Agnes Quackels starts her last year at arts centre BUDA.

"If I could, I would take the whole BUDA team with me to Brussels."

Agnes Quackels will continue to manage arts centre BUDA (Kortrijk) until the end of 2019, after which she will move onto new challenges. Quackels has been artistic leader at BUDA since June 2011. In the coming months, the arts centre will be looking for someone to take up her position, and seize this opportunity to draw up new plans.

"I have no idea what I'm going to do next," says Agnes Quackels. "But I have the feeling that my story at BUDA is slowly coming to an end. Eight years of commuting between Brussels and Kortrijk, combined with many trips abroad, also start to take its toll. Arts centre BUDA is an exceptional organization. If it had been located in Brussels, I would probably have continued for a few more years. The free working spirit and the enthusiasm of the BUDA team are exceptional. Together we have developed BUDA into a highly valued and highly flexible workplace for contemporary performing arts, a place where experiments are conducted every day—not only in the rehearsal studios, but also within the organization itself, within the various presentation formats. BUDA will always remain a special place, not only for me, but also for the hundreds of local and foreign, young and established artists who come here every year to work on new theatre and dance projects. This year, BUDA will host no less than 80 residencies. It was an honour to be part of BUDA's development, but now I feel it's time to pass on the torch."

Agnes Quackels strengthened BUDA's international renown in the arts sector and often created the necessary time and space during festivals to engage with a variety of social and topical issues, as well as new podium work. In this way, together with other artists and theorists, she developed alternative approaches to subjects such as money, education, politics or art institutions as such.

Arts centre BUDA is now examining internally how it will structure its artistic direction in the future.

Kristof Jonckheere, director: "In light of the new policy plan we are drawing up for the 2022-2026 period, this is an ideal moment to evaluate a number of internal policies within the BUDA organisation. The social context is no longer the same as 10 years ago, which makes that an arts centre must constantly reposition itself. Together with the whole team and the Executive Board, we are now examining how we can best strengthen our team. In March, we will probably launch a call for candidacies, to complete the procedure and start a new season just before or after the summer  - a final artistic course that Agnes will help to substantively outline."