New festival in arts centre BUDA Kortrijk (BE): End of Winter festival
New festival in arts centre BUDA Kortrijk (BE): End of Winter festival

do/Thu. 22.02 > za/Sat. 24.02.18 | Kortrijk (BE)


After 11 exciting editions of our biannual BUDA VISTA festival, we thought it was time to refresh, reload and propose something else.

And we thought: the nice thing with festivals is that they keep coming back, just like the seasons: one year after another, there is a winter and a summer and normally also everything in between and so far this is something we can almost relate to and enjoy, again and again.

And we thought: this is also how we feel time passes at BUDA and this is how we want our festivals to be. Days turn into weeks, turn into months, and every day artists show up to work on their amazing projects, 1 artist, 2, 3, 30, 60 companies pass by our studio’s and theatre venues and suddenly, it’s that time of the year again: The Festival! This great sacred time of celebration, this special moment of joy and happiness where artists, spectators and participants are finally sharing space and time to look together at the accomplished works, to exchange thoughts, talk, laugh, dance, … it’s all finally back again!

And we thought: This is something we want to have at least two times a year, otherwise, so we thought, how shall we survive? So here come two new festival formats: END OF WINTER, every year in February, and ALMOST SUMMER, every year in June. Two joyful gatherings, like two brilliant stepping stones to bridge the year, where we’ll enjoy being together in the moment and toast on what has been done and what has to come.

For our first END OF WINTER festival, we’ll present a program with performances, dance, theatre, films, installations... all made in BUDA; plus a workshop and a number of public conversations to follow up on The Fantastic Institution symposium we had last year; an exceptional book launch and … an “End of Winter Survival Party” to bring it all to as close.

And then we’ll think: It’s done now.
And we’ll quietly turn our back on it and wait for the spring to come.

On the programme: Ondine Cloez, Sara Manente, Helena Dietrich, Gaëtan Rusquet, Manon Santkin and Katja Dreyer. Check out the complete programme here


The Return of the Fantastic Institution

Last year in February, BUDA brought together artists, theorists and directors from all over Europe to discuss the possibility of a different artistic institution. One that would be more permeable to its own political or socially engaged artistic program and that would finally do what it preaches. This symposium was called the Fantastic Institution, a 3-day discussion platform between reality and fiction. One year later, where are we? Are we anywhere more fantastic than before? Or not at all? In any case, we thought it would be interesting to « stay with the trouble » a little bit longer and hammer this question once again. So here comes The Return of the Fantastic Institution, a 3-day gathering, that runs parallel to our End of Winter festival.

As a statement and a reaction to last year’s edition, this session will be small, very hands-on, probably half self-organized and open to a limited amount of invited guests only, so as to form a tiny temporary mutual school. Nevertheless, and in an attempt to share this collective process with a broader audience, every day (22, 23 and 24 of February) from 17:00 till 18:00, one participant will give a public lecture in the form of a more theoretical, imaginative or speculative approach to the re-imagination of the artistic institutions today. A detailed list of contributors will follow on the website.

And as for last year’s symposium, the Flanders Institute for the Arts will document the workshop and post all the discussions online. FYI, the documentation of the past edition (2017) can still be found here on www.kunsten.be.