"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.
about passa porta
Welcome to Passa Porta, the international house of literature in Brussels.
Passa Porta is your passport to contemporary world literature in the multilingual heart of Europe. It is a unique place where all kinds of literature lovers, authors, readers, translators and cultural mediators can meet and work.
We present a diverse programme of literary encounters at Passa Porta and at larger venues. These are often organised in close collaboration with important cultural institutions such as opera house La Monnaie/De Munt, fine arts centre Bozar, and music and film centre Flagey. There is also an international programme for writers in residence – see Passa Porta Residence – along with various creative projects for authors and translators in our Passa Porta Lab (see link on the left).
Every two years, Passa Porta organises the Passa Porta Festival, Belgium's most important international literary festival (next edition: in 2017).