Ayaka Nakama, Freeway Dance. Performance view, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, 2021. © Hideto Maezawa.

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Kunstenfestivaldesarts is an international arts festival dedicated to contemporary theatre, performance and dance. It occasionally also opens itself to film and visual arts. It is the live character of these disciplines that brings them all together. The festival explores hybrid and unconventional forms, and always addresses these fundamental questions: what can live on stage mean today? Who is represented? And who’s watching, who’s experiencing this live moment?

Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes place every year in May and lasts three weeks. It shows works in more than 20 different cultural centres as well as in public spaces. The festival is nomadic; collaboration with our many diverse partners is essential and the result of a continuous dialogue. Together, remarkable artistic projects are created and shared with audiences that are willing to be challenged and to broaden their perspectives.

Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes place in Brussels, a complex network of diverse communities. Engaging with the city’s inhabitants, the festival serves as a way to rethink the geography of the capital of Belgium and Europe, increasing the porosity of its territorial, linguistic and cultural divisions. The festival encourages debate and in-depth conversations.

Kunstenfestivaldesarts also hosts a Free School, dedicated to the sharing of artistic practices, knowledge and reflections. This school addresses a crucial question: if we were to invent a school today, what would its curriculum be, and who would it be for? All the school activities are free of charge and aim to accommodate a multiplicity of possible participants.

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