Afro Caribbean Dance

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afro caribbean danc e

Afro Caribbean Dance workshop by Vali Leonora,

with Ruchi Isidora (drum), Russel Soleana (percussion),
introducing Charleston Maria on drums

 

 

 

 

Saturday January 29
5.30- 7.00 PM

You are invited to let the Afro Caribbean rhythms inspire you to express yourself through dance. This evening is dedicated to our esteemed percussionist Ompi Tio who regretfully passed away on January 18.

Bloemhof Experience by Night

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Bloemhof Experience by Night
Landhuis Bloemhof, Cathedral of Thorns & Number Ten Café

 

 

 

 

Friday February 4
6- 9 PM

xperience nature, art and history at night at Landhuis Bloemhof, the Cathedral of Thorns and Number Ten on Friday February 4. This is your chance to see the cathedral lit at night, wander around the Bloemhof gardens in the dark and have dinner at Number Ten (reservations required).

Season Greetings

Season Greetings

This year is rapidly reaching it's end. Another year with all kinds of challenges in different aspects of our lives, but also a year with a lot of exciting cultural activities at Landhuis Bloemhof.

With confidence we look forward to the coming year and embrace all new opportunities to create more platforms for art.

The entire team of Landhuis Bloemhof is eager to continue preparing out of the box and traditional activities to share with you.

We thank you all - artists, crafters, teachers, clients, visitors, the press, volunteers, supporters - for your ongoing patronage. It means a lot to us and we look forward to your company in 2022.

But first, enjoy the Holidays, together with loved ones and let's ring in a Blessed New Year!

Opening dates and hours
Friday December 24. 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Saturday December 25. Closed
Tuesday Dec 28 - Thursday Dec 30. 9.00 am - 2.00 pm
Friday December 31.  9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Saturday January 1.  Closed

Meet The Artists from Schots en Scheef

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Meet the Artists from Schots en Scheef

 

 

 

 

Saturday December 18
10.00 AM - 12.00 PM 

Visiting this fun exhibition with its surprises will put a smile on your face. Like a challenge? Join the Who is Who and Who did What quiz. All you have to do is figure out which artist created what artwork, fill in the list and drop your form in our Who is Who box.
This Saturday you can collect some clues as several artists will be at Bloemhof: Annemieke Dicke, Carlos Better, Marja Tukker, Marjon Wegman and Ria Houwen.

Meet The Artists from Schots en Scheef

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Meet the Artists from Schots en Scheef

 

 

 

 

Wednesday December 15
10.00 AM - 12.00 PM 

Visiting this fun exhibition with its surprises will put a smile on your face. Like a challenge? Join the Who is Who and Who did What quiz. All you have to do is figure out which artist created what artwork, fill in the list and drop your form in our Who is Who box.
This Wednesday you can collect some clues as several artists will be at Bloemhof: Anne Lies Bruens, Giovani Zanolino, Christian Peralta, Margarita Haakmat, Merly Trappenberg and Rose Ann Ignacio

Neverending Stories | Beschaving onder de loep

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Neverending Stories | Beschaving onder de loep

Bernadette Heiligers , Nifa Ansano, Dimitri Cloose, Renske Pin

 

 

 

Saturday December 18
5.00 PM
Entrance ANG. 15,00

 De Curaçaose schrijver Bernadette Heiligers is zaterdag 18 december de hoofdgast van de eerste aflevering van de Neverending Stories podcastserie die op Curaçao wordt opgenomen. De opname kan door een beperkt publiek worden bijgewoond.

In deze aflevering van de feministische boekentalkshow Neverending Stories gaat Nifa Ansano in gesprek met schrijver Bernadette Heiligers en tafelgasten Dimitri Cloose en Renske Pin over hoe mensen omgaan met normen binnen een beschaving. Is beschaving verbonden aan het besef en aanzien van de ik zoals ik dit zie? Is de lijn van wat wel en niet mag fluïde?

Het vertrekpunt is het boek ‘Van zo ver gekomen’ van Bernadette Heiligers. Waarin de tienjarige, Dominicaanse Dini na een tragisch ongeluk alleen achterblijft bij een gezin op Curaçao. Niets is echter wat het lijkt. ‘Het duurde een poosje voordat ik begreep dat de scheidingslijn tussen goede en slechte mensen niet meer is dan een stippellijn.’ Zij verzet zich tegen de wereld en zij wil zich met alle kracht over alle grenzen heen zetten.

De tafelgasten nemen ‘Van zo ver gekomen’ onder de loep en duiken in de vraag ‘Is het een hopeloze gedachte dat de gekronkelde stippellijnen van beschaving ooit recht getrokken zullen worden? Welke rol kunnen schrijvers spelen in een doorbraak voor z’n proces?

Neverending stories is een grensoverschrijdend inclusieve talkshow van ROSE stories in samenwerking met deBuren. Een talkshow voor een nieuw en cultureel-divers publiek, niet alleen uit Nederland, maar ook België en de Nederlandse Antillen. In de talkshow worden recent verschenen boeken besproken die een nieuw licht werpen op thematiek die relevant is voor de superdiverse samenleving. Centraal staan de verhalen van biculturele schrijvers, met een focus op vrouwelijke schrijvers, als antwoord op de zeer actuele sociaal-ethische en maatschappelijke behoefte aan authentieke en van binnenuit vertelde verhalen die bijdragen aan betere representatie van de samenleving.

Voor de eerste keer wordt Neverending Stories op Curaçao opgenomen en u kunt erbij zijn. Op zaterdag 18 december van 17:00 tot 19:00 uur bij Landhuis Bloemhof (inloop vanaf 16:30 uur). Kaartjes kosten 15 gulden en zijn verkrijgbaar bij Landhuis Bloemhof. (Slechts 40 kaarten beschikbaar).

Neverending Stories is een initiatief van ROSE Stories, in samenwerking met deBuren, Writers Unlimited, Landhuis Bloemhof en Watershed en wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door Literatuur Vlaanderen, Nederlands Letterenfonds, Fonds 21 en het Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds.

Schots en Scheef

Exhibition

Schots en Scheef
Group Exhibition

 

Opening Saturday December 4

 

The Schots en Scheef concept originated from a rebellious thought against traditional rules about art, the usual setup and layout of an exhibition and also against the way in which artists are used to present their work. By challenging artists as well as ourselves to step out of our comfort zones and letting go of what is, or how it should be, space is created to allow a freedom that was not there before.

Participating artists:
Alexine Tjon, Annemieke Dicke, Avantia Damberg, Bethyamin van Nieuwenhuizen, Carlos Better, Christian Peralta, Elodie Heloise, Esther Reyerse, Giovani Zanolino, Gwen Anderson, Heleen Cornet, Hilma Koelman, Kati Qui, Kemuel Sandries, Laica Leito, Lies Bruens, Margarita Haakmat, Marianne Cats, Mariette van Soesbergen, Marja Tukker, Marjon Wegman, Martie Genger, Merly Trappenberg, Mishenu Cicilia, Monique Harbers, Neeltje Timmers, Pito Polo, Ria Houwen, Rochelle Monte, Rose Ann Ignacio, Ruthson Cecilia, Sandra Lewis Nieuw, Tatiana Felix, Urwin Marcos, Vesuhely Americaan.

 

Kafe Literaio Greaseman

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Kafé Literario 'Greaseman'
Honoring 2021 Cola Debrot Prize recipient for Literature
Philip 'Fifi' Rademaker 

 

 

 

Thursday December 2
7.00 PM
Entrance ANG. 10,00

Philip 'Fifi' Rademaker (1944) received the Cola Debrot prize for a small, but extremely refined and special oeuvre consisting of two collections of poems, a short story collection and essays. The Council of Culture made special mention of his limericks and sharp contributions to the correct way of speaking and writing Papiamentu.

'Greaseman', the title of the literary café dedicated to this literary artist captures the versatility of Rademaker as a person. 'Greaseman' refers to the almost impossible task of capturing this artist in one art discipline. In addition to being a poet and author, Rademaker is also a publicist, actor, director, street philosopher, politician without a party, painter, caricaturist and photographer.

In the literary café on December 2, however, the focus will largely be on his literary work. The program begins at 7pm and will open with a tribute to his work performed by fellow writers, poets, and performers. After the break Rademaker will be interviewed and will recite from his oeuvre. And as regular visitors to Bloemhof's literary cafés know, this evening will end with sharp closing remarks by three wise 'men.'

Ralph Winedt, Crisèn Schorea, Lucille Berry Haseth, Roland Colastica, Nifa Ansano, Bernadette Heiligers, Jeroen Heuvel, Laura Quast, Diana Lebacs, Marlon Reina and Elodie Heloise are your hosts and will be presenting the ninth Kafé Literario 'Greaseman.'

Literary oeuvre
In 2000 Bos di Buriku, a collection of 37 poems was published and republished in 2008 in a special edition for secondary schools in Curaçao. Together with Sinaya R. Wolfert, he made the photo book Otrobanda, a timeless poem of Curaçao, about the neighborhood Rademaker loves so much.

In 2015 another collection of poems Pa Steru Superfisie was published and in the same year the short story collection Di gaña gaña!  A new publication with a collection of Limericks is in the pipeline.

Out of the Woods

Exhibition

 

 

Out of the Woods
Scupltors inspired by Bloemhof
Introducing Solaica Leito & Ruthson Cecilia

 

Opening Friday October 29
Exhibition until November 27

Landhuis Bloemhof is honored to introduce two new artists during the opening of ‘Out of the Woods’ on Friday October 29th at 7 PM. This marks the first exhibition for Solaica ‘Laica’ Leito (1970) and Ruthson Cecilia (1961) in which they will make their debut with wooden sculptures made out of local wood, imported wood and reclaimed antique wood whereby some are combined with stone, metal and paint.

Laica and Ruthson are no strangers to Landhuis Bloemhof. Laica has been working here for the past 7 years and Ruthson since 2 years. The journey to this exhibition was a personal and profound one for both of them.

Solaica ‘Laica’ Leito
Laica first encountered art when she started working at Landhuis Bloemhof. “I am a very curious person by nature, open to what life has to teach me. My love and appreciation for art was nurtured as I got exposed and experienced various expressions of art during the past years at Bloemhof”, says Laica.

The first seed of inspiration was planted in 2018 when she followed a workshop stone sculpting by sculptress Annie Clement. Since stone is a tough medium to find and transport, she didn’t continue, until 2019. Suddenly everything fell into place when she attended a workshop by wood sculptor Gwen Garcia. She became so fascinated with the medium that she soon started experimenting at home. The experience and know-how she cultivated during the workshop by Annie Clement just a year prior in combination with what she learned during the workshop with Gwen Garcia really pushed her to an explosive urge to create. During the first and second lockdown she emersed herself into creation.

Ruthson Cecilia
Art has always played a role in Ruthon’s life. “I have many ideas and I burst with creativity. I consider myself a ‘handy’ person. When I lived in The Netherlands I used to work with wood in my free time and I used to paint for my own pleasure. There was always a side of me that was hungry to share my creations with others. During the workshop with Gwen Garcia my inspiration to work with wood woke up again”, says Ruthson.

During lockdown Ruthson took the opportunity to start expressing himself creatively again and has since made many pieces.
Landhuis Bloemhof board member and art connoisseur Nicole Henriquez introduces the two artists in this video:

 

A pact
While Covid measurements became less strict and people were allowed back to work, Laica and Ruthson shared their experiences. To both their surprise they mentioned that they had been experimenting with wood. They shared their gained knowledge with one another and made a pact to continue creating in the hopes of one day exhibiting their work. Who could predict that this day would come so fast?

 Wooden sculptures
‘Out of the Woods’ shows an array of wooden sculptures, combining techniques in a most creative way while maintaining the natural structure that makes this medium so loved. Both artist have their own unique style in which they combine and work using various types of wood like pine wood, wood from local trees like medlar and Caribbean Jujube (appeldam), but also meranti and basralocus which are reclaimed from antique furniture. Ruthson combined his local wood with stone, metal and paint.

Together Laica and Ruthson have managed to create a diversified, creative and inspiring collection in a relatively short period of time