Public Domain Day 2015

The Public Domain Day is celebrating works of art which enter into the public domain because their copyrights have expired.
These works can be freely enjoyed, used, changed, republished by everybody.

The Public Domain Day in Brussels is co-organised by Constant, the Royal Library of Belgium, Nova Cinema, CRIDS.


The afternoon takes place at the Royal Library and is dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the writer of Le Petit Prince.

15:00 Storytelling for children of the Petit Prince, in Dutch and French.
parents allowed.

15:45 Launch of the website, a collaboration with Romaine Lubrique, and conference by Severine Dussolier about the special copyright case of de Saint-Exupéry. In parallel there is a workshop for children.

16:15 Guided tour along books that entered in the public domain

17:00 End


The evening programme takes place at Cinema Nova.

17:30 Hands on comics workshop around George Herriman / Krazy Kat
Stéphane Noël, Pascal Matthey and other comic artists. Erwin Dejasse will contextualise the work of Herriman.

A Table d’hote is offered in the bar.

Some beautiful results can be found on the site of Grandpapier:

20:00 - 20:30
Sreening Monsieur Fantomas ; Ernst Moerman, 1937, BE, 17 minutes,

20:30 - 21:00
Performance The death of the Authors, 1943
*Le Charme discret de la botoisie*/The Discrete Charm of the Botoisie
A work by Michael Murtaugh, Anne Laforet, Gijs De Heij, Antonio Roberts, An Mertens

21:30 - 22:41
Screening Inferno, Liguoro, Padovan, Bertolini, 1911, IT, 71 minutes
With live soundtrack by Jean-Philippe Saulou and Benjamin Chaval

@ Koninklijke Bibliotheek / Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique

Entrance: Mont des Arts or Boulevard de l’Empereur n°2 à1000 Bruxelles
Rue d’Arenberg 3