Leuven's International Women's Day festival will highlight liberation in film and music

The seventh edition of the Leuven festival around International Women's Day will focus on women's emancipation in the film and music world, the city council announced on Monday. The festival runs from 7-9 March, coinciding with International Women's Day on 8 March.

For several years, Leuven has been organising a festival to highlight a different theme of women's liberation. This year, the programme called Can Her Microphone Be Louder? has been curated by Congolese-Belgian singer Emeraude Kabeya, also known as Emee, with a focus on film and music.

"The title is a nod to the performing arts and music sector, but we broaden the view to wider society," says Emee. "Women are still not treated on an equal footing in society, and attention is not always paid to the different roles that women take on."

Emee, who sings a mix of neo-soul, R&B and pop, performs in French, Dutch and English. She is also a youth worker and project coordinator at youth music organisation BURn Leuven.

Emee ©Wouter Elsen
Emee ©Wouter Elsen

The festival starts with a panel discussion on intersectional feminism with Aurélie Disasi, Lotus Li and Nozizwe Dube. Other events include a dance therapy workshop and a film and documentary screening with a discussion with Selah Sue, Heleen Declercq and Coely, among others. The festival ends on Saturday with a reading in the Tweebrons library.

Most of the activities are free. Registration is required for some activities.


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