Organized by Cinema Nova, PleinOPENair is an itinerant and completely free festival that has been crisscrossing Brussels since 1997.
After having become a biennial festival, PleinOPENair is back this summer for three weekends, from Friday August 17th to Saturday September 1st.
The focus of this festival will be: the car, the invention that’s made transportation so convenient, and at the same causing so much trouble in urban spaces.
For this edition, the festival will follow a route, north to south in the Brussels Region, searching for spaces where one can rest and breathe, even if areas nearby are saturated with cars parked on each side of the street.
Through films, concerts and walks, it’s the car that will be at the center of PleinOPENair programming. The opportunity to park in different places embodying this symbol of progress the time of three weekends
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August in Schaerbeek (CANCELLED because of disagreements with the Municipality), on the Lehon square where the construction of an underground car park is planned. Its pros and cons are being disputed by the locals.
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August in Auderghem, under the viaduct Herrmann-Debroux. This imposing massive concrete which symbolizes the urbanism of the years 1960-70. The question of its tearing down returns often to the public debate.
Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 in Molenbeek, under the hall Libelco. The main economic activity of this district revolves around the recycling of used cars for future export to Africa.
To finish, the PleinOPENair proposes two evenings linking documentary films and debates:
Wednesday, August 22nd at Théâtre Océan Nord, Lehon square in Schaerbeek,
Wednesday, August 29th at the Federation of Used Car Exporters, in the Heyvaert district of Molenbeek.