Sites of Memory Foundation organizes activities around the hidden and under-represented stories of our shared cultural heritage of the Netherlands and the former colonies.It is founded by Jennifer Tosch (historian, sociologist and founder of the Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam) and Katy Streek (theatre maker and programmer). Since 2016 they create site specific performances about the 'hidden' stories about the history of slavery and colonialism in Amsterdam. In 2020 they will develop Future for the Past, an international collaboration between multi-disciplinary artists from South African and The Netherlands about our shared cultural heritage.


Emerging Memory is a theatrical boat trip about the history of colonialism and slavery in Amsterdam from the 22nd of June till 4th of July. After the great succes of the past three years, with sold out shows, the we are bringing a new edition within the theme Emerging Memory; what stories from history do we document or archive, by whom and from who's perspective? What do we rather forget? The audience is taken past historical sites whilst spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and visual artists bring history to the present. It's a quest for our shared cultural heritage and encounter through stories.

Emerging Memory is a project by Jennifer Tosch (founder of Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam) and Katy Streek (theatremaker and programmer of Afrovibes Festival).


In collaboration with:

Raul Balai - illustration and visual design costumes

Alejandra Silva - Costume design

Buhlebezwe Siwani - installation, video and performance  

Zino Schat & Robert Thomas Villedieu / fractal collective - choreography and dance

Mirte Hartland, Sjaan Flikweert & Jörgen Gario -

Spoken word, music & performance

In partnership with Amsterdam Roots, Afrovibes, Poetry Circle Nowhere, Black Heritage Tours and made possible by: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, We Make the City, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam Heritage and Memory Studies & Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis.

Performance dates and times:

Saturday 22 June, 16:00 & 20:00

Sunday 23 June, 20:00 (performance at is16:00 Sold out)

Thursday 27 June, 20:00 (incl. introduction from 19:00 til 19:30 pm at University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16)

Friday 28 June, 20:00

Saturday 29 June, 16:00 & 20:00

Sunday 30 June, 16:00 & 20:00

Wednesday 3 July, 20:00

Thursday 4 July, 20:00

Price: €25,- / €20.-

Duration: 105 minutes

Language: English with partly Dutch text

STARTINGPOINT PERFORMANCE: Bushuis in the Oost-Indisch Huis (Kloveniersburgwal 48).

Location introduction 27th June: Universiteitstheater (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16)



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