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The Future is Feminist

It’s all about smashing the patriarchy. After the global Women’s Marches, perspectives turned from a female to a feminist future, and Brussels art house Beursschouwburg has arranged for a further contemplation of the event. This September/October they will be providing a handhold in the confusion of interpretations and opinions within feminism and shed light on current issues regarding the (female) body, its objectification and representation —two which still come hand in hand far too often. Read on for a selection of their most intriguing get-togethers.

If there weren’t any blacks
you’d have to invent them
21-22 December

How different are we (still) from one another? Actors Aurelie Di Marino, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Btissame Bourrich, Nona Buhrs and Ahilan Ratnamohan translate questions on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms in a theatrical reinterpretation inspired by the like-wised 1968 film. Through the enactment of 16 roles each, they question modern day societal roles, looking only for more questions and opening up space for possible answers.

Chanting and Recording #1
18 October

Alongside Just For The Record, Beursschouwburg invites you to a series of three workshops in which they address oral history and its importance as a narrative and collective practice. To the example of the co-organiser of these events, this evening we will gather in chants and slogans while editing those Wikipedia pages that forgot or weren’t aware of our feminist present and future. Through an intervention in the words we use we will change our reality and that of our readers. Reserve a seat here.

We need sanctuary
15-18 November

‘I am completely fascinated by the images of desire within capitalism but also their violence. Who owns these images and who is given permission to use them —also, how are they related to ideas of class and gender?’ British artist Kate Cooper investigates the frustration, hurt and desire that we feel from the constant stream of marketing images portraying unachievable female bodily perfection. As a protest and artistic research she created digital bodies of her own, hacking such representations through interference in its perfection.

Written Across Our Bodies
25 November

Feminism goes beyond the man/woman balance. This afternoon is a multi-cultural conversation revolving around the everyday and systemic forms of racism which people of color face. Alongside artist and author Him Noir we will try and heal projections that were put upon non-white bodies through the sharing of stories, histories and experiences. The event is open to people of color, including people who are mixed, or are of multicultural, multi-ethnic backgrounds. Reserve your spot here.

Heartbroken
13 October

The He4rtbroken crew welcomes a line-up that is non-binary in gender and colour, as well as in music. The Brussels collective invites Larry B, south London queer icon and Mykki Blanco’s bae. He will be re-mixing some oldskool Spice Girls and Alicia Keys tracks, followed by his Brooklyn counterpart Jay Boogie. A party dedicated to celebrating the divineness we radiate.

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The screening of Samira Elagoz’s Craigslist Allstars as part of the festival is also free for Subbacultcha members. Join here.
For a full overview of the Beursschouwburg programme, click here.