At least 25,000 visitors are expected in Namur on 1-4 November for the eighth Kikk Festival, a free event devoted to digital and creative cultures. The theme for this year is “Species and Beyond”, aimed at highlighting the influence of people and technology on the planet, and the fragility of its ecosystems, but in a positive manner, the festival’s curator, Marie du Chastel, said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Kikk is being held for the first time in the city centre. It includes about 20 different venues, some of them quite unusual, such as the Saint-Aubin Cathedral.
The garden of the Museum of Decorative Arts is open, exceptionally, to Marco Barotti for him to expose his swans, made of TV antennas that light up depending on the surrounding noise.
At the Sainte-Marie Institute, on the other hand, calm will be necessary. In a space bathed in ultra-violet light, the shy flowers of Miranda Moss close up when there is noise and reopen only when silence returns. Another first is an augmented reality track enabling visitors to discover all types of bodies in the city by using a smartphone.
At the “Market”, festival goers can test a flight simulator, manufacture their own speakers or fly gliders without leaving the Place d’Armes square.
Various programmes – culture, family, start-up, code – are on offer, using the square as a starting point. The programme further includes lectures, a networking space, workshops for big and small, and evening entertainment.