Belgian National Orchestra

‘Cantania - A thousand and one cities’

10 June'23

Call to teachers: Cantania

A unique adventure that makes you sing with your students!
Through the Cantania project, Bozar introduces teachers and students to the inspiring power of song. Are you looking for a project that stimulates children's creativity, concentration, long-term memory and collaborative spirit? Then participate in Cantania!
Cantania is a participatory vocal project for children from 4th to 6th grade in Brussels. The objective is to anchor singing in the classroom for a long time because it stimulates self-esteem, respect for others and improves the feeling of cohesion between the children.
During four days of training, you will be immersed in the cantata written especially for children, in order to familiarize yourself with the work, its themes as well as its textual and musical content. You will receive tips and tools to be able to teach it in turn to your students in a caring and fun way. The songs that make up the cantata are in French and Dutch, which gives the project an extra richness.
In June 2023, a big performance will invite parents, family, and friends to gather at Bozar to listen to the young choristers accompanied on stage by the Belgian National Orchestra.

A thousand and one cities
The cantata that will be performed during the school year 2022-2023 is based on a composition by Liesa Van der Aa and Stefaan De Rycke, on the text of 'National Poet 2021' Carl Norac

Once upon a time there was a city, in Brussels as elsewhere.
In this city live two children with extraordinary talents.
There is Dario: a word juggler who creates poems by walking (and stumbling).
Then there is Ella, an inventor who collects sounds to make music of her time.
As if by chance, their paths collide! Together they think they can take on the world, superheroes!
And this world needs them, because it is suffering...
Do their children's voices carry enough to save it?

It is an eclectic, rhythmic cantata full of poetry, melodies, and joyfully provocative sounds... In this work, the inventiveness, creativity, and talents (hidden or not) of everyone are honored. On stage, the students will be accompanied by professional musicians.

Composition: Liesa Van der Aa & Stefaan De Rycke
Text: Carl Norac 
Dramaturgy : Vital Schraenen

Pedagogical support :  Ruby De Bruyne

Musical Direction: David Ramael
The Musicians of the Belgian National Orchestra

  • Jessica Tortorice, violin
  • Taras Zanchak, cello 
  • Dan Ishimoto, contrabass
  • Jérémie Fèvre, flute
  • Jan Van Duffel, horn
  • Alvaro Ferrer, clarinet
  • Berten Claes, Trombone
  • Nico Schoeters, percussion

Practical information


Henry Le Boeuf Hall

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


With the Kids and Teens


Primary Education


  • Surtitles: French Dutch

Information and registration
For more information on the conditions of participation and the dates of the training sessions, consult the online form in French or Dutch.
Registration is open from June 8 to June 26, 2022 using the online form.

Additional information sessions will be organized on 20/06 (online FR), 22/06 (at Bozar FR/NL) and 24/06 ( online NL) for teachers.
Register by email via