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Charlotte en Dolores Bouckaert 
—Everybody has to leave home sometime
TRAINS & TRACKS
16.03
Charlotte en Dolores Bouckaert —Everybody has to leave home sometime
Performing Arts
Trains & Tracks in Africa
— Researchers and Artists on Connectivity and Mobility 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 — Researchers and Artists on Connectivity and Mobility in Africa
TalkVisual Arts
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
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
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 Arts
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
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
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
CREW — Delirious Departures
Performing Arts
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
Casco Phil
— Lost & Found
Creation of a mini opera, fueled by the stories of the passersby.
TRAINS & TRACKS
15.11 - 19.11
Casco Phil — Lost & Found
Music
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
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 - 07.03
1914 - 1918 — Trains and Espionage
Visual Arts
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
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

Between the Lines — Six Contemporary Railway Station Novels
Literature
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
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
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
Quatuor Tana 
— Different Trains (Steve Reich)
Dans 'Different Trains', Reich combine des instruments à cordes avec des témoignages enregistrés de survivants de l’Holocauste et de voyageurs américains.
TRAINS & TRACKS
30.10
Quatuor Tana — Different Trains (Steve Reich)
Music
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
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
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
Ictus
— La Flèche et l’Eléphant
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
Ictus — La Flèche et l’Eléphant
Music
Slameke
— Poète public
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 — Poète public
Literature
House of European History
The role of trains and railways in European history; discover the story at the House of European History.
TRAINS & TRACKS
01.12
House of European History
Talk
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
Two European writing residencies
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
Two European writing residencies
Literature
Dan Mussett 
— The Dating Project
TRAINS & TRACKS
14.02
Dan Mussett — The Dating Project
Performing Arts
Benjamin Vandewallle
⁠— Derailed
Benjamin Vandewalle derails the daily choreography of public space by investing the train station with dance and music improvisation.
TRAINS & TRACKS
29.10 - 02.11
Benjamin Vandewallle ⁠— Derailed
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
17.01 - 23.01
Kris Verdonck — SCREENS
Installation
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
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
Benjamin Vandewalle
— Off-track
For EUROPALIA, Vandewalle designed three periscopic devices that offer three different perspectives on the landscape passing by.
TRAINS & TRACKS
06.11
Benjamin Vandewalle — Off-track
Performing Arts
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
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
Installation
Germaine Kruip
— Resonance
Germaine Kruip presents 'Resonance', a new site-responsive work for the Antwerp Central train station.
TRAINS & TRACKS
20.10 - 15.05
Germaine Kruip — Resonance
Performing ArtsVisual Arts
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B
— Moving Self-Portrait
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B invite you into their alternative photo booth.
TRAINS & TRACKS
11.12
Mohamed Toukabri and Eyes-B — Moving Self-Portrait
Durational Action
Mohamed Toukabri
—  The Bastards
Choreographer and dancer Mohamed Toukabri pays the ultimate homage to public spaces and hip-hop culture.
TRAINS & TRACKS
10.12
Mohamed Toukabri — The Bastards
Performing Arts
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