Nuit Blanche: one long night in the European Quarter
(© Saskia Vanderstichele)
2015 might well come to be known as the Year of the Refugee. A record number of people were displaced, and millions of people have been waiting for the results of their asylum applications. During Nuit Blanche, artists will highlight the questions we should be asking in these times.
Globally, 1 in every 113 people is displaced. What does that mean for them, and for the countries they end up in? The theme of this year's Nuit Blanche is "Borders", and in the broadest sense of the word. What does it mean to people to move, leave everything behind, be on the journey, and finally arrive? What makes us feel at home somewhere? What does our passport mean to us, and how do you acquire a new nationality? Surely one of the best places to reflect on these questions is at the administrative heart of Europe: the European Quarter, the place where heads of government meet to draw up European refugee and migrant policy. It is here that artists will shed light on these questions through the visual arts, performances, and debate for one long night. We have selected the ten must-sees.
1. The Milk of Human Kindness
Actor and author Chris Thorpe borrowed the title of this five-hour reading session from Shakespeare. The Milk of Human Kindness refers to compassion, a natural sense of friendliness. The Englishman showcases this feeling, or actually its lack, by focusing on the comments that readers write on the websites of popular newspapers, exposing the migrant-phobic feelings that led to Brexit.
20 > 1.00, Institut libre Marie Haps, Aarlenstraat 14 rue d'Arlon
2. Reality Room
20 > 2.00, Trierstraat 82 rue de Trèves
3. Lydia Richardson Welcomes You
20 > 2.00, Concert Noble, Aarlenstraat 84 rue d'Arlon
4. Make Yourself at Home
19 > 3.00, Aarlenstraat 104 rue d'Arlon
20 > 3.00, Spoorwegbrug/Pont de chemin de fer, chaussée d'Etterbeeksesteenweg
6. Another Place
19 > 3.00, starting point: Leopoldpark/parc Léopold
7. Happy Hunting Ground
20.00, 20.45, 21.30, 22.30, 0.00, Bibliothèque Solvay Bibliotheek, Leopoldpark/parc Léopold
20 > 1.00, itinerant
9. Address of Fear
20 > 3.00, basket court Leopoldpark/parc Léopold
19.30, starting point: place Jean Reyplein
22.00 & 0.30, starting point: Leopoldpark/parc Léopold
1/10, 19 > 3.00, various locations in the European Quarter, nuitblanche.brussels