The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts, CIFAS, was born twenty years ago, willing to provide performing artists opportunities to develop their artistic practice by meeting and confronting internationally renowned directors.

The current project CIFAS, initiated in 2009, intends to continue this legacy, adapted to the changing contemporary arts scene, in particular by extending its activities to all the arts and opening access to creative artists.


CIFAS develops a training program in the performing arts scene (theater, dance, circus, live art, playwriting, in situ work ...) aimed at professional and active artists – creators and performers.

This in-service training program mainly takes the form of artistic research workshops led by international artists, invited to share their practice, technique, thematic ... during working sessions of serveral days in Brussels.

CIFAS proposes symposiums, summer universities, talks and seminars around the issues in which we are particularly interested; Education, Art and the City, Artivism, to name just a few. These activities are adressed to artists, teachers, producers, politicians, students, researchers, cultural mediators...

CIFAS also organises SIGNAL, a yearly programme for critical reflection on the complex relations between art and public space. In addition to offering debates and workshops around practices and experiences of living art in public space, SIGNAL also features a program of artistic actions addressing Brussels’ urban fabric - the urban interventions.


CIFAS aims at the emergence and recognition of new arts territories, in all their dimensions. In order to achieve this, we focus on three types of relationships which we think are best able to disturb the trainee’s perspective on his own artistic practice.

Art in relation to urban space: the modern city - Brussels being no exception - mixes and clashes worlds and lifestyles which are so cosmopolitan that it becomes an international scene in itself. At CIFAS, we believe that this scene is auspicious for all the daring, all the questions. Visual artists, performers, dancers, street artists, or even urban planners and activists, meet in this place to question the human, social and dramatic relationships coming out of it, thus shifting our perception.

Mixed forms of art: beyond the transdisciplinary approaches of the arts which are common in contemporary works, we want to propose meetings and workshops where art, discourse and techniques mix and mingle: 'circus and feminism ',' video and activism 'or yet ‘writing in the twenty-first century '. Intercrossing forms mixes our perception.  


CIFAS edits an electronic magazine called Klaxon about living art and public space. Klaxon can be downloaded for free on all kinds of supports.

CIFAS also edits under the most varied forms - newspapers, films, postcards, artist's books... - the tracks of workshops and artistic projects which started at CIFAS.


CIFAS is a member of the European network IN SITU, of Réseau des arts de Bruxelles (RAB) and of the European Network FACE.

CIFAS is also associated with various events promoting the discovery and emergence of young artists coming out of the art schools of the Wallonia-Brussels Community.

CIFAS is a program supported by the Service of the French speaking Government of Brussels and Actiris.