And so you're back! from outer space BÂTARD 2022

Bâtard is a Brussels-based festival presenting local and international emerging artists. It is also a platform supporting, bridging and facilitating the professionalization process of emerging artists and cultural workers.

Through its 18 years of existence and its multiple teams, it has cultivated and established a bastard spirit defending artistic daringness and curatorial experimentality. 


Bâtard 2022 part 2: And so you’re back


A most awaited return.

Splashed across your screen in capital letters, coupled with a dramatic voice-over and suspenseful score, here reads the would-be introduction line to our imagined trailer for Bâtard 2022 part 2. 


In line with modern cinema’s implicit rules, a successful artistic endeavour cannot not produce a subsequent follow-up (the decision to split the 2022 edition in two was actually made weeks before the first part took place in April but let’s ignore that fact for storytelling’s sake).


Which brings us to the second episode of Bâtard 2022…


You may feel a certain way about sequels, a decade-long divisive topic eliciting an array of reactions ranging for instance from “superior to the original” to “was it really necessary?“. A debate so conflicting it even made its way onto the big screen in the meta form of a high-level analytical discussion in Scream 2


Consequently, we were careful in bringing back the elements that made the April episode a pleasurable experience: a festival domesticated by the universes of the artists, carried by the desire to produce togetherness through a program that speaks to us, hoping it’ll speak to you in return and closing it with a sweaty party. 


With or without structural fundings (!), Bastards will endlessly find their ways, from solids to liquids, yelling hello from the other side, choosing to appear twice rather than disappearing. 

Continuing with the post-breakup energy conveyed by Gloria Gaynor in I Will Survive, we wish to embrace the superpowers which arise from the ashes of being dumped and ghosted, without glamourising or hiding behind the vulnerability that it brings. Bastards emerge from complexity, dissensus and multiplicity anyway. 




Written by Charlotte Smit in collaboration with Sabine Cmelniski and Bouchra Lamsyeh

Global Majority/
BIPOC separatist evening

The show on the first evening (15th April) is a separatistic evening for people of the global majority/BIPOC. So please only book that evening if you identify with those terms. The show on the 16th of April is open for all. ---- We, Adam and Amina Seid Tahir, see how the terms BIPOC and people of color are less fortunate in their attempts of combating white supremacist andimperialistic ideologies, since they form in relation to whiteness (those ”not of color”) and therefore keeps whiteness as the norm. We rather use the term people of the global majority since we aren’t interested in identifying in relation to whiteness or white supremacy. ---- The term Global Majority was coined by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens. ”Global Majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities’.” 1 This term was created for people of the global majority to not have to identify in relation to whiteness and to emphasize the fact that these groups make up the majority of the world’s population, specifically 80%. ---- The reason for choosing to use the term BIPOC despite this, is because we’re aware that the term people of the global majority hasn’t received as widespread attention yet. And since our main goal for this showing is to welcome our siblings from the global majority for a showing without the presence of a white colonial gaze, we choose to use the term that seems to be most commonly used in this festivals locality. ---- 1. Global Majority; Decolonising the language and Reframing the Conversation about Race” by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, 2020