The Azan in Istanbul: love it or hate it

Text and audio y Christiaan Broersma –  Istanbul is the city of a thousand noises, but despite that five times a day the inhabitants will hear a sound that outclasses all the others. The Azan is a call to prayer that can be heard from each mosque in Istanbul. Because of the diversity regarding religion, not everyone enjoys the sound. I dived into the world … Continue reading The Azan in Istanbul: love it or hate it

Putting down the beer

Isabella Balanchi – Studies show that many poured a few extra drinks during the Covid-19 lockdowns. But now that the world is open again, a counter-movement is trending. It is called mindful drinking and invites people to explore why they drink – with the goal to cut down or quit completely. I met Laura Willoughby from Club Soda for a talk about the drinking culture … Continue reading Putting down the beer

“I don’t remember anything nice about that time”

Karel Budde was born March 1935 in Amsterdam. He lived through the Second World War from when he was 5 until he was 10 years old. The memories of the war still trouble him to this day. “In 1940 I went to the first class at the Montessori school. Classes consisted of about 40 to 50 children, of which half were Jewish. Anne Frank used … Continue reading “I don’t remember anything nice about that time”

“With every airplane I prayed that our small village would be spared from the attacks”

Elisabeth Epple was born on 25th January 1932 in Steinbronnen, a small village near Bad Saulgau in the southwest of Germany. Born into a farming family, she was the youngest of six children. Just one year after her birth, the Nazis took over Germany under Hitler’s leadership. In 1938, when she was only six years old, World War II started, and she experienced seven years … Continue reading “With every airplane I prayed that our small village would be spared from the attacks”

“Drag is like a bridge between day and night”

At least once a week, Saskia (38, she/they) transforms herself into Drag King Vinny von Vinci. She experiences that the night may facilitate drag easier than the day does, but is drag really limited to the night?  When Saskia first started to dress up as a Drag King, she felt there was a big difference and an energy shift between Saskia and Vinny. “When I … Continue reading “Drag is like a bridge between day and night”

One night through the lens

Kees Krick (57) and Corné Ouwehand (27) are night photographers. They capture the moments most people don’t see. When everybody is sound asleep they explore the world in the mysterious darkness.  A pitch-black sky, no one around you and seeing little to nothing. This is what night photography mostly consists of. Night photography isn’t as easy as it may seem. It takes a long planning … Continue reading One night through the lens

Personalised propaganda is common in this era

Propaganda is more than ever present on social media today. We just don’t know it as posters hanging in the streets anymore. Nowadays, propaganda is mainly spread through the internet and social media. On apps where we spend an average of 2 hours and 29 minutes a day, according to the Dutch magazine Emerce. In a report of the European Union on free and pluralistic … Continue reading Personalised propaganda is common in this era

“In the morning they kill, in the afternoon they pass the law to make the murder legal’’

Dramatic events took place in Belarus in August 2020. Protests began to arise in the run-up to and during the 2020 presidential election. Two sound engineers who were collaborating on a concert recorded Viktor Tsoi’s Soviet protest song Change as a protest against injustice. Dzmitry Dzmitryjeu (43), a poet but also a former sound engineer of a Belarusian state institution, couldn’t resist reacting to this … Continue reading “In the morning they kill, in the afternoon they pass the law to make the murder legal’’

“Politics was taboo, we always felt watched”

How was it to grow up under Ben Ali’s rule in Tunisia as a child? Ben Ali was elected president of Tunisia in 1987 and stayed in power until his escape from the country during the Arab Spring in 2011. Despite major progresses in the economy and the status of women, Ben Ali ruled Tunisia as a dictatorship using propaganda to control the population, as the journalist … Continue reading “Politics was taboo, we always felt watched”