The theatre festival commences on 26 August at 6 pm with the audience performance "Zerstreuung jetzt!" by the renowned theatre collective LIGNA, the visually stunning installation «The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia» and the virtual reality experience «R for Resonance» by the Singaporean media artist Ho Tzu Nyen. Admission is free to all three works! The festival will then be officially opened at 7 pm with a short welcoming speech by Elisabeth Ackermann, President of the Cantonal Government Basel-Stadt, and Monica Gschwind, Councillor of the Canton Basel-Landschaft, Department of Education, Culture and Sports. After a speech by the Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues, we invite you to the Reithalle, where the award-winning work «Déplacement» by the Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair will be on show at 8.30 pm.