15 & 16 December 2023, Planetarium Brussels

Initiated by Philip Meersman

For the anniversary edition of our poetry festival on the 15th and 16th of December 2023, you can already expect a lot of special things, with the theme “The World Is Your Oyster”. The world as a mollusk, as a place where pearls are born, but also beauty, like Venus. In addition, the oyster is also a barometer of the viability of oceans and seas. As an iconographic symbol, the oyster is a symbol of pleasure, of sins and their consequences – food and sex; gluttony and lust; momentary passion and transient life, but also of foreseen and unforeseen human intervention….

The planetarium is your safe oyster, away from reality, a soft, pleasant place full of life: an intimate room where the audience can experience poetry in all its aspects. Want to know how the poets deal with this theme in their language and how their readings are materialized in projections? Then be sure to come check it out! Our renewed curatorial team has already selected a number of top domestic and foreign artists, supplemented by winners of our Open Call. We introduce them to you in the pictures. Soon you will also be able to find more information about the various artists on this page.

Brand new projections have also been created for their performances. Through a collaboration with the AP Hogeschool and Maxlab, a lot of creative students are also working on them this year, obviously in consultation with the artists. So we can assure you a unique total experience during this edition, with top performances and immersed in beautiful visual creations.


  • ​Xabiso Vili (SA)
  • Gonca Özmen (TR)
  • Astrid Haerens (BE)
  • Katharina Wenty (AT)
  • Mel Moya (BE)
  • Koukis Christos (GR)
  • Peter Beda (BE)
  • Flygmaskin (BE)
  • James Flambé (BE)


​There will be no door sales. Tickets need to be purchased beforehand.