"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 festival 2007
The first edition of the Passa Porta Festival took place from 19 to 22 March 2007. Spanish author Antonio Muñoz Molina started off the festival with a lecture on the central theme From the Other Side at Passa Porta. After Writing Billie, an evening filled with jazz and literature at the Kaaitheater, the festival continued on Saturday with Cinema Racista, a programme about film and literature at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts. This edition closed with the literary Parcours throughout the city centre: more than 100 writers took the floor on Sunday.
With, among others, Tariq Ali, Antonio Lobo Antunes, John Banville, Véronique Bergen, Josse De Pauw, Mircea Dinescu, Paul Emond, Jacqueline Harpman, Kristien Hemmerechts, Tom Lanoye, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Pierre Michon, Caryl Philips, Abdelkader Benali, Kamiel Vanhole, A.F.Th. and Ludmila Ulitskaya.
Download the programme of the Passa Porta Festival 2007 - "On the Other Side"