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Wed, Dec 15


Rataplan vzw


Mohanad Mukhtar, Roxette Chikua, Somalia Williamson & Nitish Bhardwaj

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Dec 15, 2021, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Rataplan vzw, Wijnegemstraat 27, 2140 Antwerp, Belgium


What can you do against the winter blues ? In December, set things on fire, of course!

Now that we can finally give everything again after such a long time, we want to end 2021 with a bang! KunstZ hijacks Rataplan for not one day, not two, not three, but four  to dawn!

From Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 December, KunstZtoptalents will take their place on the Borghouts stage of Rataplan. We bring you a whirlwind of music, theatre, film, and everything in between. We invite you to make it one big party with us!

Because one party is simply not enough, you can enjoy a diverse program for several evenings. Makers who have been eager to play in front of an audience for a year now, artists who have not yet been allowed to show off their work for young and old, beautiful films shot in uncertain times, ... now get the chance to be in the spotlights .

What can you expect from the program?

KunstZ brings you new creative performances around your heart every night  at  to heat. We transform Rataplan into a cozy living room and let you  meet a diverse group of talented artists:

✭ Wednesday 15 December ✭ 

15:00 Mohanad Mukhtar with Sinbad

19:00 Roxette Chikua with Paradis  (note, different location! KunstZ - A. Rodenbachstraat 21, 2140 Borgerhout)

20:00 Somalia Williamson with Mother

20:45 Nitish Bhardwaj with What She Said

Somalia Williamson comes very close and brings the audience 'Mother', with which she explores the world together from the perspective of a universal figure - the mother - in search of the reflection of pure, unconditional love. Together with fellow performers/makers Alec De Bruyn (soundscape), Gorik Elaut (musician violin) and Tijen Lawton (choreography), she composes a universal story about this entity of interwoven sensations, emotions and insights that binds us all.

Nitish Bhardwaj makes together with Lara Groeneweg  and Mahsa Bagheri  an intercultural and interdisciplinary poetic performance based on Tamil epics where he also uses a storyline from Metamorphoses. Exploring the ideas of women charged with the morality of patriarchal tyranny and suffering the atrocities against free will, they create scenes of lyrical poetry and discussion. The main poetic influence comes from the Sangam Poetry of South India, but a verse by the Persian poet 'Rumi' is also used.

Afro-futurism inspired Roxette Chikua when creating her solo dance performance 'Paradis', where she starts from her story and takes the viewer on an identity quest based on dance and fashion. On stage card  them with movement on difficult themes. Together with her, we discover and recognize the different dimensions of a young woman of color who wants to shape her own life by breaking free from everything that society considers 'normal'.

We also have something special in store for the little ones:  Mohanad Mukhtar brings us 'Sinbad',  a visual performance in which he takes the young public (+7 years) on an adventure. Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, he and Sinbad tell a story about a boy who wants to celebrate his birthday for the first time in his life.  The boy is very curious but also nervous for the party. How do you prepare a birthday party without parents and family around you? Because everyone has stayed behind in Baghdad. Mohanad invites you to his birthday party. Are you celebrating?

✭ When? Wednesday 15  December 

✭ Where? - children's performance at 3:00 pm - Rataplan - Wijnegemstraat 27, 2140 Borgerhout (tickets to be booked separately!)

✭ Where? - support program at 19:00 - kunstZ - A. Rodenbachtstraat 21, 2140 Borgerhout (tickets to be booked separately!)

✭ Where? - evening program at 20:00 - Rataplan - Wijnegemstraat 27, 2140 Borgerhout

✭ Free but reservation is required! Places are limited!

Thanks to Rataplan, WIPCOOP/Mestizo Arts Platform, Arenbergschouwburg, the City of Antwerp and the Flemish Government.


  • KunstZ hijacks Rataplan! (15/12)

    Welcome to kunstZ hijacks Rataplan on Wednesday 15/12! With this ticket you have access to the evening program that will take place in Rataplan at 20:00. Come enjoy performances by Somalia Williamson and Nitish Bhardwaj!

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  • Support act: Paradis (15/12)

    Welcome to kunstZ hijacks Rataplan on Wednesday 15/12! With this ticket you only have access to the support act that will take place at KunstZ at 19:00. Come by and enjoy 'Paradis', a solo performance by Roxette Chikua. Address: A. Rodenbachtstraat 21, 2140 Borgerhout.

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  • Children's performance: Sinbad

    Welcome to kunstZ hijacks Rataplan on Wednesday 15/12! With this ticket you only have access to the children's show (Mohanad Mukhtar with Sinbad) which will take place on Rataplan at 15:00. Address: Wijnegemstraat 27, 2140 Borgerhout.

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