Voice4Thought presents poetry slam at ‘Bevrijdingsfestival Den Haag’
On the 5th of May, Liberation Day in the Netherlands, The Hague will host its annual ‘Bevrijdingsfestival’ to celebrate our freedom. Like any other year, city-busses will depart from Malieveld that offer visitors of the festival the opportunity to delve into the underlying message of the festival. This year’s message is: “Pass on freedom”. Voice4Thought will account for one of the busses. Hop on our Voice4Thought-bus, where we will enjoy poetry slam from Croquemort (Chad), Mette van Dijk (the Netherlands) and Barbara Gwanmesia (Cameroon). After, we will share a critical dialogue on the question: “What does freedom mean to you?”
It has been 71 years since the Netherlands has been freed from the German oppression during World War II. The celebration of this freedom is central to the festival during Liberation Day in The Hague. However, we can not enjoy and celebrate this freedom without remembering the dark period that we endured before this freedom. Neither can we enjoy this freedom without reminding ourselves of the darkness that many people in the world still live in today.
Living in freedom for such a long time, it sometimes seems self-evident that every human has a right to be free, to live in peace. Needless to say: it is a universal right for every human on Earth! However, do people, who are confronted with repressive regimes every day, experience the same freedom as we do? Is freedom obvious? Is what we call freedom, the same freedom that others adhere to? Is freedom, as a way of thinking in the Western world, what we need to change course in other parts of the world? And what does confrontation and dialogue on this subject between people from Europe and Africa offer us? Do we have sufficient knowledge about each other? And what can we learn from each other?
The Voice4Thought-bus leaves the Vfonds Busplatform from Malieveld at 17.00-17.30u.
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Eefje Gilbert is a research master student in African Studies at Leiden University. For her Master’s thesis she takes a look at networks of (dis)connection surrounding the new deepsea harbour in Kribi, Cameroon. For this research project she spent four months in Cameroon during the rainy season 2013 and the two following months interviewing Dutch stakeholders and researchers in The Netherlands.