First edition of Reiefestival begins in Bruges

The first edition of the Reiefestival starts on Friday in Bruges. During the three-day art festival, 14 Belgian and international artists will present their creations on the theme of faith. The festival is named after the Reie, a river that once flowed through the city.

The festival is organised by Bruges Plus, arts centre KAAP and Concertgebouw Brugge on behalf of the City of Bruges. A professional jury selected 14 projects from 104 proposals, which will take place at historic locations in the city.

According to the organisers, the festival will bridge the gap between Bruges' heritage and contemporary art. Disciplines include parades, performances, theatre shows, installations and an experiential concert, most of which will take place outdoors.

The creations are based on the city's rich history. One play is based on the famous witch trials, while another is inspired by the Saint Vitus dance, a medieval social phenomenon in which large groups of people danced until they collapsed.

The festival lasts until 20 August. Of the 14 performances, nine are ticketed and five are free. In the future, the festival will take place every three years, alternating with the Bruges Triennial and the Pageant of the Golden Tree.


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