Author Visit: Hassan Blasim
Iraqi author, Hassan Blasim, who is based in Pispala near Tampere will visit Belgium in February. The first opportunity to meet the award-winning author is on 14 February at an event hosted by the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts. At this literary evening, which takes place on 14 February from 8:00pm, Blasim will speak about his life and works, and read extracts from his work The Corpse Exhibition. The following day, 15 February, Blasim will appear at De Krook library in Ghent as part of the literary festival KORT.
TelepART: Venla Moisala represents Finland at the European Poetry Slam Championship
This year’s European Championship of Poetry Slam takes place in Centre Culturel Jacques Franck in Brussels in the beginning of December. The programme includes lectures, workshops, open mics, peer meetings, project meetings, and of course the actual competition which will take place on 2 December from 2pm till 11pm. The Finnish slammer Venla Moisala will compete for her country.
Transpoesie: Melinda & Malin
On 26 September on the European Day of Languages, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux invites the Finnish poetry slam duo Melinda & Malin to Brussels for two performances at the opening ceremony of the Transpoesie event series. Melinda Lönnberg and Malin Åhman have written the poem Förfadersmål | Esiäiteinkieli especially for this occasion. The poem is a mixture of both the two poets and the two official languages of Finland, and creatively addresses language divides and polarisation of identities.
100 Baisers de Finlande
This spring, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is highlighting new Finnish dramatic literature, in honour of Finland’s centenary of independence. A play reading festival of Finnish plays will take place on 29 and 30 March at the Comédie Claude Volter theatre in Brussels. The event is organised in partnership with Le Magasin d’Écriture Théâtrale (M.E.T.) and curated by director and playwright Jean-Claude Idée.