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Onze Ambassade Festival

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West is proud to introduce the first edition of Onze Ambassade Festival with a richly filled&nbsp;programme of music, performances, exhibitions, workshops and a debate. As part of the UIT&nbsp;Festival Den Haag, we present a variety of artists coming from The Hague and abroad, who will&nbsp;perform for two days at the former American embassy. With the nomination for the AICA Award&nbsp;2019 &ndash; as an institution &lsquo;that has made an important contribution to the development and visibility&nbsp;of contemporary art and thinking about it in the Netherlands&rsquo; &ndash; the new cultural season we will&nbsp;opened festively.<br />
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The UIT Festival is a tradition in the city and West follows on with a outspoken programme, in which we&nbsp;want to draw attention to artists from the new 'counter culture' and introduce visitors to the new completion&nbsp;of the former American embassy. Experimental, but above all challenging and innovative. Onze&nbsp;Ambassade brings together various artists throughout the weekend and everyone gets the chance to&nbsp;discover the building by visiting the exhibitions, participating in lectures, guided tours and a debate.<br />
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With performances by Knalpot, Stippenlift, Elektrovolt and Bence Meijer, among others, we present a broad&nbsp;spectrum ranging from soft vocal and instrumental passages to more experimental, rougher and turbulent&nbsp;electronic acts. Not only the local scene is represented, but artists coming also from abroad, such as Simon&nbsp;Crab/Fritz Catlin from London, Arma Agartha from Lithuania and Alex &amp; Zahar, a performance duo from&nbsp;Athens and Moscow respectively.<br />
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Parallel to the many performances, there is also the opportunity to join a guided tour of the architecturally&nbsp;eye-catching building in the very heart of the Museumkwartier. Designed by Bauhaus architect Marcel&nbsp;Breuer and having housed the American Embassy for decades, today the doors of this building are open to&nbsp;the public free of charge. Guided tours are alternated with lectures on Spinoza, discussions and a final&nbsp;debate on the future of the building. This weekend will also be the last chance to visit the exhibition The&nbsp;Vault by Korpys / L&ouml;ffler, a very appropriate collection of films, photos and light images that seamlessly&nbsp;match the symbolism of the building. With a somewhat obscure and mysterious perspective, the German&nbsp;artist duo takes us through the rigid world of bureaucracy and its institutions. In addition, in the Alphabetum,&nbsp;the unique library space, you can explore the exhibition From Typography to Grammatography. This&nbsp;collection shows the formative and formal aspects of letters, writing and language and invites visitors to&nbsp;immerse themselves in it.<br />
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<strong>Participating artists and performers</strong><br />
Bence Meijer, Alex &amp; Zahar, Av&eacute; Eva 369, Stippenlift, Ren&eacute;e van Trier,&nbsp;Shitcluster, Knalpot, Simon Crab/Fritz Catlin, Elektrovolt, Flowers/Ghosts&amp;Echoes, Radboud Mens, Piyojo, Able Noise, Arma Agartha, Pia Louwerens, Esther Didden, Tehching Hsieh en Korpys / L&ouml;ffler.&nbsp;Also artists and studios in the building will open their doors to the public on Sunday 8 September and&nbsp;welcome everyone for a series of workshops and concerts. Come and meet Alexandra Arshanskaya,&nbsp;Jantien Salomons, Laurens van Luin and Guy Livingston.

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