Parade Compartment

16 October–11 November 2022


If Another Storm Comes, We Will Be Ready (Sint Maarten Parade)

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Original photo by Tom Janssen, framed into a poster and wallpapered by Jeanine van Berkel.

A five-day workshop and public performance.
Facilitated by Migrante Netherlands, Linangan, and Espacio Estamos Bien.

Sundays in October–November 2022
WHERE: BAK and other locations
HOW: Free entrance. Meals provided on days 2 and 3. Registration required, click on the link above. 

This year, the annual Sint Maarten Parade that moves through the historical town center is organized by Sharing Arts Society as the closing celebration of “Utrecht 900″—the city’s 900-year anniversary. Paper lantern sculptures are carried in procession by their makers, supported by orchestras, choirs, dancers and other theatrical acts. The theme of the 2022 parade is The Storm, recalling a hurricane that wrought havoc all over Europe, Utrecht being one of the cities that sustained the most damage. For the first time ever, BAK has been invited to participate in the parade with its own compartment.

To carry out this task, the Community Portal has invited three collectives to create a moving performance for the parade during a series of public workshops: Linangan, a Filipino arts and culture network for political solidarity; Migrante Netherlands, an international migrant rights organization from the Philippines; and Espacio Estamos Bien, a nomadic cultural space for people who do not feel at home in institutions run by Chilean artist Francisca Khamis and Colombian artist Mariana Jurado Rico.

The workshops take the (visual and sonic) languages of social movements from the Philippines, Colombia, and Chile as a starting point, welcoming participants to add their own layers of personal and political experience.


Sunday 16, October, 13.0018.00 hrs
Introduction, sharing framework and stories, action plan
Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Pauwstraat 13A, 3512TG, Utrecht

Sunday 23, October, 11.0018.00 hrs
Production, choreography
Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Pauwstraat 13A, 3512TG, Utrecht

Sunday, 30 October, 11.0018.00 hrs
Production, choreography
Location: Amsterdamsestraatweg 50, 3513AG, Utrecht

Sunday, 6 November, 13.0018.00 hrs
Dress rehearsal
Location: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Pauwstraat 13A, 3512TG, Utrecht


Friday, 11 November, 15.00 hrs
Location: Meeting point @ BAK

Though attendance to all workshop dates is preferred, a minimum of one is required to take part in the performance. This event is open to the public and free to attend. If you are interested, please sign up using the registration link at the top of this page. For more information, please email

Original photo from Trainings for the Not-Yet (2019) by Tom Janssen, framed into a poster by Jeanine van Berkel.

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