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A conversation between Ella Overkleeft and Sama Abdulhadi

in collaboration with We are Europe
Background

It all started in Den Haag, 2017. The first contacts between us, Canal180, and We are Europe has borne fruit and we were invited to go to the festival to produce a documentary that approached collectivism in opposition to individualism, where we met artists and researchers like Bogomir Doringer, Manuel Beltrán or Liisa Janssens - and Thoughts on Collectivism was born. A year later we returned to TodaysArt to meet Ella Overkleeft and Sama. Ella is the co-founder of Night-Mayor foundation in Amsterdam, and she advocates for a diverse, creative and inclusive nightlife for all; and Sama empowers Arabic music artists and was the first female DJ playing in Boiler Room in Palestine.

A conversation between Ella Overkleeft and Sama Abdulhadi

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In 2018 we returned to TodaysArt, this time integrated in the festival circuit of We are Europe. This was our sixth trip in a single year and in our baggage we brought the first three films of the series New Activists of European Culture, that we presented in the Context panel of the festival. This time we talked with Ella Overkleeft, the co-founder of the Night-Mayor, and Sama. Both are fighting to educate society through clubbing and they talked about how night can change the day life and help breaking stereotypes and everyday life conventions. They believe that the night has the power to make us think about new possibilities, since it’s the period when we are more susceptible to new stimuli and to recognize new forms of expression.

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The conversation unfolded on the idea of representativeness and participatory decisions from the citizens, as the night can provide the perfect context to change mindsets. After the last edition of the Boiler Room in Palestine and the impact it had on the authorities, Sama questions how the night life can help her country to have a more positive image to others, and shows what’s beyond the conflict in which Palestine is involved.

In the night you think of possibilities, not the limitations. You can open your mind and dance to the music, or interact with whatever you’ve never come across before. And that’s why this is so important for a community. It does something for you as a person.

- Ella Overkleeft

TodaysArt-festival

Ella Overkleeft

Ella Overkleeft is a cultural consultant with an emphasis on social and urban development. She is the co-founder of the Night-Mayor foundation in Amsterdam; an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a dynamic nightlife while strengthening connections between the municipality, clubs & festivals and residents to sustain Amsterdam as a creative capital. She also founded No Sheep Allowed, a platform for creative activism.

Sama Abdulhadi

Sama Abdulhadi was the first person to introduce techno to her home country of Palestine. She started DJing parties in Ramallah, and by 2010, was producing her own electronic, techno and house, and she remains the only one playing this brand of techno in Palestine so far. During the day she is an audio engineer with a Bachelor on Science in Audio Engineering and Music Production.

“New Activists of European Culture” is a series by Canal180 that focuses on conversations between activists from Europe. Born from partnership with We are Europe, which promotes, creates and produces 8 major European events. Their goal is to develop a prospective vision of electronic culture, technology and entrepreneurship, while contributing to new social and political developments through an interdisciplinary approach.

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WHAT MAKES US HUMANS?

The first episode has Elevate Festival (Graz, Austria) as background. Vasilis Tsartsanis and Ben Frost shared their life experiences in a snowy environment.
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IS THE POLITICAL SOCIETY ABLE TO CHANGE THE POLITICS?
Resistance, the second episode of New Activists of European Culture, takes place in Lyon, France during Nuits Sonores. A conversation between Máret Ánne Sara and Angnieszka Wisniewska.
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HOW IMPORTANT IS ART IN TIMES OF CONFLICT?
The third episode of New Activists of European Culture, Invisible Borders, focuses on a conversation between Mohamed Jabaly and Alistair Alexander. Recorded in Barcelona, Spain during Sónar.
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CAN DANCING LEAD TO CHANGE?

The fourth episode of New Activists of European Culture, Politics of Dancing, takes place in Cologne, Germany during co/pop. A conversation about clubbing and activism between Matthew Collin and Katarina Serulus.
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HOW CAN COMMON CITIZENS TAKE BACK PUBLIC SPACE?
Beyond the Walls, the fifth episode of New Activists of European Culture, takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece during Reworks. A conversation about cultural activism between John Patelias and Nikos Kalligas.
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