"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.
brussels poetry collective
'As a city of many languages and cultures, Brussels is an incredibly rich source of poetry. We're not a government initiative; we don't do city marketing. We bring poetry to the city, but we also reveal the poetry of the city. Our poems are open source: we're always allowed to remix or revise each other's work.'
Brussels doesn't need just one city poet, but several. Writer David Van Reybrouck and poet Peter Vermeersch, together with Passa Porta, developed a multicultural and multilingual poetry collective. In 2014, they passed the project on; new members have joined the collective and new projects are being developed. The actual members are Taha Adnan, Adolfo Barbera del Rosal, Frank De Crits, Maarten Goethals, Geert van Istendael, Maky, Manza, Serge Meurant, Ramón Neto, Anne Penders, Xavier Queipo, Elke de Rijcke, Kader Sevinç, Silvia Vainberg, Laurence Vielle and Bart Vonck.
Passa Porta offers guidance in the collective's creative work, and handles the non-creative red tape.