‘Voodoo To Go’ Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands

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A post by Peter Jordens.

Voodoo To Go Festival

September 18-20, 2015

RASA, Pauwstraat 13a, 3512 TG Utrecht, The Netherlands

Admission: 22 euro per day, 50 euro for the full festival

The first European Voodoo Festival will take place from September 18 to 20, 2015 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The program presents a combination of music, dance, film, a photo exhibit, lectures and a children’s section. Haiti will be represented by the musician, poet, dancer, choreographer and Vodou priest Erol Josué. Voodoo To Go is the first festival in Europe that will display this rich culture. There will be music from West-African afrobeat to Surinamese kaseko and from Cuban-American jazz to Haitian mizik rasin. In addition, writers, documentary-makers and experts will exchange thoughts about the dynamic faith that is so often misunderstood.

MUSIC PROGRAM

Friday September 18: The Origin (Africa)

Vaudou Game (Togo/France)

Djobé (Benin)

Jungle by Night (DJ Set)

Saturday September 19: The Diaspora (Caribbean)

Erol Josué (Haiti)

Dray-ston (Surinam)

Sofrito (DJ Hugo Mendez)

Sunday September 20: Link to the Present (Voodoo jazz)

Omar Sosa (Cuba)

Fra Fra Sound (Surinam/Antilles)

PARALLEL ACTIVITIES

Saturday

Children’s program with music and story-telling workshops (location: Sophie’s Palace, Troonzaal, Bemuurde Weerd OZ 13, 3514 AN Utrecht).

Colloquium ‘Good and Evil in Voodoo’ (several panel members).

Continuous

Photo exhibit of Voodoo ceremonies in Togo and Benin, by photographer Achille Komlan Armattoe.

Documentaries: Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast (Hisham Mayet, 2014), Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (Maya Deren, 1985), and Saamaka and Looking for Apoekoe (Karel Doing, 2010).

Sources (all in Dutch):

http://voodoofestival.blogspot.com

http://www.rasa.nl/programma/event/Voodoo-To-Go-Festival-

Facebook: Voodoo-To-Go-Festival

http://www.nieuwwij.nl/nieuws/eerste-internationaal-seminar-over-goed-en-kwaad-in-voodoo

4 thoughts on “‘Voodoo To Go’ Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands

  1. Reblogged this on GlobalSisterzMedia, LLC and commented:
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    There will be music from West-African afrobeat to Surinamese kaseko and from Cuban-American jazz to Haitian mizik rasin. In addition, writers, documentary-makers and experts will exchange thoughts about the dynamic faith that is so often misunderstood

  2. It’s not Voodoo but “VODOU” — you should know better! You perpetuate Afrophobic perceptions with the continued misspelling of this African religion and how it is practiced in the Diaspora.

    1. Vaudou, Vodoun, Vodou . . . No matter which term we may prefer to use as scholars, the official title chosen by the organizers is “Voodoo To Go Festival” [Stichting Voodoo To Go]. We are not at liberty to change the official festival title. You may want to take this up with the organizers (see http://voodoofestival.blogspot.com/p/contact.html).
      I. Romero

  3. You may be aware that we are not using the word Voodoo as our own spelling or as a disrespectful reference to the religious practices of Vodou, but as the name of the festival. The term is spelled in various ways throughout the announcement, as a reference to film titles and musical band names. As a scholar who has written frequently on Haitian and Diasporic Vodou practices, I am of course aware of the controversy over the term. Here, we are posting an announcement of a festival in which a number of Caribbean artists–some of them from Haiti–are participating.

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