WorldTalks Amsterdam / What a shame!


WorldTalks Amsterdam / What a shame!

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / Pakhuis de Zwijger


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WorldTalks Amsterdam / What a shame!
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / Pakhuis de Zwijger
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An evening about shame, failure and vulnerability. Lessons learned & #noshame!

Walk in from 17:30
Bites & music after

This event is in English
Register for free admission and a free drink

Failure = Sexy

Dream bigger, do better, work hard, and amazing things will happen. But let's be honest; life isn't always amazing. Whether in our personal life or in our careers, being open about our struggles and hence being vulnerable is not an easy walk. However, we all know life is a bumpy ride so we might as well share the (crazy) lessons learned. That is also why there is a growing trend among start-ups, influencers, brands, etc. to be more open about failure and other taboos. Time to get real: how can our failures make our lives better?

With in this programme

Pepe Villatorro / Fuckup Nights
Pepe Villatorro works at the headquarters of Fuckup Nights, a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure, organised in 321 cities around the globe. Each month, people get up on stage in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled… What’s explains the popularity of this global movement?

Aisha Madu / Schroom
Animator and artist Aisha Madu likes to explore awkward and uncomfortable situations that are part of our everyday life, and addresses them with humor and a touch of absurdism.In her animations she likes to share her own discomfort and wants to explore the discomfort of others. Via VPRO Dorst, the talent platform for young makers, Aisha Madu produced her own animated serie Schroom, a platform that celebrates all the embarrassing and painful moments that make us blush. Does she have awkward stories herself?

Bowie Redman Barbiers / Wild Mouth
Storyteller Bowie Redman Barbiers refers to herself as a ‘Wild Mouth’ that likes to talk about unspeakable topics. By sharing stories with her online audience on social media, she aims to create more openness around guilt, shame, and loneliness. In her newest weekly series 'Biechtbrieven' (‘Confessional Letters’), followers can send her a confession (anonymously) about ’shameful’ topics such as farting (yes!) and orgasms.

Wing Yan Man / 3310 – School for Millennials
Why is there no school for grown-ups? Being 30, Wing Yan Man didn’t feel like she had figured out how life works. Being burnt out from her corporate job, she bumped into lots of great lost-in-life dilemmas. But where to go for help? At 3310, School for Millennials, you can follow classes that teach you life skills that help you to become a 21st century champion. Vulnerability and being open about failure – why is that a typical Millennial thing to do?

Spoken word by Naomi Veldwijk

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WorldTalks Amsterdam, an urban talkshow by ITA & Pakhuis de Zwijger, brings together drinks and food for thought. Every two weeks, we connect worldwide urban trends and challenges to urban daily life. From greener cities to future love scenarios and digital innovation. Discover what’s next, check out inspiring speakers & meet new folks.

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