De Veerman aims to stimulate creativity, art experience, knowledge and understanding of the arts, and this in relation to the surrounding world. Art, culture and education are becoming increasingly connected with other social components. De Veerman was founded in 2000 with the aim to develop, implement and disseminate art-educational projects.
Sunday 18 November it is the seventh edition of Kunstendag voor Kinderen (Art Day for Children). And of course De Veerman will participate. Because we are bitten by art and want to boost our hunger for these arts among others. Big and small.
Therefore we organize not one, not two, but three workshops where children (from 6 to 12 years) can experiment with art.
Joseph-Hector Fiocco was a Flemish composer and violinist with Italian roots, specialized in baroque music. He composed his lamentations in 1733. They are beautiful songs about suffering, grief, about compassion, forgiveness.
With all these ingredients, the 36 children of the primary school De Pientere Piste (Deurne) will be working in AMUZ this week. In this they will be coached by the Veerman artists: Paulo Guerreiro (movement), Charlotte Caluwaerts (voice), Juan Carlos Bonifaz (music) Astrid Bossuyt (music) .
On Wednesday 7 November they will meet the performers (Annelies Van Gramberen, Kris Verhelst & friends). They will also be there at the presentation at the end of the week, where the children will show their own interpretation and creative translation of these lamentations to a wider audience of friends and family.
This week the children of the primary schools De kleine Wereld (Antwerp) and De Kringeling (Hever) work around this masterpiece by Dvorák. In an interactive and creative way, the children get to know the 'most famous Bohemian in music history' and his last symphony, which he composed in the USA and in which he incorporated Afro-American and Indian influences.
During these workshops they follow in the footsteps of this composer. Through music and movement they turn his ninth symphony into their own masterpiece.
The students from the 5th and 6th years will be taken along in these workshops by four artists from De Veerman Tine Joris & Ruth Verberckmoes (music), Anne Marie Honggokoesoemo & Yentl de Werdt (movement).
On Tuesday 13 November the children will experience this symphony live during an open rehearsal of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Afterwards they will have a speed date in small groups with a number of orchestra members and their instruments.
Two young composers follow the unique development trajectory set up by De Veerman and the HERMESensemble. This year's participants are Leon Haxby (Amsterdam Conservatory) and Carlos Brito Dias (Antwerp Conservatory) who have already worked with composer Wim Henderickx for the first time last month. The second working session is scheduled for November 11th.
The concluding concert is scheduled for Sunday 24 February 2019 in AMUZ. It is a double concert, where you can also discover the compositions of the (even younger) composers of The Times. Two for one!
On the first of October, the pupils of the third degree of Pius X (Architectural Design) and Don Bosco Hoboken (Carpentry) received an introduction to the work of Stynen by the Flemish Architecture Institute, followed by an introduction to architectural photography by Monica Monté (via De Veerman). This was followed by a route through the city, in which they photographed Stynen's architecture in mixed groups.
The results, with which the students have recorded the Stynen tracks in the city of Antwerp, can be seen in the corridors, at the vestiaire, during the Léon Stynen exhibition in deSingel until 20 January 2019. The opening is on 11 October. Welcome!
This year students from two Brussels secondary schools (Institut Dominique Pire and Atheneum GO! for Business) embarked for a shared route. Their first meeting immediately set the tone: they were left alone for 35 minutes in a rehearsal studio, where 100 euros (in coins) had been left.
Afterwards a conversation followed: what happened, what value does money have, what values do you consider important ...?
This intro was the first step in the artistic, cocreative journey that both classes will take with the Brussels-based artist Anna Rispoli, assisted by Veerman coaches Paulo Guerreiro and Enrica Camporesi.
Together they will investigate what value and values mean to them as young people in a city. During the first trimester they will explore Brussels, where they will set up experiments in different places.
Seeing something you otherwise never would see. Bump into the unexpected, together with people you would never have met otherwise. That is De Ketting (The Chain).
In our latest publication (in Dutch) The Chain: an invitation we take you along in the course of the project, and explain how we worked.
For the new edition of THE TIMES we are looking for young talent (12 to 20 years) that wants to compose new music.
Do you dream that your compositions will be performed by professional musicians in a large concert hall? Then this is your chance!
In this video you can discover more about this forum for young composers.
You can register until the 3th of December 2018.
On August 25 Curiosa premiered in hetpaleis during the festival Laus Polyphoniae. It was received with great enthusiasm by young and old alike.
An article about the performance in the Gazet Van Antwerpen can be read here.
Pictures of the premiere and the rehearsal process can be seen here.
Did you miss it and would you like to be there next time? Have a look at the dates in DeStudio (Antwerp) and in de Bijloke (Ghent).