Among the circus artists who will make an appearance is Leila Köckenberger, originally from Berlin. She will perform her act Broken ballerina: a dance in the air one to two times a day in the garden of the Bouillonstraat. “A wild lady with the flexible body of a ballerina who literally rises to great heights”, according to the programme booklet. Köckenberger chuckles. “I’ve been doing acrobatics since I was seven. It runs in the family – my brother performs too, and my father is an organiser in the circus world.”
Besides acrobatics the audience will be able to choose from some sixty speakers, mainly UM researchers, who will have half an hour each in which to present their research. The topics range from child abuse, Alzheimer’s, and work stress to testosterone and financial decisions, smart labs, migration, and black soldiers as liberators.
Large stages will be installed in the courtyards of the Minderbroedersberg and the Student Services Centre for bands including Oghene Kologbo, Violons Barbares, Electrophonics, Negritos and (to bring PAS to a close) Orchestre International du Vetex.