Cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation? What do these terms mean and how do you draw the line between these two? What can we do to put cultural appropriation on the agenda, fight against it and eventually, prevent it? And also, what are healthy examples and ways of collaboration when it comes to cultural appreciation? How can cultural appreciation help build coalitions in resistance movements?

In this programme Arts of Resistance will dive deeper into the themes of cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation and reflect on this subject from different art disciplines. The programme will consist of panel discussions, a screening of short audio & video fragments, a Q&A with the audience and a music performance.

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More about the speakers

Fitria Jelyta is a journalist and spoken-word artist. She mainly writes about the Dutch colonial past in Indonesia and about Muslims in the Netherlands. She is currently working on a book about her family history of anti-colonial voices in Indonesia.

Robin Allesandra Tinkhof is a theatre teacher and director from Rotterdam. She believes that there is a lot of beauty in stories and that they possess the power of making people feel connected to each other, showing different perspectives and to make each other think. In her teaching she is always looking for material from the experiences of her students. What do they have to tell her and the world? In her theatre-making she profiles herself as a documentary/autobiographical maker. She combines existing stories with stories from herself or her actors.

Pravini Baboeram is an artist and activist, creating art to contribute to social change. As an independent artist she has set up her own label Pravini Productions, that has produced five albums, six singles and five international tours. She is co-founder of action committee ‘Holi is not a Houseparty’, a campaign against cultural appropriation of the Hindu spring festival Holi, and initiator of the Anti-racism Voting Guide. In addition, she led the campaign ‘Tetary Must Rise’, a crowdfunding campaign for the replacement of the statue of coloniser Barnet Lyon by the Hindustani warrior of resistance Janey Tetary. Pravini also set up Indian History Month to celebrate stories and contributions of people from the Indian diaspora. In 2019 she released her album and documentary ‘The Uprising’, a film about the anti-racism movement in Western Europe.

Karim Adduchi is an illustrator and fashion designer who grew up in the mountains of Imzouren, Morocco. He moved to Spain and completed an art education at the University of Barcelona. And then moved to Amsterdam to further his education. Following an urge to express through fashion, he decided to showcase his personal story and his heritage in a transparent way. After showing his first collection, he received much attention from the press, and his story became an example of self-expression and globalisation.

Watch Pravini Baboeram talk about Holi in the Dutch programme: Pauw

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The Arts of Resistance is a project born from a vision to connect two worlds – those of the arts and those of social movements. Through the medium of the arts – music, film, poetry, dance and much more – we aim to build a vibrant community of artists and social movements that can strengthen each other and help propel the world towards a more just future.