About Mutation festival

A conference that pushes technology - and arts education just that step further. Be inspired by international examples, discover the workshops of the future and learn how you can get started in your own organisation.

Mutation festival is the annual conclusion of the experiments on education and participation.

Experience it yourself

Become a participant of the artistic tech workshop of the future. Specialists in their field explain at a beginner level what Raspberri Pi and Algoraves means. Discover how technology can be used to make art and that doesn't have to be difficult at all.

Ontdek de experts

Bring into practice

During short presentations in small groups, experts from the field bring their experience with experimenting with tech and art education within their organization. Here you get good practices and you're able to ask all your questions.

Ontdek de experts

Relax and discover

Do not feel like an active workshop or talk? No problem. You can enjoy a coffee and all kinds of interactive installations in our expo zone. You wont bored for a moment.

  • Music (free)

    Dijf Sanders

    During BYOB we'll spoil you with the Ghent multi-instrumentalist Dijf Sanders. For the material of his new album he traveled to the Indonesian island of Java. That journey earned him a whole series of recording tapes full of local sounds.

    Be there

  • Light installations (free)


    A few dozen artists collect their own projector and gather for Bring Your Own Beamer. They treat you to visual and digital art, installations, music visuals and performances. The temporary light art gallery is the largest of its kind in Belgium, absolutely worth the trouble.

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  • DJ (free)


    KooDoo from the Ghent Moodfamily provides the soundtrack of the evening. In the spirit of his famous Moon Tapes he brings an ode to space. Olivia Descampe provides for spawning scenes with her handmade collage art.

    KooDoo on Soundcloud


Day structure

Between 9:30 and 6:00 pm there are lectures, workshops, discussions and the exhibition. We spoil you with coffee and a lunch, but you need tickets for the day program.

After 6 pm
we open the doors for everyone free of charge. Then the expo remains open and you can enjoy Dijf Sanders and many light artists at Bring Your Own Beamer.


The Chinastraat consists mainly of old factory buildings. We provide sufficient heating, but an extra sweater is a good idea.

Travel to us:
- Find the Chinastraat on Google Maps
- Come by train: get off at Gent Dampoort and walk or take bus 6
- Come by car via the R4, parking is possible on site.


We provide coffee, snacks and a lunch for you at Mutation Festival.

In the evening you can enjoy delicious food from various food trucks at BYOB. Admission is free here, but your food and drinks are not.

Are there special needs in your diet? Let us know at marlies@nerdlab.be


  • ProSoldout
  • StudentSoldout
  • BYOB Free