het Theater Festival

Emilie Kabongo


Kunstenfestivaldesarts audience mediator Emilie Kabongo has a penchant for all things art. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, she switched to a Master’s in Cultural Studies, which has already allowed her to work with deBuren and Beursschouwburg to develop a series called WeObject. She has also done internships at the Mahmoud Darwich Chair, Bozar and is still active in further developing her own projects such as WeObject a platform dealing with the theme of decolonisation.

I am on the jury because…

I believe that culture has the power to subject society to in-depth scrutiny and in doing so can also shake it up. Culture can question some norms and values, can make them negotiable and even has the potential to bring about change. I believe that if we want to be a critical and progressive society, culture has a prominent role to play in this.  Therefore, being a jury member of a cultural institution like Het TheaterFestival is a great opportunity. Hopefully, this way there is a chance for an always innovative cultural scene.

A performance of interest to me is….

A performance of interest to me is a performance that is both accessible, critical and entertaining. Of course, the intellectual part is important but I also believe that to have impact with a performance, its accessibility should not be overlooked.