about the festival


BRIK festival was started in 2011 by Breda’s dance company, de Stilte. Throughout their international tours they came across many beautiful performances that they wanted to share with their home base Breda. Giving adults and children the opportunity to travel the world of dance in one week, without even having to leave Breda.

The programme consists of quality performances that stimulate children’s imagination and leaves room for them to create their own interpretations.  Almost always without saying a word, but instead through the body, as de Stilte knows like no other, can tell stories very well.

We believe that everyone has the right to enjoy the arts. From the beginning we have not only aimed at families who visit the theatre on their own but also to school kids and their supervisors. Therefore, we have ensured that ticket prices are affordable, between €5-€10 euros per person. Most of the performances will take place at Chassétheatre and the Stiltetheatre. Aside from those performances we always programme some special free entry shows in the city centre, for example in the park or square.

With the previous 4 festivals it was apparent that we were able to reach our audience through emotional and thought provoking performances .We had great turnouts with full theatres and busses going back and forth with school kids.

New name (rebranding)

The previous 4 years the festival went by the name Stiltefestival. For our fifth edition we are changing our name to BRIK festival (Brabant’s International children’s festival). The foundation will remain the same, there will still be one of kind, imaginative performances from all over the world. Not only in theatres but also in the open air. Most of the performances do require a ticket however there are free performances available.

There are also some changes that were made. The representative that joined in 2017 to help de Stilte find the most unique and special shows is now the artistic director. His name is Mohamed Elghawy and he first introduced other Dutch dance companies into the festival besides de Stilte such as Kwatta and VolDaan. For the talent development programme we are working together with MAAS, Schippers & Van Gucht and de Stilte. They supervise young creators in the development process of short performances that will take place at BRIK. Another new addition is that a couple of performances will be going on tour to various elementary schools in Brabant.

The biggest and also most exciting change is that we are moving the festival to the city centre of Breda! You will be able to find a beautiful performances, exciting play installations, a terrace to enjoy a nice drink and a full programme for all ages. You can go sit down, relax, enjoy the performances and experience interaction with the artists.

The festival main hub is open everyday at 10:00am.

BRIK, the festival mascot!

BRIK is not only the name of the festival, but also for the mascot! The life size teddy with his lanky tentacles will be roaming around the city centre of Breda. You will be able to find him during events such as kings day, Breda jazz festival and of course during his own festival, BRIK! Kids can give him a warm hug or take a photo!

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Facts and figures

  • The festival started in 2011 and takes place every two years
  • The performances are for children ages 0-12 years old as well as older people who would like to join
  • We will present eleven Dutch Premieres
  • De Stilte will present three new performances, ‘De Ontspoking’, ‘Mankind’ and ‘Do-Re-Mi-Ka-Do’
  • There are 73 shows in 12 days; 35 School performances: 12 performances in theatres and 21 performances in the city.
  • We expect to receive 17.000 youthful visitors