Grand Opening 

The grand opening of the festival promises to be a dangerously exciting one.

Short stories told by Amsterdam’s best storytellers, angelic singing and an unexpected surprise all on the festival’s theme: “Brotherhood”. Hosted by Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani.

Language: English

1 november | 19:30-20:30 | podium MOZAIEK big hall | € 17.50

Tickets are available soon (End of August)


Maker’s Lab (cancelled)

We recommend ‘Makers’ to follow our workshop: Meet the Expert.

The makers lab is a 3 hour afternoon organized by the Mezrab Storytelling School for twelve professional participants from different performing art forms. The aim is to be introduced to the basics of storytelling, allowing new skills to be used in the medium the artist already specializes in, as well as to create an environment in which the different fields of performance art can mix and cross fertilize.

Language: English

2 november | 13:30-16:30 | podium MOZAIEK STUDIO | € 45.00

Tickets are available soon (End of August)

Introduction to Storytelling

Come and join an introductory workshop for storytelling. It’s open to anyone, and no previous knowledge will be needed! In three exciting hours it gives you basic skills in storytelling and encourages your curiosity in exploring storytelling further and finding out more!

Language: English

3 november | 10:00-13:00 | podium MOZAIEK STUDIO | € 45.00

Tickets are available soon (End of August)

Deeper Connection Masterclass / Public

Mezrab Storytelling School co-founder Raphael Rodan is a master at finding a personal connection to old traditional stories. Usually this is taught in the closed environment of the classes. For the public masterclass we would like to invite three storytellers to work with Raphael. Each one of them will bring an ancient story to work with.

We will open this workshop to a larger audience, allowing the audience to witness the process of creating an individual personal connection to an ancient story. We hope that the audience will learn from the process of the students and also be exposed to a deeper artistic exploration of storytelling. This workshop will be filmed.

Language: English

3 november | 13:00-14:15 | podium MOZAIEK STUDIO | FREE

Meet the Expert: Raffi Feghali

How would you feel about starting a story without knowing where it will go? How awesome would it be to be surprised with where the story is going at the same time as your audience? Better yet, how incredible would it be if your audience help you come up with the story while you’re performing it?

In this workshop, we’ll open a lab in which we explore ways to bring the skills of improvisational theater to storytelling. We’ll also look into different ways in which we can bring the audience into the story. Whether you want to improvise stories, improve your story creating/writing, or give your storytelling performance a boost, this laboratory is a great starting point.

Language: English

4 november | 12:00-15:00 | podium MOZAIEK STUDIO | € 45.00

Tickets are available soon (End of August)


Live performance in the Digital Age

A significant segment of the storytelling audience has been introduced to Storytelling by the pod- and broadcasts of This American Life and the Moth. In the Netherlands Echt Gebeurd also records and distributes their stories. Does the digital recording and distribution of the performances do justice to them or are they only another tool to promote the growth of storytelling? What are other ways for traditional storytelling to benefit from these technologies? Is the time ripe to invest in virtual reality or is it a passing fad?

Language: English

2 november | 17:00-18:30 | podium MOZAIEK STUDIO | free

Meeting point of the Spoken word

Spoken word as a performance art form can have a variety of shapes, Stand up comedy, Slam poetry, Storytelling, Cabaret and more. There are many differences between those mentioned above, however there are also a lot of similarities. In this talk a Storyteller, a comedian, a theatre maker and a Poet will examine the borders between their art forms. How can they learn from each other? Can they expand their possibilities for expression, by challenging their own definition of their specific art form?

Language: English

3 november | 13:30-14:30 | podium MOZAIEK big hall | free

Oral Arts vs. political activism

Should artists focus on creating art for the sake of art, or should they use their tools to create a change in politics/society? Can art even give answers to social/political issues if art is supposed to keep asking questions, never fully having the answers? Or is the act of asking questions in itself a political act? In the Oral Arts vs. Political Activism talk a panel of performers from the storytelling world and other arts talk about the pros and cons of a thorny subject in the time of the refugee crisis and #metoo.

Language: English

4 november | 13:00-14:00  | podium MOZAIEK STUDIO | free


Pierre and the optimists

Pierre & Les Optimistes is a French-Dutch gypsy jazz band. We call it “Gypsy Stuff” because our repertoire includes our own music, but also original french songs, gypsy jazz covers, swing & jazz tracks, rumba & acoustic reggae… Think of Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Sanseverino, La Caravane Passe, La rue kétanou… Pierre sings in French, English, Spanish, Dutch, Russian (and more). The music is upbeat, energetic and great to dance to – a real gypsy mix!

3 november | 22:30-23:30 | Pierre and the optimists | podium mozaiek Foyer | FREE