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BOZAR AT HOME

From our digital platform to our halls

While Belgium continues to decrease the measures against Covid-19, BOZAR has reopened several exhibitions. In the meantime - while we are waiting to welcome you back for the rest of our activities - we continue to offer you a special artistic programme on our digital platform, including concerts, performances and film screenings. 

If you can't participate to culture, culture will come to you. You can enjoy music, expo, theatre, film, dance, lectures and debates and many more artistic expressions that make BOZAR so rich. From your living room you will be able to continue to share moments of deep emotions despite the circumstances we are going through.

Thanks to culture, let's be in solidarity with each other, let's enjoy the comfort that technology offers us, and let's get closer without putting ourselves at risk by enjoying one of the most beautiful experiences there is: culture.

New content will be shared on a regular basis, check it out below.

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  • Repairing the Future

    Mazen Maarouf

    With the video interview series Repairing the future, BOZAR wants to give a new impetus to thinking about the future by giving a platform to scientists, artists and thinkers from different fields. Economics, ecology, mobility, architecture are all covered, as well as beauty and solace. This week journalist Chris Keulemans talks to author Mazen Maarouf.

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    Who am I?

    Get to know this fun, educational family game! Using clues that stimulate their imagination and curiosity, children will go in search of iconic characters who followed a special trail.

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    Cinema: Nowhere

    To continue the celebrations after Pride Month, BOZAR and the British Counci invite you to the free online screening of Nowhere (2020) on Wednesday 8 July at 5 p.m. The film tells the story of a young Palestinian woman, who crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, discovering the truth behind his exiled existence.

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  • BOZAR celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Congo’s independence

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence. On this occasion, BOZAR presents a series of online artistic activities, created in cooperation with Congolese cultural artists and the country’s diaspora.

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    VAVA DUDU

    BOZAR is thrilled to present the first anthology of poetry by fashion designer, musician, painter, and Paris icon Vava Dudu. Vava’s poems are culled from language she prints and publishes on garments, as well as song lyrics from her electro-punk band La Chatte. In this book her texts are translated from French to English by New York artist, musician and educator Geo Wyeth, and edited by Castilian writer and curator Alberto García del Castillo.

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  • Writers and Thinkers for Another World

    Repairing the Future

    During the summer after the first corona wave, BOZAR took a look into our future through conversations with leading authors, scientists and philosophers. Via videolink in an empty Henry Leboeuf Hall - corona and all that. But we will looked unflinchingly beyond, to imagine what our world afterwards could look like. (Re)discover all the interviews below.

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    THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF CONGO’S INDEPENDENCE SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THREE YOUNG CONGOLESE ARTISTS

    The Congolese art scene is buzzing with incredibly talented young visual artists, such as Pamela Tulizo, Freddy Mutombo and Fransix Tenda Lomba. In June 2020, all three will be in Brussels for professional projects.

     

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    Reflecting on the future of Syria

    From the 22nd until the 30th of June, the EU and the UN co-chair the fourth Brussels conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”. With the devastating conflict entering its tenth year, a continued spiral of violence and instability and the subsequent suffering and displacement of millions of people, the Syrian crisis remains the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history.

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    Best of Croatian Cinema

    Croatian cinema has witnessed the rise of a new generation of filmmakers who are not afraid to wander off the beaten paths and go beyond the picturesque tourist vistas and Game of Thrones locations. Although they were all born in the 1980s, these filmmakers vary wildly when it comes to style and sensibility – from confrontational to audience friendly; from non-fiction through fantasy. They each engage with local cinematic genres (e.g. Mediterranean comedies, coming of age stories) which they update from fresh, contemporary perspectives, proving that Croatia is not only “a small country for a great holiday”, but also a small country with great cinema.

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    Klara on Tour at BOZAR

    BOZAR and Klara start off the summer with Trio Aries and musicians from La Monnaie. This fantastic initiative is part of the Klara on Tour project: a concert marathon on 21 June with Klara’s most important partners, including BOZAR.

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    AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL

    The fourth edition of the multidisciplinary Afropolitan Festival was held from 28 February to 1 March 2020, and attracted over 5,000 people in a single weekend, which attests to a manifest and keen public interest in African and Afro-descendant contemporary artistic performances. A resounding success and a major undertaking, the festival has built up specific practices, as well as a reflection on the artistic and social challenges of such a cultural event.

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    The Belgian National Orchestra is back in the Great Hall

    Through the BOZAR at Home platform, the musicians of the Belgian National Orchestra present a series of concerts broadcast live from the Henry Le Boeuf Great Hall.

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    DOK LEIPZIG

    Each year three important German film festivals are represented in Brussels: the Forum of the Berlinale, DOK Leipzig and the Duisburger Filmwoche. As part of the series of German Film Festivals on Tour, this year the Goethe-Institut Brüssel and BOZAR present two outstanding films from the programme of DOK Leipzig:  Space Dogs by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter and Zustand und Gelände (Status and Terrain) by Ute Adamczweski.

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  • A conversation with architect Peter Swinnen

    Willy Van Der Meeren and the pandemic paradise

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    4 creative activities around Keith Haring (for young and old)

    Keith Haring's cartoon characters are not only nice to look at, they are also a source of inspiration. Dive into the eighties with some challenging and fun activities for young and old. Philosophizing, creative tinkering or just losing all your energy in dancing? There’s something for everyone!

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    RUSSIAN TURN: KINO

    With Russian Turn Kino, BOZAR invites you to explore the rich and uncompromising world of independent Russian cinema. 

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    KFDA + BOZAR: A conversation between Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Amanda Piña

    The 25th edition of the KunstenFESTIVALdesArts is one of the victims of COVID-19. Its cancellation also meant BOZAR didn't get to show Frontera / Border – a Living Monument by Amanda Piña. Daniel Blanga Gubbay, artistic co-director of the festival talks to the Mexican-Chilean choreographer about a performance that couldn't happen (yet). 

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    RUSSIAN TURN: MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA

    Tuesday May 12 at 7 pm BOZAR and Stay Home with Russian Seasons invite you to listen to the concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by its eminent conductor Valery Gergiev in the context of Russian Turn.

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    LUC TUYMANS AND THE ARTIFICIAL EYE

    What is the relationship between art and artificial intelligence (AI)? Can AI become a tool for the contemporary artist? Does AI look at a painting the way we do? Can AI eventually do the job of a curator? The FLOW-project brings together AI expert Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and world renowned Belgian painter Luc Tuymans to investigate.

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    Sofa Screenings II

    BOZAR invites you to lean back on your couch at home and to use your imagination to travel through the world of cinema. We have selected some of the most interesting, touching or breathtaking films, documentaries, cinema podcasts or series, for you to discover at any hour of the day or night!

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    ARABFUTURISM

    BOZAR and the Chair Mahmoud Darwich invite you to explore the universal philosophy of this great poet, through the work of contemporary artists from the Maghreb and the Middle East. In 2020 the Chair wants to investigate imaginary futures, shaped by the anatomy of the past and characterised by the resilience of the present. Close to the realm of science-fiction, these artworks offer new readings of our geopolitical reality, and create space for free thinking.

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    DIFFERENCE DAY MAKES A DIFFERENCE ONLINE

    On Sunday 3 May it's Difference Day again! The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, BOZAR, the Evens Foundation and IHECS join forces to highlight the importance of freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Due to the corona crisis, this edition will not take place at BOZAR, but online through a live stream from Pilar's Concert Hall on the VUB campus.

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    Marcel Mariën 100

    On 29 April 2020, we celebrate the 100th birthday of the artist, author, photographer and key figure in the Surrealist movement in this country, Marcel Mariën (1920-1993). Unfortunately, the corona crisis has put paid to the exhibition at BOZAR that was scheduled to start that very day, but thankfully you can now stroll through the nimble, colourful and extensive oeuvre of this bad boy of Belgian Surrealism in the comfort of your own home.

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    INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM IN RUSSIA, 4 REFLECTIONS

    The role of the media in our society was never so significant as in a current worldwide crisis. Today, to stay informed is vital. To stay informed is to stay safe!

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    CONCRETE UTOPIA

    The 1960s and 1970s in Croatia were marked by an overall growth, expressed through industrialisation, urbanisation and search for a third path on the geopolitical spectrum. The prevailing optimism found its expression in contemporary art, as well as in modernist architecture. At the same time, cinema offered clever ways to confront the overall optimism with more sombre issues lurking beneath the joyful surface. 

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    Virtual tribute to Dance

    25 April is the fifth edition of Dag van de Dans (Day of Dance) in Flanders and Brussels. This special event highlights the unifying force of dance and gives everyone an opportunity to experience the world of contemporary dance. Dag van de Dans is taking place despite the current crisis, but this time it’s in your home. Find out how to bring the dancers into your living room and get yourself dancing too!

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    ARCHITECTURE + FILM

    For all film and architecture lovers: BOZAR brings its favourite selection to your home!

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    Food for thought

    AGORA, the BOZAR debate platform, uses BOZAR at Home to bring interesting stories and insights to your screen every two weeks. The first written edition features Ann Pettifor: she was scheduled to give a talk about the Green New Deal in Brussels on 16 March. We also delve into the Centre for Fine Arts’ archives, in search of speakers who discussed themes that are just as relevant today, in these strange times of crisis.

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    Sofa Screenings

    BOZAR invites you to lean back on your couch at home and to use your imagination to travel through the world of cinema. We have selected some of the most interesting, touching or breathtaking films, documentaries, cinema podcasts or series, for you to discover at any hour of the day or night!

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    (Re)discover our architecture lectures

    BOZAR and A+ Architecture in Belgium delve into their audio-visual archives to bring some of the most interesting architecture lectures to your screen.

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    Reading in the time of corona

    What can we read in this time of worry and fear? Do we want books that give us a better grip on reality or do we prefer escapism? Many readers will be using this time to turn to those classics they have never got round to reading. In Search of Lost Time, The Magic Mountain and The Plague immediately come to mind. Less sensitive souls may find the science fiction or horror of Stephen King more to their taste.

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    Keith Haring: 4 online activities for kids and families

    Share the fascinating world of Keith Haring with your children! Keep busy and stay creative during the lockdown by following us through a series of activities inspired by the famous New York artist of the eighties.

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    LET THE MUSIC IN

    During the spring 2020 lockdown, BOZAR invited a series of artists who had been initially scheduled to perform at the Centre for Fine Arts to present an alternate version of their concert. The national and international musicians, from the world of jazz, traditional, electronic, classical or early music, offered an intimate concert from their own homes. They invited the audience into their living rooms or rehearsal studios to share a moment of musical communion.

    BOZAR, as well as other Belgian cultural institutions, is newly required to temporarily close. In order to keep spirits high, we encourage you to let music into your homes and relive simple, beautiful and comforting musical moments.

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    Keith Haring in your living room

    In spite of the confinement, thanks to BOZAR at home we offer you the comfort that technology offers us to allow you to visit our exhibitions from your living room.

    Enjoy our virtual tours and take good care of yourself. 

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    5 performances of the Yves Klein exhibition to (re)discover

    During the exhibition Yves Klein. Theatre of the Void (2017), BOZAR has put on quite a show with performances by celebrated Belgian and international artists such as Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jan Fabre, Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus, Miet Warlop, Nick Steur, Andros Zins-Browne, Ian Whittlesea etc. Let’s look back at some of these highlights.

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