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Basketbeat Big Band

Basketbeat Big Band


Bounce along to the beats and feel the rhythm of a big band like you’ve never felt before. Basket Beat from Barcelona will open the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) on March 29, 2023, in Theater Zuidplein with a concert in which basketball plays a striking leading role. Together with dozens of young people from Rotterdam and a professional band from Barcelona, Basket Beat will dribble up exciting beats and give a sporty percussion performance in which you won’t be able to sit still!  

The Basket Beat Association is a collective that, since 2009, accompanies people through socio-educational, community, and political group processes. The organization makes use of music to mobilize and promote critical reflection around the personal and collective actions of the participants but also around the functioning of the educational, artistic, and social systems and the professionals involved. Basketbeat aim to build connections between different people, organizations, and their respective
knowledges and epistemologies, to open new possibilities, as well as to create tension and discomfort within the institutions we often work in.

For ICAF, Basket Beat, their work and methodology fully embody this years’ theme of “The Sound of Change”. The performance with the group of young people from Rotterdam will not only be welcomed as a joyous and festive moment to celebrate the ICAF community coming back together after so many years apart, but will showcase the power sound and music hold to empower communities, share knowledge, and experience, and connect people across contexts and backgrounds.