– Three art forms brought together

From left to right: Sophie Molhan (Elderman for Culture, La Roche), Guy Guilloteaux (Mayor of La Roche), Marijke Persijn, Peter Visser (composer, Voorburg, NL), Daisy Hoste (painter), Marijke Verbeeck, Marco Kalkman (harpsicord, Schiedam, NL), Gérard Lambert, Piet Sleeking (Elderman for Culture, Dordrecht)

We really needed a bit of a pause after the last few weeks which led to the two concerts on 5 and 6 october 2019 in Hotel Floréal. That’s why you couldn’t find our blog last weekend.

Our Trio

We had proposed to perform a project under the name “MaGMa et Amices”. Both the BAM! festival as the Dutch Embassy to Belgium supported our proposal, in which we combined poetry, painting and music.

With Marco Kalkman, harpsicord

Isn’t it remarkable that this is a genuine international project? People from Wallony, Flanders and the Netherlands worked together. Our MaGMa Trio is already exemplary for this: Gérard was born and raised in La Roche and lives here again nowadays; Marijke Verbeeck originated in Flanders; I come from the Netherlands. And we saw contributions of Peter Visser, the Dutch composer from Voorburg; Marco Kalkman, who played the harpsicord during the Perk-songs, comes from Schiedam. And Daisy Hoste, the painter, originally comes from Flanders, but is a Walloon since ages now.

Eric van der Horst has been arranging, discussing, writing and talking for months with the organisers of the BAM! festival, representatives of the city of La Roche, representatives of the Embassy of the Netherlands to Belgium and several Eldermen for Culture of cities where Jacques Perk spent part of his life. It resulted in actual support and/or presence from Hanna Oosterbaan and Mirthe Demaerel of the Dutch Embassy, Mayor Guy Guilloteaux of La Roche, Elderman Sophie Molhan of La Roche and Piet Sleeking, Elderman of Dordrecht, the city where Jacques Perk was born. And we definitely should not forget mentioning Michel Defays, coordinator of the BAM! festival and Jean-Michel Bodelet, coordinator of “Action Animation Tourisme” of La Roche. And last but not least a very warm Thank You to management and staff of the Hotel Floréal for their helpful and understanding cooperation.

But … we could only enjoy these moments so much because of you, our audience from Wallony, Flanders and the Netherlands!

Our audience

The presence of the Elderman for Culture of Dordrecht, Piet Sleeking, made it even more special. He had come to La Roche with his wife and gave an interesting speech. Having been a teacher for the Dutch language, he had a special interest in this project with poems by Jacques Perk put to music.

Coming weeks we will show the paintings by Daisy Hoste, which were inspired by or relate to these poems.

We wish you all a very nice week!

Marijke Persijn

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