4. Hassling Hasselaar
Hassling Hasselaar explores the polemics of music in public space through the lens of street musicians from diverse backgrounds. Music, as a cultural expression, adds to the public life of cities. By irritating the existing functions of public spaces (inviting a diversity of musicians to busk), we try to show a happy city alternative to Hasselaars.
Music plays an important role in bringing life to public spaces and its people together. This is something that is missing in Hasselt. Under the framework of the Pop-up Cinema Festival, Hassling Hasselaar will invite a diversity of musicians to play music in an allocated spot of the city centre and show film interviews of these musicians.
Public space, as a highly contested space, entails that rules and regulations are implemented to control it. For a musician to busk in Hasselt, he/she needs to apply for a permit and run an audition. Rules and regulations regarding busking differ from city to city. Our films depict interviews of street musicians sharing their experience and knowledge on the polemics of music in public space. Interviews reveal the complex and multifaceted laws that are in place while questioning their legitimacy.
︎ Film screening: Everyone Loves Ice Cream Festival
Virginia Lui, Gina Meyers