Balcony Players Christmas-tour! 26 dec tm 1 januari! ( Amst- Paradiso, Dh- Carnivale, Rdam )

Enjoy Christmas sweet people!
We have a little christmas-tour, you are welcome to come!
26-12, 15.00 Balcony Girls at High tea, Koningskerk Voorburg
27-12, 13.00 Monica Musica & friends at Lunch for refugees – Dominicuskerk,Amsterdam
( Bring your instruments and join the party! )
27-12, 21.00 Balcony Players duo at Saunakaravaan,www.saunakaravaan.nl
28-12, 24.00 Balcony Players in Paradiso ( Balonnenfeest )! www.paradiso.nl
29-12, 23.00&00.30 festival Carnivale, Denhaag ( balcony girls )
30-12, 23.00&00.30 festival Carnivale, Denhaag
( Balcony duo Moniek & vince ) www.carnivaledenhaag.nl
01-01,14.00-17.00 Balcony girls at www.schaakstukkenmuseum.nl, Rotterdam
If you are around, come to dance or play some tunes with us! Let’s celebrate life together!  Love!
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Balcony Players’ Concerts this weekeind!

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Some nice concerts this weekeind in Amsterdam! You are welcome !
– Friday 11 dec 22.00 Monica Musica (Moniek’s original compositions ) & Balcony Players duo! 22.45 Worldmusic Jamsession, de peper, Overtoom 301!
www.depeper.org ( and at 20.00 good organic food! )

– Saturday afternoon we will perform with some Balcony players at the refugee-camp in Zuid Oost, we look forward to that!

We are still looking for a concert saturday evening, to try out some new tunes!!! Let us know!

– Sunday 14.00,15.00,16.00 Balcony Players girlduo at Dromen over Feest festival in Zaandijk! Lagedijk 72, www.dromenoverfeest.nl

– Monday 14.00 Moniek performs at the refugee home in Havenstraat. After that there’s a jamsession with the musicians who stay there! Moniek is still looking for worldmusic musicians who like to join her monday 🙂 Email balconyplayers@gmail.com if you want to join!
Her post about last monday:

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‘I was very tired monday, before i went to perform / and jam at the refugee camp in Havenstraat ( near my house ) ; BUT after playing there and meeting so many super nice people, i was very happy and full with energy!  The people are so sweet and thankful aah!!!This man is learning Dutch and he interviews people to learn the language! He interviewed me after playing. I had to tell in Dutch about my dreams…
Soon the short movie will come at Nizar Netherlands ! This friday i play in Overtoom301, and I invited the people from the havenstraat, hope they will join and play some tunes with me!
( Maybe Kenan Hamsho on Klarinet!  )

Love!

Shows this weekeind in Amsterdam! ( At dijksynagogue, klimaatparade, refugee-openstage, saunakaravaan festival!

Moniek: I arrived well in Amsterdam! And the tour will go on!
– Tonight at 20.00 Balcony Players Girlduo will perform at the
‘ Dijksynagogue ‘ in Sliedrecht! I will tell also about my experiences in de Balkan, and play some new tunes! More information atwww.dijksynagogue.nl
– Come all This sunday at 12.00 to the Klimaat Parade –www.klimaatparade.nl 12240943_10207374565377445_1239399743834929332_o
! Balcony Players & Emergency-Circus will play on a bike-card together with the youth from Greenpeace!!
– Sunday between 15.00 – 17.00 at ‘ Open podium for Refugees and Amsterdammers! Balcony Players duo & Emergency-Circus & many more bands from Amsterdam, Syria, Afganistan etc. will perform at theater Munganga, www.munganga.nl!
– Sunday at 20.30 at festival Saunakaravaan: I will play my new compositions on violin & piano & some songs together with Clay Mazing,composed at our tour in de balkans! 🙂www.saunakaravaan.nl
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Following the refugee route trough Macedonia, Serbia and Croatie

In serbia we played at the trainstation in Sid, there were many people waiting hours and hours 12308003_531904173632718_2965650595514521064_oin the cold for the train to the next border, slavinksi brod in Kroatie. We did a circus show to make the waiting time a bit nicer for the children and the families s:) That was great. When it got dark we made a fire together. These people are amazing.. they shared their blankets and food with us.. and we sang and danced together! We tried to take the train together late at night, but when they checked our tickets we got kicked of the train, only refugees could go. Than we had to take another night train; while waiting we met a super sweet family who got ripped of at the bus station… the whole day they waited in the cold ( with 3 young children ) but still they were hopefull, and we had great talks. We met them the next morning again in the train, and played for the kids! After that we moved on to Kroatie, but the police is super super strict at the refugee camps and we could only enter with special permission; so we could not play there.
Tomorrow i fly back to Holland, for some great concerts with the Balcony Players ( 26th,at Dijksynagogue, 29th at Saunakaravaan ) & Sunday 27th we will play with emergency circus at theater mungango in Amsterdam at an open stage were people from the neighberhood, and refugees will perform together!
Everybody is welcome!
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Show together with Clowns without borders in Eidomeni

Saturday we played again in the camp in eidomeni.
More and more people arrived. ( and others are waiting days and days to cross the border.. ) More than 5000 people, with not enough food, sleeping places… and cold nights…
We tried to give them some smiles with our music and circus show 🙂 First i played some songs at the food-line ( people are waiting long to get some food ) and slowly more and more people came to stand around me, clapping and dancing! One man started singing songs from Iran, and we improvised over my songs… it felt so good to share our music and happiness!
After that we did a big circus show together with clowns without borders from Spain, so many happy faces and sweet children dancing and singing… aah such amazing12240875_528378833985252_7081736172547292753_o12244566_1034274523291780_7110078640256834721_o people!!! After the show a great guitar player Erfan Moghadam asked if he could borrow our guitar, and he started singing beautiful songs, and many people sang with him. Music really connects! When it became dark people were sitting together and made fires from whatever they could find to stay warm. We played some songs with this great boys 🙂 I send my love to everybody!!!!12246817_1032523613459253_2619568120005123388_n

Playing in refugee camps in Athens and Eidemeni, such beautiful people :)

After playing in refugee camps in Athens, we moved on to the border from Creece/Macedonia, to a small town called Eidemeni. The situation for the refugees is really bad…very emotional to be there and talk with the people..
This baby along with about one thousand refugees have sitting on the railroad tracks for days between Greece and Macedonia blocking the trains because the border has been closed to anyone not from Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan.
We sat down and played music with a wonderful family from Beirut. This tiny person danced, sang, and clapped for a huge crowd that gathered 🙂12244317_1033894166663149_1442623437706732681_o
Tomorrow we move on Serbia Preshevo, if somebody has a contact there ( for a sleeping place / or somebody who helps in the refugee-camp there, also musicians/clowns….let me know!!! ) Love!!
For more information about our tour check:http://www.emergencycircus.com/send-the-emergency-circus-t…/

Balcony Player(s) Moniek following the refugee-road, on tour to refugee camps with Emergency Circus!

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Moniek is going on tour with Emergency circus, a music/circus group from New Orleans!
It will be a tour, following the refugee road, starting from Lesbos. Playing in the refugee camps along the road. Trying to cheer the people up and bring some smiles along this heavy time they are going trough!
They started to play with Clowns without borders in Lesbos for the refugees arriving there.
Moniek arrived in Athens, were they played in refugee shelters, squares, squats were the refugees stay, and wherever they could! Here are the first pictures, from them playing at a square were the people sometimes stay 3 days, day and night, waiting for the next step…
Love to this world!!!!

Post about the show at the square, written by Clay Mazing, Emergency circus below:
And here is the opposite of terrorism: Carrorism.The Emergency Circus showed up as a surprise at a square in Athens frequented by refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. to parade into a fantastic show for hundreds of humans facing extreme difficulties. We clapped, laughed, and danced together for over an hour. When we first arrived I even recognized a kid I had clowned for on Lesvos. We immediately hugged ecstatically. I feel so fortunate to be following my dreams thanks to the support of many of your donations and this all-star international cast from the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, and the U.S.A. Thanks Moniek De Leeuw, Fragitsa Qatoyireeti Inda Pereda andStella Evangelia. There are plenty more smiles to come. Direct action against hate. ‪#‎carrorism‬ ‪#‎emergencycircus‬ ‪#‎refugee‬ ‪#‎road‬ ‪#‎tour‬

 

 

 

Balcony Player Moniek concert in London!

Balcony Players Moniek:
This sunday I will play in london as ‘ Monica Musica’ together with my friend Elly Hopkins( voice ) at this great benefiet – event, organised by my friend 12184167_889689991108986_7318490311472800601_o

Samuel Michael Neville Weatherald! It starts at 15.00 with workshops, concerts, art etc etc! I will play my original compositions ( klezmer, gypsy, folk ) inspired on my travels trough the balkans, India and louisiana smile emoticon Also i will teach some balkan/klezmer dances, which we will later dance together on the balkan band Hop sa!
Look forward to it!
Venue: Brixton East 1871, Adres: 100 Barrington Rd, London SW9 7JF
This event aims to promote an honest, open and creative discussion on mental health, while supporting and celebrating the work of two inspiring local mental health initiatives, Sound Minds and The Dragon Cafe!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1064333206934290/

Come to our Shows in Oktober!

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10 okt- 14.45 Klezmer & dance workshop with Ilse Roskam at Aslan Muziekcentrum
Email us if you want to join: balconyplayers@gmail.com

10 okt- 18.00 Balcony Players (trio)show at ADM festival!
( www.admfestival.nl) a three day festival at the biggest and longest surviving cultural freehaven in the Netherlands!

11 okt- 21.30 Balcony Players duo & dancer Sunny Ellen at Sauna festival!
( http://www.saunakaravaan.nl/) Many workshops and sauna’s!