Spoken Word x New Beginnings

Benzokarim, Veronique Efomi, Derek Otte & Amara van der Elst

When: Saturday 12 March | 15:45

Location: Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Foyer

Ticket price: Free

Language: Dutch

Spoken word and opera may not seem a logical combination at first sight, but both share an important narrative and musical tradition. This tradition in particular brings these two art forms together, which sheds a new light on storytelling. On this intersection, performer and spoken word artist Manu van Kersbergen curated a program with four word artists and five musicians. In their very own way, they share their view on the theme of our festival: New Beginnings.

It is not necessary to book tickets in advance for Spoken Word X New Beginnings. On Saturday 12 March the doors of Dutch National Opera & Ballet will be open to everyone and you can experience various programmes completely free of charge!

Team & cast

Spoken word artiest


Spoken Word Artist

Veronique Efomi

Spoken Word Artist

Derek Otte

Spoken Word Artist

Amara van der Elst


Manu van Kersbergen

Musical accompaniment

Hadewych van Gent (cellist)

Musical accompaniment

Yannick Hiwat (violist)