“I’ve found the most Mezrab possible place for you” says my friend Raffi. And indeed, the little corner cafe with its performance basement has all the elements that make my heart race. On the wall there’s a lovingly drawn icon of the city of Beirut, a sexy picture of Che Guevara (which you can appreciate in […]
So, I did a thing. In this week’s mail I send out I included the following paragraph: What an exciting time to live in! There’s elections happening left and right, and more right. Like the one in which the Netherland’s latest enfant terrible Thierry Baudet made a speech about the flapping of the wings of […]
Hey, let’s talk music for a bit. I know a lot of people think of us primarily as a storytelling space. It’s even in our website description, where we call ourselves Mezrab — The House of Stories. However, when we started the Mezrab in 2004 music was as important, if not more important than our […]
So, this blog has not been updated for exactly a year and a day. Now we can pretend that year didn’t happen. Which is nonsense of course. Because the whole reason the updates didn’t come was a result of us having our busiest year ever. Just looking at the storytelling we went from six days […]
We where visited by the amazing Kate last week Friday and Wednesday. She drew a few of the tellers, including their stories. This is so good to have! Go visit this amazing lady on her site madebykate.com or on her Instagram @madebykate2 Alborz, or Brother Mezrab as we also call him, had a story of love and dragons. […]
The last storytelling event of the year concluded last night on the theme of “Home…” With different storytellers and musicians we looked at different aspects of it. From the way our parents try to create it for us, to the feelings of fear when it’s under attack. From finding a home in an unlikely place, […]
“Wanneer we weer thuis zijn hoor ik mijn moeder zeggen, Haci, mijn ziel krimpt. Ik leg een arm om haar schouders en loop langzaam met haar door de voordeur. Alles komt goed ma… alles komt goed.” Telkens wanneer Haci deze regels uitspreekt breekt mijn hart een beetje. Hij heeft verteld over zijn Turkse moeder die […]
In the last couple of weeks storytelling took us to four different countries: Poland, Turkey, Greece and Lithuania. The first and last of these inviting us for a storytelling festival they hosted. In Warsaw we saw what good hosting is: A guide that picked us up with a cab from the airport and brought us to […]
When I first time stepped into the Mezrab, I only had the story of how I had lost my suitcase on my way from Lithuania to Amsterdam a day before the Introduction to Storytelling Course. I had been wearing the same clothes for two days already and hadn’t brushed my teeth for the same amount […]
Hey folks, there’s a few exciting news things happening, and we’d love for you to hear it and share it. one is that the show My Father held a Gun, which we started playing in earnest earlier this year, is picked up by the Amsterdam Fringe. We’re playing between September 11 and September 14. Get […]
So, I’m sitting in the Mezrab at the final Wednesday night storytelling event here before we take a summer break. I’m not hosting it myself, our good friend Marijn Vissers has that pleasure, so I’ve got a bit of time to update you about all the different story related things newsbits that have piled up. […]
For a while we’ve been trying to seed storytelling in new places. To get new audiences to know our beloved artform, to let it find more and more its place in the main stream. This weekend and the next there’s two new places we can add to that list: This Sunday (April 2nd) there’s an […]
Mezrab is a cultural space and community which hosts and supports a wide range of activities, from storytelling and music to exhibitions and everything in between!
Our regular events include:
Every Friday the big Storytelling nights
FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH: MEZRAB COMEDY NIGHT
The night where stand up meets the art of storytelling. Host and curator of the night will be Edo Berger.
SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH: MY TRUE STORY
Once a month we dedicate the storynight to the art of the true story. Performing will be a selection of storytellers we’ve invited and an open mic set. Host of the night is Rod Ben Zeev.
THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH: THE ORIGINAL MEZRAB STORYTELLING NIGHT
The original night where anyone gets to claim the stage and anything goes: the true, the mythical, the fabulous, the comedic. Host of the night is Michael Jäger. Your call! Bring ears to listen and/or a mouth to tell.
FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH: THE NEW MEZRAB STORYTELLING NIGHT: SAMIZDAT
Samizdat is the latest addition to our Friday night storytelling line up. A night of exciting and moving stories about the individual taking risks for what they believe in. Stories of revolt and revolutions, rebellion and regret. Drink up and buckle up comrade. This is going to be a wild ride.
Every Wednesday Storytelling
WELCOME TO THE PLAYGROUND
The first Wednesday every month we have “Welcome to the Playground”. A night that blends storytelling, music, spoken word and more.
OF FOLK AND FAY
The night in which peope tell folk tales, fables and myths – every second Wednesday.
The third Wednesday we start in September 2017 a new “Open Stage” storytelling night. Anyone is welcome to tell, purely on a first come first serve basis – we keep you updated.
The 4th Wednesday is the comeback of the “Nederlandse Verhalenavond” – stories told in Dutch.
WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY
On months with five Wednesdays, we bring you “What’s Up Wednesday”, a special night of stories, music and spoken word about things that matter.
On Thursdays we will …
… organize Balfolk events. Balfolk is the night where you get to dance European folk dances, under guidance of a dance instructor and a live band. Every third Thursday.
… hosting every last Thursday the Amsterdam Klezmer Band (with guests).
On Sunday the Mezrab stage opens up for a variety of events:
THE NEW SUNDAY MEZRAB IMPRO NIGHTS
Every first and third Sunday every month we dedicate the night to improvisation theater.
A literary & arts evening that renders the literary journal in live form, featuring poets, artists, and thinkers of all kinds. Brought to you by the makers of VERSAL. Every second month.
THE SUNDAY ASSEMBLY
Every first Sunday morning: Lezingen, live muziek van de “Ameezingband”, comedy, ontmoeting, reflectie, stilte, vrijwilligerswerk en taart. Altijd gratis.
English language storytelling afternoons for children.
Check out the agenda for more details!