What does it mean to be European? And what's it like to grow up in England after Brexit? What makes someone European? During the first Spoken Beat Night in Maastricht, these questions will be explored by spoken word artist Jeannine Valeriano, guitarist Paul Palessen and two talented spoken word artists from across the channel: Madi Maxwell-Libby and Jacob Sam-La Rose.
In an age when dissatisfaction and rivalry dominate solidarity and unity in Europe, we attempt to find the heart of European identity. How do different generations, from both the UK and continental Europe, view a shared European future?
Spoken Beat Night is part of the Maastricht Europe Days '18 and an initiative of singer, author and spoken word artist Jeannine Valeriano. Valeriano plays with language and transforms words into music.
Together with musician and composer Maarten Ornstein, she composed a special European concert for the Forum on European Culture, which will be performed for the first time at Bonbonnière in Maastricht.
Madi Maxwell-Libby is a comedian, a spoken word artist and a Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion who was commissioned by the BBC to write a piece about Brexit.
Jacob Sam-La Rose is a writer and poet of British-Guyanese heritage. Sam-La Rose is a prominent name in the UK youth slam poetry scene. His collection of poems Breaking Silence, which bring contemporary England to life, was met with praise.
Includes a drink
Language: Dutch and English.
Just an unnervingly short time ago, Europe was shocked by appalling images of the concentration camps and mass graves in former Yugoslavia. The Bosnian War cost the lives of around 100,000 innocent people. In 2012, almost exactly 20 years after that bloody conflict started, the trial began of the Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladić at the Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague. The crimes he was accused of included leading the siege of Sarajevo and murdering 7,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica.
Filmmakers Rob Miller and Henry Singer shed light on the war from two angles, by on the one hand speaking to the public prosecutors and visiting victims and witnesses, and on the other interviewing Mladić’s lawyers, supporters and family members, who consider him a patriotic hero. In addition to telling the stories of victims and witnesses, the film raises questions about the international tribunal itself—is it possible to achieve justice through a five-year trial if it won’t bring back the dead and the accused refuses to even acknowledge the verdict? Shocking, potent images in archive news footage remind us of the absurd and gratuitous cruelty meted out in this dirty war, whose battles are still not over.
After the film, there will be a Q&A with the audience.
Language: Dutch (introduction) and English (subtitles)
This programme is made in cooperation with De Balie, producer of programmes about arts, culture and politics, and with DocFest, documentary and film festival in Maastricht.
What are you angry about? How do you fix it? And would you risk your life for your ideals? As part of the Maastricht Europe Days this travelling exhibition encourages Maastricht citizens and visitors to answer the following question: What are Europeans so angry about and are they willing to fight for their ideals?
At the I'm So Angry (I Made a Sign) pop-up museum, you can step into an interactive photo booth, create your own protest sign and add your slogan for the future to the museum's collection. More than a thousand Europeans have gone before you.
You can also read personal stories by people who played a crucial role in shaping the Europe we know today; some even risked their lives to defend their beliefs. You'll learn about Constantin Jinga, who was shot during the Romanian Revolution – which he considers to be the luckiest day of his life. You'll also read about Mirka Chojecki-Nukowska, who was a member of the silent resistance in communist Poland until she was forced to flee her homeland.
Their stories beg the question: What would I do in their situation? This question may be more relevant today than ever before. After all, we live in an age of angry citizens; an era in which populist leaders remain popular and major protests are back in a big way. With this in mind, the pop-up museum effectively confronts you with your own ideals.
Create your own 'propaganda animation' with 'Propaganda by the People' in the museum on Saturday 8 December from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ordering tickets is not necessary.
The programme was developed in collaboration with De Balie, which produces programmes about art, culture and politics.
Do you have the courage to step outside the box and join a real conversation? In an increasingly divided Europe, it's more important than ever to make contact and encourage conversation and debate. Interactions between people who disagree with one another are rare. How can we get people to really talk?
Maastricht, Working on Europe has asked the artists' collective Building Conversation to encourage you to start a conversation with your fellow Europeans. These sessions will focus on the challenges facing Europe. Should Europe close its borders to immigrants or keep them open? Should the Netherlands remain part of the EU? Will Brexit bring the remaining EU countries closer together? Participants are invited to submit topics to be discussed during the sessions on 8 December.
The discussion will take the form of an agonistic debate, which emphasises the potentially positive aspects of conflict and opposition and was developed in response to the theories of philosopher Chantal Mouffe. She believes that the political arena needs conflict and that art can contribute to the development of the 'agonstic space'.
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