Brussels International: The City Next Door – Rua Breathnach & Guests

Wed 24.03.2021
16:30 - 17:30
City Next Door 03 general image c eugénie herbreteau


online event


Performance, Poetry


free admission


in English, with excerpts in other languages

Last year, the Brussels-Irish writer and dramatist Rua Breathnach published the long prose poem The City Next Door, a poetic account of a long walk through Brussels. That poem now gives rise to a polyphonic, multilingual, illustrated poetry performance featuring Tom Buron, Awatif Abdellah, Francesca Spinelli, Francesco Italiano, Geert van Istendael, Moïse Ilunga Shambuyi and Rémi Beelprez.

Welcome stranger

Rua Breathnach is the author of two one-act plays, Rondo and Avenida, published by Editions Bomarzo, Brussels, 2016. His play Welcome to the Stranger premiered at Skibbereen Arts Festival in Cork in 2018, directed by Rémi Beelprez. His short story 'The Bridge' featured in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 2019. The City Next Door, an urban prose poem, was published by maelstrÖm reEvolution, Brussels, in December 2020.

Indifferent city

The City Next Door is the account of an imaginary poetic walk through contemporary Brussels, with stops in Anderlecht and Molenbeek. ‘The city that welcomes you into her arms / The indifferent city / The city that leaves nobody indifferent’ did not leave him indifferent either.

Brussels languages

The edition of the prose poem published in late 2020 by maelstrÖm reEvolution already contained translated sections in Lingala, French, Turkish, Italian, Romanian, Brussels dialect, Dutch, Irish, German and Greek. For this unique reading at the Passa Porta Festival, we have added Moroccan Arabic or Darija.

See also:

Passa Porta, Vlaams-Marokkaans culturenhuis Darna

photo the city next door © eugénie herbreteau
photo rua breathnach © john minihan

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