House of European History in Exile takes you more than half a century back in time to the early 21st century. Although little-studied, this period nevertheless provided the breeding-ground for the sweeping changes that were to take place during our century. It was a remarkable era, characterised by Integration and Harmonisation. Blessed by the Long Peace. Overshadowed by the Great Recession. Back when national borders were blurred and people everywhere used a single currency called the ‘euro’. Back when Brussels, not Warsaw, lay at the beating heart of the old continent. The first international exhibition on life in the former European Union.
Theatre maker Thomas Bellick created House of European History in Exile as part of a city project for the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg [Royal Flemish Theatre] in Brussels. The objective was to bring art into the neighbourhoods. The house was located in the European neighbourhood of Brussels, surrounded by the EU buildings. For IFFR, the House will open its doors near Rotterdam Central Station.
The reviews were very positive. Former Belgian Prime Minister and member of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt: ‘This is much better than politicians can explain it.’
concept & realisation: Thomas Bellinck, dramaturgy: Sébastien Hendrickx, design coach: Stef Stessel, technical director: Anne Straetmans, production director: Catherine Vervaecke, director construction technique: Menno Vandevelde
23 Jan - 2 Feb, 09:00-17:00 (last visit starts at 15:30), Delftseplein 37, €11, €8 with a discount, not accessible to people with limited mobility.