HIPHOP: BELL invites… Blikopeners

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Reservations: Online tickets

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the HipHopHuis (Rotterdam) present the first big Friday Night in cooperation with the Blikopeners: the youngest members of the museum staff, who act as peer educators. With performances and talks by Akwasi, 020 Crew and others, and a live mural by artist Brian Elstak, each hour they will take a different stage within the museum.

The Blikopeners were inspired by themes from the exhibition Bell Invites (30 January - 19 March 2016, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam). Together with artists and performers who participated in the symposium Global Performance (February 6, 2016, Stedelijk Museum) that resulted from this exhibition, they discussed the question ‘How do you represent your world in images, words or dance in order to make a statement for your community? A statement that opens your eyes and connects people, but also dares to make a difference?



18:00 MUSIC (ongoing, entrance hall)
Setlist curated by the Blikopeners
18:30 INSTALLATION (ongoing, entrance hall)
Brian Elstak, live mural painting
18:45 WELCOME (entrance hall)
Opening by the Blikopeners
Introuction by Aruna Vermeulen, director HiphopHuis
19:20 PERFORMANCE (hall of honor stage)
19:45 TALK THE TALK (entrance hall)
Interview with designer Farida Sedoc, Hosselaer
20:15 PERFORMANCE (entrance hall stage)
20:30 TALK THE TALK (entrance hall)
Interview with rapper Akwasi
21:00 PERFORMANCE (entrance hall)
21:15 TALK THE TALK (entrance hall)
Interview with illustrator and artist Brian Elstak
21:40 ROUNDING UP (entrance hall)
Closing words and thank you
21:45 PERFORMANCE (entrance hall stage)
22:00 museum closes
23:00 AFTERPARTY (location to be announced)


More about the speakers and performers:

More info soon online



This program was curated by Blikopeners Lateesha Verweij, Damy Raimundo, Floor van Hulsen, Elem Yag, Senna Abraham and Lysa da Silva, who took their inspiration from the exhibition BELL Invites. The hip hop event is a tribute to this exhibition, which will close this weekend (open until Mar 19, 2016 at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam). The exhibition was curated by Vivian Ziherl (guest curator SMBA) and Aruna Vermeulen (HiphopHuis Rotterdam).

The Blikopeners express their heartfelt gratitude for the inspiring conversations with artist Brian Elstak in preparation of this concept, as well as to the curators of the exhibition BELL Invites: Aruna Vermeulen (HipHopHuis) for her critical advice and Vivian Ziherl (guest curator Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam) for her unconditional trust in the Blikopeners.


Image: Brian Elstak. Photo Dennis Branko