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    Platform for mutilingual encounter in Antwerp North

    BabelBühne is a sustainable outdoor sculpture made up of terraces and water features, inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Bühne is the follow-up story to the collaborative building project Tower of Babel (summer 2019), which was an ode to multilingualism and linguistic confusion. BabelBühne is a meeting place for all languages and a melting pot of all kinds of arts, tones and tastes. In a green urban oasis you can enjoy a literary afternoon, a multilingual children's reading, a workout at dawn and live neighbourhood radio. BabelBühne also literally gives you a sense of multilingualism, because twice a week a worldly kitchen serves you some colorful fresh meals. If we have to spend the summer at home this year, then BabelBühne lets you travel the world within your own city!

    BabelBühne is the sequel to Toren van Babel (2019) and is a collaboration between Rooftoptiger, Maud Vanhauwaert, Behoud de Begeerte, Bib Permeke, Antwerpen Danst, Kras Dam, Samenlevingsopbouw Antwerpen Stad, Buurtwerking Elegast Den Dam, Radio Centraal, Archipel Kunstenwerkplek, De Moestijn, Fameus, Atlas Integratie & Inburgering Antwerpen, Open School Antwerpen, Loods Des Doods, Rode Kruis Vlaanderen – o.c. Linkeroever and many more.

    With the support of Antwerp District, City of Antwerpen, Antwerp Book city, Permeke Library, Het Oude Badhuis, and Literature Flanders.

    @Archipelsite, Antwerp DAM 

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    PROGRAM September

    Wednesday >> For children from 4 to 12 y, organised with Bib Permeke
    Storytellers take you on a multilangual journey by reading out loud exciting tales in Dutch and another language.
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    We 02.09 15h-17h | Letter from herman >> book a spot | facebook

    ‘Letter from Herman’ is read by Hasan (Arabic), Virginie (Kinyarwanda), Tamayo (Japanese) and Sien (Dutch). 

    We 09.09 15h-17h | In Search of the Sea Gull >> book a spot | facebook

    ‘In Search of the Sea Gull’ is brought to you by Hasan (Arabic), Daphne (Spanish) and Tamayo (Japanese). 

    Friday >> from 18h - 18h30-21h
    With Babelbouf, both cooks and musicians offer you the best of different worlds. Slide at the table in the open air for a freshly prepared meal from our kitchen, after enjoying a musical appetizer. During the evening, Maud Vanhauwaert organises an open mic: five poets take over the Bühne and make their voices be heard, in any language whatsoever!  
    Fr 04.09 >> Jemen + Trastiempo >> book a spotfacebook

    Abdulgader Al Hajj and Abdulraham Al Soudi serve a delicious dish from Yemen. Afterwards, it takes Trastiempo to tango! 

    Fr 11.09 >> India + Feathers & More >> book a spotfacebook

    Chez Mahesh prepares a colourful Indian dinner. Feather & More, a country lady and a hillbillyboy, play their songs of their own and of their heroes.

    Fr 18.09 >> Afghanistan + Rake's Progress >> book a spotfacebook

    Afghan cook Nafas Gul Khair Mohammad and her team take over the kitchen, while Rake's Progress, aka Pieter Rutten, Joe Borthwick and Stefano Petucco, performs both its own work and covers with a Mediterranean touch.

    vr 25.09 >> final BabelBouf + 'Dit is het' >> book a spot | facebook

    An exceptional, last BabelBouf: come dine with us and enjoy the live theatre performance 'Dit is het' by actors collective 't Zesde Bedrijf: a socially distanced summer gathering, but straight from the heart. Come and join us for the last summer event at the Bühne!


    Every Saturday, the Bühne gets somehow hijacked by local talent and their own artistic languages. Come and let yourself be surprised by all kinds of artistic disciplines, from underground beats to eccentric performances and rap.

    Sa 05.09 19u-22u >> Doom over BabelBühne >> book a spot | facebook

    A metal night at the Bühne that literally screams for your attention: the bands Dissolve Patterns, My Lamant and Throatsnapper bring their finest distortion to the stage.

    Sa 12.09 19u-22u >> Cypher by Bagera >> full=full | facebook

    Cypher is a spontaneous gathering of rappers, beatboxers and break dancers. Their spontaneity and skills take over the Bühne and count on your loud cheering and applause.

    Sa 19.09 19u-22u >> KunstZ >> book a spot | facebook

    For this last edition, the diverse makers of kunstZ get carte blanche. During small acts of all artistic disciplines, they show the best of themselves. Expect film, dance, music and poetry


    20/8 - 26/9
    Feel like sitting, hanging, lying down and reading a book in the shades of the Bühne? The library is always open for you!
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    Together we keep it COVID-free: the stage is outdoors but as a parent, be sure to bring a mouth mask, keep the social distanding standard and stay at home if you have been ill or showed symptoms seven days before the event.


    Su 30.08 11u-13u30 | BabelBrunch | Peru + Comunity center Elegast Den Dam
    Sa 29.08
    15h-17h | BabelBad XXXXL | with Maud Vanhauwaert and many others
    Fr 28.08
     18h-21h | BabelBouf | Syria + De Takken
    We 26.08
     15h-17h | BabelFabel | Wachten Op De Matroos
    Su 23.08 11h-13h30 | BabelBrunch | Veganation
    Sa 22.08 15h-17h | Kickoff BabelBühne
    Fr 21.08 18h-21h | BabelBouf | Mexico + Marcelo Moncada en Luca Kortekaas
    We 19.08 15h-17h | BabelFabel | De nachtegaal