Peerke Donders lecture 2020 given by Akwasi

On Sunday afternoon, November 22, the eighth Peerke Donders Lecture will be given by rapper, actor and poet Akwasi in theater De Nieuwe Vorst in Tilburg. The title of his lecture: Impact!

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Due to the corona restrictions, no audience will be able to attend, but the lecture will be streamed live from 3 p.m. via the website of Het Wereldpodium, the organizer of the Peerke Donders lecture, and that of Omroep Tilburg. In addition, digital space is being created for asking public questions.

Akwasi is a committed artist. Nina Simone's famous saying "It is an artist's duty to reflect the times" certainly applies to him. The "duty" that Simone refers to, Akwasi also feels for himself. His lyrics, both in his poetry and in his rap, are the result of his social involvement. “I have to keep naming it,” he says. "Not everyone dares that, but it feels like that to me."

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Due to the corona restrictions, no audience will be able to attend, but the lecture will be streamed live from 3 p.m. via the website of Het Wereldpodium, the organizer of the Peerke Donders lecture, and that of Omroep Tilburg. In addition, digital space is being created for asking public questions.

Akwasi is a committed artist. Nina Simone's famous saying "It is an artist's duty to reflect the times" certainly applies to him. The "duty" that Simone refers to, Akwasi also feels for himself. His lyrics, both in his poetry and in his rap, are the result of his social involvement. “I have to keep naming it,” he says. "Not everyone dares that, but it feels like that to me."

Akwasi has had a turbulent time, partly due to his statement on the Dam during the demonstration for Black Lives Matter. He later apologized for it, but what bothered him is that no one asked him why he said what he said on Dam Square. It gave him food for thought. How can you make an impact with the aim of ultimately improving society? Without impact you cannot achieve change, says Akwasi, and change in society is desperately needed.

In the Peerke Donders Lecture, Akwasi does not so much want to talk about institutional racism, but even more about the question of what society should look like. How people really start to see and listen to each other, in order to gain more understanding. He wants us to "appreciate each other and embrace all differences."

About Akwasi

Akwasi Owusu Ansah, stage name Akwasi (Amsterdam, 6 March 1988), is a Dutch rapper, actor and poet of Ghanaian descent. In 2007 he founded the rap duo Zwart Licht with Hayzee, whom he had met five years earlier in high school. In 2012 he completed his theater education in Maastricht and joined theater group Likeminds. He has appeared in Hate, the theater adaptation of the French film La haine by Teunkie van der Sluijs. He also had supporting roles in the television series Feuten, Toren C and Duivelse Dilemma's. He was also co-presenter of the NTR program De slaverij beyond. In 2013 Akwasi started as a solo rapper. He also founded the music label Neerlands

Dope on. From 2015, Akwasi was regularly seen at De Wereld Draait Door. In 2018 his poetry collection "Let's not talk about it" was published.
About Akwasi

Akwasi Owusu Ansah, stage name Akwasi (Amsterdam, 6 March 1988), is a Dutch rapper, actor and poet of Ghanaian descent. In 2007 he founded the rap duo Zwart Licht with Hayzee, whom he had met five years earlier in high school. In 2012 he completed his theater education in Maastricht and joined theater group Likeminds. He has appeared in Hate, the theater adaptation of the French film La haine by Teunkie van der Sluijs. He also had supporting roles in the television series Feuten, Toren C and Duivelse Dilemma's. He was also co-presenter of the NTR program De slaverij beyond. In 2013 Akwasi started as a solo rapper. He also founded the music label Neerlands

Dope on. From 2015, Akwasi was regularly seen at De Wereld Draait Door. In 2018 his poetry collection "Let's not talk about it" was published.

About the Peerke Donders lecture

The Peerke Donders Lecture takes place every other year. As the name suggests, the work and life of Peerke Donders (1809-1887) are the source of inspiration. Peerke was the son of a poor house weaver from Tilburg. He died in Suriname after a life among the lepers. Many see him as an ordinary Tilburger who took responsibility for people on the other side of the world. In October 2009 Tilburg commemorated the 200th birthday of Peerke Donders. In the same year, the Wereldpodium organized the first Peerke Donders lecture, delivered by Wim van de Donk. Guy Verhofstadt, Femke Halsema, Lilianne Ploumen, Tinkebell and Gloria Wekker followed him. The seventh Peerke Donders Lecture was delivered in 2018 by Arabist and senator Petra Stienen.

The lecture will be accompanied by a substantively connecting and local program in which Tilburg presents itself as a global city. This time that program will be recorded by Omroep Tilburg and broadcast at a time to be determined. The lecture itself, followed by answering audience questions, will be streamed live.  

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