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By Nina-Maria Potts
26 December 2008
|A Belgian rapper of Congolese origin, Baloji is rehearsing for a Saturday night performance at the Royal Flemish Theater|
Belgium has long been divided by two competing national identities, which has led to tensions between the more affluent Flemish-speaking north, and the less affluent French-speaking south. Traditionally, Belgium's two national theaters have served two distinctly separate linguistic communities. But the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels has been trying to bridge that divide, by reaching out to Francophone audiences, and giving marginalized voices a stage on which to perform. From Brussels, Nina-Maria Potts reports.