Update #29: Will you become the ‘Public Poet Brussels’?

Are you a poet, slammer, rapper and you live in Brussels? Are you part of a poetry-slam-rap collective in Brussels?

Do you want to be the voice of this multilingual, super-diverse region? Join us, tell your story and share your vision in the open call “public poet Brussels”! Your poetry has no boundaries, your words give strength and support to all citizens. Represent the Brussels Region, build bridges between communities, languages, cultures, and inspire others. 

You create in full artistic freedom and can share your opinion freely as “Public Poet Brussels”!

Seize this opportunity and become the very first “Public Poet Brussels”! You can apply until 23 November 2023. 

Jury Public Poet Brussels

The duo of chairpersons:

Brigitte Dreyfuss

Round glasses, red lipstick. Brigitte Dreyfuss is a brand all on its own.

TV host and producer of her own show, this Frenchwoman from Brussels has made eclectic sets a specialty. Famous writers meet great chocolatiers there. A seasoned strategist, Brigitte supports business leaders and juniors full of potential “from self-marketing to biz dev”. She also trains them in public speaking, an experience acquired by doing it herself, on the airwaves and in conferences.

Skills that she also puts at the service of philanthropic projects, which have everything to gain from her all-in approach and her notoriety. And stay tuned, the best is yet to come…

Hassan Al Hilou

Hassan Al Hilou, the founder of CAPITAL, is a leading figure in Brussels and is known for his strong commitment to the development of young people and their talents. He has proven himself as a serious entrepreneur, advisor and an inspirational speaker in the field of diversity and inclusion (D&I), youth innovation and entrepreneurship. However, his contribution to the Brussels community goes beyond his entrepreneurial and advisory activities.

Foto (c) Caroline Dupont



Gailor, a versatile entrepreneur, has made a remarkable contribution to the Brussels hip-hop scene. As Jeunes Boss founder, he shares passion through workshops, conferences and edu-talks, with in-depth music knowledge. As a rapper and music business expert, he strengthens Brussels hip-hop. As a radio show host and youth inspirer at BRUZZ, he influences cultural trends and offers a voice to young people.

His unique blend of creativity, business acumen and media impact is priceless. His youth commitment and cultural involvement make him a dynamic cultural commentator and enrich Brussels.

Samira Hmouda

Samira Hmouda, born in 1988 in Brussels, is an artist, curator and cultural manager passionate about self-taught trajectories. She enlivens the cinematographic and performing arts landscape by highlighting authors who stand out for their freedom of expression, tone and forms. Founder of the System_D festival in 2012, Samira offers a platform for young self-taught directors to create, reflect and disseminate their works. Her work is aimed at an audience that has no place in classical circuits and offers a perspective of decolonial creation. A creation that questions dominant narratives and encourages artists to create new visual and artistic forms from their environment.

As a specialist in audiovisual arts, she is dedicated to the production of audiovisual creations and acts as artist-coach, providing artistic, financial and production support to young talents. At the same time, she is working on her own project, a dreamlike documentary entitled “Le Royaume”. What animates and runs through her work are these stories on the margins and these invisible trajectories as well as the questioning of dominant narratives through art.

Dimokritos Kavadias

Dimokritos Kavadias (°1969) is senior lecturer in Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He started his research career in 1993 with urban policy and social integration of migrants in Brussels. His recent research focuses on Political socialization, citizenship education and youth in Brussels. Since 2015, he has been director of the BRIO research center, which promotes scientific research and information about Brussels and the surrounding municipalities: http://www.briobrussel.be.

Laurence Vielle

Laurence Vielle, born in Brussels in 1968, is a Belgian poet and actress. She considers poetry as a matter of orality and action. Winner of numerous prizes, including the grand prize of the Académie Charles Cros, she uses words like drums, seeking to tune her heart. She writes for stage, radio and is published by several publishing houses. She creates shows and performances from words written and collected during writing residencies. Vielle defines herself as a PUP, poet of public utility, and was national poet in Belgium in 2016-2017. She recorded 150 episodes of “Laurence Vielle reads poetry” for Musiq3, showing her passion for spreading poetry and reaching a wide audience. His journey is influenced by significant encounters and constant creative exploration.

Foto (c) Alexis Haulot

Pitcho Womba Konga

Pitcho Womba Konga, Belgian-Congolese actor and rapper, was born in Kinshasa on December 11, 1975. His family fled the Mobutu regime in 1981 and found refuge in Belgium. He discovered hip hop and became involved in writing and music. His first album “Regarde Comment” (2003) launched him as one of the best urban artists. At the same time he started his career as an actor and worked with figures such as Peter Brook. Influenced by his roots and history, he questions the colonization of Congo, which is the source of inspiration for many of his works. In 2010, he started the ‘Héritage’ project in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Tervuren, followed in 2014 by the ‘Congolization’ festival. In 2018, his production “Kuzikiliza” was inspired by Lumumba’s independence speech from 1960. Pitcho wants to build bridges between communities and thus bring Congo and Belgium together in a humanistic perspective.

Karlien Vanhoonacker

Karlien Vanhoonacker worked as a journalist for VRT, Radio1, KLARA, Canvas and online platforms COBRA & deredactie.be. She was artistic program officer for the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels (BE) from 2009 to 2013. Since September 2013 she has been artistic coordinator of Kunstenwerkplaats vzw (in Pianofabriek) in Brussels. For the last 8 years she has also worked as a free-lance curator and artistic advisor for SPRING, festival for international performing arts in Utrecht (NL). She occasionally writes for the performing arts magazine Etcetera. And she is a board member of, among others, the contemporary music ensemble ICTUS and OKO. Together with Melat Nigussi Gebeyaw she is chairman of BKO/RAB.

Foto (c) Saskia Vanderstichele

David Courier

David Courier is a cultural journalist from Brussels. He works for the regional channel BX1 where he produces and presents programs such as “Le Courier régional” and “Mont des Arts”, programs which deal with current affairs and cultural politics. Furthermore, author of poetic texts, he regularly hosts public events with authors for publishers and booksellers.

Sigrid Bousset

Sigrid Bousset (°1969)is a writer, dramaturge and literary curator. She co-founded the international literature house Passa Porta, which she led until 2014. Since then, she has acted as curator for international literature festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. She develops residential projects such as in the house of Herman Teirlinck (Beersel) and coordinates the Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Foundation. She is a board member of PEN-Vlaanderen and of the Ark Prize for Free Word and she is involved as an advisor in Brussels 2030. She published a book of conversations with the Flemish writer Ivo Michiels and is currently working on a biographical book about him.

Foto (c) Saskia Vanderstichele

Philip Meersman

Multilingual poet & doctoral student at KASK Antwerp Philip Meersman (Jette) shifts the boundaries of written and spoken poetry based upon current events, socio-political and environmental principles. President of ivzw World Poetry Slam Organization aisbl and curator of several international poetry festivals. He performs worldwide, gives experimental, visual and performance poetry workshops, writes about these topics and since 2005 also creates climate awareness poetry performances.

Foto (c) JPvanRumste

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