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BOZAR will screen documentaries tackling social issues and mythical, inner or imaginary travels.
In an era when departing for another destination is no longer that obvious, CREW, with its installation 'Delirious Departures', once again seeks out the boundaries between reality and illusion. The installation transforms a room in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts into the departure hall of a railway station.
More than 130 films, in all formats and of all genres, for children and teens between 2 and 16, will be programmed by Filem'On. In addition, there are many fun workshops and cinema concerts especially curated for children and young people.
Benjamin Vandewalle derails the daily choreography of public space by investing the train station with dance and music improvisation.
Ben Fury returns to the Galerie Ravenstein as well as the Brussels Central station, to create a performance with 14 students of the Antwerp-based dance school AP-School of Arts.
Jan Ducheyne and Laurence Vielle will take various ‘last’ trains. With their poetry in their pockets and a diary, they will criss-cross the country. For the travellers who take the last train of the day, they will write and perform poetry, both aboard the train and upon departure and arrival.
'Hopscotch' takes listeners on a trip across two continents in Brussels Central station.
'Machinalia' is a fantastical machine that inhabits the glass-walled waiting rooms on the railway platforms in Bruges and Leuven.
With an illuminated sign, Laure Prouvost’s high-flying sculpture suggests that we, too, can move in the world with softer, more unpredictable currents.
'Esprit ouvert' marks the symbolic departure point of the art trail 'Endless Express' at Brussels North station.
Flaka Haliti conveys the uncertainty of the self in a machine-led future.
'Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer' remembers the people who lost their lives in the floods that recently ravaged the southeast of Belgium.
'Another Town, Another Train' is a film installation in Verviers Central station that Chloé Malcotti developed in close collaboration with the children of industry workers in Seraing.
Marina Pinsky proposes her own vision of a city in the form of a model-train installation connecting sculptures and scale models made by artists and architects.
Choreographer and dancer Mohamed Toukabri pays the ultimate homage to public spaces and hip-hop culture.
'Jean' is based on a manifesto by artist Jean Tinguely and can be found aboard the train on the Brussels-Amsterdam-Brussels route but can also be visited via the traveller's mobile phone.
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B invite you into their alternative photo booth.
A train moves freely on its way and crosses borders without being noticed. As does the train from Ostend to Eupen. Poet Carl Norac will write aboard of this train.
Today, the smartphone has largely replaced the railway station novel. EUROPALIA and Behoud de Begeerte want to change this. We invited six contemporary authors to write a contemporary version of the railway station novel.
On the occasion of EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS, Ann Eysermans develops several projects in co-production with ChampdAction and in collaboration with NMBS, Cinematek and the record label Cortizona.
This impressive one-time event will pay tribute to the first train ride on the European continent that took place in 1835, between Brussels and Mechelen.
EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS and International House of Literature Passa Porta are joining forces to offer two Belgian authors—one Dutch-speaking and one French-speaking—a writing residency aboard a train travelling across Europe.
For 'Screens', you get on a train and find yourself in another world: the windows of the carriage turn into high resolution screens showing images created in a model train landscape. As you travel along the Belgian railway network, you feel like you are rolling through toy versions of other landscapes and cities.
Germaine Kruip presents 'Resonance', a new site-responsive work for the Antwerp Central station.
In Boris Charmatz’ version of 'La Ronde', 16 dancers form a kind of implicit society: an intersectional and plural society, with male-female, male-male, female-female duets, of different ages and dance styles in all its forms and practices.
The art trail 'Endless Express' is spread over different destinations along the railway line between Ostend and Eupen. Taking the public sculpture Esprit ouvert by Tapta as a symbolic point of departure, seven artists were invited to present new works around the stations and tracks.
An orchestra of 18 musicians retrace the path of a rhythm that makes Africa and the world dance.
The project will explore the state between wakefulness and sleep, the hypnagogic state one can feel while travelling by train.
Inspired by the sounds and passing images she has captured through the windows of moving trains, the musician Farida Amadou presents an audiovisual installation in two parts.
An artistic and historical journey on the theme of the train through works by major artists of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Monet, Caillebotte, Spilliaert, Boccioni, Severini, Léger, De Chirico, Mondrian, Servranckx, Delvaux and Magritte.
An open invitation to join the artist on his 'inner travels', the exhibition is a visual journey of discovery that offers a glimpse inside the constructed world of Rinus Van de Velde that is ever-expanding.
The great Turkish poet Nâzim Hikmet wrote 'Human Landscapes from my Country' during a long imprisonment. Zuidpool turns these miniatures into a compelling epic, in the style of oral storytelling and singing tradition.
Met deze double bill bundelen we twee bijzondere voorstellingen: circusperformancekunstenaars Mardulier & Deprez dompelen zich onder in de wereld van de truckchauffeurs en acteur Adriaan Van Aken neemt afscheid van zijn auto.
Kapitein Winokio made a festival song for kids!
For EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS, LOCI offers a programme of courses, conferences and exhibitions related to the train and its architectural and urban impact.
Mons Memorial Museum examines a little-known aspect of the First World War—the link between espionage and the railways—and shines a spotlight on the history of resistance in the Mons region.
The role of trains and railways in European history; discover the story at the House of European History.
This exhibitionfeatures more than 140 Belgian railway posters from the SNCB/NMBS collection as well as diverse public and private collections. Artist Nayel Zeaiter will present a new work about the railways.
Inspired by the astonishing pilgrimage of this spectacular painting, Raffaella Crispino takes us on a journey full of stories and seeds.
On 27 January 2022, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, EUROPALIA is organising the conference 'Trains and the Holocaust' in collaboration with the Auschwitz Foundation and Kazerne Dossin.
During one evening and a day of conferences, researchers and artists will offer alternative views on railway transport in Africa. A work-in-progress exhibition will offer a new cartographic reading of mobility based on five railway lines across the African continent.
Sophie Whettnall (b. 1973 in Belgium, where she lives and works) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is greatly influenced by painting—landscape in particular—and its durational sensorial experience.
The EUROPALIA programme at Grand-Hornu includes guided tours focusing on the railway heritage, a podcast on the social consequences of the installation of the horse-drawn railway, a walk in its wake and a historical conference on the theme of railways.
Korei Guided Tours offers guided tours on the theme of TRAINS & TRACKS
During EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS, Brukselbinnenstebuiten presents five city tours and a lecture about the presence of the train in the city.
Associated with luxury travel, adventure, intrigue and exotic discoveries, the myth of the Orient Express persists, maintained by literature and cinema, in particular.
'L'Europe noire' is a poetic travelogue through Black Europe. Slam poet and musician Lisette Ma Neza uses the book 'Afropean' by Johny Pitts as a travel guide and preliminary research for a new performance.
MUS-E Belgium brings active art experiences to children and young people. Participants are invited to step into the world of artists during interactive courses in which imagination, experimentation and dialogue are central.
Inspired by the book ‘Afropean’ by Johny Pitts, slam poet and musician Lisette Ma Neza got on a train in Brussels and travelled around Europe in search of the Afro-European identity. On this literary evening, she shares a poetic account of her journey.
For EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS and Slow Festival, Maria Hassabi will create a new durational performance with 35 P.A.R.T.S.-students in and around the Bruges Station.
Take a few minutes to sit down with a 'poète public' and leave with a unique and personalised poem: a gift for a loved one or yourself.
What cultural and political possibilities do renewed trans-European public time spaces offer today’s Europeans?
Creation of a mini opera, fueled by the stories of the passersby.
Dans 'Different Trains', Reich combine des instruments à cordes avec des témoignages enregistrés de survivants de l’Holocauste et de voyageurs américains.
Canadian academic Leslie Kern will give the keynote in this colloquium on intersectionality and mobility.
How should policymakers respond to questions about climate change and widely accessible public transport in the coming years? What does the train of the future look like to the generation of the future?
In 'Human Zoo', a voice can be heard through your headphones. It guides you as you walk through one of the most beautiful railway stations in Europe. In this gigantic building, you meet mankind.
For EUROPALIA, Vandewalle designed three periscopic devices that offer three different perspectives on the landscape passing by.