Since its founding in 1998, Het beschrijf has also been active internationally. The organisation has emerged as a promoter and presenter of Dutch-language literature abroad, mostly in collaboration with partners from the Netherlands. Major campaigns have been undertaken in various European cities and at international book fairs in London (1999), Turin (2001), Paris (2003) and Berlin (2004). Smaller initiatives then followed in other cities including Madrid and Vilnius.

Het beschrijf gives a central place to the meeting of Flemish and international literature on both the Brussels and international stages. The elements include artistic and creative exchanges between Flemish and international authors and audiences, the creation of opportunities for mobility, expanding the literary horizons of Flemish authors and the enrichment of their future work. This principle of exchange is applied within all the various components of our activities. For example, Flemish authors can take up writer-in-residence posts in other cities (Montreal, Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Kasmu/Tallinn, Wales). Programme and author exchanges take place through international literary centres and festivals.

Het beschrijf is involved in two European international networks:

HALMA - the European network of literary centres

In 2008, Het beschrijf joined the HALMA network, which was set up in 2006 by the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin with the support of the Bosch Foundation. HALMA brings together European literary centres in order to create forms of cooperation in which intercultural dialogue and exchange between different regions is of central importance.

Literature Across Frontiers

From 2009, Het beschrijf will be a partner to Literature Across Frontiers, a project for literary exchange and policy debate. LAF works through partnerships between European organisations on an international level and with particular attention to literary translation. It supports the operations of the partner organisations and is a catalyst for new partnerships and innovative projects.







    • video - annie proulx

    • Watch here our evening with Annie Proulx, writer in residence at Passa Porta (livestream 4.12).

    • Tu 04/12/2012 - 12:12
    • in residence now

    • The American writer Annie Proulx and the Chilean author Alejandro Zambra have arrived Passa Porta for a residency of a month in Brussels. Read more...

    • We 28/11/2012 - 14:11
    • livestream antonio gamoneda

    • Watch here the recording of our evening with Spanish poet Antonio Gamoneda on 27 November.
      Puede mirar aquí la entrevista del poeta español Antonio Gamoneda.

    • Tu 27/11/2012 - 15:11
    • video tim parks

    • Watch the excerpt from our evening with British author Tim Parks.

    • Mo 19/11/2012 - 12:11
    • winners european literature prize at passa porta

    • The awards ceremony for the 2012 European Prize for Literature will be held in Brussels on 22 November.
      The day before, the twelve prize winners will pay a vist to Passa Porta, the international house of literatures in Brussels, where a clip for the awards ceremony will be recorded. In addition, they will brunch with Belgian writers and literary professionals.

    • Tu 13/11/2012 - 15:11
    • PETRA publication

    • If there were no literary translators, the international exchange of books and ideas would come to a standstill. Passa Porta supports the PETRA project so as to help improve conditions for literary translation in Europe. The report on the discussions during the PETRA congress was officially presented on 22 October 2012 in Passa Porta, in the presence of Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
      Discover here the video of the official presentation.

    • Su 11/11/2012 - 22:11