With the upcoming spring, Klarafestival 2021 is quickly taking shape. A little while ago we promised – with Es ist noch nicht alles verloren! (All is not lost!) – a reassuring and hopeful festival with the relationships between people and their environment at its heart. So it’s time for an update!
We won’t yet be able to welcome the public for live events in March. Therefore, Klarafestival is going completely digital. From 13 to 22 March, you will be able to enjoy no fewer than 12 audiovisual projects on our revamped website. As usual, you can also enjoy them via Klara: on the radio or through the Klara app, as well as on the website. Our performances can also be watched via VRT NU as well as via Proximus Pickx. In addition, nine performances will feature in the programming of the new pop-up culture broadcaster Podium 19 from 25 to 28 March.
In these exceptional times Klarafestival is able to count on loyal partners. We thank BOZAR, Flagey, Muntpunt and Passa Porta Festival for the artistic cooperation. Also our funders and partners KPMG, Yakult, the players of the National Lottery, Proximus and OMER for their unfailing support.
In an age when quality recordings from the classical repertoire are just a click away, Klarafestival 2021 will be focusing on undiscovered work, new creations and symbioses of sound and image. While Belgian talent will set the tone, we are also pleased to be featuring some international guests. Here are some of the highlights in advance.
The Belgian baroque orchestra B’Rock is a welcome guest at Klarafestival. This year they will be opening the digital festival on 13 March together with the soprano Sunhae Im and Muziektheater Transparant with music by Georg Friedrich Händel and Wim Henderickx.
The big international guest at Klarafestival 2021 is the STEGREIF.orchester. This youthful Berlin improvisation orchestra, conducted by Juri De Marco, has a unique knack of keeping its finger firmly on the pulse of our times. Live from Berlin on Sunday 14 March!
Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde is a must for any festival that focuses on relations between people and their environment. The Brussels ensemble Het Collectief will be performing this masterful work in an arrangement by Reinbert de Leeuw, with solo voices Lucile Richardot and Yves Saelens.
In Sound & Vision you will discover new work by composers such as Saskia Venegas Aernouts, Frederik Croene and Eva-Maria Houben. In each case the composer teams up with a visual artist who lends a distinctive visual identity to the composition.
Together with the Passa Porta Festival, Klarafestival asked the well-known Dutch writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer to write a new idyll. Frederik Neyrinck set this text to music. The rendition of this work in the performance on 22 March marks the end of Klarafestival 2021.
We will soon be announcing the full programme for Klarafestival 2021. Collaborations with the Brussels Philharmonic, Ictus and Collegium Vocale Gent are just some additional performances you can also look forward to. We are also exceptionally proud to be able to include a concert by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in our programming. More about this later!