Exceptional moments, at the heart of artistic creation, that will be placed under the sign of our “inner suns”, the new common thread of the 2023-2024 program. “We realized that all Delta shows were experienced through our most intimate being,” says Bernadette Bonnier, director. “And one more year, there will be emotions and experiences lived through this prism.”
To kick off the festivities, several highlights will mark the grand opening weekend: children’s shows, DJ sets, concerts, theater and even music awareness workshops. Without forgetting the Contes au Carré exhibition, inspired by the children’s album of the same name, which presents some great classics (Cinderella, Goldilocks, Aladdin, etc.) through giant sheets of the book and fun activities.
In another register, seven visual artists and photographers will portray the prison world, far from the usual representations, during the exhibition Inside/Outside, counter-views of the prison. The event will be followed, from November 17 to 29, by the In/Out Meetings in order to highlight this penitentiary reality through various activities: concerts, shows, exhibitions, meetings, etc.
On the music scene, some renowned artists will also take over the Delta during this season full of surprises. Starting with Ozark Henry who, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Birthmarks album, will stop by Namur on November 4 to relive his greatest hits (Editor’s note: Sweet Investigator, At Sea, I’m Your Sacrifice, etc.). Thirteen days later, the native of Courtrai will give way to the Sharko group before an apotheosis assured by the Namurois of Glauque, on January 13, 2024.
Delta festivals and cycles
Like every year, a panel of festivals will highlight the current events of the cultural institution. Starting in October, film buffs and lovers of enchanting landscapes will find what they are looking for at the FIFF (International Francophone Film Festival) and the FIN (International Nature Film Festival). After the success of the first two editions, Namur is a Joke will also return in March to highlight Belgian humor and the artists who contribute to its international reputation.
A new addition will be added to the traditional NAMusiq or Rencontres JAP cycles: The Popular School of Philosophy. That is, a group of experts that meets twice a month, from September to June, to reflect on current challenges.
With an attendance of 55,000 visitors during the previous season, the Namur establishment aims to attract an increasing audience through a diversified programming.