parcours 24 march

11:00 - 12:00

Sun 24.03
11:00 - 12:00
De Markten
NL

Breakfast with Bart Moeyaert

While you enjoy your breakfast, Bart Moeyaert presents his brand new book. Iemands lief (Someone’s Sweetheart) is a love story in which war and lots of music resound. Host: Werner Trio...

Sun 24.03
11:30 - 12:15
De Munt - La Monnaie (foyer)
FR / PO

Adam Zagajewski

The masterly Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski, the literary heir to such giants as Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska, reads from his new work and will talk about his poetry with his translator René Smeets...

Sun 24.03
11:00 - 12:15
Kaaistudio’s
NL

Flemish Culture Prize for Translation

Announcement of the winner of the Flemish Culture Prize for Translation. Fien Sabbe asks the winner questions about their work. The Minister, Joke Schauvliege, will hand the prize over personally...

Sun 24.03
11:00 - 12:00
Théâtre des Martyrs
NL

Geert Mak & Els Snick

After the huge success of In EuropaGeert Mak got his teeth into America. Chantal Pattyn talks to him about his latest book in which he follows in the footsteps of John Steinbeck. This is followed by a conversation between Mak and Els Snick about the Austrian-Jewish author Joseph Roth...

Sun 24.03
11:00 - 11:45
Bibliothèque des Riches Claires
FR

Judith Vanistendael

Sofia and the Black Man is a superb book by the Brussels graphic novelist Judith Vanistendael. She now presents a new part in a conversation with the author and critic Jacques De Decker...

Sun 24.03
11:30 - 12:30
passa porta
NL

Literary walks

Stadslegendes 1

Raf Knops guides you around the city looking for legends that came true and snippets of news that found their way into fiction. Start of the flemish spoken walks at 11:30 am and 5 pm in front of Passa Porta... 

12:00 - 13:00

Sun 24.03
12:00 - 18:00
BOZAR Studio
AR / EN / FR / NL

expo

Digital Stories

Youngsters living in Brussels tell their stories in films lasting 1 to 2 minutes. About the importance of being able to stand up for your own opinion, about love and friendship, about travel and staying at home, about dreams...

Sun 24.03
12:30 - 12:45
Hôtel Espérance
FR

erotic imagination 1

Alain Berenboom

Alain Berenboom will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel.

Sun 24.03
12:30 - 13:30
BOZAR Studio
EN

Imagine heaven

Mircea Cărtărescu & Erwin Mortier

The literary critic Maria Vlaar invites the Flemish author Erwin Mortier and the Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu (Orbitor, 'The Blinding') to a special double conversation on the dream of the hereafter and the power of literature...

Sun 24.03
10:30 - 18:00
Belgisch Stripcentrum - Centre belge de la bande dessinée

Expo Brussels in shorts

Passa Porta invited ten authors to create an original strip cartoon story set in the centre of Brussels. Sunday 24 March is the last day you can visit the exhibition of the original work...

Sun 24.03
12:00 - 18:00
De Markten
FR / NL

expo

Women in Transit

Photographer Lisa Van Damme (De Standaard) has examined the daily life of five asylum seekers at the reception centre Le Petit Château...

Sun 24.03
12:00 - 13:00
KVS
FR

PEN-debate

Tahar Ben Jelloun & Isabelle Durant

The highlight of the morning. David Van Reybrouck presents an exceptional encounter between the well-known French-Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun and Isabelle Durant, a vice-president in the European Parliament. They reflect on political and cultural challenges related to the EU and the postcolonial (Arab) world. The moderator is the journalist and Africa expert Walter Zinzen...

Sun 24.03
12:00 - 13:00
passa porta
FR

literary walks

Légendes urbaines

Aurore van de Winkel guides you around the city looking for legends that came true and snippets of news that found their way into fiction. Start of the French spoken walks at 12:00 am and 3:30 pm, in front of Passa Porta...

Sun 24.03
12:30 - 13:15
Vaudeville
EN

Anne Enright

Anne Enright is one of Ireland’s most brilliant authors. In 2007 she won the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering, which signalled her international breakthrough. In all her novels, short stories, and even her non-fiction, Enright’s words are skilfully crafted, evocative and sensual, often combining darkness and humour. Interview: Ruth Joos...

Sun 24.03
12:30 - 13:30
passa porta
EN

literary walks

Urban legends 1

Daniel Daoud guides you around the city looking for legends that came true and snippets of news that found their way into fiction. Start of the English spoken walks at 12:30 am and 3 pm, in front of Passa Porta...

Sun 24.03
11:00 - 17:00
Muntpunt
e.a. / EN / FR / NL

Liefde, Livres, Literacy

I book you

Pop into the Muntpunt building while it’s still under construction. For the love of books and in the battle against illiteracy, 100 inhabitants of Brussels will be reading an extract from The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time in 100 languages...

Sun 24.03
12:00 - 13:00
KBC Grote Markt - Grand-Place
EN

Tramlines

The Latvian Inga olude and the Belgian Koen Peeters have stayed in each other's cities - Riga and Brussels - to write a story set on a tram...

13:00 - 14:00

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 14:00
BRONKS
EN
Reserv

workshop 16+

Karrie Fransman

The British comics author Karrie Fransman (The Observer’s Graphic Novel of the Month Prize for The House That Groaned) is one of the winners of Brussels in Shorts. In her workshop you get to know what cimics may look like in 3D, and you can also join in the experiments...

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 13:15
Hôtel Espérance
FR

erotic imagination 2

Philippe Delerm

Philippe Delerm will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel...

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 14:00
BRONKS
NL
Reserv

Workshop: 7 to 12

Painting with Tom Schamp - FULLY BOOKED

The illustrator Tom Schamp likes Richard Scarry’s books and Tintin too, and designs biscuit tins and toys. He reads from his latest book, Red de wereld (Save the World), and will be bringing a load of things children can use themselves. This workshop is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

Sun 24.03
13:30 - 13:45
Hôtel Espérance
NL

erotic imagination 3

Bart Moeyaert

Bart Moeyaert will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel.

Sun 24.03
13:00 -14:30
TOUKOUL - Ethiopian restaurant
€ 12 (lunch)
FR / NL
Reserv

Literary lunch

Writing to Africa

Alphonse Muambi (Congo), Babah Tarawally (Sierra Leone) and Sayadin Hersi (Somalia) write and publish in the Netherlands. Jean Bofane (Congo) is a writer in Belgium. What is in their dreams for the future of the black continent? Host: Olivia Rutazibwa...

Sun 24.03
13:30 - 14:15
Vaudeville
EN

Gerard Donovan

The Irish author Gerard Donovan wrote Schopenhauer’s Telescope and the brilliant story collection The Country of the Grand, set in present-day Ireland. His characters struggle with setbacks and success.  Interview: Tom Toremans...

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 14:00
De Munt - La Monnaie (foyer)
FR

Poet’s stage II

Guy Goffette & Louis Chevallier

The well-known Belgian poet Guy Goffette, awarded the Prix Goncourt de la Poésie for his entire oeuvre, reads from recent and unpublished work together with the French poet Louis Chevaillier. Hosted by Pascale Tison...

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 13:30
Belgisch Stripcentrum - Centre belge de la bande dessinée
NL

Guided tour expo Brussels in Shorts

Stedho, Eva Hilhorst & Wauter Mannaert

Passa Porta asked 10 strip cartoon authors to create a new graphic short story set in Brussels. Some of the original drawings from these ‘Brussels in Shorts’ are on display at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. Join a guided tour in Dutch given by the authors Stedho, Eva Hilhorst and Wauter Mannaert.

Sun 24.03
13:30 - 14:15
BOZAR -  Zaal / Salle M
FR / NL

Cees Nooteboom

Cees Nooteboom recently published Brieven aan Poseidon. He offers a new look at old myths and is a master in the art of drawing flashes of life’s great questions out of little things. A look back at the oeuvre of a true master, in conversation with Chantal Pattyn...

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 13:45
De Markten
NL

Ode to the Brussels Cyclist

Specially for the festival, the Brussels strip cartoonist Judith Vanistendael is holding a plea for the vulnerable road-user in the city. Followed by a conversation with Ann De Bie on cycling and mobility in Brussels...

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 14:00
BRONKS
FR
Reserv

Kitty Crowther - FULLY BOOKED

Kitty Crowther has Swedish and British roots and lives in Belgium. In 2010 she won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Nobel Prize for Children’s Literature. Her Illustrated books are about big feelings and the imagination. This ‘master of line’ will be bringing boxes full of pencils with her. This workshop is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 13:45
Musée Magritte Museum
FR

François Schuiten visits Magritte -FULLY BOOKED

Together with Benoît Peeters, François Schuiten created the impressive series of strip cartoons called Les Cités Obscures, one of which is about the imaginary city of Brüsel. Schuiten too is inspired by Magritte’s imagination. This unique visit is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

Sun 24.03
13:00 - 14:00
Théâtre des Martyrs
FR

The African contemporary Imagination

Three major African authors, Yahia Belaskri (Algeria), Alain Mabanckou (Congo-Brazzaville) and Sami Tchak (Togo), talk about a new Africa that is on the move, representing its own cultural wealth without reference to Western clichés. Interview: Jean-Luc Outers...

14:00 - 15:00

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:30
BRONKS
FR
Reserv

Drawing workshop for 6- to 10-year-olds

David Merveille & Monsieur Hulot - FULLY BOOKED

David Merveille, a creator of illustrated books who works in Brussels, is captivated by Monsieur Hulot. He has written two books about him and gives children the chance to discover Jacques Tati’s unusual world. This workshop is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:30
BRONKS
NL
Reserv

workshop 16+

Frederik Van den Stock

For Brussels in Shorts the graphic artist Frederik Van den Stock drew a story of the clumsy love of a student in digs. Brussels is also the starting point for this workshop: ten people will be able to pull up a chair at his drawing board to create a graphic story together...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:30
BRONKS
NL
Reserv

Workshop: 6 to 9 years

Making a book with Mattias de Leeuw - FULLY BOOKED

Mattias De Leeuw is a young illustrator for whom the term ‘up-and-coming talent’ was invented. During this drwaing workshop, children will  make their own book. This unique visit is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

ORG. Passa Porta, Muntpunt, BRONKS

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 14:45
Hôtel Espérance
NL

erotic imagination 5

Peter Terrin

Peter Terrin will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 14:15
Hôtel Espérance
NL

erotic imagination 4

Tommy Wieringa

Tommy Wieringa will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:15
Rits café
NL

Auke Hulst, writer-musician

The young Dutch novelist and singer-songwriter Auke Hulst introduces himself ans his work. Followed by a question time...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 15:00
CINEMATEK
FR / NL

Film and the literary imagination

Elvis Peeters en Alain Berenboom

Passa Porta asked Elvis Peeters and Alain Berenboom to each write a piece related to a silent avant-garde film from the collection of the Royal Film Archives. They will read their pieces while Henri Storck's Histoire du soldat inconnu (1932) and Histoire de détective (Charles Dekeukeleire, 1929) are being screened...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:15
Vaudeville
FR

Enrique Vila-Matas

The Spanish author Enrique Vila-Matas (Bartleby & Co, Montano) is unrivaled in the art of weaving fantasy playfully into his work. The writer and journalist Florence Noiville (Le Monde) talks to him about the relationship between literature and society and the urge to escape them both...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 14:30
Belgisch Stripcentrum - Centre belge de la bande dessinée
FR

Guided tour expo Brussels in Shorts

Elric Dufau, Maman Salissou Oumarou & Paula Bulling

Passa Porta asked 10 strip cartoon authors to create a new graphic short story set in Brussels. Some of the original drawings from these ‘Brussels in Shorts’ are on display at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. Join a guided tour in French given by the authors Elric Dufau, Maman Salissou Oumarou and Paula Bulling.

 

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 14:45
KVS
EN

Karl Ove Knausgård

My Struggle, the autobiographical series by the Karl Ove Knausgård, is one of Norway’s greatest ever literary projects. The first two parts, Father and Love, were internationally acclaimed. At the festival the author will present part three, Son, in which he gives a fictional account of his own childhood. Host: Anna Luyten...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:15
De Munt - La Monnaie (foyer)
NL

Poetry scene III

Leonard Nolens & Dirk van Bastelaere

Leonard Nolens, recently awarded the Dutch Literature Prize, reads from recent and unpublished work together with the poet and essayist Dirk van Bastelaere. The host is Gudrun De Geyter...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 14:45
Musée Magritte Museum
EN
Reserv

guided tour

Sjón visits Magritte - FULLY BOOKED

Icelandic author Sjón won all the major literary prizes with his novels The Whispering Muse and The Blue Fox. In his early years, Sjón was very much influenced by René Magritte, whose paintings he will comment on during this unique visit. This unique visit is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 15:00
Beursschouwburg
EN

writing on Congo & Rwanda—change in programme

David Van Reybrouck & Koen Peeters

David Van Reybrouck is the author of the widely acclaimed non-fiction book Congo: A History (to be published shortly by HarperCollins). In 2012, Koen Peeters published Duizend heuvels, a novel on Rwanda. They both talk to literary critic Jeroen Overstijns about Belgium's legacy in Africa, history and anthropology, as well as the similarities and differences between Congo and Rwanda...

Please note: this talk will be in Dutch and not in English.

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:15
BOZAR Studio
DU / FR / NL

Uwe Timm & Geert van Istendael

Geert van Istendael talks to the leading German author Uwe Timm about literature and commitment, socialism and changes in the writer’s place in society since the 1970s...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:30
Arthis
NL

Verbeeld verleden

How do history writers deal with what they do not know? How far can the boundary between fact and fiction be stretched? The biographer Manu van der Aa, author of historical non-fiction Edward de Maesschalk and historical novelist Joris Tulkens will debate the matter. The host is Viona Westra...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:30
De Markten
NL

MO* debate

Women on the Run

Women on the run are vulnerable. They are victims of violence more often than men. How vulnerable are they in Belgium? What part does the imagination play in their daily lives in a reception centre? A panel discussion with Eva Brems, Aintzane de Aguirre and Maggi Poppe. Moderator: Samira Bendadi...

Sun 24.03
14:30-15:30
passa porta
NL

Dino walk with Conz

Passa Porta asked 10 strip cartoon authors to create a new graphic short story set in Brussels. Conz opted for an intriguing character who goes on an imaginary walk around Brussels with an iguanodon. The author explains how and where his story took shape on this walk...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 14:45
Beursschouwburg
FR

Claro

Claro is a French writer, translator and publisher. In both his own and other authors’ writings he aims to test the boundaries of language. Claro will talk about unusual ways of writing and discuss his own Tous les Diamants du ciel, which gives the impression of itself being on LSD. Host: Sylvia Botella...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 15:00
La Bellone
FR

Patrick Deville & David Vandermeulen

The graphic novelist David Vandermeulen meets the novelist Patrick Deville. They have both written about important 20th-century scientists, one about the bacteriologist Alexander Yersin, the other about the chemist and Nobel Prize winner Fritz Haber. Interview: Jacques Schraûwen...

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 14:45
Galeries Cinéma
NL

Arnon Grunberg on Film

Arnon Grunberg is great film fan. He collected his writings on film in Buster Keaton lacht nooit (Buster Keaton Never Laughs). Grunberg watches through a writer’s eyes, but in so doing also partly reveals himself. He talks to Karel Verhoeven (De Standaard) on the basis of favourite film excerpts.

Sun 24.03
14:00 - 15:15 ; 16:30 - 17:45
AB Club
NL

Claus in concert

A literary pop concert on the theme of the all-devouring love between two people. The actor Jenne Decleir and first-class musicians Mira, Stoffel Verlackt and Tim Vandenbergh take the musical-theatre project that Hugo Claus created in 1979 as the basis for their own contemporary interpretation...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:15
Bibliothèque des Riches Claires
FR

Nadine Monfils

The Belgian Nadine Monfils not only writes detective novels and thrillers. She has filmed her own short story Madame Édouard. How does someone who has been fascinated by fairytales since they were a child deal with mysteries on the silver screen? Interview: Jacques De Decker...

Sun 24.03
14:30 - 15:30
MIM
NL

Kristien Hemmerechts & Anna Enquist

Anna Enquist and Kristien Hemmerechts often play with the boundaries between fact and fiction, research and literary imagination, and their own and others’ experiences. Here they will be giving an insight into their creative process in a conversation with the critic Karl Van den Broeck...

15:00 - 16:00

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 15:15
Hôtel Espérance
FR

erotic imagination 6

Caroline Lamarche

Caroline Lamarche will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel.

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 15:45
Hôtel Espérance
FR

erotic imagination 7

Sami Tchak

Sami Tchak will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel.

Sun 24.03
15:00-15:30
Belgisch Stripcentrum - Centre belge de la bande dessinée
EN

Guided tour expo Brussels in Shorts

Tomáš Kučerovský & William Goldsmith

Passa Porta asked 10 strip cartoon authors to create a new graphic short story set in Brussels. Some of the original drawings from these Brussels in Shorts are on display at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. Join a guided tour given by the authors themselves! With Tomáš Kučerovský and William Goldsmith...

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 16:00
Kaaistudio’s
EN / FR / NL

I have a dream

A plea for imagination at the heart of Europe, where dreams are coming under increasing pressure. Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s celebrated speech, Chika Unigwe, Philippe Van Parijs and July Mollin will each tell us their dreams for tomorrow’s world. Presenter: Guy Gypens...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:30
KBC Grote Markt - Grand-Place
EN

The Best of Iceland

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (The Greenhouse) and Sjón (The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale - photo), songwriter for Björk, Lars von Trier et al., talk to Maria Vlaar about the influence of the inhospitable Icelandic landscape, ancient sagas and growing up in a small community...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:30
KVS
NL

Paul Verhaeghe, Dirk De Wachter and Koen Schoors with Arnon Grunberg

Like seismographs of the soul, the psychiatrist Dirk De Wachter and psychoanalyst Paul Verhaeghe  record how (economic) changes in the world also lead to changes in the ‘self’. Arnon Grunberg would like to know exactly how this works and invites them to join him, along with the economist Koen Schoors ...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:15
Musée Magritte Museum
NL
Reserv

Tom Schamp visits Magritte -FULLY BOOKED

Tom Schamp is an illustrator for Humo, De Standaard et al., designs toys and in his books creates a colourful world all his own. He is fascinated by the work of René Magritte. This is a unique opportunity to visit the Magritte Museum with a very special guide. This unique visit is FULLY BOOKED. New requests will be put on a waiting list.

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 16:30
Beurskafee
EN

Imagination under Pressure

Three authors from the crisis-ridden countries Portugal, Spain and Greece talk about the place of the imagination in a Europe in crisis. The NRC journalist Margot Dijkgraaf talks to three authors: Dulce Maria Cardoso (Portugal), Christos Chryssopoulos (Greece) and Use Lahoz (Spain)...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:30
passa porta
FR

literary walks

Légendes urbaines 2

Aurore van de Winkel guides you around the city looking for legends that came true and snippets of news that found their way into fiction. Start of the French spoken walks at 12:00 am and 3:30 pm, in front of Passa Porta...

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 16:00
passa porta
EN

literary walks

Urban legends 2

Daniel Daoud guides you around the city looking for legends that came true and snippets of news that found their way into fiction. Start of the English spoken walks at 12:30 am and 3 pm in front of Passa Porta...

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 16:00
BOZAR - Ter Arken
FR

Mohamed Berrada & Yahia Belaskri

Mohammed Berrada, one of the major innovators in Moroccan prose lives in Brussels. The Algerian writer Yahia Belaskri is the author of Une longue nuit d’absence, a book that sheds a critical light on relations between Spain and Algeria. A duo interview by Xavier Luffin...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:15
Cercle des Voyageurs
FR

Jean-Pierre Verheggen

‘One day I'll win the Nobelgian Prize’, says the ever playful and inventive Belgian poet Jean-Pierre Verheggen in his new poetry collection, and that is also its title. He takes the French language to places it has never been and gives free rein to his screamingly funny and infectious fantasy. Interview: Eric Clémens...

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 15:45
Rits Cinéma
FR

Jean-Luc Outers

For the Belgian novelist Jean-Luc Outers, the seventies were a time of ideals and self-examination. In his recent novel De jours comme de nuits he paints a delicate and moving portrait of his contemporaries. Interview: Béatrice Delvaux...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:30
Beursschouwburg
FR

Michel Lambert & Pierre Mertens

Pierre Mertens, who coined the word ‘belgitude’ made his name with such controversial novels as Une paix royale, a story about the royal family that draws a fine line between fact and fiction. He talks to the French-language writer Michel Lambert about the tricks of the trade. Interview : Joseph Duhamel...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:15
BOZAR -  Zaal / Salle M
FR

Laurent Binet

For his new book Rien ne se passe comme prévu the French author Laurent Binet kept very close track of François Hollande’s campaign for last year’s presidential elections. He talks to X about this experience and the book that resulted...

Sun 24.03
15:30 - 16:30
Vaudeville
NL

Translating Belgian poetry

The Passa Porta translation collective advocates among other things more translations of poetry in both directions between Belgium's language communities. It is now presenting its most recently translated poets, with readings and conversations with such poets as Bart Janssen, Charles Ducal, Frédéric Saenen and Serge Delaive, as well as the translators..

 

Sun 24.03
20:00 - 22:00
La Bellone
FR

Philippe Delerm

The French author Philippe Delerm is well known for his eye for detail and his focus on small everyday pleasures. In his humorous book Je vais passer pour un vieux con he returns to short prose writing. Interview: Laurence Ghigny...

16:00 - 17:00

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 16:15
Hôtel Espérance
EN / FR / NL

Erotic Imagination 8

Laure Limongi

Laure Limongi will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel...

Sun 24.03
16:30 - 16:45
Hôtel Espérance
NL

Erotic imagination 9

Kristien Hemmerechts

Kristien Hemmerechts will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel...

 

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 17:00
BRONKS
NL
Reserv

Storytelling 6+

Gerda Dendooven & Meneer Papier (Mr Paper)

Gerda Dendooven has won all the prizes a creator of children’s books can win. She will be telling a story in pictures, using an overhead projector and paper. Meneer Papier (Mr Paper), based on stories by Elvis Peeters, will take shape on the spot, will be brought to life with scissors and will then be cut up to make something else. Reservation requested...

Sun 24.03
16:30 - 17:15
BOZAR Studio
EN

Lydia Davis & Bart Moeyaert

Once a well-kept secret among fans of short prose, now a leading voice in contemporary American literature. Lydia Davis, also a well-known translator of Proust and Flaubert, talks to Bart Moeyaert about her Collected Stories in which she inimitably explores the innovative potential of the short story...

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 17:00
De Munt - La Monnaie (foyer)
FR / NL

Book presentation

Koenraad Tinel & Simon Gronowski

The lawyer Simon Gronowski and artist Koenraad Tinel were children during World War II. One a Jew, the other the son of a Nazi-sympathiser Flemish nationalist. They recently became friends. Gronowski wrote down their stories in Eindelijk bevrijd / Enfin libéré, with drawings by Tinel and an essay by David Van Reybrouck (interview)...

Sun 24.03
16:30 - 17:15
Institut culturel hongrois - Hongaars cultureel instituut
FR / NL

Viktor Horváth

Viktor Horváth is the Hungarian author who won the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature. In Turkish Mirror he takes the reader on an adventurous journey back in time to 16th-century Hungary, a colourful and unstable borderland between two great empires...

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 17:00
MIM
NL

De wetten van de verbeelding

Tommy Wieringa & Peter Terrin

Karl Van den Broeck (De Morgen) talks to the Dutch writer Tommy Wieringa and his Flemish fellow-writer Peter Terrin about the links between them and the boundaries of the imagination in their fiction. What is the importance of research, and where is the line between the possible and the improbable ?...

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 17:00
Rits café
FR

Céline Curiol & Charly Delwart

Two representatives of the new guard: the Belgian Charly Delwart and the French Céline Curiol write novels inspired by other cultures. They compare their future-oriented prose in a conversation with Sophie Creuz (L'écho)...

 

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 16:45
Beursschouwburg
FR

Éric Chevillard

L’auteur et moi is the latest book by the French author Éric Chevillard. In his discrete but well-filled oeuvre he breaks away from the traditional novel and alternates narrative passages with flashes of the grotesque and the absurd. Interview: Claro...

Sun 24.03
16:30 - 17:30
BOZAR - Ter Arken
AR / FR / NL

Arabic literature

Khaled Al Khamissi & Khaled Khalifa

Egyptian author Khaled Al Khamissi (Taxi) is known for his colourful depictions of everyday life in Cairo. The Syrian writer and scenarist Khaled Khalifa, came to fame with his novel In Praise of Hatred, which was awarded the International Prize for Arabic novels. Interview: Nedjma Hadj...

Sun 24.03
16:30 - 17:30
Arthis, Het Belgisch-Roemeens Cultureel Huis
NL

Roderik Six & Jan Vantoortelboom

Dirk Verhofstadt in conversation with two new and promising Flemish novelists...

Sun 24.03
16:30 - 17:30
De Markten
EN

book presentation

Brussels in Shorts

Passa Porta asked ten Belgian and foreign comic artists to create a graphic short story set in Brussels. Their stories have been collected together in Bruss. Brussels in Shorts. The authors talk to the strip cartoon expert Geert De Weyer and give a short, sharp introduction to themselves in words and pictures..

Sun 24.03
16:00 - 16:45
Bibliothèque des Riches Claires
FR

Véronique Bergen

In addition to her philosophical works on Sartre, Badiou and Deleuze, the Belgian author Véronique Bergen is passionate about Mylène Farmer, an iconic figure in French chanson. Voyage en Mylénie is a marvellously baroque novel. Interview: Jacques De Decker...

17:00 - 18:00

Sun 24.03
17:30 - 17:45
Hôtel Espérance
NL

erotic imagination 11

Dirk De Wachter

Psychiatrist Dirk De Wachter will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel.

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 17:15
Hôtel Espérance
FR

erotic imagination 10

Jean-Luc Outers

Jean-Luc Outers will read an erotic extract in the intimate atmosphere of L’Espérance, a superb 1930s art deco café-cum-hotel...

Sun 24.03
17:30 - 18:15
Beursschouwburg
EN

Kirmen Uribe

Bilbao-New York-Bilbao, Kirmen Uribe’s novel about an imaginary air journey between the two cities is considered one of the highlights of modern Basque literature. He talks about poetry, music, solidarity and imagination, in connection with his new novel, Lo que mueve el mundo (What Moves the World)...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 18:00
Vaudeville
FR / NL / PO / RO

Poetry Stage

Five leading voices in European poetry share the stage and read from their own work, each in their own language. Dutch and French translations are shown on a screen. With Mircea Cărtărescu (RO), Guy Goffette (BE), Cees Nooteboom (NL) and Adam Zagajewski (PL). Actor Willy Thomas will read the poems of Leonard Nolens (BE), who is unable to attend due to illness. Hosted by Gudrun De Geyter (Klara)...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 18:00
Rits Cinéma
NL

book launch

Jeroen Theunissen, Saskia De Coster & Jeroen van Rooij

Three imaginative young Dutch-speaking authors read each other’s work at the launch of De omwegen (The Detours), an adventurous family novel by Jeroen Theunissen. He talks to Jeroen van Rooij (Het licht, 'The Light') and Saskia De Coster, who has just published Wij en ik ('We and I'). How do they transpose their world-view into fiction? The host is politician and bookworm Jos Geysels...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 17:45
KVS
FR

philosophy and imagination

Alain Badiou and the Ideal State

The controversial French philosopher Alain Badiou recently published his highly individual version of Plato’s most important work, The Republic, about the ideal state. A conversation about rethinking classical writings and also about such notions as democracy, truth, communism and justice. Interview by Laurent de Sutter...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 18:00
passa porta
NL

literary walks

Stadslegendes 2

Annick Bleyen guides you around the city looking for legends that came true and snippets of news that found their way into fiction. Start of the flemish spoken walks at 11:30 am and 5 pm in front of Passa Porta...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 17:45
café kafka
NL

women and football

Anna Enquist on Football

The poet and novelist Anna Enquist has for years had a passion for football. She recently collected her finest pieces on football in Kool! The sports anchor Catherine Van Eylen (VRT) talks to her about ability and daring, both on the field and on paper...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 17:45
La Bellone
FR

Alain Mabanckou solo

In his latest novel, Lumières de Pointe-Noire, the French-Congolese author Alain Mabanckou recreates the city of Congo-Brazzaville, where he was born. He evokes the magic of childhood in a series of funny and moving family portraits. Interview: Yahia Belaskri...

 

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 17:45
Cercle des Voyageurs
FR

Charles Pennequin

The French poet and performer Charles Pennequin presents one of his notorious language experiments. His motto is ‘Moins ça va, plus ça me vient’. Followed by a conversation with the Belgian poet Jean-Pierre Verheggen...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 17:45
Beursschouwburg
FR

Écritures singulières

Laure Limongi

A conversation with the experimental French writer and publisher Laure Limongi about her unusual literary career and her new essay Indociles. Interview: Claro...

Sun 24.03
17:00 - 18:00
Beurskafee
NL

DW B presents The Spring

Occupy and the Arab Spring: how do writers and artists see the power of revolution at present? The Flemish literary journal DW B puts these questions to a variety of writers. Curious to hear their answers? Come and listen to Merijn Oudenampsen and Daniël Rovers. Interview: Dirk Barrez...

Sun 24.03
17:30 - 18:15
BOZAR -  Zaal / Salle M
EN

A.S. Byatt

This great lady of British literature became world famous with her novel Possession, the film of Angels & Insects, and the monumental page-turner The Children’s Book.  Byatt is coming to Brussels to talk about the secrets of her original games with (historical) facts and fiction. Interview: Ruth Joos...

Sun 24.03
17:30 - 18:15
BOZAR Studio
FR

Patrick Deville

The 2012 Prix Femina went to the French writer and globetrotter Patrick Deville for his novel Peste et Choléra. Interview: Eric Russon.

Sun 24.03
15:00 - 15:45
Beursschouwburg
EN

Percival Everett

“I haven’t read anything like it since Georges Simenon” (Roger Boylan in the NY Times). Humour, reflection and tragedy are the basic ingredients of the multifacetted and adventurous work of the American author Percival Everett, who has written more than twenty novels.. Interview : Antoine Pickels...

18:00 - 19:00

Sun 24.03
18:30 - 19:15
BOZAR - Le Boeuf
EN

CLOSING EVENT

Julian Barnes

Don’t miss it! The festive closing event of the Passa Porta Festival in the grand Henri Leboeuf Hall. The renowned British author and Francophile Julian Barnes will, very exceptionally, be coming to Brussels to talk about his recent work (The Sense of an Ending and Through the Window). He will reflect on the theme of the festival – the power of the imagination – together with his host, Annelies Beck.