OK, so here’s the story: we were a little bit crazy, probably. We, that’s a crew of a few people in Antwerp that joined up in a non-profit organization with the purpose of organizing open stages on a very regular basis. You can take that literally: every Sunday one of us hosted such an evening in the back of their favourite (or a collaborating) pub. For years, we have been welcoming artists of all kinds, from the obvious musicians and poets over comedians and dancers to even DJ’s and VJ’s, anything that fitted on a small stage was able to earn 15 minutes of fame.
But it didn’t stop with the pub sessions: every year, we went outside, and in full force planted a festival-like event somewhere in the city of Antwerp and gave a showcase of that year’s best performances. And we did that on some pretty exotic locations: right in front of the cathedral (see picture), on the well-known Flandria boats, next to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, in one of the Sint-Annatunnel’s elevators, decorated as a grandma’s living room, and so on.
Personally, I pretty often took stage as MC, not only on our own stages but also on many others, and aside that performed with my mix of poetry and comedy (yup, that’s poedy for you). Pretty sure that helped a lot in polishing my public speaking skills 🙂