AFTERWORK DRINKFull Circle Members' bar
Thursday 9th July, 6.30-9.30pm
Invite your friends to join you at the Full Circle bar this Thursday evening!
Open to members and guests, and we'll be trying out some bar food.
(And there may even be a place at the solo harp concert downstairs with Emma Wauters!)
Bridie & Louise
Bridie & Louise
Bridie & Louise
Full Circle has teamed up once again with Brussels Muzieque platform to bring live music to Brussels after a long period of confinement.
This will be our first full-length live concert since the lockdown with the prominent Belgian harpist and harp teacher Emma Wauters. She'll be playing a full programme and explaining some of the secrets of her tradecraft.
Emma will be performing a programme of romantic harp music composed by high profile harpists from the 19th and 20th centuries; Hasselmans, Godefroid, Grandjany. They wrote technically challenging works that cover all aspects and colours of the harp. Emma will alternate this romantic music with the quiet music of Satie and Scriabin.
Join us for an interactive poetry reading with Inua Ellams where we, the audience, will choose the themes, and he, the epic poet, playwright and performer will share his stories.
Through dynamic poetry, powerful anecdotes, and intimate conversations, we will explore stories of beginnings and endings, joy and forgiveness as Inua navigates us through his experiences with immigration, racial prejudice, friendship, and his flourishing career as a contemporary creative.
Tickets: This e-salon is a free event but we suggest a contribution of 20€.
Online event: zoom link will be sent to registered participants
Time: Virtual doors: 7.00 pm (CET) Inua Ellams: 7.30 – 8.30 PM
ABOUT INUA ELLAMS
Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ 'The Wire-Headed Heathen' and '#Afterhours'. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. Recently. he has been touring 'An Evening With An Immigrant' and working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Experience the magic of a virtuoso classical pianist in the intimate setting of Full Circle's salon. Since her last visit to Full Circle back in 2016, classical pianist Daria van den Bercken has stepped up her unique campaign to extend classical music’s reach to new audiences, across all ages.
She'll be updating us on her work, playing for us and discussing her ideas on how to draw contemporary audiences to classical music through innovation and boundless energy. This is a unique opportunity to hear a classical pianist play her repertoire in the intimate setting of Full Circle's living room.
Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is an unconventional classical pianist, celebrated for the fresh ways she brings piano music to life, and is regarded as ‘a model for musicians of the future’. Her original and successful approach in bringing classical music to wider audiences has focussed on educational and social outreach. Since at least 2012 she has been playing the piano on alternative stages and platforms. Her award-winning project ‘Handel at the Piano’ led to the prestigious Amsterdam Prize, countless concerts worldwide, and a weekly series about classical music on prime-time Dutch television. She previously won the Concertgebouw Vriendenkrans Prize 2005 and the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2006 and 2008. Daria performs regularly around the world and is committed to actively reaching out to younger audiences.
One morning Peter Vermeersch received a letter informing him that he had been randomly selected for jury service. What seemed to be a straightforward case of robbery soon turned out to be a much more complex affair. Before he knew it, Peter found himself in the depths of the Palace of Justice in Brussels, confronting questions about the true circumstances of a murder, having to deal with the rituals of justice and a shy, unrevealing suspect.
What does it feel like to be a victim, or a relative of the victim? What do you truly do to someone by punishing him? And where does this punishment lead? Does it help? Does the convict come out of jail worse than he went in? What is true justice?
Vermeersch is one of the brightest contemporary Belgian public intellectuals. He reflects on violence, on the true value of punishment and justice today, and shares his penetrating insights on what better forms of justice and fairer laws might look like.
Peter Vermeersch is a Belgian professor of social science and politics, as well as a writer of essays and literary non-fiction, and a poet. His work focuses on minority politics, nationalism in East-Central Europe and the Balkans, democratisation and, most recently, restorative justice. His previous novel Ex: Over een land dat zoek is (Ex. About a Country that is Gone) was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize, the Bob den Uyl Prize, the Golden Owl and the E. du Perron Prize. In 2016 he won the Literature Prize of the Province of West Flanders. Peter has studied, lived, and conducted research in several European countries and he is now research coordinator of the LINES Institute (Leuven International and European Studies) at the University of Leuven. He was previously visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2007-2008). Together with David Van Reybrouck, he brought to life the European Constitution in Verse!
Stunning folk-inspired classical music composed by Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the outstanding composers of the second half of the twentieth century. His Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes is a concise medley of tunes that embrace folk influence, both melancholic and high spirited, culminating in a joyous and unstoppable dance.
Whether you’re new to 20th century music, or already sold on its charms, you’ll find yourself captivated by this colorful composition performed by violinist Sadie Fields and pianist Stéphanie Salmin.
Full Circle has teamed up with Brussels Muzieque, a brand new platform, to invite some of the finest international musicians in Brussels to create transformative performances and experience the shared passion for chamber music in an intimate atmosphere. You’ll have an intense and direct interaction with outstanding musicians thanks to our unique candlelit setting.
Join us for a cozy and folk-infused chamber music session on Thursday 15th October to enjoy some much-needed warmth and musical poetry.
Canadian violinist Sadie Fields performs worldwide as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is the violinist of Belgium-based Trio Khnopff, the violinist of the Festival Trio in Canada, and she plays with the New European Ensemble in the Netherlands.Sadie has won awards from over twenty UK and international associations and competitions, and she regularly broadcasts on radio stations throughout Europe, and in the UK, Canada, and New Zealand. Her recordings, including the complete Brahms Sonatas on Champs Hill Records, and ‘Weinberg – 1945’ by Trio Khnopff, have met with great critical acclaim in Europe and North America, and two of her discs have been chosen as ‘Chamber Choice of the Month’ in the BBC Music Magazine (most recently in January 2020), and ‘Chamber Disc of the Quarter’ by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Sadie has been a Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and the Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library, and she has given masterclasses in the UK, Canada, and China. Her principal teachers include György Pauk, Yair Kless, and Atis Bankas, and Sadie has also been guided and mentored by Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, and Ferenc Rados. Sadie holds a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Love is all around. Laura Mucha, international lawyer turned best-selling poet and author, has dived into one of life’s most elusive and complex subjects. Growing up with her mother and grandmother, and in the absence of a romantic relationship to observe, she always wondered about love until she finally embarked on her own quest.
For the past years, Laura has been travelling all over the world to find out not only what love is, but also why and how we love. The result of her extensive exploration is a revealing look at love from all angles – scientific, psychological, emotional and philosophical.
Laura blends the most intimate stories she has gathered around the world with enlightening scientific insights, for a compelling and entertaining evening.
After starting out as an international lawyer, Laura Mucha fortunately changed career. She is today an award-winning poet, author, broadcaster, performer and speaker. She writes for adults and children alike. Love Factually is her first non-fiction book for adults. In 2016 she won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize and her poems have been published around the world - as well as being illustrated, set to music and performed.