Mama's Open Mic

spoken word, REST

part of REST

For almost ten years, Mama’s Open Mic offers accessible play and stage opportunities to both beginning and more experienced creatives. Active in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels, the collective stands synonymous with a warm and open platform dedicated to the arts of spoken word. Whatever the art form or word puzzle, everyone gets a chance at grabbing the microphone and showing work to a broad audience. 
That’s exactly the plan for Poetic Acoustics at REST, where they will present a soulful selection of local and not so local poets, performers and musicians. You know Mama always keeps a spot for local talents, so come and share some of your own work at the open mic!
©Aaron Vargas

REST©Annemie Augustijns
Gouvernement & Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
REST is located in the peristyle of Opera Ghent, right behind the open doors. In the middle of the space, an installation by Decoratelier defines a semicircle. This structure is a trace of Night Shift. An event by Gouvernement and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen that couldn’t take place, but the scenography remained courageously and helped transform the space to REST. The space is a remnant, but it is a public resting point too. And for now, it is especially a space for re-opening. 
During three weekends in June, REST turns into a platform for presentation. On the programm, there are some collectives that should have performed during Night Shift, but new connections are made too. That gives rise to a diverse program for which music is always central, but from that centre of gravity, the projects fan out to all corners of the artistic spectrum. 
By Gouvernement & Opera Ballet Vlaanderen With Bebe Books, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Cassiel Gaube, Femke Gyselinck, HE4RTBROKEN, House of Lux, Mama’s Open Mic, Mozart Intiem, Sing Out! – Johannes Müller / Philine Rinnert, Victoria Deluxe and Zuidpark