Be part of this year's Ensemble Festival!

Art & Culture

Be part of this year's Ensemble Festival!

Take part in the pop-up performance Bench Invasion, as part of this year’s Ensemble Festival.

Belgian artist Dieter Peter Raphaël Missiaen moves into public space with ten local people, each with a bench under their arm, looking for contact.

At an unannounced moment, they set up the benches and actively invite people to sit next to them. They are present, they listen. In the end, they come together: the bearers of the benches and the sitters. Bystanders are also invited.

“We convert the benches into one long table in the public space. With words and music, we toast to the beauty of small encounters and life. In this way, we (re)connect people, be present and pay tribute to everything that happens in public space.”

On July 19th and 20th, up to 10 people per day can help carry this project! Are you one of them? Send an e-mail to or fill out this online form (after you will receive the exact location around Royal Docks)

The whole duration is 150 minutes.

  • 12:30 - 13:00: half-hour meeting with the participants of the performance
  • 13:00 - 14:30: 1hr 30 minutes of invasion in the public space
  • 14:30 - 15:00: half-hour for the final moment

* Keep in mind you have to carry a small light bench! Please see the image on this page for your reference.
** If you have any access requirements, please get in touch to discuss them with the team.

Ensemble Festival, presented by Certain Blacks in partnership with the Royal Docks Team, is a free festival featuring an eclectic mix of theatre, circus, dance, music, and digital art.