There’s a new kid in town, and the kid is a city. For the first time in its existence B-Classic journeys to another city: Genk. An incredibly diverse city, where different populations and nationalities have settled along the years. It is a true melting pot of cultures, maybe even a human, magnified version of the well‑known pressure cooking concept of B-Classic: making something completely new and unique by using existing ingredients. Of course, we return to the source afterwards, the place where it all started, B-Classic’s birthplace, the cradle of classical music: Tongeren.
“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”
A poem by Rumi that symbolizes everything that B-Classic wants to accomplish this year: discover and encounter, bring people together, no matter their origin or culture. Gather the four wind directions. With classical music in the middle. Classical but not elitist. For the first time literally everybody can play music with us, although not all the time of course. No need to turn it into shambles either (add your preferred smiley here).
Gökhan Girginol – dramaturge, actor, theatre producer at the KVS, born and raised in Waterschei – is the man to build bridges between the classical world of B-Classic and the different populations and youth of Genk. “When you make a wish, you do so in all four directions of the wind”, he says, “that way you hear the whole world. You share the desires of everybody, not only with yourself but with the whole community. Nobody can be left out.”
Six days in Genk, five days in Tongeren.