Give in to the magnetic attraction of this Flanders festival!

Flammes2 de Pierre de Mecquenem Cie La Machine ©Laure Barbosa

Friday 17th  to Monday 20th  of May sees the “Festival Nord Magnetic” in Flanders: Bailleul and Hazebrouck in France with a quick raid over the border to Poperinge in Belgium.

It promises to be a lively festival with plenty of opportunities to join in the action, with over 45 companies from all over Europe and 100 free performances on a frontier theme!

The keynote theme of the festival will be this frontier, in recognition of the Treaty of Utrecht, which was signed 300 years ago and established the present-day border between France and what was to become Belgium.

Bal Moderne©Ivan Put

This recognition is illustrated notably by the planned performance of the London company Station House Opéra, “Dominoes”, scheduled for the opening of the festival which will take place on both sides of the frontier.  Until they’re out of breath, those who attend will be able to follow the giant dominoes falling in rapid succession.

Whether real or imaginary, the frontier provides an opportunity to discover an innovative culture that is also participatory, demanding and convivial in nature.

Almost 800 performers, from the region and other parts of Europe, will be entertaining children and adults alike during the four days of festivities and get-togethers, with spectacular special events, original creations, off-beat encounters and plenty of moments of high emotion and humour.…

Full details of the programme  can be found here:

A special deal on transport is available, with a TER (regional railways) Hazebrouck-Bailleul ticket for 2€ a day, for unlimited travel between the 17th and the 20th of May.