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March 21
March 22-23
#BRUXSLSART exhibition in Brussels
March 24
“À NOUS L'HISTOIRE” workshop in Brussels - Espace Vanderborght Women in ART
About the Festival

A dive into the world of Avatars and artificial intelligence

The 1st augmented art festival in the heart of Europe dedicated to shedding light on the invisible figures of history (March 21-24, 2024). Who are the Invisibles of European History? How can we use digital tools and artificial intelligence to give them a voice? INVISIBLE Festival stimulates collective intelligence to provide innovative answers to these 2 questions.

The 2024 festival is based on the immersive #BRUXSLSART exhibition, but also on a rich B2B program combining technologies, archives and digital arts in a highly participative and decolonial dynamic.

The 2024 program highlights the many vibrant cultures of the African continent, as well as the African diasporas in Europe, through virtual works, video games and historical avatars.
This unique festival is organized by XR4heritage in collaboration with 3 host events: Pirntemps numérique, Women in Art and Stereopsia.

Who is it for?

The B2B program - at the crossroads of technological and social innovation - builds bridges between worlds that don't usually meet or understand each other. The program is particularly aimed at :

● Culture, tourism and media professionals looking for innovative solutions to boost the participation and inclusiveness of their offers to the public.
● Creators, distributors and operators of digital solutions, metavers platforms and immersive installations.
● Producers, directors, scriptwriters and creators of new media content
● Artivists and digital arts professionals
● Archive managers and public institutions in charge of digitalization
● Researchers, academics and experts in XR, AI and WEB3.

The immersive #BRUXSLSART exhibition is open to all and free of charge - within the limits of available places.

B2B program

Accreditation to the B2B program gives access to the following activities during the 4 days of the Festival:



What to expect

BELGIAN DISCOVERY TOUR: Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Discovery tour is the perfect opportunity to build privileged relationships with representatives of the networks, hubs and clusters that support culture, media and tourism professionals in a high-impact digital transformation. With 3 stopovers, the journey will strengthen ties between Belgian and international innovators through exclusive visits, demonstrations and networking sessions. Each stop will feature a round table/demonstration for cross-sector inspiration and exchange.


HERITAGE AVATARS: An introduction to the potential of avatars and artificial intelligence to bring the past virtually to life in historical documentaries and fiction. Event 1 at Le GROW studio in Brussels with WALGA #media #avatars #gaming


COCREATION & SMART CITY: AI and augmented reality to enhance the region's assets and appeal Event 2 at MIC in Mons with Cluster TWIST TWIST #XR #IA #cocreation

3:30PM – 6PM

ANIMATED ARCHIVES : obstacles and opportunities linked to the appropriation of archives by digital artists and XR-IA solution providers. Event 3 at CLICK in Mons with KIKK Galaxy #artnumérique #archives #IA

*See agenda for detailed program. B2B ticket includes round-trip transportation from Brussels.

#BRUXSLSART EXHIBITION with premium access

EXHIBITION #BRUXSLSART: March 22 and 23, 2024

9AM to 6:30PM: Friday, March 22
10AM to 6PM: Saturday 23rd

INVISIBLE Festival welcomes you to SHED 2 Bis, at the heart of Printemps Numérique, the leading digital event in the Brussels-Capital Region (5,000 visitors expected in 48 hours).

Premium access to the #BRUXSLSART exhibition gives you exclusive benefits and access:

- guided tour of the CIRCUIT AUGMENTÉ
- private tour of the NOIRE immersive installation in the BLACK BOX
- private tour of the HALL OF FAME experience
- private events in the NETWORKING AREA


Art overlaying reality

#BRUXSLS.ART, the largest gallery of augmented AR(T) in the heart of Europe, is delighted to offer you a 10-stage artistic journey through the prestigious Tour & Taxi site: 10 digital works to discover in XXL, overlaying reality, multiple narratives around African cultures and the diaspora.

Art direction : Bxl Art NFT

Technical solution: Over the reality

Premium advantage : Access to the OVER THE REALITY Guided Tour (45') with the artists, gallery owner and ART NFT/WEB3 community.

*See agenda for detailed .program. B2B ticket includes guided tour ticket (attendance confirmation required - according to availability).

The immersive installation NOIRE

The unknown life of Claudette Colvin

After its official opening in 2023 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, NOIRE is coming to Belgium for the first time.

NOIRE, a moving narrative experience that, through augmented reality glasses, immerses visitors in 1950s Alabama, at the height of the civil rights struggle. NOIRE, at the crossroads of digital arts and live performance, is a powerful tool for educating and raising awareness about racism and social inequality.

An immersive installation made by Stéphane Foenkinos and Pierre-Alain Giraud Based on Noire, la vie méconnue de Claudette Colvin by Tania de Montaigne published by Grasset 2015 with Tania de Montaigne.

Production : Novaya

Premium advantage: Access to the NOIRE Private Tour (60') with a project team representative and a historian.

*See agenda for detailed . program. B2B ticket includes entry to private tour (attendance confirmation required - according to availability).

The HALL OF FAME experience

Avatars of the Invisibles Club

An interactive experience based on human-machine dialogue using conversational avatars and chatbots. A unique opportunity to chat with figures from the past about racism and social inequality, but also to take part in a wide-ranging citizen consultation to highlight the INVISIBLES of European history who deserve to be brought to light in Brussels, the biggest cosmopolitan capital on the continent.

Art direction: Immerxion Space & DigiArt Living Lab - Netinfo 3D with the Avatars talent cohort

Premium advantage:
Access to the HALL OF FAME Private Tour (60') with the artistic team and guest historians and mediators.

*See agenda for detailed .program. B2B ticket includes guided tour ticket (attendance confirmation required - according to availability).


The Invisible Festival HQ at Printemps Numérique

The networking area is organized around 5 B2B sections with a wide range of inspiring projects for innovation in the cultural tourism and media sectors. The Lounge will be the meeting place and information point for everything you need to know about INVISIBLE Festival conferences and events at Printemps Numérique.

Join us to meet:
- Our international experts from Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Quebec and France.
- Exhibitors from the 4 regional sections: Brussels-Capital Region, Wallonia, Africa & Quebec
- “À NOUS L'HISTOIRE” experts: international historians, museums, solution providers and international content creators, gathered in the heart of Europe to co-create a platform for innovation in the service of heritage.
- Representatives of our partner distribution networks

*See agenda for detailed program.
The B2B ticket includes admission to all 3 networking events (attendance confirmation required - according to availability).

Premium advantage:
Access to private events organized in The INVISIBLE Festival NETWORKING area around Printemps Numérique conferences and events.

From 12:30PM to 2:00PM on Friday March 22: DIGITAL INTER/SECTION networking with a distinguished guest: Mme Marie-Colline Leroy – State Secretary for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity.

From 6:30PMto 9:00PM on Friday March 22: INVISIBLE Festival opening night with our prestigious patron: Ms. Euzhan Palcy - film pioneer and activist against racism and discrimination + invitation to the PRINTEMPS NUMÉRIQUE preview evening at the Maison de la Poste including a preview screening of an RTBF documentary about artificial intelligence.

From 12:30PM to 2:00PM on Saturday March 23: XR4EUROPE networking with artists, digital creators and members of the ARTECOM.IO ecosystem and the BXL ART NFT gallery.


À NOUS L'HISTOIRE WORKSHOP :Sunday March 24, 2024

The #À NOUS L'HISTOIRE workshop is the central theme of the INVISIBLE Festival. Indeed, the festival is a manifesto for the creation of Europe's first innovation center for heritage: À NOUS L'HISTOIRE. A platform for REVISITING THE PAST, QUESTIONING THE PRESENT and IMAGINING DESIRABLE FUTURES through a rich program of activities (culture, tourism, media) based on the design and animation of a catalog of historical avatars.

To further explore the ethical, technological, legal and artistic issues involved in the À NOUS L'HISTOIRE project, the members of the expert committee will be organizing throughout the festival (online + at Printemps Numérique):
- a citizen consultation to define who the INVISIBLES of History are, and why new technologies should be used to bring them back to life,
- a collection of data from technological experts to draw up a catalog of interoperable solutions to facilitate the creation, distribution and interaction of avatars both by the public and for the public.

Premium advantage:

Access to the #À NOUS L'HISTOIRE workshop - closing event of the festival organized with the WOMEN IN ART BIENNIAL at Espace Vanderborght.

Guided tour of the exhibition at 1:00 pm

From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm workshop in the presence of decolonial activists and artists from the Biennial and representatives of the expert committee.

*See agenda for detailed program.
The B2B ticket includes admission to these 3 networking events (attendance confirmation required - according to availability). .

INVISIBLE Festival 2024 celebrates the final year of the International Decade for People of African Descent, whose theme is "People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development".

The festival's programming aims to promote, unite and engage participants and supporters of 8 projects initiated by XR4heritage in 2023 around the À NOUS L'HISTOIRE project:

A competition dedicated to the valorization of female and African historical figures - organized with the support of 3 sponsors (the Integrated Police, the BXL ART NFT gallery and WEB3 experts ACEGOOG & METALAW) to spark public interest around a selection of archives related to colonization, Pan-Africanism, the Women's Rights League, the Cité Mondiale and, more broadly, the Cinquantenaire site in Brussels and the city of Mons (in collaboration with the Charleroi Museum of Photography, the Mundaneum and AfricaMuseum).

A working group set up to list the needs to be met by the project to create an innovation platform for heritage in the heart of Europe. The first session was organized in February 2023 as part of the BRIGHT FESTIVAL professional meetings, and was attended by representatives of BRUSSELS MUSEUM, UNESCO, ICOM, VISIT BRUSSELS, MIIL UCL, TECHNOCITÉ, FWB Patrimoine... as well as our international partners, including HUB MONTRÉAL (Quebec), EUROMERSIVE (France) and AFRICA METAVERS ACADEMY (Africa).  

This research and development project on XR motion detection solutions is supported by the TWIST cluster as part of CREATHRIV-EU. Its aim is to facilitate the appropriation of avatars and virtual environments by audiovisual and performing arts professionals. The initiative was co-created with TECHNOCITÉ XR academy, start-up N-Gone and MIIL UCL's innovation center, to support the development of integrated Walloon solutions and their outreach in Africa. The program closes with the presentation of a demo workshop in the innovation village of the MASA 2024 festival in Abidjan.

This program included 3 introductory workshops in new technologies, co-produced in 2023 with XR4Europe thanks to the support of INNOVIRIS.  Inspired by the methodology of "Living Labs", the PLAY2LEARN format builds short professional training courses around case studies, to help artists and professionals in the cultural, tourism and media sectors build their digital skills. A new training offer will be launched in 2024 thanks to a partnership with the LE GROW media studio in Brussels.

The 3rd edition of our incubator for heritage innovators was supported by INNOVIRIS and EQUAL-SPF Justice. Among the highlights: 10 weeks of inspiration and co-creation between students in cultural mediation (Master 1) from IHECS, historians and decolonial guides (CBAI - BAMKO) and a dozen mediators or cultural professionals from Brussels (Visit Brussels, Maison des Patrimoines Unesco Mons, Bozar, Brussels city museums...) aimed at exploring the potential of avatars and immersive technologies to revisit History from multiple angles. Two innovative prototypes have resulted:  MIHIMPI, a Virtual Reality Experience around Jessie Fausset, and BRIBES, a decolonial journey in augmented reality at the Cinquantenaire.

  • This 10-day residency, co-funded by Innoviris and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (via Images&3D), aimed to bring together and mobilize the Belgian and African winners of the avatars du Patrimoine competition at two major events for the digital cultural industries: STEREOPSIA, the European Immersive forum, and the KIKK festival in Namur.  An opportunity to develop and test protocols and standards for the co-creation, circulation and distribution of 3D content for heritage professionals on an international scale. The event resulted in a catalog of demo avatars showcasing the pioneers of Pan-Africanism in Belgium.

This event, the highlight of the THE LAB incubator and the AVATARS DU PATRIMOINE 2023 residency, was organized as part of a call for projects initiated by EQUAL-SPF Justice to educate and raise awareness about the International Decade for People of African Descent. The project's outputs included a Youtube live show co-produced with comedians from the LE SBEUL troupe, featuring virtual dialogues between Paul Panda Farnana, Mama Sambo, Jessie Fausset and Web du Bois and 4 Belgian guests of African descent. An opportunity to take stock of the evolution of racism in public spaces in Belgium since the Pan-African Congress of 1921.

Launched in September 2023, this partnership offers a fantastic showcase and XXL experimentation laboratory for digital artists and creators.  The INVISIBLE FESTIVAL exhibition offers to showcase this through a rich program co-created with our 2023 talent cohort, thanks to the support of National Lottery players, the Brussels-Capital Region and the Over the Reality solution.

Agenda Agenda

The INVISIBLE Festival exhibition, conferences and events will take place in Brussels (Tour & Taxi - Shed 2) as part of the Printemps Numérique event on March 22 and 23, 2024. Activities in BLUE are free of charge for all festival visitors.
Info & booking about Printemps Numérique.

The B2B nomad program runs from March 21 to 24, 2024.
Activities in BLACK are limited to B2B accreditation holders.

Friday, March 22
Saturday, March 23
Sunday, March 24
Program overviewDISCOVERY TOUR
including 3 events + 1 networking lunch
9AM to 6:30PM at Printemps Numérique
From 10AM to 6PM at Printemps Numérique
at the Women in Art Biennial
Before 12:00PM
Event 1 HERITAGE AVATAR in Brussels at Studio Le GrowPecha kucha INVISIBLES CLUB (FR) in the Agora MediaHub zone
Conference 3 « À NOUS LA RUE (FR) »
Between 12:00PM and 2:00PM
Networking lunch organized by GRAPPE XR Wallonne at the MIC in Mons.Networking lunch DIGITAL INTER/SECTION

Private session for the immersive installation NOIRE (60') + Guided tour HALL OF FAME (60')
Networking lunch Networking lunch XR4EUROPE ARTECOM.IO and gallery BXL ART NFT

Guided tour of the BIENNALE WOMEN IN ART (45’)
Afternoon 1
Between 2:00PM and 6:00PM

Round table 1 TALENT & TRAINING Round table (FR) Agora MediaHub

Conference 2 MEDIA OF THE FUTURE (English) Conference room
Conference 4 À NOUS L’HISTOIRE (FR)
After 6PM
Opening night
+ invitation to the PRINTEMPS NUMÉRIQUE preview screening

The Invisibles Club The Invisibles Club

Registration & practical information

Buy your B2B accreditation now to reserve your place at the Invisible Festival.
Price: 450 euros.

The B2B ticket includes access to

- the Discovery Tour - a nomadic event organized by Stereopsia: Thursday, March 21, 2024 (including round-trip transportation from Brussels)

-The Premium INVISIBLE Festival at Printemps Numérique: Friday March 22 and Saturday March 23, 2024 in Brussels - Tour & Taxi - Shed 2 (includes access to 2 networking events, the private session of the installation Noire, the guided tour of the Hall of Fame experience, the guided tour of the Circuit Augmenté and the opening night at Printemps Numérique)

- the #À NOUS L'HISTOIRE Workshop at the Women in Art Biennial: Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Brussels - Espace Vanderborght (includes access to a guided tour of the exhibition)

Free tickets for the exhibition are also on sale (subject to availability).

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