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Stories of my origin

The roots of a storyteller

Onias Landveld is a Surinamese born Storyteller. As a child of parents from two different maroon cultures he considers himself: dark on both sides, in other words he is black². The bedrock of his being lies in the jungles of Surinam, but he has sprouted roots in the Netherlands. He constantly floats between two worlds, four cultures and six languages. From this unique point of view he asscends the stage.

Roots and Cassava

Raised on traditional foods made from cassava like Blomgomma and Bojo, his past is wrapped around his taste buds. And that’s why he sometimes, tastefully, speaks with a tongue far away from here. But he is also the Poet Laureate of the city of Tilburg, lover of Dutch Cherry Turnovers and Carrot cake. He doesn’t shy away from the cold and all in all he is a multilingual wordsmith with a slight preference Dutch.

Stranger in “his” land

As an artist Onias Landveld, unclothes himself emotionaly. What you see is what you get. All this to make that meaningfull connection. And in doing so, he is confrontational. He uses his work to paint a portrait of a person looking for his place in a world that doesn’t quite accepts him. He is also aware that his identity has been created in the past. Who he has become, is for a big part because of a dark past that not many acnowledge, understand nor care to. He is formed by historical bits and pieces, fragments and situations. He transformed them into poems, spoken-word texts and stories. Some of humorous, others cutting to the bone, but always honest and teaching. And that is what makes him into what he is. A black, Surinamese born storyteller, with a Dutch nationality.

Wortels en Cassave

Made possible by the Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts (AFK) and partners Poetry Circle Nowhere and Bijlmer Parktheater. Recommended by Nowhere.

Road tour

05 feb
2020
RRReuring Festival Podium Mozaiek
TIME: 20:30
– 21:30
Location: Podium mozaiek Bos en Lommerweg 191, 1055 DT Amsterdam
31 Aug
2020
Rotterdam Worm (feat. Poeetclub)
TIME: 20:30
– 23:30
Location: Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam
4 Okt
2020
Utrecht de Kikker 1e show
TIME: 16:00
– 17:00
Location: Ganzenmarkt 14, 3512 GD Utrecht
4 okt
2020
Utrecht de Kikker 2e show
TIME: 21:00
– 22:00
Location: Ganzenmarkt 14, 3512 GD Utrecht
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