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Chris Keulemans

Chris Keulemans
Chris Keulemans

(1960) is a writer, traveler and moderator. He published fiction and non fiction, was Director of debate platform and venue De Balie and founder of cultural centre De Tolhuistuin, both located in Amsterdam. He currently performs, with Enkidu Khaled, on stage in the documentary theatre play Bagdad. Out of curiosity how artists re-discover their cities after a crisis, he travelled to Sarajevo, Beirut, Tirana, Algiers, New York, Kiev, Jakarta and Qamishlo.

(WIN 2005)

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  • Winternachten 2018

    Frank Westerman meets Mohsin Hamid

    With: Chris Keulemans, Frank Westerman, Mohsin Hamid

    Mohsin Hamid's novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) is educational: it shows how hurtful our way of doing things can seem to an outsider. And how the sheer power of the West - apart from the question of whether it is justified - creates much bad blood among people who want to take part in it with their talent and intellect, but who continue to feel shut out. This was written by Leonie Breebaart in Trouw newspaper in a discussion of Hamid's bestseller.

    Now, one decade later, Mohsin Hamid has a conversation with journalist and writer Frank Westerman. The latter takes his readers back - among others in Srebrenica, the Blackest Scenario and especially in A Word, a Word - to terrorist acts from the recent past.

    Which are the right words and deeds to win the battle of ideas with the fundamentalists? The conversation is hosted by Chris Keulemans.


    Right after the performance, Mohsin Hamid and Frank Westerman will be at Van Stockum Bookshop in the foyer for a booksigning session.

    Note: our print folder announces Beatrice de Graaf as particant. Frank Westerman replaces her.

  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 2

    Burger King & Citizenship

    Since the crisis there has been a lot of talk about consumer confidence. But what about 'citizen confidence'? The 21st century citizen seems to be adrift. He feels powerless, unheard and misunderstood. The expressions of discontent, the analyses of the causes and the attempts at a solution are endless: From Occupy to the Tea Party. In Burger King & Citizenship a debate on the citizen in the present democracy. Does the notion of 'citizen' still exist or has democracy slowly turned into a plutocracy acting as democracy? Who possesses the power and the laws: the citizen or the banks? Tonight the citizens speak, in the greenhouse in front of the theatre. You can watch and listen outside.

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 1

    Wintercafé 4: Rules for Radicals 2.0

    Nowadays, where does an angry artist leave his rage and criticism? In 'Rules for Radicals' we search for a pragmatic manual for the making of harmful literature, street noise and bombs for the national canon. Which are the new strategies for today's artists? In this programme we propose a new form of radicalism. The artist should penetrate the system as a sheep in wolves' clothes in order to eat the codes and replace them with others. No overt opposition, but infiltration. The good example: The Yes Men, with their 'identity correction'. The Yes Men disguise themselves as big criminals with the objective to humiliate them publicly. And who are these criminals? CEOs and representatives of big companies who put profit above everything else. In Dutch. See also the movie that is shown in advance of this programme: The Yes Men Fix the World. In English (Dutch subtitles).

  • Winternachten 2006 – WINTERNACHT 1

    Colonial history of the East and West

    Frank Martinus Arion (1936, Curacao) en Eka Kurniawan (1975, Indonesia) met each other last summer during the Winternachten tour of Indonesia. Despite different generations and continents they found in each other a common interest, that of colonial history. Chaired by Chris Keulemans, they talk about the way they give the history a place in their work by using fact and fiction in a playful, ironic way. Frank Martinus Arion reads from his new novel De deserteurs (The deserters), about the struggle against slavery. Eka Kurniawan acquaints us with his historical novel Cantik itu luka (The wounded beauty), a story that takes place in the declining days of the Dutch East Indies and up to the recent past of Indonesia. English spoken.

  • Winternachten 2006 – WINTERNACHT 1

    Candid Indonesian

    In her sensational debut novel Ode aan Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch ( Ode to Leopold von Sacher-Masoch) (2002), about sadomasochism and transsexualism, Muslima Dinar Rahayu discovers "a surrealistic view on life and fate, mixed with the delusions, dreams and experiences of the characters". In his short stories writer and columnist A.S. Laksana lives on the fringes of society, together with vagrant childeren, glue sniffers and prostitutes. Two young Indonesian writers discuss with Chris Keulemans their innovative and candid style of writing. English spoken.

  • Winternachten 2005 – WINTERNACHT 1

    Poetry from Indonesia and Malaysia

    Malay and Bahasa Indonesian are closely related languages. In recent years writers and poets from both countries have worked with one another regularly. For instance the Javanese poet Agus Sarjono and his Malayan colleague Eddin Khoo. They will discuss this relationship and read from their work, together with the well known Indonesian Sutarji Calzoum Bachri. In his innovative poems Sutarji 'liberates' the words from their original meaning. Last October he stole the show with his impressive poetry recital during the Winternachten tour in South Africa.
    English spoken

  • Winternachten 2004 – Claiming Artistic Freedom

    Hivos: Teater Utan Kayu in Jakarta: Nieuwe vrijheden bedreigd

  • Winternachten 2004 – WINTERNACHT 1

    Idealism, commitment and literature in Indonesia

    Two writers who through their work want to make a conscious contribution towards a new future for Indonesia. The young Molukkan writer Nukila Amal reads from her much praised debute novel Cala Ibi: The main character in the story enters into a dialogue with her mirror image; this a somewhat uncommon literary form in Indonesia. Nukila Amal writes in a very direct open language about her Molukkan past and the future, about dreams and reality, about spirituality and religion and about the difficult relationship between man and woman. Acep Zamzam Noor is one of the most important critical poets of Indonesia. Without raising his voice and with wonderful metaphors, he is able to convey the consequences of the present unrest in Indonesia on the population. Amal and Zamzam Noor will talk with Chris Keulemans. English language.

  • Winternachten 2004 – WINTERNACHT 1

    Putu Wijaya: the oracle of Asia

    Putu Wijaya is one of the most important prose writers in Indonesia. For Winternachten this excellent performer wrote a 'Prophecy' concerning the future of Asia. He will discuss this with Chris Keulemans. After that he will read various extracts from his work. Wijaya in his work shocks and desorientates the reader. He places, quote: 'mental time bombs' in ordinary people's lives. English language.