Voice Male

Statements on masculinity by James Lórien McDonald, Jaouad Alloul, Eric Niyibizi Cyuzuzo, Gijs Hablous en Jihan Imago

RE/defining Masculinities is a festival on masculinity from a cross-cultural and intersectional perspective. During Voice Male we will give the stage to authors, performers, stand-up artists and (slam) poets whom will share their vision on masculinity.


The only restriction is time: each speaker gets 10 minutes. We give the stage to stand-up artist James Lórien McDonald, performer and musician Jaouad Alloul , activist Eric Niyibizi Cyuzuzo (Rainbow Nation Brussels), author & political scientist Gijs Hablous and visual artist and Trans* activist Jihan Imago (Rainbow Nation Brussels). Jad Zeitouni (Emancipator and Flemish Youth Counsil) will be the host of the evening.


We will leave the last slot open. Would you like to get on stage too and share your statement? Send your text or scenario before the 27th of October 2019 (max 800 words or 10 minutes, in English) to debbie@deburen.eu. There is no restriction on genre. The best submission will get the slot. 


In the jury: Jad Zeitouni (Emancipator and Flemish Youth Council), singer-songwriter Bryan Mugande, Mathieu Buyse (deBuren), Malin Bergstöm (Finnish Cultural Institute) and Tom Bonte (Beursschouwburg).


Voice Male


Het RE/defining Masculinities Festival is een vierdaags festival over mannelijkheid vanuit een cross-disciplinair perspectief en een intersectioneel oogpunt.


Performers, stand-up artiesten en slam poets krijgen tien minuten het podium om in een zelf gekozen vorm hun visie te geven op het thema van het festival: RE/defining masculinities. We geven de microfoon aan stand-up artiest James Lórien MacDonald, performer en muzikant Jaouad Alloul, LGBTQIA+ activist Eric Niyibizi Cyuzuzo (Rainbow Nation Brussels), auteur & politicoloog Gijs Hablous en beeldend kunstenaar & Trans* activist Jihan Imago (Rainbow Nation Brussels).


We houden het laatste slot van deze Voice Male open voor iemand uit het publiek. Wil jij het podium betreden om een statement brengen? Stuur voor 27 oktober 2019 een tekst of scenario (max 800 woorden, in het Engels) naar debbie@deburen.eu. De beste inzending krijgt een podiumplek.


In de jury: Jad Zeitouni (Emancipator en de Vlaamse Jeugdraad), singer-songwriter Bryan Mugande, Mathieu Buyse (deBuren), Malin Bergstöm (Finnish Cultural Institute) and Tom Bonte (Beursschouwburg).


Tickets: free, reservation recommended

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James Lórien MacDonald

James Lórien MacDonald is a queer, trans and Canadian comedian based in Helsinki. In his stand-up he takes on as many aspects of gender as will fit in his chaotic, mesmerising brain. He's used comedy as a sounding board for exploring transition, questioning reality, dismantling prejudices, and telling really naughty stories. From the joys of fake-it-till-you-make-it masculinity, to the things you can (or should never) do with a detachable penis, expect a load of stories so hilarious they simply must be true.

Jaouad Alloul

Jaouad Alloul is a Moroccan Belgian singer, performer & LGTB activist. Jaouads mission is to connect people through the arts & dialogue. Being a former pastry chef, drag-artist and ‚ÄčThe Voice of Flanders semi-finalist, he is currently working on his first album #MESSIAS. Jaoual is currently touring Flemish and Brussels schools with his monologue Zeemeermin (Mermaid). With this play he wants to give a voice to students struggling with their identity and to raise awareness for LGTBQ rights in Islam. He is also part of the Man Squad, an Dutch-Flemish performance collective that combines interactive spoken word and performance in order to broaden the concept of masculinity.

Eric Niyibizi Cyuzuzo

Eric Cyuzuzo is a thinker, a fighter, an interrogator in a perpetual learning process. His creativity expresses itself through thinking, building and organizing platforms that are going to showcase and elevate the narratives of black people at the intersection of their identities. Eric is the co-founder of Rainbow Nation Brussels, a non-profit organization which aims to promote and advance the visibility as well as the artistic, cultural and civic expression of LGBTQIA+ People who are also Black or of Colour.

Jihan Imago

Jihan Imago is an activist visual artist, performer, author, coach, trainer, Trans* activist and co-founder of Rainbow Nation Brussels. Jihan is a transperson form France of Algerian descent. These traits have had an enormous impact on him, mainly due to the discrimination patterns these characteristics evoke in society and because of the complex situation when they magnify each other. Jihan strives towards social change by stimulating reflection through art and activist projects.  

Gijs Hablous works as a freelance writer for OneWorld on topics such as masculinity, homofobia and violance. He is an advocate for including men and masculinity in preventing sexual violence and he gives workshops on this subject for Emancipator. Hablous is also involved with the (theatre)collective Boys won´t be boys. At this moment Gijs Hablous is working on his PhD on (inter)national norms regarding intersex at the department of Political Science of Radboud University in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Organization: The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, deBuren and Beursschouwburg
Politiek & samenleving

woensdag 27 november 2019

20:30 - 22:00

Beurscafé, Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28, Brussel

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