"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.
Passa Porta aims...
to share its love for literature with the largest and most diverse audience possible. The house of literature presents an attractive range of multilingual literary works: within the Passa Porta walls, as well as beyond. The focus is on personal encounters and interaction between author and reader
to increase the knowledge of other literature and cultures via literary encounters
to offer a platform for reflection on literature and other arts, literature and society, based on the conviction that literature has strong social relevance
to promote literary exchange between writers, readers and literary professionals within the many Belgian and international language communities
to stimulate creativity among writers and translators in the dynamic and inspiring context of an active house of literature focused on change and renewal
to provide expertise to authors, literary mediators, media and cultural organisations at home and abroad
Photo: Orhan Pamuk talking to Geert Lernout, Passa Porta Festival 2011 — Copyright: Katrien Degreef