Second edition of Ghent International Festival to revolve around youth

Eight culture houses announced the second edition of the biennial Ghent International Festival (GIF) on Monday. GIF is an arts festival that aims to bring young people together around visual arts, theatre, performance, dance and music, and will revolve around Ghent's role as European Youth Capital in 2024.

From 4 to 21 April, the festival will feature performances on and off the stage, with local and international artists throughout the city. The event is organised by eight cultural venues that want to present "a sample of what Ghent has to offer as a cultural city".

In the context of Ghent being the European Capital of Youth in 2024, the second edition of GIF will focus on youth in an urban context, under the motto "The youth is the city, the city is the youth".

Works by young artists, artists working with children and young people, and artists reflecting on what it means to be young will be on display. One example is Building Castles in the Sky, where young people direct artists to design the city of their dreams.

It will be the first post-pandemic edition of GIF, as the inaugural edition took place in 2022 when health protection restrictions were still in place.



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