Party weekend Fier als een gieter: 40 years of the Brakke Grond
Flemish Arts Centre de Brakke Grond is turning 41 and proudly invites you to our weekend-long party Fier als een gieter. From 20 till 22 May, we’ll reflect and celebrate our work so far, but also look forward: in this case with a (long) weekend full of music, theatre, visual arts and everything in between. Old acquaintances and long-standing partners are invited, along with new makers who will give a sneak peek of our upcoming adventures together. Come celebrate with us!
The overarching theme of the weekend is dreams for the future. So you’ll find that our Grote zaal has been taken over by a wishing well. This is not just an artwork unto itself, but also sets the scene for the various programme elements in the space. There will also be smaller exhibitions, installations and performances which wouldn’t usually all fit into a singular evening programme. After all, a party can also be an exploration, an adventure, a stimulation of the senses.
The artist takes the lead
De Brakke Grond believes in letting the artist lead, whether they make sculptures, dance or play the synthesizer. With Fier als een gieter we want to give Flemish-based artists the chance to grow and blossom, and introduce themselves to the Netherlands. That’s why we invited someone who moves between the two worlds with ease and is just as comfortable taking to the stage as curating a programme: Laurens Mariën and his collective Nein will give this weekend their signature interdisciplinary touch. You’ll also find performances, installations and other contributions from Christian Bakalov, buren, Dan Mussett en Salomé Mooij.
We hope to see you at our party, with beer, shrimp croquettes and ample opportunity to dance.
18:00 live from the Brakke Grond: Culture Club, an art and culture show from VRT
20:00 Official opening show with a toast
20:00 Laurens Mariën (art collective Nein) curates a collective performance night led by coincidence
21:00 collective buren performs T-shirt Conversations
22:00 Karaoke (ART) by Davis Freeman. Sing along with an interactive karaoke installation made up of videoclips made by more than 25 artists. With a commissioned video by Marijke De Roover
00:00 Dance the rest of the night away at our afterparty
13:00 Block Party in the Nes
We’ll turn the Nes into a street party with shrimp croquettes, Duvel beers, Flemish fries and live music
Daily from 12:00
Meet total strangers via The Dating Project by Dan Mussett. Leave the noise of the city behind you and step into the colourful universe of Christian Bakalov’s PURE Jubileum or contribute to Salomé Mooij’s research-in-progress on shelters.
At the heart of our house is the installation Reservoir (Wishing Well) from artists’ collective 019, a growing ecosystem and deposit for your wishes for the future.