On the 4th of June 2022, the multimedia and multilingual "Brussels City of Stories: Connections" festival took over the trams, buses and metros of Brussels to let passengers experience hundreds of stories in the form of readings, exhibitions and original performances.
For one day, Passa Porta, MuntPunt, the Foire du Livre de Bruxelles and Theatre 140 with some twenty associations from the socio-cultural sectors came together with a single idea in mind: to transform our journeys into journeys, encounters and emotions. And to re-enchant our routines by imagining new ways of telling the story of public space.
Through writing workshops, drawing and collage workshops, and a call for stories, we collected more than a hundred funny, touching or intriguing stories.
You can find a selection of them in the Brussels City of Stories: Connections Gazette. Available from our partners in paper version.
On Saturday, June 4 2022, the Rogier, De Brouckère, Central Station and Bourse stations will have served as a rallying point, departure or arrival point for a series of poetic or offbeat retellings of public transport stories.
Participative exhibitions of collages by the Cinemaximiliaan platform, dialogue between the imagination of children's drawings and fanzines by Kleurdoos and Caméléon Bavard and the reality of these transit spaces documented by Diogenes, stories to take with you on a journey with Stories on the go,performances by artists Juan Pablo Plazas, Axelle Verkempinck and Colectivo Ultimatum, a workshop with Juliette Boutant on the notion of 'Safe Space', a large chalk fresco on the Place de la Bourse, poetic and artistic walks by Joris Iven and LIGO-Brusselleer, are just some of the activities in which passengers had the opportunity to take part for the price of their metro ticket.
Led by public poets of Slameke and a collective "cadavre exquis" framed by FMDO, in the Royal Park, the day ended with a great warm finale in the -royal- setting of the Vaux-Hall. Around the Brussels City of Stories on stage, participants, associations and festival-goers were able to share a moment rich in smiles, meetings and connections.