About the festival

What is the Reiefestival?

The Reiefestival is a new triennial multi-disciplinary arts festival that debuts in 2023. For three days, contemporary performing arts will focus on the history and heritage of Bruges.

In 2023, the festival will take place from 18 to 20 August in various locations on and around the canals. Each edition revolves around a theme and in 2023 that theme is “Faith” in its broadest sense. Faith as a concept not only covers world religions but also spirituality and personal forms of belief and conviction.

Open call

The Reiefestival selected new creations by means of an open call for projects that was aimed at professional artists and makers. They were able to consult an “inspiration box” that further explored the theme of “Faith” and which was compiled by the Bruges heritage organisations involved.

The open call, launched in September 2021, attracted over a hundred entries. A professional jury then selected fourteen new creations from the proposals. These—spread across the city—form the core of the festival.

The open call jury was comprised of Nico Blontrock (Alderman of Culture, City of Bruges), Steven Slos (cultural policy coordinator, City of Bruges), Lieve Moeremans (former director of Brugge Plus), Alan Quireyns (Reie Festival project manager), Merel Vercoutere (KAAP), Albert Edelman (Concertgebouw) and external jury members Elke Decoker, Nora Mahammed, Christel Simons and Bert Schreurs.

Who is involved?

The Reiefestival is an initiative by Brugge Plus, in collaboration with Concertgebouw Brugge and KAAP, and supported by the City of Bruges.

Team Reiefestival

Organiser Brugge Plus

Brugge Plus is the Reiefestival organiser. This non-profit organisation emerged from the Bruges 2002, Cultural Capital of Europe non-profit organisation and, commissioned by the City of Bruges, brings cultural events to locals and visitors with an emphasis on inclusiveness and sustainability. By doing so, we promote a positive image of the city as modern, friendly and dynamic.

Brugge Plus’ activities are mono- and multidisciplinary and take place in the public space. All our planned activities start from our core values of quality, participation and sustainability. We organise social and cultural events on the national, international, regional and local level.

Events range from music and circus to contemporary arts: Cirque Plus, Feest in ‘t Park, Uitwijken, Belgiek, Film op het Strand, Lichtfeest Lissewege, Iedereen Klassiek, Krikrak, Wintergloed, Gouden Boomstoet and Triënnale Brugge.


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