Marina Kazakova


Poem ‘One Cotton March” translated into Dutch by Herman Rohaert

When it comes to translating poetry, I am always haunted by a memorable quote from the “Nostalghia” film by Andrey Tarkovsky that “poetry is untranslatable, like the whole art”. However, I’ve spent most of my adult life reading my favourite authors in translation: Proust, Sagan, Duras, Maxence Fermine, Peter Høeg, Erlend Loe… Dear Herman Rohaert, thank you so much for your remembrance of me, and for your accurate translation of my poem ‘One Cotton March”. *** In een watten maand maart wandelde ik doorheen muren en gangen, achter de geslotenRead More

Besides the pope, who speaks Latin today?

SCHOLA NOVA – A Private Belgian School where children learn spoken Latin In the middle of the fertile lands and broad plains that bear the nickname of ‘the wheat loft of Belgium’ stands a sugar-white house, an 18th century former convent, “Schola Nova”, a private, non-subsidized school for children aged 6 to 18. This unique cloister of wisdom is not only distinguished for teaching Greco-Latin classical humanities, but also for their magical environment and evocative atmosphere. From far and near students come to study here, some families even move fromRead More

Mirrors are like Dreams: Filmpoems “7 Sogni Banali” Screened at Kaleidoscope-microcinema

Mirrors are like dreams. As Michel Foucault beautifully put it, “The mirror is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror”. “7 Sogni Banali” is a series of “daydreams” translated into a poetic and pictorialRead More

AfterTaste: “Apart from having two bass players in a band, we are playing instrumental music which is far from popular”

For a lot of Tongeren-based musicians, playing in bands with your pals at concerts in front of other bands filled again with your pals is a mark of success. Tongeren’s music scene is a fun place, and if that passion fulfils your desire for realisation (and you have a side-job that pays the bills) it’s truly a happy place. Since forming in 1998, “AfterTaste” have pursued specific goals for playing music in Tongeren (The Province of Limburg, Belgium), some of which they’ve yet to realize — such as, for example, sharing theRead More

Eco-Festival ‘CONSCIENZA 2017’ lands at HIPPODROME TONGEREN, an exceptional indoor and outdoor setting overlooking the horse track

CONSCIENZA·SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017 Hippodrome isn’t the kind of place you associate with vegan food and eco-themed manifestations – this year’s ‘Conscienza’ lands exactly there to challenge expectations! Participants and guests will experience the second edition of our eco-happening in an airy 500-square meter space, which features a 50-meter long floor-to-ceiling window with spectacular view of the horse track. Founded and mainly functioning as a horserace venue, ‘Hippodrome Tongeren’ now acts as a space for “unconventional art experiences”. The historic building hosts irregular events to draw alternative crowd. One ofRead More

Our new film project “TONGEREN IN SHOTS” is taking off in February 2017

Tongeren, commonly perceived as the oldest town in Belgium, was founded by the Romans some 2000 years ago. Today, Tongeren is a developing multi-cultural and mixed-class area. Inhabited by strikingly pretty medieval streets, bicycle-happy locals and cheery antique Sunday market, it’s no surprise that visitors flock here year after year. The diverse Roman, Celtic, and Flemish heritage has made the city an epicentre for old-school parades, religious celebrations and antique happenings. That is why, it is no surprise that for the majority of outsiders Tongeren is thought of as ‘theRead More