New competition for amateur stage artists


Amateur theatre or dance companies as well as individuals can take part in a Brussels competition that recognises the major contribution of these arts to the city

‘Flood of talent’

Pascal Smet, in charge of culture within the Flemish Community Commission in Brussels, has launched a new competition for amateur stage artists called Brussels Bijou. The prize is meant to recognise not only the high concentration of amateur theatre and dance groups in the capital but also the quality of their work.

Anyone wishing to be considered for the prize – from stage directors to dancers to whole companies – must register by 18 June with Zinnema, an organisation that supports and provides space to amateur artists. Productions can be in Dutch, English or French.

A jury of stage arts professionals will announce a shortlist at the end of June. The productions that make the shortlist will each receive €2,000 and the chance to stage their work at Bozar in December, when the winner – as well as the winner of a public prize – will be announced.

“This competition is an ideal way to honour the flood of talent in this city,” said Smet, “and to reach people who are new to Brussels.”