Curators: Gable and Romy Roelofsen (Het Geluid) and Saskia van Stein
Common Carnaval was a project by, for, and with the citizens
of Maastricht, those born in the city as well as refugees and
newcomers. A project combining forces and deployed artistic,
design, and creative processes which introduce newcomers to
local traditions and rituals.
What opportunities lie herein for our community? Common
Carnaval received local and national attention* and raised questions about how we shape the notion of coexistence in our city.
With the arrival of refugees and newcomers in Dutch cities, the
meaning of the ‘co-’ in coexistence is more critical than ever.
*After an expression of support from Mayor Penn-te-Strake,
a large number of public and private organisations contributed
to Common Carnaval, including iArts, Stichting Elisabeth
Strouven, Tout Maastricht, Code 043, iArts Maastricht Not Just A Number, Het Geluid Maastricht, Fashionclash COA, Bureau Europa, Zuyd Hogeschool, Gemeente Maastricht,
Provincie Limburg, Stichting Kanunnik Salden, de Tempeleers,
Vluchtelingenwerk, Jongerenraad Maastricht. Common Carnaval also worked with the designers Ebby Port,
Dear Hunter, Jonathan Vos Photography, Studio Noto and
Photos: Jonathan Vos