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Farida Amadou
— In-Between
Inspired by the sounds and passing images she captured through the windows of moving trains, musician Farida Amadou presents an audiovisual installation in two parts.
TRAINS & TRACKS
07.12 - 09.01
Farida Amadou — In-Between
MusicInstallation
Film programme
— CINEMATEK
Within a retrospective, CINEMATEK will screen classic Westerns such as 'Once Upon a Time in the West', Alfred Hitchcock's 'films noirs' and action-packed blockbusters such as 'Murder on the Orient Express'.
TRAINS & TRACKS
01.12
Film programme — CINEMATEK
TalkCinema
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B
— Moving Self-Portrait
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B invite you into their alternative photo booth.
TRAINS & TRACKS
11.12 - 11.12
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B — Moving Self-Portrait
Durational ActionPerforming Arts
Melanie De Biasio
— Lay your ear to the rail
Melanie De Biasio composes a piece of music that evokes the Italian immigration of the last century.
TRAINS & TRACKS
29.01 - 15.05
Melanie De Biasio — Lay your ear to the rail
MusicInstallation
Artist Talk
— Sophie Nys in Conversation with Caroline Dumalin
Sophie Nys discusses 'Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer' during a talk with 'Endless Express' curator Caroline Dumalin at IKOB.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.12
Artist Talk — Sophie Nys in Conversation with Caroline Dumalin
Talk
Charlotte en Dolores Bouckaert 
— Everybody has to leave home sometime
'Everybody has to leave home sometime', based on a short story by Sylvia Plath, is a cinematic-musical performance in a world of sound, colour, line and form. Dolores Bouckaert and Charlotte Bouckaert form the perfect duo to stage this dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death.
TRAINS & TRACKS
03.03
Charlotte en Dolores Bouckaert — Everybody has to leave home sometime
Performing Arts
Lost & Found
Creation of a mini opera, fueled by the stories of the passers-by.
TRAINS & TRACKS
15.11
Lost & Found
Music
Artist Talk
— Che Go Eun in Conversation with Ko Goubert and Caroline Dumalin
Che Go Eun discusses 'Machinalia' during a talk with 'Endless Express' curator Caroline Dumalin and Museum M’s collection curator Ko Goubert.
TRAINS & TRACKS
05.12
Artist Talk — Che Go Eun in Conversation with Ko Goubert and Caroline Dumalin
Talk
LOCI
For EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS, LOCI offers a programme of courses, conferences and exhibitions related to the train and its architectural and urban impact.
TRAINS & TRACKS
28.10
LOCI
TalkVisual Arts
Inas Halabi
— Hopscotch (the Centre of the Sun's Radiance)
'Hopscotch' takes listeners on a trip across two continents at Brussels Central station.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Inas Halabi — Hopscotch (the Centre of the Sun's Radiance)
Visual Arts
Marina Pinsky
— Circuit
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Marina Pinsky — Circuit
Visual Arts
Chloé Malcotti 
— Another Town, Another Train
'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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Chloé Malcotti — Another Town, Another Train
Visual Arts
Laure Prouvost
— In your own time, tingalong, tingalong, Who’s been here since I’ve been gone?
With an illuminated sign, Laure Prouvost’s high-flying sculpture suggests that we, too, can move in the world with softer, more unpredictable currents.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Laure Prouvost — In your own time, tingalong, tingalong, Who’s been here since I’ve been gone?
Visual Arts
Flaka Haliti
— If I Want to Go Home Will Robots Send Me Somewhere Elsewhere?
Flaka Haliti conveys the uncertainty of the self in a machine-led future.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Flaka Haliti — If I Want to Go Home Will Robots Send Me Somewhere Elsewhere?
Visual Arts
Sophie Nys
— Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer
'Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer' remembers the people who lost their lives in the floods that recently ravaged the southeast of Belgium.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Sophie Nys — Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer
Visual Arts
Tapta
— Esprit Ouvert
'Esprit ouvert' marks the symbolic departure point of the art trail 'Endless Express' at Brussels North station.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Tapta — Esprit Ouvert
Visual Arts
Germaine Kruip
— Resonance
Germaine Kruip presents 'Resonance', a new site-responsive work for the Antwerp Central station.
TRAINS & TRACKS
20.10 - 15.05
Germaine Kruip — Resonance
Performing ArtsVisual ArtsMusic
Che Go Eun
— Machinalia
'Machinalia' is a fantastical machine that inhabits the glass-walled waiting rooms on the railway platforms in Bruges and Leuven.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Che Go Eun — Machinalia
Visual Arts
Benjamin Vandewalle
— Off-track
For EUROPALIA, Vandewalle designed four periscopic devices that offer different perspectives on the landscape passing by.
TRAINS & TRACKS
06.11
Benjamin Vandewalle — Off-track
Performing ArtsDurational Action
Orient Express
— Mythical, Luxurious, Belgian!
Associated with luxury travel, adventure, intrigue and exotic discoveries, the myth of the Orient Express persists, maintained by literature and cinema, in particular.
TRAINS & TRACKS
26.10 - 17.04
Orient Express — Mythical, Luxurious, Belgian!
Visual Arts
Endless Express
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.10 - 13.02
Endless Express
Visual ArtsInstallation
Tracks to Modernity
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
15.10 - 13.02
Tracks to Modernity
Visual Arts
Film programme
— BOZAR
BOZAR will screen documentaries tackling social issues and mythical, inner or imaginary travels.
TRAINS & TRACKS
01.12 - 01.12
Film programme — BOZAR
Cinema
Film programma
— Midis du Cinéma
On the occasion of the exhibition 'Tracks to Modernity', Midis du Cinéma is offering a series of films highlighting the links between art and the world of railways. Animation, architecture and painting meet for a few afternoons in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.11
Film programma — Midis du Cinéma
Cinema
1060 Pitch 
— #1 Time & Motion
Artist talk with Laure Prouvost and Caroline Dumalin, Lucian Moriyama, Maud Gourdon and Izabela Czarna, Rita Habib
TRAINS & TRACKS
27.11 - 27.11
1060 Pitch — #1 Time & Motion
Talk
Zuidpool
— Human Landscapes from my Country
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
06.11
Zuidpool — Human Landscapes from my Country
Performing Arts
Rail Recollections
An initiative that gives people the opportunity to share and discover personal stories related to the experience of travelling by train.
TRAINS & TRACKS
14.10 - 15.05
Rail Recollections
Workshop
The Age of Railways
— How the Invention of Trains Shaped European Society
The role of trains and railways in European history; discover the story at the House of European History.
TRAINS & TRACKS
01.12 - 01.12
The Age of Railways — How the Invention of Trains Shaped European Society
Talk
Slameke
— A Slam Poem Ticket
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.02
Slameke — A Slam Poem Ticket
Literature
Carl Norac
— Ostend-Eupen
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
08.02
Carl Norac — Ostend-Eupen
LiteratureInstallation
European Train Residency
— Aïko Solovkine and Ellis Meeusen
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
13.01
European Train Residency — Aïko Solovkine and Ellis Meeusen
Literature
Lisette Ma Neza
— What Does it Mean to Be Black in Europe?
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
26.11
Lisette Ma Neza — What Does it Mean to Be Black in Europe?
Literature
CREW
— Delirious Departures
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.11 - 18.11
CREW — Delirious Departures
Performing Arts
Lines & Tracks
— Railway Posters and Graphic Design in Belgium
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
27.11 - 27.02
Lines & Tracks — Railway Posters and Graphic Design in Belgium
Visual Arts
Brukselbinnenstebuiten
During EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS, Brukselbinnenstebuiten presents five city tours and a lecture about the presence of the train in the city.
TRAINS & TRACKS
09.12 - 09.12
Brukselbinnenstebuiten
Walk
Mohamed Toukabri
—  The Bastards
Choreographer and dancer Mohamed Toukabri pays the ultimate homage to public spaces and hip-hop culture.
TRAINS & TRACKS
22.01
Mohamed Toukabri — The Bastards
Performing Arts
L’Orchestre Mythique Rumba Congolaise Internationale
— Génération Cavacha
An orchestra of 18 musicians retrace the path of a rhythm that makes Africa and the world dance.
TRAINS & TRACKS
29.01
L’Orchestre Mythique Rumba Congolaise Internationale — Génération Cavacha
Music
Borders, Mobilities and Landscapes. Mapping railway infrastructure in (post)colonial Africa
Professor Johan Lagae, doctoral student Robby Fivez and their students from Ghent University, will offer a new cartographic reading of mobility based on five railway lines across Africa.
TRAINS & TRACKS
17.03 - 27.03
Borders, Mobilities and Landscapes. Mapping railway infrastructure in (post)colonial Africa
Visual Arts
Grand-Hornu 
— In the Tracks of its Railway
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
14.10 - 15.05
Grand-Hornu — In the Tracks of its Railway
TalkWalk
1914 - 1918
— Trains and Espionage
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
11.11 - 15.05
1914 - 1918 — Trains and Espionage
Visual Arts
Benjamin Vandewalle
⁠— Derailed
Benjamin Vandewalle derails the daily choreography of public space by investing the train station with dance and music improvisation.
TRAINS & TRACKS
25.10 - 25.10
Benjamin Vandewalle ⁠— Derailed
Performing ArtsDurational Action
Trains & Tracks in Africa
— A Dialogue on Infrastructures and Mobilities in Africa
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
16.03 - 27.03
Trains & Tracks in Africa — A Dialogue on Infrastructures and Mobilities in Africa
TalkVisual Arts
Dan Mussett 
— The Dating Project
'The Dating Project: What is Love?' is a game in which participants reenact situations from their daily lives by following instructions on their smartphones. The goal? To share stories, impressions and experiences.
TRAINS & TRACKS
14.02
Dan Mussett — The Dating Project
Performing Arts
Kris Verdonck 
— Screens
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.04 - 30.04
Kris Verdonck — Screens
Installation
Maarten De Vrieze ⁠
— Desire Lines 86
In 'Desire Lines 86', Maarten De Vrieze looks at the 'walking lines' around the interrupted railroad line 86 that functions as a footpath, a connecting route or something else. The result is a number of walking performances and an exhibition in the former ticket offices of the station.
TRAINS & TRACKS
08.04 - 10.04
Maarten De Vrieze ⁠ — Desire Lines 86
Performing ArtsWalk
Boris Charmatz/Terrain
— La Ronde
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
15.10
Boris Charmatz/Terrain — La Ronde
Performing Arts
Tracking the Future
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?
TRAINS & TRACKS
17.11
Tracking the Future
Talk
Joris Blanckaert & GAME
— Bergensbanen
Board the train from Oslo to Bergen for a trip of more than seven hours with Joris Blanckaert & GAME.
TRAINS & TRACKS
05.02
Joris Blanckaert & GAME — Bergensbanen
Music
La Flèche et l’Éléphant
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
19.03
La Flèche et l’Éléphant
Music
Trains and the Holocaust
— From a Symbol of Progress to a Genocidal Tool
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
27.01
Trains and the Holocaust — From a Symbol of Progress to a Genocidal Tool
Talk
The Renaissance of the Night Train
Artists and graphic artists from all over Europe highlight the splendour of the night train.
TRAINS & TRACKS
16.11 - 04.01
The Renaissance of the Night Train
Visual Arts
Ann Eysermans 
— For Trainspotters Only
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
25.01
Ann Eysermans — For Trainspotters Only
Music
Quatuor Tana 
— Different Trains (Steve Reich)
In 'Different Trains', Reich combines string instruments with recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors and American travellers.
TRAINS & TRACKS
30.10
Quatuor Tana — Different Trains (Steve Reich)
Music
Filem'On
— 15 years on track
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
27.10 - 06.11
Filem'On — 15 years on track
CinemaMusic
Ben Fury
— Crowd
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
11.03
Ben Fury — Crowd
Performing Arts
Jan Ducheyne and Laurence Vielle 
— The Last Train
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
12.03
Jan Ducheyne and Laurence Vielle — The Last Train
Literature
Rita Hoofwijk
— Jean
'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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.02 - 15.05
Rita Hoofwijk — Jean
InstallationPerforming Arts
Between the Lines
— Six Contemporary Railway Station Novels
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
13.02
Between the Lines — Six Contemporary Railway Station Novels
Literature
Maia Urstad
— Another Night Journey
The project will explore the state between wakefulness and sleep, the hypnagogic state one can feel while travelling by train.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.01 - 13.02
Maia Urstad — Another Night Journey
MusicInstallation
Rinus Van de Velde 
— Inner Travels
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.02 - 15.05
Rinus Van de Velde — Inner Travels
Visual Arts
Double Bill - On the Road
— Adriaan Van Aken/Het Nieuwstedelijk + Mardulier & Deprez
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
10.11
Double Bill - On the Road — Adriaan Van Aken/Het Nieuwstedelijk + Mardulier & Deprez
Performing Arts
Kapitein Winokio
— Met de trein!
Kapitein Winokio made a festival song for kids!
TRAINS & TRACKS

Kapitein Winokio — Met de trein!
Music
Raffaella Crispino
Inspired by the astonishing pilgrimage of this spectacular painting, Raffaella Crispino takes us on a journey full of stories and seeds.
TRAINS & TRACKS
29.01 - 18.09
Raffaella Crispino
Visual Arts
Sophie Whettnall 
— Recording the Light
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
26.03
Sophie Whettnall — Recording the Light
Performing ArtsInstallation
Korei
Korei Guided Tours offers guided tours on the theme of TRAINS & TRACKS
TRAINS & TRACKS
14.10 - 10.05
Korei
Walk
Lisette Ma Neza
—  L'Europe noire
'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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
18.02
Lisette Ma Neza — L'Europe noire
LiteraturePerforming ArtsMusicCinema
MUS-E 
— STATION TO STATION
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
14.10 - 15.05
MUS-E — STATION TO STATION
Workshop
Maria Hassabi ⁠
— Today at the Station
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
05.02
Maria Hassabi ⁠ — Today at the Station
Performing Arts
Marli Huijer 
— Travelling through Europe
What cultural and political possibilities do renewed trans-European public time spaces offer today’s Europeans?
TRAINS & TRACKS
04.02
Marli Huijer — Travelling through Europe
Talk
Building Feminist Cities
— An Intersectional Approach to Mobility
Canadian academic Leslie Kern will give the keynote in this colloquium on intersectionality and mobility.
TRAINS & TRACKS
10.03
Building Feminist Cities — An Intersectional Approach to Mobility
Talk
Bad van Marie
— Human Zoo
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.
TRAINS & TRACKS
23.04
Bad van Marie — Human Zoo
Performing Arts
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