Wereldfestival is carried by many hands; small ones and long ones, young ones and onder ones, some introverted and other extroverted,… Briefly, a motley crew of committed volunteers who every day pace to bring a new wind with every edition of this festival.  

Who’s who?  

Annelies Demey

Artistic & reception
Since 2014

Annelies ensures that Wereldfestival is accessible t everyone, young and old.

Bart Dewitte

Festival director & artistic
Since 2003

Being festival Director, Bart retains the overview of the organization of Wereldfestival with taking into account the future of the festival.

Britt Warnez

Marketing
Since 2018

Britt watches over a coherent layout at all off-and online publicity.

Catherine Callu

Secretariat & counselor
Since 2014

Catherine is the loyal owner of the festival phone and keeps an eye on the reservations for the performances in the Tent Mahal.

Manu Behaeghe

Marketing
Since 2018

Manu is responsible for the atmosphere and music at the festival site.

Nigel Casier

Marketing
Since 2018

Selling Wereldfestival, that is what Nigel is good at.

Sofie Therry

Host families & artistic
Since 1994

Sofie helps with the recruiting of both host families and international dance and music groups.

Patrick Warnez

Artistic 
Since 2009

As director of the production, Patrick is in contact with international dance and music groups.

Vincent Vandommele

Logistics & security
Since 2018

Vincent’s architectural insights help to plan the festival.

Christiane De Backere

host families

Christiane encourages families to commit to taking international dancers and musicians into their homes, this year and other years to come.

Lien Delecluyse

Catering & marketing
Since 2014

Lientje knows the Great Barrier Bar inside and out. Her language skills are useful for the off- and online publicity.

Kevin Hinnaert

logistics, security & treasurer
Since 1999

Kevin can cope well with figures and tables, but also get his hands dirty in the buid-up of the festival site.

Rob Kindt

Counselor
Since 1982

Rob has years of experience, which helps him to find the necessary volunteers for the festival. 

Ann Deleu

Reception
Since 2013

Ann helps with the coordination of all volunteers, participants and Vips at the festival site.

Hannelore Vandenbussche

Artistic
Since 2018

Hannelore uses her creativity to decorate the Amuzone

Stefaan Vandommele

Logistics & security
Since 1999

Stefaan ensures that all security measures are checked and respected

Matti Warnez

Catering
Since 2017

Matti helps searching for original foodtrucks and drinking stalls. 

Emma Claeys

Catering
Since 2015

Emma ensures that no one world leaves the festival with thirst or hunger.

Joachim Debeuf

Artistic, catering & marketing
Since 2013

Joachim exerts his experience as a hotel manager in organizing Wereldfestival.

Kris Depoortere

logistics and security
Since 2015

Handy men like Kris are always welcome in the build-up of the festival.

Marlies Sabbe

secretariat 
Since 2018

The Secretary of the Secretary, always alert to take notes during the numerous meetings.

Wouter Verschaete

Logistics & security
Since 2001

Wouter knows better than anyone how a festival site must be set up.

Joris Claeys

Counselor
Since 1983

Thanks to Joris’ years of experience the festival is being renewed without losing its existing core values. 

Stijn Dewolf

Secretariat & treasurer
Since 2011

Stijn ensures that everyone has plenty to drink and lets his better half pen down the meeting reports.

Sofie Verschaete

Reception
Since 2005

Sofie makes for a good coordination of all volunteers, participants and Vips at the festival site.

Geert Denolf

Artistic
Since 1995

Being one of the production staff, Geert feels most at home behind the scenes in the Tent Mahal.

Fien Claeys

Reception
Since 2018

Fien helps with the coordination of all volunteers, participants and Vips at the festival site.

Jan Hoet

host families & guides
Since 2017

Together with the a team of guides, Jan makes sure the dancers and musicians arrive everywhere on time and the festival planning is respected.

Kevin Clement

Artistic & catering
Since 2018

Being new, Kevin has a refreshing look and keeps everyone sharp. He is also specialized in cocktails. Something to look forward to!

Petra Gryspeerdt

Host families
Since 2018

Petra is always looking for new host families who can offer a warm nest during Wereldfestival.

Carine Hiroux

Catering
Since 2017

Carine ensures that no one with an empty stomach leaves the festival site.

Kieran Vanhaverbeke

Logistics & security
Since 2018

Kieran ensures that we stay connected with the world during Wereldfestival.

Jeroen Vervenne

Secretariat 
Since 2018

Jeroen is the mastermind behind the technical side of the website and the online ticket system.