and the other?


Europe and the other?

Tuesday 11 June 2019
7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Centre Céramique Maastricht
Entrance free

Note: Event is in English

Two young Dutch storytellers, filmmaker Naomi White and writer Simone Atangana Bekono, discuss the Afro-European identity in Europe and the role it plays in their work.

What does it mean to be black in Europe? Since there is no straight answer to this question, Story-Line Maastricht decided to create an evening of art and exchange about Afro-European identity. With ‘Europe and the Other?’ we hope to open up an important and honest conversation.

The core of this event is to show the complexity that comes with working around the topic of identity. This means that during this evening, we do not aim to get answers. Instead, asking questions is something we consider far more valuable. This is why the audience will be invited to join the talk. Together, we will create an interactive learning and sharing space.

This evening will also be the premiere of Naomi’s film ‘Face It’. In addition, Simone will read from her collection of poems ‘hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren’ (Eng.: ‘how the first sparks were visible’).

Wouter Greven (Master in Film Science; Assistant programmer at Lumière Cinema Maastricht) will lead the conversation.

We would love for you to join us on June 11 from 19.30 to 21.00 at Centre Ceramique in Maastricht! Tickets for this event are free, but please do make a reservation. Claim your spot by sending an email with the name of the event to klantenservice@maastricht.nl.


  • Opening Petra Quaedvlieg, initiator Story-Line
  • Naomi White and Simone Atangana Bekono in conversation with Wouter Greven
  • Screening film Face It by Naomi White
  • Conversation Naomi White and Simone Atangana Bekono
  • Musical Intermezzo
  • Simone Atangana Bekono reads from her work
  • Conversation with audience

“Europe and the other?” Is organized by Story-Line Maastricht and iArts Maastricht in collaboration with Europe Direct and Centre Céramique and is made possible in part by the Huis van de Kunsten.

Naomi White is graduating this summer from Interdisciplinary Arts Maastricht with her short film Face it. The screening of Face it in Centre Céramique is also the premiere of her film. Face It opens the doors to the world of Laeno. When Laeno returns to a cafe she has avoided for five years, she is confronted with fearful memories.

Simone Atangana Bekono graduated in 2016 from Creative Writing ArtEZ in Arnhem with the poem collection Hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren (How the first sparks were visible). This was published in 2018 by Wintertuin/Lebowski. Her story ‘Begrafenis’ (Funeral) appeared in the collection Zwart, Afro-European literature from the low countries (2018). Autumn 2019 her first novel will be published by Lebowski.