“What I am reflecting on is that I have to forgive people, events, time, the world, the country and probably also myself in order to be able to write. Your Clarice Lispector was trying this, I assume, and somehow apparently she managed. Or maybe I should say this: I am writing in order to forgive.”
— Ece Temelkuran (Turkey), Letter to Annelies Beck, 15 August 2016
passa porta festival 2013
The fourth edition of the Passa Porta Festival opened with a reading by the Algerian author Boualem Sansal, reflecting on the festival theme Imagine! On the second day Sansal engaged in a conversation with Chinese author Liao Yiwu at La Bellone, followed by Arab Spring: Writers in Revolution at Les Halles de Schaerbeek on Friday. Five Arabic writers witnessed about the influence of the revolutionary events on their society and authorship. On 23 March the Flagey Centre for the Arts hosted the Long Night of the Short Story.
The festival reached its climax on 24 March with a grand literary Parcours in different venues in the city centre. Throughout the day, literature fans were treated to encounters and talks with a wide range of authors, thinkers and graphic novelists. The international guests included Tahar Ben Jelloun,Lydia Davis, Ann Enright, Laurent Binet, A.S. Byatt, Mircea Cărtărescu, Karl Ove Knausgård, Cees Nooteboom and Adam Zagajewski. This edition was brought to festive close by an exceptional conversation with the British author Julian Barnes.
This edition was organised with the support and collaboration of dozens of partners.
The Algerian author Boualem Sansal will open the festival with an appeal for a more imaginative society and the need to dream. Sansal is one of the Arab world’s most important writers. After the reading Nele Hendrickx will talk to the author.
The Algerian Boualem Sansal and the Chinese Liao Yiwu are both world-class authors and peace-campaigners. Both have won the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. They will discuss the joint role politicians and writers can play in the name of peace and democracy. Hosted by Catherine Vuylsteke. Read more and make a reservation...
Arab Spring, Arab awakening or Arab revolution? In the name of human dignity and freedom, resistance movements in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya brought down their countries’ dictators. Khaled Khalifa, Khaled Al Khamissi, Raja Ben Slama, Ibrahim Al-Koni and Boualem Sansal read and talk about their convictions. Hosted by the journalist Béatrice Delvaux and the Moroccan author Mohammed Berrada. Read more and make a reservation...
World-famous authors from home and abroad will present their best short stories during the course of this extraordinary evening devoted entirely to the storytelling. The evening will take the form of an imaginary journey to a whole range of strange as well as recognizable places guided by a diversity of characters. With Lydia Davis, Arnon Grunberg, Anne Enright, Gerard Donovan, Kristien Hemmerechts, Pierre Mertens, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Enrique Vila Matas. Read more and make a reservation...
A day-long celebration for literature aficionados, with numerous readings throughout the centre of Brussels. The international guests include among others: Julian Barnes, Alain Badiou, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Laurent Binet, A.S. Byatt, Karl Ove Knausgård, Cees Nooteboom and Adam Zagajewski.