Arabic Poetry meets Kytopia

Culture Connection organizes cultural collaboration projects with musicians from Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Casablanca (Morocco). In October 2015 Culture Connection organized the project Arabic Poetry Meets Kytopia and invited the young Moroccan poet/musician Walid Ben Selim for a residence project to Utrecht.  In Utrecht he collaborated with dj/producer Arjen de Vreede aka DNA and 4 other Utrecht-based musicians in the creative hotspot Kytopia. In 3 days they co-created ten beautiful new compositions, which they presented on the 9th of October to a very enthousiastic audience in a completely sold-out TivoliVredenburg.

Lectures Flamenco Dance and Music

Flamenco Dance Eva YerbabuenaJeanneke den Boer gives lectures about flamenco dance and music in Lucent Danstheater The Hague. In 2013 she gave an introduction to the show ‘Ay’ of Eva Yerbabuena,  one of the most important female dancers/choreographers in flamenco today. In 2014 she introduced the young promising dancer Patricia Guerrero, who performed the programme “Latidos del Agua”. She will lecture about Farraquito, one of today’s leading figures in flamenco, before his show in May 2016.


 Cultural Tour Morocco 2013

culture-Travel-Morocco 2013dB Consult guided a group of students and alumni Art History of  the University of Leiden on a trip to Morocco. dB Consult provided the groups with lectures about music, arts and society and guided them through the country. The programme consisted of visits to specialized museums, contemporary arts galleries, arts&culture institutes and urban arts factories. Visits to music venues and to ateliers of visual artists and designers made the tour complete and all together a unique travel experience!

Guidebook Cultural Caravan

Culturele KaravaanCultural Caravan has been traveling through the Netherlands since 2008. For all the years, DB Consult has been involved in the projectmanagement. The experiences and lessons learnt are put together in a handbook. The Guidebook Cultural Caravan is a practical handbook for professionals working in creative projects in an urban context. The guidebookl describes the methodology and programme formats of Cultural Caravan.

Sacred Songs

Sacred Songs - Tarranime

Sacred Songs has been part of festival Cultural Caravan, every since its beginning and will continue as an independant production in 2016. Sacred Songs is a production with choirs and vocalists representing different religious and spiritual traditions. The versatile vocal artist Monica Akihary is the artistic director of Sacred Songs. Participating vocalists and choirs choose repertoire inspired by a central theme. With this repertoire, Akihary creates a new composition in which the different styles blend. Various vocal expressions flow into each other such as Jewish liturgic repertoire, Gregorian chant, Coptic songs, Sufi poems, Koran recitation, Buddhist mantras, and so on. Sacred Songs took place in churches in Middelburg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Cultural Caravan

Cultural Caravan

Cultural Caravan is a traveling festival, which takes place in cities and neighborhoods where people from different cultural and religious backgrounds live together. Art expressions inspired by religion are central in the festival. Internationally famous artists have performed, as well as local talents and artists. The performances are related to a central festival theme that every participant interprets in his own unique way. In 2008 Cultural Caravan was in Zeeland; in 2009 in Rotterdam. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Cultural Caravan has been present in Utrecht. DB Consult provides project management, the programme, promotion and production.

 Cultural Caravan Young Talent 2013

Cultural-Karavaan-Young-Talent 2013Cultural Caravan Young Talent presented young promising Utrecht-based artists at the brand new festival BLENDin’ARK.  The festival took place on the 23rd of June on a spectacular location: the Prince Claus Bridge in Utrecht South-West. Headliner Pearl Jozefzoon presented a soulful and swinging gospelact; singer Fatima Zohra & guitarist Menno Roymans songs of the popular Maher Zain and Usha Kanagasabai intriguing contemporary Indian dance. Cultural Caravan was part of the festive Celebration of  300 years Treaty of Utrecht. Project management: dB Consult.

 Cultural Caravan Utrecht 2012

Cultural Caravan UtrechtCultural  Caravan took place in Kanaleneiland Utrecht in 2012 and found many promising talents and enterpreneurs to particpate in the festivalprogramme. The 2012 festivaltheme ‘Light’ inspired the young talents and artists to present beautiful programmes on the festival 8 december in the Triumfatorkerk. Cultural Caravan popped up with several performances, dialogue activities and programmes on shools during autumn 2012.

Sacred Songs 2011

Sacred SongsSpecially for the Cultural Caravan of 2011, vocal artist Monica Akihary created the composition Sacred Songs with choirs and singers from Utrecht. In this spectacular composition, age-old singing styles flowed into each other: gospel, Jewish music, Gregorian chant, Coptic, Alevite and Buddhist music. Geerten Liefting gave the accompaniment with virtuoso organ-playing. In 2012 there is a follow-up tour through the Netherlands: 30 June in the Nieuwe Kerk of Amsterdam.

Cultural Caravan Utrecht 2011

Cultural CaravanIn November 2011, the Cultural Caravan came to Johanneskerk Overvecht and Domkerk Utrecht. Over 120 artists and young talents from several cultures and religions provided a special programme inspired by Sint Maarten, patron saint of Utrecht, symbol of giving, sharing and peace.

Opening, Year of Religious Heritage 2008

Opening of the Year of Religious HeritagedB consult arranged the cultural programme for the opening of the Year of Religious Heritage 2008 in the Domkerk, Utrecht. The Utrecht Cathedral Choir presented centuries-old church music; the Santo Serviçio choir presented Sephardic Jewish religious songs; Iraqi singer Farida gave a powerful recital of Islamic Sufi poetry from the 12th century. The Raj Mohan Ensemble provided a musical link between spiritual traditions.

World Music Festival 2003-2008

World Music FestivaldB consult was responsible for the programme of the Wereldfeest, an annual intercultural arts festival in Utrecht. It takes place at the end of June and attracts around 25,000 visitors on average. The Wereldfeest presents music, dance, theatre, literature, and visual arts by up-and-coming talents and world-famous stars:

Festival Rotterdam Unlimited Festival

Rotterdam UnlimitedDB Consult wrote the strategic policy plan for the merger of two festival in Rotterdam: Summer Carnival and Dunya Festival. Both festival with a long and impressive history now collaborate under the name “Rotterdam Unlimited”. DB Consult wrote the policy plan application for multi-annual funding during Cultuurplanperiode 2013-2016.

Policy Plan, World Music & Dance Centre 2011

CodartThe World Music & Dance Centre in Rotterdam houses the Codarts World Music department, SKVR music school and Grounds, a trendy venue-cum-café for metropolitan arts of the present day. In 2011 dB consult developed a new future vision for the centre with those involved.

Talent Development 2011

drummersThe Rotterdam Arts Education Foundation (SKVR) offers an extensive range of world music, including the unique Caribbean Brass Band School in Rotterdam South. Codarts Rotterdam, university for the arts, has its World Music department. In 2011 dB consult drew up a plan for a continuing learning path.

Future vision, Codarts Rotterdam World Music Department 2009

GroundsdB Consult did research into the policy and education of the Codarts Rotterdam World Music department and in particular into the North Indian Classical Music area of study. The research culminated in a powerful future vision and at the same time a plan of approach to attract new target groups to the study programme, set up collaboration within Europe and broaden the teaching with light-classical genres.

Cultural Exchange with South-Africa 2009-2011

Interactions SA-NLdB consult carried out the management of Interactions SA-NL, the cultural exchange programme with South Africa in the field of music, dance and theatre. The programme gave rise to new collaborative projects of Dutch and South African performing artists. In 2010 the results could be seen at prestigious festivals and in prominent venues in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Soweto, Durban, Oudtshoorn and Grahamstown. Interactions SA-NL was an initiative of the Theaterinstituut Nederland and Muziekcentrum Nederland, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Expertmeeting INTERACTIONS SA-NL 2010

Expertmeeting Interactions SA-NLAs part of Interactions SA-NL, dB consult organized an expert meeting in Johannesburg for professionals in the Dutch and South African performing arts sector. The programme included showcases from successful Interactions SA-NL projects and workshops on themes such as ‘Sustainable collaboration’; ‘Language and identity’; ‘Community arts’; ‘Talent hubs in townships’ and ‘Festival programming in South Africa’.

INTERACTIONS SA-NL during World Cup 2010

Interactions SA-NL Tijdens de WK in Zuid-AfrikaAs part of Interactions SA-NL, Dutch theatre directors worked on new productions with young artists from the South African township Soweto. Crossover company ISH created a spectacular performance, Kapa-Zoon Kapa-Planet, together with young talents from the Phaphama Miracle Arts Lab. Master’s students from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague created the colourful youth opera Afterschool with youngsters from the Melodi Music School.

Cultural Exchange Utrecht – Malta 2009

Gitariste in MaltadB consult drew up a report concerning the cultural exchange of the Utrecht city council with Malta. Work visits were undertaken and contacts made with several cultural institutions and festivals. Special attention was paid to the unique musical heritage of Malta, in which the distinct raw vocal style Ghana stands out the most.


International Cultural CollaborationdB consult was responsible for the project management of Focus Morocco, a multi-year Dutch-Moroccan collaboration by the Rotterdam Museum of World Arts in the field of cultural heritage. The project consisted of two touring exhibitions, an extensive educational programme, a highly instructive website, events and meetings. Focus Morocco painted a vivid picture of the rich cultural inheritance of Morocco and the way it has inspired artists, designers and musicians worldwide.

Celebration 400 year Netherlands – Morocco 2004-2006

Muziekfestival MarrakechdB consult was responsible for the cultural exchange programme commemorating 400 years of relationships between the Netherlands and Morocco. The programme offered artistic encounters, concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, workshops, literary events and lectures. Activities took place in Casablanca, Marrakesh and Rabat and generated new exchange projects between Dutch and Moroccan artists and cultural institutions. The programme was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. dB consult also arranged the artistic programme of the Morocco Express festival in Utrecht:

Lectures Music Worldwide

Kaapstad meets KytopiaJeanneke den Boer is giving lectures in the series Music Worldwide at the Rotterdams Arts School Codarts. Themes in 2013 were Myths and Music of the Celts and Music from Capetown, South-Africa. The latter was focusing on kwaito and Cape Hiphop and musicians joined the presentation with live music and rap: dj DNA and from Capetown rapper Hemelbesem and kwaitosinger Daddy Spencer. The Cape musicians were collaborating with DNa in the project Kaapstad meets Kytopia Utrecht.

World Music Lectures and presentations

Reisgids WereldmuziekOver the years, dB consult has frequently lectured on world music at De Doelen concert hall in Rotterdam. These lectures have vividly portrayed the Cuban son, Argentinian tango, Algerian raï, Portugese fado, Cape Verdean morna, Brazilian samba and bossa nova, Greek rembetika, Spanish flamenco, klezmer, Sufi music, Gaelic music, and music from the Balkans, Morocco, Turkey, India and Iran:

Lectures in the Trance Festival 2009

TrancefestivalAs part of the Trance Festival, in concert halls in the Netherlands and Belgium with music and dance from Benin, Japan, Turkey, Iran, Mali and Morocco, Jeanneke den Boer gave lectures. She told about the fascinating trance rituals of the Malinese Bamana hunters and the Moroccan Gnaoua brotherhoods, explaining the historical link between the two.

Lectures at Sufi-Flamenco Performance 2008

Van Soefi tot Flamenco

‘From Sufi to Flamenco’ is a special Kulsan Foundation project, in which Turkish musicians collaborate with flamenco artists. Meditative Turkish Sufi music and dance shift into temperamental Spanish flamenco. Jeanneke den Boer gave lectures prior to the performances in various city theatres and concert halls in the Netherlands.