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GIF: new, biennial festival of contemporary arts (12 to 30 January)

| 1 December 2021
Even in uncertain times, Ghent remains a city with impressive cultural dynamics. Come and admire it during the brand new 'Ghent International Festival' (GIF).

GIF  is an initiative of CAMPO, KOPERGIETERY, NTGent, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, S.M.A.K. and Voo?uit. The first edition takes place from 12 to 30 January 2022, at locations indoors and outdoors in Ghent. The programme offers theatre, performance, dance, music, literature, expo, installations, party, and more.

There is new work by exciting creators such as Johannes Müller and Philine Rinnert (Liebestod) and Jesse Vandamme (Solipsists). But also a performance by Kim Noble for which the Ghent DJ-duo Deewee wrote music (Lullaby for Scavengers), a drive-in party in a remote spot in town with all the car radios on the same frequency (Cars Beats People), and the dream team Peter Verhelst and Johannes Verschaeve (Losers Get Lost).

The flagship of the first GIF is Photobooth.  For six days, visual artist Thomas Verstraeten will be traversing the most beautiful scenery, our very own Ghent, with a mobile photo booth built around a hyper-realistic theatrical 'infini'. On six different days and at six different locations, visitors get the chance to briefly make theatre of their own lives.

GIF came about from a joint assessment: in the rich cultural life which Ghent as a city has been known for for decades, there are many creations, projects and contexts which now exist separately. The new biennial festival provides a framework that presents this vibrant dynamic, which we cherish so much, to the outside world.



📆 12, 13, 14 & 15/01

❔ Five young people known at school as 'problem cases' educate the public. Together they expose blind spots in Flemish education and present alternatives. "A must-see for parents, pupils, teachers and school directors", wrote DeWereldMorgen.

A in the role of B when C didn't make it:

📆 14/01

❔ Iranian-Belgian choreographer, performer and theatre maker Ehsan Hemat presents a 'work in progress' version of his new show. A meeting between two generations of artists on stage.


📆 20, 21 & 22/01

❔ Three young masters present three solos. Three haunting portraits in a row about three souls who, above all, try to hold on.