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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Festival des Mots à Défendre


Joëlle Sambi

17 > 19.03.2023

Bringing three generations of Congolese women to the stage here, in order to follow the thread of stories that explore the question of gender in Europe to Africa through Lebanon, defending freedoms along the way. Suddenly we want to wrestle, to get a massage, to probe other ways of giving voice to words and bodies. Here’s to a roaring MàD, to living freely!

A new festival which, for this first edition, takes place over two long weekends with the word as keystone. A literary, hybrid, poetic and engaged event which will find a home on the stage. Echoing the question Pourquoi nous battons-nous? (Why we fight) Joëlle Sambi takes over this second weekend of MàD.

Joëlle Sambi is a poet, slammer, feminist, LGBTQIA+ activist. And an author associated with the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles. Winner of the 2021 Scam Prize for her literary career, she is said to be one of the most engaged and engaging figures of the current scene, between Brussels and Kinshasa.


A partnership with Master en Arts du Spectacle vivant / Université Libre de Bruxelles ; ULB Culture ;  Master en Interprétation du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles ; DramaCité ; média Latitudes ; Maison des Sciences Humaines (MSH-ULB); Institut des Hautes Etudes de Belgique (IHEB) ; Passa Porta ; ICORN (International Cities Of Refuge Network) ; Midis de la Poésie ; Tulitu ; L’Arbre de Diane ; Librairie Météores ; Théâtre de Liège - Centre européen de création théâtrale et chorégraphique ; Café Congo.
With the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Two formulas to create your personalized program!
The festival Mots à Défendre offers six days of festival spread over two weekends.  Opt for the Abo 3 or Abo 5 and create your own experience through a rich and hybrid program.
Subscription 3 - 24 €
Subscription 5 - 35 €

* Subscriptions are nominative. They are valid for both weekends except for Les Cartographies de l'avenir, Liquides Lyriques + Spoken words & Queer and some workshops.

Le Rideau de saison, Maak & Transmettre · photos : Lucile Dizier, 2024