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Brussels Planetarium Poetry Fest is a niche festival, fully devoted to contemporary avant-garde, in conversation with the mainstraim.

This year’s special feature is our location: The largest Planetarium in Europe: Brussels Planetarium on Heizelvlakte.

The year 2019 is also a year of celebration for the Planetarium itself, since it has been 100 years since the establishment of the International Astronomical Union in Brussels. This year, Brussels Planetarium Poetry Fest will depart from a white, monotheïstic stance, being:

Genesis 1:1-3 “ In the beginning (…) ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light
John 1:1 “
In the beginning was the Word”.

This stance is questioned, tested along the lines of other traditions, origin stories, starts, planets and myths of creation.

All poets and performers were invited to create a unique piece for the Brussels Planetarium dome. Their texts and the recordings thereof were transated by the Planetarium technicians, into a domeprojection using existing – in some cases even specially acquired – images, 3D-projection models, photo’s and results of scientific research.

The festival will actively strike up dialogue between science, religion, immaterial heritage and the (de)colonization and white masculinity.



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