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Edition 2023

2nd edition
18 — 24.09.2023

FAME is a performing arts festival which highlights art produced by women and gender minorities.
A space designed in direct discourse with feminist, queer and decolonial struggles.
It is theater, circus, dance, concerts, conferences, discussions, workshops, video games, films.
All intending to multiply the ways we can meet.
These are creations born in Belgium or abroad, featuring cultures with a S.
There's a theme every year, and this year it's


What is transferred on by conscious or unconscious succession.


What is transmitted/chosen, the act of passing something on to someone and the result of that act.

FAME loves rhizomes and directions that aren't all straight, which is why we've deconstructed Legacy and Transmission into 4 tracks along which to trot:

1 · Tales of struggle

The place of women and minorities (gender, racial, socio-economic) in the history of struggle.

2 · Re/construct the myths

Non-western mythologies and super-hero·ines and their communities both visible and invisible.

3 · Dis/inherit systems of oppression

What can be kept from a misogynistic, patriarchal, colonial, ableist, sexist, racist, bourgeois past?

4 · Minorities’ memories

Tales and archives of cultures and movements organised by members of the queer, gay, lesbian, sex worker, punk, drag, etc, communities.


Palabre · Social Identities, Power, and Language

Social Identities, Power, and Language: a comparative perspective. Discussion about power dynamics – marginalisation and privilege.
Selim-a Atallah Chettaoui (Xeno-) · Yasmine wardi Akrimi

23.09.23 | 18h

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Hate speech: how language constructs identity and fuels oppression

An open discussion on language (Arabic in this case) and its relation to how society views and interacts with queerness. Both in the form of hate speech than in the form of affirming inclusivity.
Meriem Dziri

23.09.23 | 16h
EN and AR

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Koko Slam Gang

An intergenerational poetry slam with singing and dance performances performed by a group of energetic grandmothers and experienced slam poets.
Joëlle Sambi · Lisette Lombe · Raïssa Yowali · The Séniors du Manguier en Fleurs

18 and 19.09.23 | 20h
French, Lingala
No age restrictions

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La fille du Sacrifice (The daughter of Sacrifice)

Ibra begins an inquiry into the origins of belief. This path brings her to identify, deconstruct, and reconstruct what she thinks she knows about her religion and her culture.
Réhab Mehal

21 and 22.09.23 | 20h

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Matrimoines: from Françoise d’Eaubonne to Alice Coffin

Circus artists meandering in celebration of two illustrious women from Toulouse: Françoise D’Eaubonne and Alice Coffin
Compagnie d'Elles · Collectives Les Tenaces

23.09.23 | 20h
24.09.23 | 12h and 18h

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La recomposition des mondes (Worlds recomposed)

Imagine a world without the nature versus nurture debate. A world where nature is considered as our equal.
Les Philosophes Barbares Company

22.09.23 | 19h
23.09.23 | 16h

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Greek myths and live scale models are used to question current key issues like gender or the necessity and fairness of violence.
Agrupación Señor Serrano

20.09.23 | 15h
7-12 y.o.

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Mon corps de ferme (My fleshy farmhouse)

A reading performance in which the author examines what the agri-food industry and farms have to say about the world.
Aurélie Olivier · Ariane Charrière · Renaud Selim (Météores bookshop)

21.09.23 | 18h

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Hot Bodies_Choirs

An Inclusive choir drawing their lyrics from the struggles of queer, feminist, and decolonial activism. Their works are written and composed by the participants themselves.
Gærald Kurdian

18.09.23 | 18h

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A Bathroom Myth

A trans* fairy tale with multiple endings about a sentient bathroom and a trans woman named Astrid.
Anya Johanna DeNiro

The whole week

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MUSOGYNIE · Museum of misogyny

Guided visit of the MUSOGYNIE collection, a museum of misogyny and some of its aesthetic forms.
Mélina Ghorafi

18.09.23 | 16h
French and/or english

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Ciseaux (Scissors)

A brisk voyage through the queer memory of Montreal. These memories are replayed from a feminist perspective through drag acts, documentary footage and spoken word.
Pleurer Dans’ Douche

18 and 19.09.23 | 20h

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Des roses et du pain (Roses and Bread)

We sometimes call them “housekeepers”, “cleaners”, “helpers”… This is the day that they speak out. What is essential? Who should take care of who? And moreover, who is cleaning the world?
Espèces De … Company

20.09.23 | 20h
French, Twi, Spanish, Arabic

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Decolonial Guided Tour

What is done for us but without us is against us.
Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte contre les Discriminations (CMCLD)

23 and 24.09.23 | 14h

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The Game: The Game

The Game: The Game is a feminist video game about consent and the male seduction community. In this research-based game, professional pick-up artists use their real techniques on the player.
Angela Washko

The whole week

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Co-naître, accoucher d’enfants et de récits (Acts of communal birth: children, knowledge, and stories)

Stories of childbirth that don’t teach lessons but allow us to move away from idealisation.
Aliette Griz · Juliette Mogenet · Bintou Touré

23.09.23 | 14h

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I have dozens of moms: How fiction constructs family

What is our relationship to fictional characters? A conference inviting you to build a family from Sci-fi characters.
Astrid Vandercamere

21.09.23 | 18h

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Les aliens sont des travelos (Aliens are crossdressers)

An analysis of crossdressing alien characters from the 90s’ to the present day.
Jordan Roger

21.09.23 | 20h

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The ones that matter

FAME, is of course a performing arts festival, but above all, it is a dialogue and an adelphity* representing the bridge between a multitude of people and projects. These people work all year round, are not always accommodated or considered, often work for long hours, are poorly paid… however, their work often leads to the betterment of society and individual lives; those of women, queer people, POC, those with disabilities, those of people in precarious situations, those on the margins of society. We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to these people for their work, for their daily contribution to society and for the trust that you have placed in FAME. Thank you.

*adelphity: the neutral synonym for sorority and fraternity.

To the collectives who work relentlessly every day.

À Travers les Arts | Agrupación Señor Serrano | Alexandra Dols | Aliette Griz | Amour & Sagesse | Anaïs Berck | Angela Washko | Anya Johanna DeNiro | Astrid Vandercamere | Aurélie Olivier | Bamko | Baraka Grafika | Barakaking | Bintou Touré | Blanket La Goulue | Bruxelles Nous Appartient BNA-BBOT | Bye Bye Binary | Cie Les Philosophes Barbares | Comité des Femmes Sans Papiers | Compagnie Les Tenaces | Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte Contre les Discriminations | Compagnie Espèces De… | Dicklan | Dulce de MalaLeche | Écarlate la Compagnie | Femmeboyant | Hot Bodies Of The Future | Jacinthe Mazzocchetti | Joëlle Sambi | Jordan Roger barré | Juliette Mogenet | King Baxter | La Morrigasme | La Salve | La Voix des Sans Papiers de Bruxelles | Le Monde de Jahi | Les Écoles Supérieures d’Arts Saint-Luc & ERG | Les Séniors du Manguier en Fleurs | Lisette Lombé | Lotte Dodion | Mai Hua | Maison Poème | Mariam Diallo | Médor | Mélina Ghorafi | Merhaba | Meriem Dziri | Milady Renoir | Miriam Youssef | Myriam Van Imschoot | Nevine Gerits | Olivia Molnár et Aldwin Raoul | Paula Roid | Pleurer Dans’ Douche | Plurivers’Elles | Poetik Bazaar | Raïssa Yowali | Réhab Mehal | Rose Gigot | Selim-a Attalah Chettaoui | Service Culture Cinématographique (SCC) asbl | Taylor McCue | Terata Mamé (τερατά μαμέ) | VSP Bruxelles | VSP Liège | Wetsi Art Gallery | Xéno- | Yasmine Wardi Akrimi | YouYou Group

To those who feed both your minds and your eyes.

Biblithèque des Riches-Claires | Bye Bye Binary | Candice Daoud | Cobéa | Drifosett | erg | ESA St Luc | Kidnap Your Designer | Kinkajou | Librairie Tulitu | Librairie Météores | Librairie Poëtini | Ludmila Kourline | Médor | MuntPunt | Niall Plumb | Samy Soussi | Super Fourchette

To those who have made FAME accessible and sustainable.

Access-I | Article 27 | Babel Subtitling | Bibliothèque des Riches-Claires | Esenca | Cyclo | Osmose

And to the spaces that have placed their trust in us.

Bellone | Beursschouwburg | CC Bruegel | Cinematek | C12 | Espace Magh | Maison du Roi - Brussels City Museum | Montagne Magique | Musée de la Mode et de la Dentelle| Riches-Claires | Tour à Plomb


Alessandro Carlucci

they, she

Relations & Encounters

Amina Zoukani


Administration & Finances

Camille Khoury


Artistic Direction

Effir Libilbéhéty


Press & Communication

Judith Condé


Communication Intern

Joëlle Reyns


Technical Coordination

Laëtitia Miranda-Neri


Production Direction

Lola Thiebaut


Production Intern

Mélina Ghorafi


Relations & Encounters

Nadia Zoukani


Administration & Finances

Technical team

Caroline De Decker
Grib Borremans
Leopold De Nève
Maroussia Buysse
Nathalie Deroy
Samuel Dronet
Sandrine Nicaise

As well as

Webdesign :
Cobéa Coop

Graphic design :
Kidnap Your Designer

Translation :
Ludmila Kourline et Niall Plumb

Subtitles :
Babel subtitling

Press :
Lena Celnik & Stéphanie Gillard

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