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XILLAN

XILLAN - foto: Marie Broeckman
XILLAN - foto: Marie Broeckman

, a Surinamese-Dutch singer-songwriter and artist, creates alternative R&B that is challenging in its intimacy. XILLAN doesn't allow himself to be limited by the alternative R&B label and embraces his influences with passion and conviction. His music is characterized by duality and a unique, poetic view of the world. Comparable to artists such as Omar Apollo, Steve Lacy and Daniel Caesar and reflecting XILLAN's own multicultural background, he creates a unique sound that reflects the current age. In 2022, he released his debut EP Crowning Gods, a story of transforming darkness into hope and confidence. The work draws inspiration from XILLAN's roots and transforms it into four cross-genre tracks.

(WU2024)

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  • Writers Unlimited 2024

    Mensen Zeggen Dingen x Writers Unlimited Festival

    With: Angelina Enny, Benzokarim, Dean Bowen, Nisrine Mbarki, Ronelda S. Kamfer, Sjaan Flikweert, XILLAN

    In Mensen Zeggen Dingen x Writers Unlimited Festival, two international authors -- Ronelda Kamfer (South Africa) and Angelina Enny (Indonesia) let their voices be heard alongside those of Dutch poets and spoken-word artists Dean Bowen, Sjaan Flikweert and Nisrine Mbarki. Alternative R&B-artist XILLAN joined with a musical performance. Host was Benzokarim!

    Things are nothing if they are not given words. That is exactly what Mensen Zeggen Dingen (People Say Things) does. Speaking them out, discussing them, putting exclamation marks or question marks behind them and setting the order. The platform for poetry and performance passes by with club shows in PAARD (The Hague), Theater Bellevue (Amsterdam), Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), Doornroosje (Nijmegen) and festivals such as Lowlands and Down The Rabbit Hole.

    Mensen Zeggen Dingen and Writers Unlimited Festival brought a special International Literature Festival The Hague edition to PAARD with poetry, poetry slam, prose, music and punchlines.

    Festival tip: also come to the grand festival events Friday Night Unlimited (19 January) and Saturday Night Unlimited (20 January)! Both nights you choose your own route along some 20 programmes on five stages in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag.

    From 18 to 21 January 2024, the festival was to be found in theatres, libraries and schools throughout The Hague: from Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, Koninklijke Schouwburg and Paard to Theater Dakota, the Nieuw Waldeck, Schilderswijk and Ypenburg libraries and Haagse Hogeschool. With over ninety writers, poets and spoken-word artists and musicians from the Netherlands and abroad. With readings, prose, poetry, storytelling, spoken word, author interviews, topical talks, films and music.