Watou 2023: a preview

The city of Poperinge, inspirator Koen Vanmechelen and the curators of the Watou Arts Festival Edith Doove and Michaël Vandebril give us a first glimpse of Watou 2023. This edition will take place from 1 July to 3 September 2023 and is given /kom.po’zi.ci.o:/ as its baseline. Thirty artists and twenty poets will ‘compose’ new in situ work. This year, the arts festival furthermore surprises with several new venues, a podcast with Jelle Van Riet and a poetry cycle route with war poems.

Curators Watou 2023 announced!

The city of Poperinge is looking forward to a new edition of Arts Festival Watou in summer 2023. Edith Doove has been asked as the new curator and will take the visual arts under her wing. “As a jury member of Patchwork, I visited the arts festival last summer. I was strongly impressed. I am therefore very pleased to have been selected as curator for the 2023 edition and to usher in a next phase of development. In that edition, there will be an even stronger emphasis on new creations, because I think that this is precisely where the festival can play an important role,” says Doove.

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Open call for Watou 2023

After a first edition of Patchwork in 2021, the project will continue in the summer of 2022 as an invitation to each artist to participate in Watou 2023 from their own perspective on the village. During ‘Patchwork’ different artists explore how Watou as a village and as a community can connect with the artists and vice versa. Interested artists can register through an open call to participate in this project and apply for Watou Arts Festival 2023. Registration will be open as from 1 March and will run until 25 April 2022.

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Watou Arts Festival from 2 July to 4 september 2022

May the countdown begin!

The City of Poperinge is enthusiastically looking forward to the next edition of the Watou Arts Festival. From Saturday 2 July to Sunday 4 September 2022, the border village and its unique surroundings will once again be under the spell of poetry and visual arts.

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