Salon der Verbeelding: featuring Herman Van Rompuy, Bram Vanderborght, Niña Weijers & Katharina Smets
Literature and lectures
BANG! curated by Saskia De Coster - Imaginative City Festival
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Ouverture des portes : 19:00
Price : € 6 (pre-booked tickets) Seats are limited!
Location : BOZAR - Rotonde Bertouille Plan
Het Salon der verbeelding [Salon of the imagination] is a free haven for bold ideas and intimate outpourings. Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of the 18th and 19th centuries, Saskia De Coster wants to conjure up the atmosphere of those bygone days at the BANG! Festival.
The theme: the taboo that exists when it comes to the issue of loneliness in the big city. Former European president Herman Van Rompuy, author Niña Weijers and Mechanical Engineering Professor Bram Vanderborght (VUB) will each briefly take the platform to discuss loneliness, based on their own their experience and field of discipline, before engaging in dialogue with the members of the audience. Hosted by Katharina Smets.
The number of seats for this small-scale event is limited.
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+ WINNER CONTEST: BEZET DE STAD
ON NO ID - PERFORMANCE BY ELLEN VANDERSTRAETEN INVITED BY MECANIC VOODOO
Imaginative literature is not necessarily about writing who we are or what we know or what our identity is about. We should teach young people and ourselves to expand our hearts and write what we can feel. We should get out of our cultural ghetto and go visit the next one and the next. In the end, stories move like whirling dervishes, drawing circles beyond circles. They connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics, and that is the good news". Elif Shafak is the most-read female author in Turkey. She inspired performance artist Ellen Vanderstraeten with her reading of The Politics of Fiction, held in 2010 at TEDGlobal for this pience on: No ID. A work in which she leaves her own 'cultural ghetto' and discovers the 'next' one together with the audience.
BANG! IMAGINATIVE CITY FESTIVAL CURATED BY SASKIA DE COSTER
This event is part of the imaginative city festival BANG! Curated by Saskia De Coster. Due to the construction work currently being undertaken, KultuurKaffee has opted for a nomadic existence and, together with a guest curator, assembles twice a year a multidisciplinary programme of events at various locations dotted around the city of Brussels. Autumn 2015 sees author Saskia De Coster welcoming her festival guests at Bozar.
An initiative by KultuurKaffee in association with Andermansland