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What’s Art Got to Do with It?

A Cultural Conference about the Relationship between Art, Politics, and Israel/Palestine

What is the role and responsibility of artists in relation to the conflict in Israel/Palestine? What is the power of art in a heavily politicized context? And what does engaged or political art mean when it is (financially) dependent on the government or the system it aims to criticize?

From April 29th until May 1st, 30 artists from Israel, Palestine, the Netherlands, and Flanders come together in De Balie for What’s Art Got to Do with It?, a three-day cultural conference -with debates, film, dance, theater, and literature– about art in the context of the conflict, and the complex relations between (the) art (scene), government, and public. An in-depth debate about art, in which art itself plays a major role. What’s Art Got to Do with It? is organized by Dancing on the Edge, De Balie and A Different Jewish Voice.

With amongst others:
Filmmakers – Udi Aloni, Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti, Benny Brunner, Renzo Martens
Choreographers – Arkadi Zaides, Nir de Volff, Nadia Arouri
Theater artists – Taher Najib, Eran Ben Michael, George Elias Tobal, Firas Roby, Raphael Rodan, Ilay den Boer, Laura van Dolron, Liesbeth Coltof
Visual artists –  Annelys de Vet
Writers – Ronit Matalon, Kristien Hemmerechts
Musicians – Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Tony Overwater
Cultural operators –  Ken Gould, Gary Feingold, Saskia Stolz

Wednesday 29 April | 20:00-22:00 | Writing the Conflict
Literary opening program– What’s Art Got to Do With It?
With amongst others: writer Ronit Matalon and referent Kristien Hemmerechts

Thursday 30 April | 09:30-17:30 | Expert Meeting – What’s Art Got to Do With It?
Expert meeting (on invitation only) with Israeli, Palestinian, Dutch and Flemish artists and cultural operators
Thursday 30 April | 20:00-22:00 | Art/Violence
Film program with Udi Aloni

Friday 1 May | 14:30-17:00 | Ajami + Q&A with filmmakers
Film screening Ajami + Q&A with Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti
Friday 1 May | 20:00-22:00| The Impact of Art
Final program – What’s Art Got to Do With It?
With amongst others:  choreographer Nir de Volff, actors/ theater directors George Elias and Eran Ben-Michael

For Dutch have a look at the website of De Balie.