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Talkaoke workshop x Kunstenpunt – Flanders Arts Institute, Brussels

October 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Welcome to this year’s first European creative facilitation skills workshop using our Talkaoke approach. This 2 hour session is open to artists, speakers, facilitators and all curious minds based who would like to experience our pop up talkshow for the first time and learn a few tricks! We are hosted by our friends at the Flanders Arts Institute – Kunstenpunt in Brussels.

What is Talkaoke?

Talkaoke is a live, television-style talk show and a creative communication format developed by The People Speak art collective from East London. Talkaoke can enliven any event, festival, club, gallery, conference or a street. Talkaoke is a unique way to hear the latest ideas people are talking about and to discover new ones together. The conversation is a creative medium and a journey from one unexpected subject to another. It can be topical, funny, deep, surreal, or something else. The participants generate the subjects and the host in the middle keeps everybody engaged. The format is simple: the host sits in the middle of an illuminated round table, and you sit around the outside and talk about whatever comes up. Just grab the microphone and air your views.

What to expect at the session?

Our creative facilitation taster workshop aims to give participants the confidence and creative communication skills useful in any situation. For us, conversation is a creative medium that can lead to an endless number of creative possibilities. Over the years The People Speak have trained people in the art of facilitation and public speaking, using creative methods developed through Talkaoke and influenced by various performance practices including live art, theatre, clowning, comedy and improv. During this practical training session participants will focus on creative linking, neutral voice and building the bridge from the other side  – techniques we use in engaging with participants. We will cover subjects such as: asking open questions, usefulness of tangents, exploration of assumptions, dealing with opposing views, active listening and how to generate ideas in a fun way! There will be time to share your thoughts, experiences and uncertainties, which we will address together. Watch this Talkaoke Basics video to give you an idea of what to expect!

How can I join the session?

We have only a limited number of spots available so if you would like to be involved, please email Margot margot@thepeoplespeak.org.uk


About our partners

Flanders Arts Institute is the professional arts support centre for three disciplines: the visual arts, the performing arts and classical music. For all who work in the arts, Flanders Arts Institute aims to be an inspiration, an available and reliable source of knowledge, a data provider and fact-checker, a source of support, a facilitator and an innovator.

ABBIT – Meeting Innovators is a production and touring company, as well as home to the Europe-based Talkaoke table! Abbit improves meeting effectiveness. Your meeting is a serious investment and a small change can have a massive impact. We provide a wide range of services that you can choose from depending on your wishes and needs. Meeting design helps to find the right formats and techniques, tools and services to create a great experience and a higher impact.


October 13, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Kunstenpunt – Flanders Arts Institute
Ravensteingalerij 38
Brussels 1000, Belgium