Karin Jonkers

Accessibility at Boulevard

Welcome just as you are

Something that is self-evident for one person can be an obstacle for another. Based on this awareness, the Theaterfestival Boulevard steadily works on the accessibility of the festival. Not only on the locations, but also in our communication, the programme and everything all around. We take steps to achieve this every year, based on the experiences of our visitors. The festival offers all kinds of facilities for people with a visual, hearing, cognitive or mobile disability. Boulevard also takes into account people for whom poverty, low literacy or cultural background make it difficult to go to the festival.

A selection of the facilities: performances with interpreter in Dutch sign language, written interpreter and audiotext, menus in Braille, barrier-free access, stimulus-free, relaxed performances, adapted toilets and wheelchair spaces, tailor-made day programmes for groups, free programmes for those with a virtually empty budget.

Through the menu on the right you can find more information.

Want to know more? Mail to toegankelijkheid@festivalboulevard.nl.


Boulevard frontrunner Onbeperkt Feest

HandicapNL and Green Events started Onbeperkt Feest, a new movement in the event sector to broaden the accessibility of events. Theaterfestival Boulevard is on of the 16 leading festival organisations, frontrunners, with whom they work towards (new) measures and solutions in terms of accessibility. 


Theaterfestival Boulevard’s promise 

  • We keep working at the physical accessibility of our festival on locations as well as at performances. We collaborate with experience experts and theatre and dance makers. 
  • We built are website according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) with clear information about the accessibility of our programming and locations. 
  • Similar to previous editions, we present programming with Dutch sign language interpreters and written interpreters. We host the GebarencafĂ©. 
  • We support a few performances with audio description and an introduction with meet and feel for our visitors with a visual impairment. 
  • Besides a number of relaxed performances, we have programming for people with sensitivity to stimuli accompanied with a stimuli free welcome. 
  • We organise programming for people with a cognitive or mental impairment. 
  • When possible, we connect our experience experts to theatre and dance makers who want to work on accessibility of their performance(s). 
  • With the visibility of (facilities for) people with a disability, we want to contribute to the awareness of our audience. 
  • We approach accessibility intersectional and work on social, economical, and cultural accessibility. 
  • Welcome as you are: we create a safe space in which our visitors feel at home and safe. 


Theaterfestival Boulevard thanks:
  • Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch
  • Den Bosch Partners
  • Provincie Noord-Brabant
  • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • VSBfonds
  • Fonds21
  • Vriendenloterij Fonds
  • Creative Europe Programme (EU)
  • Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds
  • Dioraphte
  • VandenEnde Foundation
  • Fonds ZOZ
  • Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Apap
  • Feminist Futures
  • Performing Gender