Slow Collaboration


In order to counterbalance the unavoidable tendency to work in an emergency state  to prepare for the yearly festival, Bâtard developed a platform called Slow Collaboration

There, slowliness and long-term dialogue with artists are used as a strategy for a singular exchange, figuring out an organic working rhythm for each of these collaborations and provide some before and after care nurturing the artists global trajectories. 

When working closely with artists at an early stage of their career, it appears that presenting their work should go together with supporting them to figure out every step of the way, often carried out in very precarious conditions. 

This platform currently operates in its own temporality, following trajectories of several artists, whether they present their work in the next festival edition or not.  

This year, the slow collaboration took shape in: 



offered by our partners: Workspacebrussels (Brussels), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Beursschouwburg, La Balsamine, WPzimmer & Campo. 

to: Briana Stuart, Pepe, Helena Dietrich, Anastasia Guevel, Charlotte Nagel, Castélie Yalombo, Antonia Steffens, Fernando Belfiore, Simon Van Schuylenberg (No Mosquito Pas), Elena Carjaval. 

  • Bâtard is teaming up with HIROS* to invite some artists to take part in a new slow collaboration program.

HIROS offers a series of encounters with some emerging artists invited by Bâtard, reflecting on practices and economies in order to share knowledge and develop new ways of collaborating.


The artists taking part in this program are : 

Alice Ciserola, Julia Rubies, Loucka Fiagan, Liza Baliasnaja, Anastasia Guevel, Paula Almiron, Petar Sarjanovic, Andrea Zavala Folache, Yves Vermeulen and Ezra Fieremans. 


*What is Hiros ? 

Hiros supports the development of artistic trajectories.

We put the practice of the artists with whom we collaborate at the centre and create a sustainable framework for all aspects of their career, creation and research. The collaboration is determined by the specific uniqueness of each artistic proposal. Hiros offers support in pre-production, production, promotion, administration, business management, distribution and tour management.

Based on the belief in the importance of a diverse arts landscape, we collaborate with both new and more established makers with hybrid processes in the performing arts. We join forces with them in the middle and long term and build on the visibility of their work in Belgium and abroad. Hiros works together with national and international partners in all aspects of its operations, also outside the field of arts.

Since 2017, Hiros is ‘desk resident’ at Kunstenwerkplaats located at Pianofabriek in Brussels.

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