Brussels + Barcelona: cities of the future


Brussels and Barcelona are two of the most attractive cities in Europe. The two combine a rich past, a vibrant present, and above all, they are harbingers of the Europe of the future. They are centers of diversity where multilingualism and encounters of people from all over the world are a reality. The artistic work in Brussels and Barcelona puts us face to face with the richest and most exciting challenges of our time.

We invite you to reflect on three practices that unite cultural workers from both cities in the form of round table discussions:

MODERATOR: Kathy Van den Bossche - artistic coordination KVS

  • Francesc Casadesús
    artistic director Festival GREC
  • Nora Mahammed
    artistic director Het Theaterfestival
  • Andreu Gomila
    theatre critic
  • Lisaboa Houbrechts
    theatre director and playwright / Toneelhuis
  • Lucius Romeo-Fromm
    choreographer / NTGent

Global Cities, New Identities
MODERATORS: Gerardo Salinas - city dramaturge KVS & Cecilia Kuska - Proximamente KVS

  • Junior Mthombeni
    theatre director / KVS
  • Denise Duncan
    theatre director, playwright, Colectivo Tinta Negra
  • Lisi Estaras
  • Àngels Magarit
    artistic director Mercat de les Flors
  • Ester Nadal
    theatre director

Text Theatre vs Creation Theatre
MODERATOR: Michael De Cock - artistic director KVS

  • Victor Muñoz
    Sala Beckett
  • Carme Portaceli
    theatre maker, artistic director Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
  • Wim Vandekeybus
    choreographer & artistic director Ultima Vez
  • Thomas Verstraeten
    FC Bergman / Toneelhuis
  • Luanda Casella
    theatre director and playwright / NTGent


15:30 welcome + coffee
16:00 > 17:30 round tables (in English)
17:30 conclusions
18:00 presentation of the KVS season 2023-2024 / open buffet for participants of the round tables
20:00 performance Terra Baixa directed by Carme Portaceli
(in Catalan, surtitled in Dutch & French)
22:00 reception + meet & greet with Carme Portaceli and the Terra Baixa team

    • 19.05.2023
      20:00 - 22:10
      KVS, Brussels
      KVS BOL
    • 20.05.2023
      20:00 - 22:10
      KVS, Brussels
      KVS BOL

The reflection Brussels/Barcelona is organized by Institut Ramon Llull within the context of the performance Terra baixa in Brussels. In collaboration with TNC and KVS.