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Fingerprints #2 – Signatures from composing Flanders

(c) Sarah Wouters

(c) Sarah Wouters

Signatures from composing Flanders is the second Fingerprints CD. Twenty-five compositions from twenty-three contemporary classical composers who set their stamp on the classical music of today: Bart Verstraeten, Koen Dejonghe, Felix Vermeirsch, Benjamien Lycke, Bart Vanderbeke, Ward De Vleeschhouwer, André Laporte, Felix Ceunen, Eddy Flecijn, Arne M. Gunst, Pieter Schuermans, Michiel De Malsche, Liesbeth Decrock, Liselotte Sels, Gilbert Isbin, Dirk Verbrugghe, Kris De Baerdemacker, Kris Oelbrandt, Stephane Vande Ginste, Sebastian Bradt, Bart Van Kerckhove, Johan Sluys and Annelies Van Parys.

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Contemporary Art Society Visitors Programme

CASFlanders Arts Institute has partnered with the Contemporary Art Society with the ambition to establish closer links between the contemporary visual arts scenes in Flanders and the UK.

The Contemporary Art Society is a charity organisation founded in 1910. Its mission is to encourage the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art by a wide audience and to purchase and donate works by national and international artists to museums and public galleries across the UK.

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Exhibition project at LOOP Barcelona with Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire, Ria Pacquée, Pieter Geenen, Els Opsomer, Elias Heuninck and Eleni Kamma

Image: Pieter Geenen, Relocation (2011). Courtesy the artist

Image: Pieter Geenen, Relocation (2011). Courtesy the artist

From 26 May until 10 June 2016

Curated by Imma Prieto, the exhibition project ’Without Pause, Dialogues’ is the result of a collaboration between LOOP Barcelona, Argos – Centre for art and media, Flanders Arts Institute and Flanders Image, in cooperation with Auguste Orts, Beursschouwburg, Escautville, JUBILEE, Messidor and SIC. The exhibition at LOOP highlights video art from Flanders and Barcelona/Spain.

Flanders Arts Institute cooperates with LOOP Barcelona to strengthen the ties between the audiovisual art scenes in Flanders and Barcelona/Spain. The cooperation offers a presentation platform for artists, develops new networks and explores new organisational models. 

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EFEX 2016: Focus on Flanders with Wör, Surpluz and Trio Dhoore

WÖR - Tom AbeloosAt the end of 2015, Flemish folk bands received a call to apply for participation at the EFEX focus programme. EFEX, the English Folk Expo, is a three-day showcase and network event that takes place during the Homegrown Folkfestival in Bury, Lancashire, near Manchester. Because of the unique cooperation between Flanders Arts Institute and Folkforum, EFEX chose Flanders as focus region for the 2016 edition. The two organisations will join forces to reinforce the folk scene in Flanders, to enhance the visibility of folk in Belgium and abroad and to build a sustainable network.

From the applications ten bands were chosen and presented to festival programmer David Agnew. After careful consideration, three groups – Surpluz, WÖR and Trio Dhoore – made the final selection based on five criteria: repertoire rooted in the Flemish music traditions; artistic originality; stage experience or maturity; the international potential of the group or project: the saleability but also the sustainability of the project or band on an international level; the enterprising spirit of the musicians or their entourage: the professional support and long-term vision.

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Artists’ books from Flanders & The Netherlands at Offprint London 2016

Header Artist BooksIn 2016, Flanders and the Netherlands are the Guest of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Presentations of artists’ books from Flanders & the Netherlands during important art book fairs in Europe are part of this programme.

Flanders Arts Institute and Mondriaan Fund invited Maaike Lauwaert (NL) and Luc Derycke (BE) to make a selection of forty recent and special art(ists’) books from Flanders and the Netherlands, to present them at art book fair Offprint (20-22 May, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London).

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Belgian delegation at Classical:Next 2016

brochure cn_2016From Wednesday 25 till Saturday 28 May, Flanders Arts Institute will be present at the international music fair Classical:Next in Rotterdam. After previous editions in Munich (2012), Vienna (2013 & 2014) and Rotterdam (2015), Classical:Next has grown into a valued and interesting event that brings together all important actors from the classical music sector.

Together with WBM (Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques), Flanders Arts Institute will coordinate a large stand where the Belgian delegates (concert halls, ensembles, labels etc.) can meet up with their international colleagues. This way, we aim to help the professional actors from the classical music sector to realize their international ambitions.

The brochure with an overview of all Belgian delegates can be downloaded here.

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IKT Congress 2016 hosted in Brussels

Panorama-WeekendThis year, IKT, the international association of curators of contemporary art, is holding its Congress in Brussels from 20 to 22 May, preceded by two days of pre-congress in Flanders (19/5) and Wallonia (18/5). The congress will unfold in a rich programme consisting of visits to institutions, art centres and encounters with actors from the Brussels art scene.

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Belgium Booms @ The Great Escape 2016

BelgiumBooms-logo151-150x150From 19 till 21 May, the 11th edition of The Great Escape Festival will take place in Brighton. TGE is the biggest showcase festival in the United Kingdom. In the course of three days, several hundreds of bands will be playing in the numerous clubs and venues of Brighton.

This year, four Belgian bands will be performing at The Great Escape: Few Bits, Go March, It It Anita en The K. Each band will be on stage twice, playing a short set of approximately half an hour. They will be supported promotionally by a Belgium Booms campaign, an initiative of Flanders Arts Institute and Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, with the support of Sabam for Culture.

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Nuit Belge at Botanique Brussels: conference, network meeting & concerts

nuit belgeOn 16 May , Flanders Arts Institute, Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, concert hall Botanique and SABAM for Culture will organize ‘Nuit Belge’, in cooperation with Awex and Brussels Invest & Export. The event will start with an afternoon conference, followed by a network meeting in Cirque Royal. In the evening, a series of  Belgian bands will be performing on stage at Botanique.

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From Brussels with Love: international programmers in Brussels as part of Kunstenfestivaldesarts

© Asger Carlsen

© Asger Carlsen

Referring to ‘The 25th Hour’, the book by Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu, which describes how as from a certain moment any attempt to escape is futile, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse and Flanders Arts Institute (Kunstenpunt) together with a number of partners organize an international visitors’ programme which takes place during Kunstenfestivaldesarts. This year’s edition of the festival runs from 6 to 28 May 2016.

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