"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 2009
The second edition of the Passa Porta Festival took place from 26 to 29 March 2009. The festival started off with a literary exploration of the festival theme The World is a Workplace by Hungarian author Péter Nádas, at Passa Porta. On the 27th the European Constitution in Verse was presented at Flagey, Centre for Fine Arts. On Saturday 28th several international authors read from their work during Remapping the World at De Munt / La Monnaie Opera House.
On Sunday the festival reached its climax with the Parcours throughout the city center, including authors such as Alessandro Baricco, Jeroen Brouwers, Saskia De Coster, Mathias Enard, Alan Hollinghurst, Antonio Gamoneda, Olivier Rolin, Péter Nádas, Koen Peeters, Yves Petry, Jeroen Theunissen, William Marx, Catherine Millet, Erwin Mortier, Harry Mulisch, Ingo Schulze, Elif Shafak, Nawal El Saadawi, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Zoé Valdés.
Download the programme of the Passa Porta Festival 2009 - "The World is a Workplace"