From 16 – 24 March, Festival Cement is THE place to go for those who want to discover the latest generation of theatre makers, choreographers and writers. With a range of venues and locations dotted around the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the festival makes sure you experience each of its unique shows from up close in the best possible setting. Festival Cement offers intimate encounters between audiences, artists and professionals.

Festival Cement is a major platform for the youngest generation of talented Dutch and Flemish theatre makers, choreographers and writers. They are the festival’s core business and for them, Festival Cement is a great opportunity to introduce themselves to audiences, the press, venues, producers and financial backers. Debate and reflection sessions add depth and scope to the work during the festival, with the artists, professionals and the public all participating: an important contribution to the young artists’ development.

Of course Festival Cement also acts as a meeting place; in a pleasant and intimate setting, the youngest generation of artists get in touch with professionals and interested audiences.  

The extensive programme includes quite some performances that do not require an understanding of any specific language to understand, or are English-spoken. Here are the performances of last year that had the label 'language no problem':


Alexia Leysen / BRUT - My Life With The Tree, de botanica van het verlangen
Visual theatre | Language no problem
Sunday March 26 5.00 PM - 5.50 PM
A wordless ode to the best and most tragic of human mechanisms: longing. How much are you prepared to lose to reach your goal? With her plan for this show Alexia Leysen won the Dioraphte Cement Prize 2016. 

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Bára Sigfúsdóttir & Eivind Lønning – TIDE
Dance/music |  Language no problem
Tuesday March 21 7.00 – 7.30 PM
Bára Sigfúsdóttir’s dance comes face to face with Eivind Lønning’s music. TIDE is all about flow: sound into silence, movement into rest. Music and dance bleed into each other to form a single sensory experience.

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Hilde Elbers – Yeah but no but Yeah
Dance |  Language no problem
Friday March 24 9.00 – 9.40 PM | Saturday March 25 9.00 – 9.40 PM | Sunday March 26 2.00 – 3.40 PM
In this dance duet for two women Hilde Elbers explores how we humans can remain ourselves and still become one with another, demonstrating that drawing a line is an act as natural as breathing.

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Joey Schrauwen – Stopping the World
Performance/dance |  Language no problem
Wednesday March 22 7.00 – 7.50 PM | Thursday March 23 9.00 – 9.50 PM | Friday March 24 9.00 – 9.50 PM
Joey Schrauwen wants to free our thoughts of death from fear and the tendency to avoid them. To do so he has built an extraordinary structure and starts a dialogue between it and a moving body.

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Mardulier and Deprez – Open Atelier
Performance/expo |  Language no problem
Wednesday March 22 till Sunday March 26 all day
During Festival Cement Ruben Mardulier and Michiel Deprez are taking over the outdoor spaces on Tramkade. They will be creating an ongoing programme with installations and circus anecdotes on the spot.

Free entrance

Marie Goeminne – Have I Been Here Before  
Dance | Language no problem
Friday March 24 9.00 – 9.40 PM | Saturday March 25 9.00 – 9.40 PM | Sunday March 26 2.00 – 3.40 PM
When faced with big, intimate subjects we often find ourselves lost for words. But the natural flow of movement, projections and sound in this show gives a voice to the subjects that reduce us to silence.

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Øystein Johansen  –  Someone or Other
Theatre | English spoken
Tuesday March 21 7.00 – 8.15 PM | Wednesday March 22 9.00 – 10.15 PM | Thursday March 23 5.00 – 6.15 PM
Øystein’s work is absurdist and political. Drawing on a story from the past, Someone or Other deals with a topical question: how much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice in the name of security?

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Rita Hoofwijk – facing faces                                    
Installation | English and Dutch spoken
Tuesday March 21 till Sunday March 26 all day
A people watching installation. Come inside, have a seat and take your time to watch the faces passing in front of you. Rita Hoofwijk invites you to invent the story with her.

Free entrance

Sabine Molenaar / Sandman – Almost Alive
Dance | Language no problem
Tuesday March 21 9.00 – 9.55 PM | Wednesday March 22 9.00 – 9.55 PM | Friday March 24 5.00 – 5.55 PM
In her third highly associative solo, Sabine Molenaar wonders how we can retain control over our lives in a world where the line between reality and the virtual is blurring.

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Sam Scheuermann – Nomaden
Theatre/visual art | Language no problem
Wednesday March 22 6.30 – 8.00 PM | Thursday March 23 6.30 – 8.00 PM | Saturday March 25 6.30 – 8.00 PM
A big empty floor with a glass structure in the middle. Eight people are making their way, with ease and determination. Or are they? Nomaden compares and contrasts our freedom with the desire to feel at home.

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Wild Vlees – An Incomplete Life
Performance | Language no problem
Thursday March 23 7.00 – 8.00 PM | Friday March 24 5.00 – 6.00 PM | Saturday March 25 7.00 – 8.00 PM
Wild Vlees wonders why we want to preserve human life on this planet at all costs. An incomplete life considers the ultimate conclusion, resulting in an attempt to come to an acceptance of death.

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We have two special discount cards: the Festival Cement Pass and Day Passes. Dinner plans? Our meals (Bordje Cement) are available in our festival hub, the Verkadefabriek.


Online ticket sales start on Wednesday 15 February. Online tickets are available until one hour before the show. You can buy your tickets from the programme overview or from the online ticket shop


From Wednesday 15 February tickets are also available from the Verkadefabriek box office. The Verkadefabriek is open daily from 1.00  – 10.00 PM. On Sundays the box office opens at 10.45 AM. Payment by debit card only.
Warning! For shows held at locations outside the Verkadefabriek, box office ticket sales will end half an hour before the show. Fifteen minutes before the show, remaining tickets, as well as any unclaimed tickets, will be available at the site or venue. 


The Verkadefabriek can be reached by telephone from 11.00 AM – 6.30 PM on weekdays. On Saturdays from 1.00 PM and on Sundays from 10.45 AM. The number is +31 73 681 81 60. Please note: reserved tickets must be picked up within seven days at the Verkadefabriek box office (otherwise the reservation will be cancelled). For advance bookings, a € 1 service fee applies per ticket. 



During Festival Cement the sun lounge at the Verkadefabriek is the place to be! The sun lounge is the heart of the festival, offering a temporary home for artists and audiences alike. An ideal setting to meet and have a drink or enjoy a meal.  


Boschdijkstraat 45
5211 VD 's-Hertogenbosch


Tuesday – Thursday: 4:30 PM – 00:30 AM
Friday and Saturday: 5:30 PM – 01:30 AM
Sunday: 2:30 PM – 11:00 PM


You will find the festival information desk in the lobby of the Verkadefabriek. The Info Desk can give you all the information you need about the festival, including tips, general information, any changes to the programme, directions and bicycle rental. Bicycles can be rented for € 5. The info desk will be open from 4.30 PM on Tuesday – Friday, from 2 PM on Saturday and from 12.30 PM on Sunday. The Info Desk will close 30 minutes after the start of the day’s last performance. 


For any questions about ticket sales, please call the box office of the Verkadefabriek +31 73 681 681 60. For further questions please call Festival Cement +31 73 612 57 08.