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HALf6 & DAS Theatre in conversation with Maarten van Hinte on "The Impact of Amsterdam's Colonial History on its Sense of Culture"

Special online edition – Tuesday 6th of October 10:00-11:00

Tuesday 6 October 2020, Maarten van Hinte and DAS Theatre host "The Impact of Amsterdam's Colonial History", a lecture and discussion part of a special Half6 edition in collaboration with DAS Theatre x 'What Can Theatre Do?'. Join the online event on Tuesday October 6th between 10:00-11:00 CET.

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Meeting ID: 837 8076 7780
Password: 115362

Lecture & Discussion: "The Impact of Amsterdam's Colonial History on its Sense of Culture"
As the Netherlands struggles to come to terms with its identity as a multi-ethnic nation, it is forced to reassess the accepted perspectives on its past. In this special edition of Half6, Maarten van Hinte will give a broad sense of Amsterdam’s history as part of a colonial nation and explores the acknowledged and unacknowledged impact of this history on the city's sense of culture. Simply put: to be able to truly connect to the city’s present you have to gain some understanding of the city's past.

About Maarten van Hinte
Maarten van Hinte is a director author and dramaturg and one of the founders of RIGHTABOUTNOW INC., the Amsterdam center for urban performing arts.

DAS Theatre x 'What Can Theatre Do?'
Research Labs 2020
With its 2020/21 programme, DAS Theatre raises discussions surrounding the question What can theatre do? and articulates it into three complementary directions: How can theatre reckon with the present time as an historical moment? How can it engage with its uncertainties? How can it speculate about and enact possible futures?

Maarten van Hinte's lecture "The Impact of Amsterdam's Colonial History on its Sense of Culture" is part of Research Lab 1 - 'What Happened?', where DAS Theatre and its participants reflect on history and the present: What are we facing, what is the present as a historical moment? How has it been produced, historically, politically, culturally? How can theatre and performance be ways of reckoning with it?

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