Brussels Poetry Collective

Brussels doesn’t need just one city poet, but several. Writer David Van Reybrouck and poet Peter Vermeersch, together with Passa Porta, developed a multicultural and multilingual poetry collective. In 2014, they passed the project on; new members have joined the collective and new projects are being developed. Passa Porta offers guidance in the collective’s creative work, and handles the non-creative red tape. The actual members are Taha Adnan, Adolfo Barberá, Frank De Crits, Geert van Istendael, Maky, Manza, Serge Meurant, Ramón Neto, Xavier Queipo, Elke de Rijcke, Kader Sevinç, Silvia Vainberg and Bart Vonck.

At last year’s edition, they brought a poetic tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 22 March 2016, presented earlier at la Bourse. This year, they will bring at the festival a selection of their recent poems about “living in Brussels”.

“As a city of many languages and cultures, Brussels is an incredibly rich source of poetry. We’re not a government initiative; we don’t do city marketing. We bring poetry to the city, but we also reveal the poetry of the city. Our poems are open source: we’re always allowed to remix or revise each other’s work.“

Showtime: 17:45 - 18:45 and 20:15 - 21:15

08/07: Frank De Crits, Geert van Istendael, Serge Meurant, Ramón Neto (ES), Elke de Rijcke, Laurence Vielle.

09/07: Frank De Crits, Maky (BE/IT), Manza (BE/MA), Xavier Queipo (ES), Silvia Vainberg (BE/ARG), Bart Vonck.

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