Brussels – Warsaw Europe and its institutions have implanted themselves like foreign bodies in Brussels. How can we integrate foreign bodies and really turn Brussels into the capital of Europe? What would, what could, such a capital look like?

Outsiders often regard Brussels as a grey city of Eurocrats who serve as cogs in the daily grind of the EU machine. But life in this city doesn’t feel like that, says Tom Bonte, director of the Beursschouwburg arts centre and a Freiraum project partner: it’s lively, diverse, experimental and extremely multicultural. Brussels wants to know how EU institutions can be better fused with the city to make Brussels feel more like the free capital of Europe.
 

 


Brussels-Warsaw
The Brussels-Warsaw tandem have decided to merge their two issues into a joint project. Their question now is: What are the fears that lead us to opt for life in a filter bubble rather than opening ourselves up to all available information? Warsaw’s partner, the Fundacja Panoptykon, is in charge of developing and fleshing out the question, while the Brussels Beursschouwburg is in charge of its artistic execution. As for format, the tandem have decided to hold a “big conversation”: after some keynote remarks by a panel of experts, they will be joined by interested participants for a round-table discussion of anxieties, bubbles, comfort and safety zones, and privacy. These “big conversations” will be held in late January and early February in both Brussels and Warsaw.

(September 2018)

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Founded in 1955, the Beursschouwburg is an arts center and meeting place for young artists situated in the heart of Brussels. It offers a varied program of events: theatre productions, film screenings, concerts, exhibitions, readings, discussions and parties. Art historian Tom Bonte is the center’s artistic director.
 

Photo Gallery of the “Big Conversation” in Brussels

  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
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  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
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  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg
  • The Big Conversation in Brussels Photo: Lyse Ishimwe © Beurrschouwburg


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