City Talks Amsterdam: Hey, are you ok?
Our popular programme WorldTalks Amsterdam is making its comeback this fall with a tiny twist: we are going back to our Amsterdam roots! City Talks is ITA's sip & talk show, in which we focus on our city’s talented creatives and change makers. Each edition we will connect one of our theatre performances to social topics, urban trends, and daily life. We invite you to grab a drink, join the conversation, and get inspired!
Run time 60 minutes
Location ITA Salon
Questions may be asked in Dutch
Register for free admission and a free beverage
Hey, are you ok?
Living in our beautiful metropolis is an inspiring and exciting experience, but it also brings pressure: to perform, to make ends meet, to look good, to live in a comfortable home, to have fun, and to do lots of activities. In 2020 - amid the Covid-19 pandemic - one in three Amsterdammers was experiencing psychosocial complaints, such as stress, anxiety, or loneliness*. How can we break taboos and overcome stigmas around these topics together? Come and join our speakers and performers to delve into topics such as well-being, different approaches to healthcare and how to create a city where we can thrive and feel mentally well.
*Source: Gemeente Amsterdam, 2022
This edition’s theme is inspired by ITA-ensemble and Eline Arbo’s The Hours - covering topics such as mental illness and living up to society’s expectations. The Hours can be seen at ITA from 18-27 November.
City Talks is powered by Rabobank Metropoolregio Amsterdam and made possible by Pakhuis de Zwijger. A beverage will be provided courtesy of Grolsch.
Geoffrey van der Ven
Geoffrey van der Ven is a spoken word artist, theatre maker, and host known from the podcast Wat Zeggie?! and his theatre performance It is not new. In 2021, he won the Poet of the Year Award at the Queer & Feminist Poetry Awards. With his Dutch-Nigerian roots, he likes to amplify the stories that we don't hear enough. During City Talks, Geoffrey is happy to welcome you and will lead the conversation with our guests.
Cherouq M’Jahad is the co-founder of Comfy Community, a collective for young creatives that pays attention to mental health and self-development. You could call them a nomadic community centre, organising workshops and events (like their popular Mental Health Walks) that are accessible to anyone. Cherouq has a background in Developmental Psychology and a personal passion for community care. One of the inspirations behind Comfy Community is Ubuntu, the African philosophy that places emphasis on 'being self through others', meaning 'I am because you are': by helping each other we will also grow as individuals.
Marieke de Goeij
Marieke de Goeij - a marketing director turned illustrator - is optimistic, adventurous, ambitious, and creative. Up until the summer of 2015, she and her husband were living their dream life in Australia. That suddenly stopped when she fell into a pit of insomnia, fear, and panic and, eventually, had to emigrate back to The Netherlands. Was she ever going to feel ok again? Gradually she did, and once recovered she made a book to remind herself of all the things that helped her through so she would never feel that bad again. Het Grote Depri Doe-Boek, in which Marieke guides herself (and also you!) through all steps of the healing process with her drawings, is now helping at least 15.000 others (and counting)! And great news: this fall, an English version of this best-seller will be published with the - quite coincidentally! - title Hey Are You Okay?
Surinamese-Dutch singer-songwriter XILLAN makes alternative pop music that is challenging in its intimacy. XILLAN proves that vulnerability is a superpower when backed by authenticity and self-assurance. XILLAN does not allow himself to be limited within the bounds of alternative pop, but embraces his eclectic influences with passion and conviction. XILLAN's music is a reflection of his diverse cultural background; a '90s kid who caught a glimpse of the analog world before technology and digitization became an everyday luxury.
Since 2019, Esther Kok has been working for Thrive Amsterdam Mentaal Gezond, an initiative started by GGD Amsterdam - the Amsterdam public health service. Thrive is a new preventive movement aimed at promoting the mental health and resilience of all Amsterdammers. Esther knows from her own experience how important it is to invest in mental health. Mental health affects us all, which is why Thrive wants to reach more people’s hearts and minds with this topic. That’s why Thrive facilitates and stimulates conversations and activities with and within education, society and work.