Visitors programme Shakespeare is dead

13-17 Feb 2024
Visitors programmeLeuven
Discover the new generation of Dutch-speaking playwrights

From February 13 to 17 2024, Leuven welcomes you for a new edition of Shakespeare is dead, the very first international festival for contemporary playwriting in the Dutch-speaking region. Shakespeare is dead puts the contemporary playwright in the spotlight. The focus is on a selection of twenty new theatre texts: ten international texts and ten Dutch-language texts from Flanders and the Netherlands. Excerpts from these texts are presented to an audience of professionals and enthusiasts during staged readings in our Reading Room, where the authors are also guests for an interview.


For debates and talks, the working language is English. The staged readings of the international selection in the Reading Room are in Dutch + surtitled in English. Some texts are also available in French and German translation.

The staged readings of the Dutch-language selection in the Reading Room are in English + surtitled in Dutch. We also provide French and German translations of the Dutch-language selection.


The number of participants in the international visitor programme is limited. Are you interested in participating? Please contact Lien Hendrickx at Het nieuwstedelijk

9,6 (een verweer) – Het nieuwstedelijk (c) Boumedienne Belbachir


Het nieuwstedelijk, fABULEUS, WiSPER, TRILL, Het Kwartier, De Leesclub, OPENDOEK & Creatief Schrijven, cie Tartaren, LUCA Drama, KULeuven and 30CC – in collaboration with Flanders Arts Institute, Literatuur Vlaanderen, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Leuven Leest, Stad Leuven, PassaPorta, Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel, Theater Bellevue, de Brakke Grond, Watershed, SABAM, deAuteurs, deBuren, Park Inn by Radisson Leuven and thanks to OPEK.