Songs of Longing – EESC 60th Anniversary Cultural Event

This event is organised in cooperation with La Monnaie Opera House as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
A unique performance including music, dance and theatre, underlining the role of culture for the present and future of Europe.

Thursday 24 May 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Albert Hall Complex, 9 Avenue Eudore Pirmez/Eudore Pirmezlaan, 1040 Brussels










Three interwoven artistic threads will lead us through these Songs of Longing, showing us how our diverse cultural heritages nurture contemporary creation; linking us across centuries and continents to our pasts and hopes for the future, to our joint humanity.

Thread 1
Arias from Monteverdi's "Orpheo" (1607) and Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" (1762) will be interpreted by young artists - a theme of longing just as striking in the 17th and 18th century as in the 21st - as can be heard in the sneak preview of the newly composed music theatre piece by Dick van der Harst, which will premiere at La Monnaie in June.

Thread 2
Members of Brussels' artistic and cultural communities
Members of cultural communities, both professional artists and amateurs living and working in Brussels, who are taking part in the artistic co-creation strand of Orfeo & Majnun, showcase the diversity of cultures living in Brussels and Europe, their creativity and cultural heritages.

Thread 3
Lived Utopias – "Economy for the Common Good Dance"

The essence of the model in a duo in movement.


Songs of Longing
Songs of longing - Programme