. Is Tom Lanoye's unique talent untranslatable? Together with performers Els Dottermans and Josse De Pauw, Tom Lanoye provides a sample of his work and proves the contrary.

Sun 29.03 | 15:00 - 15:45
Les Brigittines
FR

christine angot

In La petite foule (The small crowd), Christine Angot draws a series of portraits of her contemporaries. The French novelist pursues her observations in the course of an interview with Josyane Savigneau.

Sun 29.03 | 15:00 - 15:15
Goupil Le Fol
NL

banned books: ann de craemer

Tucked away safely in the mysterious setting of Goupil Le Fol, Ann De Craemer reads a fragment from one of the many books that were once banned or censored in the West.

Sun 29.03 | 15:00 - 15:30
Washing 65
NL

wastijd! - 15:00

The young theatre collective Bookers & Hookers reads timeless texts while the washing machines are spinning. A mix of pulp and poetry, philosophical tracts and great novels, Hollywood scripts and classical plays.

Sun 29.03 | 15:00 - 17:00
Le Wolf
FR

for all

l’école des loisirs celebrates - 50 years. exhibition opening

Grab a bite and get your book signed by the writers of L'école des loisirs at the opening of the exhibition of pictures celebrating the 50th anniversary of this great children's books publisher. With Geneviève Casterman, Ludovic Flamant, Jean-Luc Englebert, Frédéric Sterh.

Sun 29.03 | 15:15 - 18:00
AB - Huis 23
EN

performance

first is the worst

First is the Worst is an endurance storytelling performance by the Belgium-based Brazilian writer and artist Luanda Casella. Viewers are immersed in an evasive narrative, full of dramatic moments but never seeming to come to a close.

Sun 29.03 | 15:15 - 16:00
BRONKS
EN

14+

meg rosoff

Meg Rosoff won worldwide praise for How I live now. She is considered one of the most intriguing authors for young readers of today. Interview with Ayco Duyster about the past, the future and us in-between.

Sun 29.03 | 15:15 - 16:15
Riches-Claires: Théâtre
FR

time, wandering, exile

A conversation between Linda Lê and Kamel Daoud, two writers for whom literature is as much the locus for a bold reading of yesterday's works as for the fashioning, today, of a movement towards freedom. Moderator: Gilles Collard.

Sun 29.03 | 15:30 - 16:00
Maximousse
FR

le temps d’une lessive - 15:30

Four authors published by Éditions Maelström present a poetical reading/performance that lasts the time of a wash cycle. With Karel Logist, Kenan Görgün, Vol au Vent and Benjamin Pottel.

Sun 29.03 | 15:30 - 16:15
binnenstad - centre-ville
FR

balade littéraire

Baudelaire, Boon, Brontë… City guide Jan Dorpmans walks you through the literary history of Brussels on a tour filled with anecdotes, quotes and secret locations in the city. In French

Sun 29.03 | 15:30 - 15:45
Goupil Le Fol
NL

banned books: judith vanistendael

Tucked away safely in the mysterious setting of Goupil Le Fol, one of the best kept secrets of Brussels, Judith Vanistendael reads a fragment from one of the many books that were once banned or censored in the West.

Sun 29.03 | 15:30 - 16:30
AB - Foyer
FR

your future in cartoons: fabienne loodts

Comics artist Fabienne Loodts looks in her crystal ball. Find her and tell her your story. Within a few minutes you will have a clear vision of your future before you.

Sun 29.03 | 15:45 - 16:30
La Bellone
FR

éric reinhardt

In L’Amour et les Forêts ( Love and the forests ), Éric Reinhardt tries his hand at an unprecedented idealist palette, blending epochs in a great postmodern novel. Ysaline Parisis asks the author about time's place in a twenty-first-century novel.

Sun 29.03 | 14:00 - 18:00
BOZAR Rotonde Bertouille

a possibility of abstraction: square dance

Dutch artist Germaine Kruip turns the traditional circles of dancing dervishes into square patterns. An exploration of space and time.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:45
BOZAR - Ter Arken
EN / RU

ludmilla petrushevskaya

Thanks to publications in The Paris Review and n+1, the once banned work of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is no longer a secret. A unique opportunity to meet 'Russia's greatest living writer' (The New York Times).

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:45
Beursschouwburg - Zilveren Zaal
NL

six memos for this millennium I

Shortly before his death in 1985 Italo Calvino wrote six essays on the future of the novel. Thirty years later, authors Niña Weijers, Peter Terrin and Ann De Craemer reflect on his suggestions.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 17:00
Beurskafee
DE / FR / NL

charles ducal

Belgium's 'National Poet' Charles Ducal reads all the poems he has written so far in this capacity and discusses them with his translators Pierre Géron and Isabel Hessel, members of Passa Porta's Translators' Collective. Host: Gudrun De Geyter.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:15
Goupil Le Fol
FR

banned books: ali amar

Tucked away safely in the mysterious setting of Goupil Le Fol, Ali Amar reads a fragment from one of the many books that were once banned or censored in the West.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:45
De Markten
EN

jenny offill

Kathy Mathys talks to Jenny Offill about her bestselling novel Dept. of Speculation. A discussion about life choices, dramatic love stories, and the healing power of literature.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 17:00
Beurschouwburg - Gouden Zaal / Salle Dorée
NL

interview in drawings

Graphic novelists Ben Gijsemans, Wauter Mannaert and Ephameron discuss their recent publications in the course of an interview in words and images. The three draw for an hour while in conversation with interviewer Geert De Weyer.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:30
AB
FR

performance

careful with that axe, eugène! (ab)

Actors of the Brussels theatre company Transquinquennal treat passers-by to previously unheard pop songs featuring lyrics by Belgian author Eugène Savitzkaya. Acteurs van het Brusselse theatergezelschap Transquinquennal verrassen de voorbijgangers met nieuwe popsongs op teksten van auteur Eugène Savitzkaya.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:30
Washing 65
NL

wastijd! - 16:00

The young theatre collective Bookers & Hookers reads timeless texts while the washing machines are spinning. A mix of pulp and poetry, philosophical tracts and great novels, Hollywood scripts and classical plays.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:45
Vaudeville
NL

joris luyendijk

Journalist and anthropologist Joris Luyendijk went in search of the source of the financial crisis. His conclusion in Dit kan niet waar zijn ( This can't be true ) is sobering: the financial system is sick, and this crisis is only the beginning.

Sun 29.03 | 16:00 - 16:45
Les Brigittines
FR

julia kristeva

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Saint Theresa of Avila (b. 28 March 1515), Julia Kristeva, author (e.g. Pulsions du temps) and psychoanalyst, delivers a personal reflection on the one who inspired her vibrant Thérèse mon amour.

Sun 29.03 | 16:30 - 17:30
AB - Théâtre / Theater
FR

frédéric beigbeder

Is Frédéric Beigbeder a writer of his time? Although his latest novel is set in the 1940s, the questions that haunt the author of 99 Francs are anchored in the here and now. Interview: Eric Russon.

Sun 29.03 | 16:30 - 17:15
BRONKS
EN / FR / NL

13+

time to slam the mic!

After the workshop Step in 2 Time, time for the competition. Riveting verbal duels in uptempo with special guest Youness, Belgian champion of Poetry Slam 2010 and 2012.

Sun 29.03 | 16:30 - 18:15
BRONKS
EN / NL

12+

how i live now - film première

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her. Starring Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel). ‘Horribly beautiful…' (The Times).

Sun 29.03 | 16:30 - 17:00
Maximousse
FR

le temps d’une lessive - 16:30

Four authors published by Éditions Maelström present a poetical reading/performance that lasts the time of a wash cycle. With Karel Logist, Kenan Görgün, Vol au Vent and Benjamin Pottel.

Sun 29.03 | 10:00 - 22:00
Zsenne Art Lab

performance

nowhere

Between 18 and 29 March, pianist and composer Marino Formenti will live and play the piano in the Zsenne art lab. Music and silence alternate, time and space overlap.

Sun 29.03 | 17:00 - 17:45
Muntpunt
NL

writing about tomorrow

marc reynebeau & jean paul van bendegem

Marc Reynebeau talks with philosopher of science Jean Paul van Bendegem about futuristic novels. Does science take into account literary predictions? What sci-fi inventions have become everyday?

Sun 29.03 | 17:00 - 17:45
deBuren
NL

thomas rosenboom & friedl’ lesage

Friedl' Lesage talks to Dutch author Thomas Rosenboom about his work and the role history plays in his writing.

Sun 29.03 | 17:00 - 17:45
Beursschouwburg - Zilveren Zaal
NL

six memos for this millennium II

Shortly before his death in 1985 Italo Calvino wrote six essays on the future of the novel. Thirty years later, authors Yves Petry, Jamal Ouariachi and Christophe Van Gerrewey reflect on his suggestions.

Sun 29.03 | 17:00 - 17:45
Riches-Claires: Théâtre
FR

dany laferrière

'A slower rhythm but no less intensity' is the credo of Dany Laferrière, an unconventional and poetic writer, and an expert in L’Art presque perdu de ne rien faire (The almost lost art of doing nothing). Moderator: Nathalie Skowronek.

Sun 29.03 | 17:00 - 17:45
Rits café
EN

ghayath almadhoun

The Syrian-Palestinian poet Ghayath Almadhoun, the voice of a generation of poets that came to attention after the Arab Spring, talks to Annelies Verbeke about writing in exile.

Sun 29.03 | 17:15 - 18:00
BOZAR Studio
EN

valeria luiselli & jeroen theunissen

The young writer Valeria Luiselli is seen as the new star in the firmament of Mexican literature. She talks to fellow writer Jeroen Theunissen about her second novel, The Story of My Teeth (forthcoming), as well as earlier work.

Sun 29.03 | 17:15 - 18:00
BOZAR -  Zaal / Salle M
FR / NL

stefan hertmans

With War and Turpentine (forthcoming), Stefan Hertmans reaped not only praise and awards, but also the attention of a new audience. Mark Schaevers talks to him about the recent success and all the books that led up to it.

Sun 29.03 | 18:15 - 19:00
BOZAR - Le Boeuf
EN

ian mcewan

Don't miss the festival's closing event at BOZAR. British writer Ian McEwan 's output rests on his fascination for the human mind. He places his characters in moral dilemmas in the post-9/11 world. Annelies Beck talks to 'England's national writer' ( The New Yorker ) about his work and our time.

Mon 27.04 | 20:00
passa porta
€ 5
FR
Reserv

book club

littératures européennes : annie ernaux

"Littératures européennes" is the revamped French-speaking book club hosted by author Caroline Lamarche. She discusses literary works from all over Europe. The fourth meeting is about La femme gelée by Annie Ernaux...