Premiere: Station East - breaking the invisible wall

Artist: Merlijn Twaalfhoven

The neighbours of the Roma ghetto in Prešov, Slovakia, want to build a wall to prevent Roma children from stealing fruit and vegetables from their gardens. Composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven believes there are other ways to soften the hardened relations between the two groups. With a team of musicians and organizers from Germany, Holland, Poland, and Slovakia he designed a music festival in which Roma and non-Romas performed together. In doing so they touched the tip of an iceberg made of cultural differences and deep-seated mistrust.

Merlijn Twaalfhoven, one of Holland’s better-known community music composers, will be present to comment on the film and this recent project. Over the years, he has undertaken similar initiatives to bring divided population groups together in such places as Cyprus and Israel-Palestina. At ICAF-5 he performed his spectacular interactive choral piece The Air We Breathe.


Friday 28 March 13.30