Kitchen Talks




If "parties always end in the kitchen", it's because we cook much more than just food there. Every Thursday of the festival, two artists or collectives engage in conversation around cooking in the KVS foyer.

 Mouna Karray from the series Nobody Will Talk About Us


The Arab World, Africa and Europe in the Light of the Gaza Tragedy: Is a Common Future Still Possible?


Which future can we still imagine and construct together? Which role to play for Europeans out of Brussels and for Africans and Arabs out of Tunis and the entire MENA-region. Together with key-thinkers and activists from Tunis and Brussels we will reflect on these complex issues.


Dream City: A different festival


In this panel discussion, we invite the founders of the festival, along with some participating artists to reflect on the raison d'être and methodology of this unique festival.
This panel discussion can be combined with the performances of Filipe Lourenço and Jozef Wouters.


Bouchra Khalili in conversation with Joachim Ben Yakoub

The Tempest Society


Three Athenians from different backgrounds form a group to examine the current state of Greece, Europe, and the Mediterranean. They get together on a theatre stage that is being used as a public space.


Pan-African Arts and Archives

Projecting Congo


Congolese rumba and Lumumba as an international icon of resistance are some of the best-known examples of the Congolese addition to pan-African thought. However, the country’s contributions to feminism and quilombismo, an emancipatory philosophy that originated in Afro-Brazilian communities, are less recognized. This one-day conference explores how all these artistic and intellectual productions born in the wake of pan-African ideas have travelled to and from Central Africa; how it resonates with the present and shapes new futures. Together, these discussions propose a renewed outlook upon the relationship between Panafricanism, arts and archives from a Congo's perspective.


Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven in conversation with Michelle Cotton


As part of the exhibition "Connecting", Belgium's pioneering digital artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven engages in conversation with Michelle Cotton. AMVK created the second artwork in the series FAÇADE, exploring how myths, memories and land have come to define the idea of Brussels, how this infrastructure affects city dwellers, and how they in turn transform the city.


Meet Zach Blas, Eva L’Hoest and Keiken


Meet the artists and discover the stories behind the "Connecting" works. Zach Blas, Eva L’Hoest and Keiken discuss their works and the ideas and research behind their projects. The conversation will be moderated by Joasia Krysa, artistic director of the Helsinki Biennale 2023.


with Pauline de La Boulaye and Lucia Pietroiusti

Laure Prouvost in conversation


The conversation aims to explore new perspectives around public space and urbanism, nature and ecology, and ask how the city’s inhabitants can imagine new and better ways of living together.


The Act of Breathing: Notes on Fugitivity


With The Act of Breathing: Notes on Fugitivity, curators Sorana Munsya and Evelyn Simons create a space-time in which to analyse the links between the struggle to breathe and the concept of Black fugitivity. The notion of Fugitivity, mainly developed in Black American and Caribbean literature, refers to the history of slavery and the flight of maroons from plantations. Here, we will be exploring how to translate this concept into a contemporary Belgian postcolonial context.


Brussels Academy

The informal city: a perspective from Kinshasa and Brussels


Debate around the tensions between formal and informal processes that contribute to the making of Brussels. In this panel, several associations, artists and researchers discuss the right to the city.


With: Elisabeth Mareels (KU LEUVEN & ODISEE), Marie Trossat (EPFL – UCL) & Elisabetta Rosa (UCL)


Before the conference, discover the exhibition Kinshasa (N)Tóngá: between Future and Dust with our facilitators present in the exhibition space (K1-Kanal Pompidou).