Inside the Black Box

Sat 30.03.2019
20:00 - 21:00
Black Box


Illustration, Performance, Poetry


in English, French and Dutch

Six slam poets and six graphic artists get to work on the worries of the Passa Porta Festivalgoers. Instead of being dumped online, they will now be transformed as if by magic into supercool art.

Get real

Enough already with gratuitously using the virtual world as as dumping ground, illustrator Shamisa Debroey must have thought when she came up with the idea of the Black Box, her answer to the current trend of unloading our worries anonymously in the virtual world.

For a brief moment, the Box will literally and figuratively be the darkest corner of Brussels: you drop your boldest statement in a large box, in which three duos of illustrators and poets get to work on them and offer your worries an artistic release. The end result will be shown that evening in the Beurscafé.


Artist duos Zed and David J. McMillan, Esohe Weyden and Frederik Van den Stock, and Moka Boka and Sarah Adriaenssens worked all afternoon on the worries of the Passa Porta Festivalgoers.

You can discover the results of their hard work during this performance in the Beurscafé. This time you yourself have to enter the Black Box. You will be plunged into a wonderful world, created by you and your visual and word artists – WiFi free.

Zed Zadok Umoru

Zadok Umoru

Zadok Umoru – aka Zed – is a rapper and part of the hip hop collective Soul’Art. He has been making music and writing texts from a young age already. Of Nigerian origin, this Mechelen resident raps in English.

David J Mcmillan

David J. McMillan

David J. McMillan is a Northern Irish illustrator from Bristol, in the UK. His work has been published in The Guardian and Wired UK, among others. McMillan’s work in two words: organized chaos.

Sefora Sam

Sefora Sam

Sefora Sam is a young slam poetess from the Congo who writes in Lingala, French and English. Her poetry is inspired by music, emotions and her own experiences. She has self-published The Thrill of Victory.

Frederik Van Den Stock Conbekend

Frederik Van den Stock

Frederik Van den Stock is a cartoonist and graphic novelist. His cartoons have appeared in, among others, Knack, De Standaard and The New York Times. In 2010 he published Ik Zien A Geire, and his graphic novel Buck was released in the spring 2018.

Esohe Weyden

Esohe Weyden

Esohe Weyden is a (slam) poetess and presenter from Antwerp. In her poems she sets her views of the world, past and present against a rhythmical background. In 2018 she was a finalist of the Belgian Slam Poetry Championship.

Sarah Adriaensens

Sarah Adriaenssens

Illustrator Sadrie, aka Sarah Adriaenssens, was born in Brazil and currently lives in Antwerp. She makes poetic, colourful and stripped-down posters, murals and animations.

Passa Porta, Beursschouwburg

illustration © coline cornélis

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