"Listening to that other music, that necessary music, we will be able to ignore the easy music that now fills the air. It's the magic voice that will release us from the bewitched circle of obligatory words and thoughts, that will give language and time another beat."
Cécile Wajsbrot, from her keynote for the Passa Porta Seminar on "Need and Necessity", 21-24 March 2016.
It is the event that no book lover wants to miss: every two years, the Passa Porta Festival invades Brussels. Over the course of a weekend, from 24 to 26 March, the best Belgian and international writers, whether established authors or new voices, come together to share ideas and their passion for literature in cafés, theaters, bookshops, libraries and other public spaces.
Paul Auster will do us the honour of opening this sixth edition, on Friday 24 March, at 20:00 at Flagey. Two days of meetings will follow, a Parcours totalling more than 80 events: debates, readings and some surprises in 20 venues in the city centre.
On Saturday evening, the literary Parcours will end with ‘Duality’ in the Beursschouwburg, the centre of the festival. Several rooms, a dozen fresh artistic duos, blending disciplines and languages, and the possibility for the audience to move from one room to the next.
On Sunday, two major events will conclude the weekend: Annie Ernaux at Bozar; Herman Koch and Connie Palmen at the KVS.
The leitmotif of the festival: risk-taking in our uncertain age. That is what transpires from the subjects chosen by the authors and the way in which the authors literally and figuratively cross borders and blend genres. Convinced by the necessity of this audacity, we invite you to (re)discover them with us.
The paper version of the programme will be available in BRUZZ Magazine on Wednesday 15 March.