@Soopknife / Yuri Huijg

 

From the 23rd till the 25th of November the very first edition of the international What You See Festival took place in Utrecht. Initiated by Vincent Wijlhuizen, Ieme Soes and myself, the festival questioned and stretched deep ingrained norms on gender and identity in a challenging program fueled with urgency and joy. The different theatre and dance performances, the film program, the exhibitions and a symposium offered new perspectives on gender which resulted in in-depth conversations and new connections between various people. The sold out performances, committed audiences, open and generous atmosphere,  curiosity and beautiful encounters underlined the necessity of and the need for this festival. On November  22-24 2019 the second edition will take place.