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!
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 email@example.com if you want to join!
Her post about last monday:
‘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! )
In serbia we played at the trainstation in Sid, there were many people waiting hours and hours in 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!
Some pictures from one of our shows in Greece at Notara 26, a squat, which is now used as refugee-shelter, runned by volunteers
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 🙂
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…/
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 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
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!
10 okt- 14.45 Klezmer & dance workshop with Ilse Roskam at Aslan Muziekcentrum
Email us if you want to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!