June 12, 2019 – June 15, 2019 all-day

Border Sessions will hit the city next month. Over the course of 4 days, you can explore an extensive programme with labs, summits, a festival night, movie screenings, and more.

On Wednesday night June 12th, Border Sessions 2019 starts with an interview with Paul Mason about his new book Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being. (Een stralende toekomst, published by De Bezige Bij).British journalist Paul Mason is one of the most significant commentators of our time. His latest book is called Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being, in which he pleads for a new form of co-operation which, according to him, will safeguard humanity amidst technological revolutions happening at the speed of light.

Mason’s view reverberates with the stance of humanism: once the human touch starts seeping from our DNA, there’s no knowing what the world will become. Until then, optimism pays – when it came down to it, humans have always forced themselves into collaborations.

Tickets for this event cost €7,50 and are on sale HERE


New in 2019: Summits

During a Border Sessions summit, a group of people explore a topic through a variety of presentations, panels, and workshops. The one-day long programme is tailored to participants with at least an intermediate level of experience. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a head of state to join in! Plus: lunch is included.

So, orientate yourself on recent cultural, social and political developments in relation to climate change and think about how they change the space of possibility for what happens next during the summit Negotiating the Surrender. Or, dive deep into the possibilities and challenges of trying to have Impact Through Technology together with the experts of Q42. More summits are announced soon and the Labs programme is also growing, keep an eye on the website.

Discover the summits

Next to the Labs, Summits, and the festival nights there is a range of extra events and networking opportunities.


Throughout the festival, our partners will organise numerous meetups. Meetups provide the perfect opportunity to get to know new people and expand your network. Access is free, registration may be required.


There will be various movie screenings. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for updates on the programme.


New this year is our kids programme on June 15th. More info and tickets online soon.


You can find all sorts of tickets in our ticketshop. Students get a 50% discount!