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Amara van der Elst

Amara van der Elst - Winternachten 2022 - fotograaf: Colin Hill
Amara van der Elst - Winternachten 2022 - fotograaf: Colin Hill

(Netherlands, 2002) made a big impact with her recitation at the Dutch National Remembrance Day on 4 May 2021. She's the child of an Indonesian mother and Dutch father. A true performer, she has appeared on stage since age seven. She has trained as a modern dancer and twice won the "theatre and language" competition of Kunstbende, a organization to support young talent. She is studying Creative Writing at ArteZ in Arnhem but lives in Rotterdam. She often performs as a spoken-word artist at various venues and festivals, creates theatre, and still dances. She also enjoys working together with other artists and in other genres. In 2021 she told a Dutch daily: "I fell in love with spoken word. You can use it to make huge topics very small, and thereby discussable. You can touch people deeply with it and ensure that they will talk about things they normally avoid. It connects enormously."

(WN 2022)

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  • Winternachten 2022 – Thursday Night Unlimited

    WWZ x Winternachten Festival 2022

    Yippee, WWZ was back at Winternachten! We ordered a drink and got carried away by today's top spoken-word artists and poets.

    WWZ is a popular platform for authors, spoken-word artists and musicians that has, with energy and a deep love of language, staged the most beautiful performances and loveliest music for sold-out venues for many years. During Winternachten we joined forces with WWZ and PAARD. Besides Dutch poets and spoken-word artists, international festival authors let their voices be heard at WWZ x Winternachten Festival 2022 in an extra-long, high-profile program. Good vibes guaranteed!

    During this event you saw and heard performers such as: WWZ-founder and spoken-word artist Elten Kiene, writer and musician Aafke Romeijn, poet Derek Otte, spoken-word artists Kelvin Allison and Amara van der Elst, poet (and former Amsterdam poet laureate) Gershwin Bonevacia, poet Ellen Deckwitz, and Iranian-Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad.