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For 11 days in 2024, The Theatre Festival once again turns the spotlight on the unique Flemish theatre landscape in its full glory.

The TheatreFestival is a warm place where audiences and professionals can enjoy interesting theatre events and the conversations about them. But also inspiring meetings and in-depth debates, master classes and instructive workshops.

A newly assembled multi-voice expert jury – including Charlotte De Somviele, Emilie Kabongo, Audrey Leboutte, Liv Laveyne, Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar, Filip Tielens, Wouter Hillaert & Wim Van Parijs- put together the jury selection after a year of intensive prospecting.

There are still certainties, though: the Theatre Festival kicks off with celebratory and critical speeches: the State of the Union will be spoken by an artist with renommée, and with the State of the Youth, young violence will present a new and fresh sound.

The Theatre Festival is looking forward to kicking off the new season with one big theatre festival. You will find the heart of the festival this year at DE SINGEL.


The Theatre Festival is a showcasing festival that annually opens the performing arts season with a public celebration, shaped by the presentation of a jury selection to the most significant work of the past season.

The Theatre Festival promotes the performing arts fieldchallenges and stimulates. It lets talents shine, provides development opportunities, recognition and a basso continuo for the many creators and workers who shape our field.

It keeps its finger on the pulse of tendencies in the arts field which are defining both in cities and across national borders. It invites audiences as well as artists and cultural workers to in-depth critical reflection and exchange with its comprehensive reflection section and  implements where necessary the knowledge gained in its operation.

We put (ecological) sustainability  first and values such as quality, multi-voicedness and inclusion are a common thread throughout our operation.