We have no control over the weather, wrote Jacques Reiners in the programme booklet for PAS (Pleasure, Art and Science) Festival that took place last weekend. And that proved to be true: on Thursday and especially Friday evening, it rained cats and dogs, but things cleared up on Saturday - except for the odd shower. Still, Reiners can only “be happy,” he said when the festival had ended. “It was dreadful weather, we had to move many performances indoors, certainly on Friday evening not a soul could be found on the streets, but the enthusiasm among visitors was tremendous, and the halls and rooms were jam-packed.” So packed that during a lecture on Saturday evening, the windows of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering were opened to allow people outside to hear. Interest in the final concert by SuperSka in the Student Services Centre's beautifully decorated courtyard was so great that the organisers had to refuse people entry. The performance by Mauricio Cugat, who floated through the hall of the Kapoenstraat 2 like a whirling dervish, hanging by his hair, attracted many people on Friday evening, even though it started at 23:30 hrs. The same can be said about Frans Custers, who slowly freed himself from all kinds of obstacles to eventually climb out of his cage - naked - in the enclosed garden at the Bouillonstraat. The pouring rain didn't seem to bother him or the audience.
PAS 2018 is scheduled to take place on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September