International Spoken Word Festival
UNBOUND gives the stage to performers, writers and experts of all walks of life. To exchange ideas & stories – and change the world.
We are more connected than ever, but sometimes it’s hard to hear each other. Climate change, social unrest, institutional racism and a pandemic – global issues affect us all. Spoken word makes you listen to what’s going on. It’s an art form designed to directly address what’s happening in society. A tool to express yourself and touch others. A way to erase borders, share knowledge and start conversations.
Spoken word is not a luxury. Spoken word is a necessity – that much becomes clear when freedom of speech is under pressure. Spoken word as a means to resist, to emancipate, to free. Unbound.
‘If you want to know what’s going on in the world, listen to spoken word.‘Babs Gons – Dutch spoken word pioneer & UNBOUND initiator
This preview edition of UNBOUND welcomes artists from everywhere between South-Africa, Brazil and Belgium & The Netherlands. The festival consists of 3 parts of 90 minutes. Each part is connected to a country or region, a specific theme and designed by our international curators. Expect performances, artist talks and roundtable discussions.
Which calling do they feel as narrators and interpreters of today’s world? What choices do they make in their storytelling, and why? What is the state of literature itself? And how does our Dutch literary landscape relate to that of other regions?
South Africa _ sickness (in a time of stillness)
2pm – 3:30pm [CET] | 9am – 10:30am [GMT-3] | 3pm – 4:30pm [SAST]
The Netherlands & Belgium _ language in movement
3:45pm – 5:15pm [CET] | 10:45am – 12:15am [GMT-3] | 4:45pm – 5:15pm [SAST]
Brazil _ political poetic perspectives
5:30pm – 7pm [CET] | 12:30am – 2pm [GMT-3] | 6:30pm – 8pm [SAST]