Author: Monica Perez Vega

Whose Heritage Matters

This Friday the Hiraeth team will be heading to the Centre of Space, Place and Society at Wageningen University to participate in the conference: “The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications.”  Specifically we will be participating in the “Whose Heritage Matters” conversation- discussing the role migrants play in Dutch canon and...

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Hiraeth Magazine Teaser

Have a peek into our storytelling event, and go behind the scenes as we talk about some of our inspirations and intentions with Hiraeth magazine and podcast.  Documented by Sarah A. Levitt.  Hiraeth Magazine Teaser from Hiraeth Magazine on...

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Interview with Laura M. Pana at the Hiraeth Poetry Night at Labyrinth Poetry & Cocktail Bar, May 6, 2017 Laura M. Pana is the founder and director of Migrationlab, an organization that co-creates opportunities with and for refugees, migrants and locals to meet, interact and inspire each other in cities across Europe. They combine culture, storytelling, social design and non-formal education to improve social relationships between these communities.  Laura is originally from Romania, lived and studied in Austria and now lives in the Netherlands.   “Coming from a country negatively perceived in Europe, my migration journey was filled with labeling and stereotyping most...

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City In Translation

An Interview with Canan Marasligil at the Hiraeth Poetry Night at Labyrinth Poetry & Cocktail Bar, May 6, 2017   Canan Marasligil is a writer, translator, editor and curator. Her interest is in challenging official narratives and advocating freedom of expression through a wide range of creative projects and activities. City in Translation is part of an ongoing exploration of how languages appear in urban spaces. The project was started thanks to the Culture@Work Writer’s Residency at the University of Copenhagen (IKK, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies) in April-May 2015, where Canan focused on the city of Copenhagen to start...

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Podcast Episode 19: Stardust Magick

In this episode, I talk to Stardust Magick.  Star is a transformational artist- transforming herself and others through costume and performance. She believes in radical expression and lives with an open heart and with the intention of simply spreading joy to others. Star helped form the Mystic Family Circus, Stilt Circus and Makeover Mechanix. She was also part of Cirquinalia, The Girlie Freak Show, The Dream Theater and starred in many music videos and red carpet events.  Star also occasionally worked with other performance groups like Midnight Sun and Lucent Dossier in California and has performed at festivals the world over. Star...

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 24- Calmness Amidst Chaos 20/11/2017
    Francesca Aikman is an artist from the North West of England who lives and works in Amsterdam. She arrived directly after finishing a degree in Fine Art at university in Preston to take up a residency at OT303, and, without her really realizing or planning it, Amsterdam became home.  Recently, she has been making small, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 23- A Moving Legacy 02/10/2017
    In this episode, Sarah talks to Lucille Abendanon who has three nationalities and has lived in six different countries. Lucille shares not only her own story of movement, but also the incredible stories of her Dutch Oma and Opa who survived life in Japanese concentration camps. Lucille is a writer and values the power of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 22- Crimea Calling 18/09/2017
    In 2010, Masha and her brother inherited her grandparents’ home in Crimea, the place of her birth. Last Spring, she traveled there and felt a tug to return and explore her roots. She has long felt the pull between lands and questioned her sense of identity- having lived in the US since the age of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 21 - Embrace The Journey 04/09/2017
    I met Cynthia on instagram- While she runs the very serious business of recruitment and coaching for expats through her company Xpath Global Careers, she also happens to run a hilarious instagram account called @expatmemes which pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of international life...  Many times, I found myself commenting (or at least thinking) […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
    In this episode, we talk about art, politics and plans for the future.  This episode is a series of audio clips from team meetings and conversations recorded over the past six months.  It is a reflection on the year so far- as we wrap up for Summer vacation.  We will resume in the Fall, and […]

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