31 may - 4 june 2023

Act for Democracy! @ GVB

Interrupting everyday life

Thu, 31 May • 17:00 Fri, 1 June
NDSM pont & metro 53

Public transport is one of the few places where people from all walks of life find themselves together. We often don’t really notice our fellow passengers, hooked instead to our screens or music, each in our own bubble. We are about to change this. In light of the Forum on European Culture, we asked artists to intervene in two of Amsterdam’s busy modes of public transportation to get passengers invested in the question: what journey are you on? And where do we want to go?

On the NDSM ferry, passengers will be surprised by the beautiful music of one of Europe’s most famous composers: Franz Schubert. Let yourself get carried away by the spellbinding voice of classical soprano Jet van Helbergen who will bring Schubert to life accompanied by ensemble De Bezetting Speelt in a poetic gesture that echoes our European heritage.

Metro passengers will be warmly welcomed by Belgium-based American performance artist Davis Freeman who will accompany you during your travels. You will be sure to view the world through different eyes and your commute will never be the same again!

Interventions take place on the NDSM ferry on 31 May, and in Metro 53 on 1 June.


Soprano – Jet van Helbergen

Violin – Caroline Wagner

Cello – Anne Meike Burgele

Double bass – Nienke Kosters

and performance artist:

Davis Freeman

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