Recap: MOMO Festival 2024 highlights

Recap: MOMO Festival 2024 highlights

ROTTERDAM, 23 April 2024 – MOMO Festival concluded its latest edition this weekend, showcasing Rotterdam's vibrant cultural scene. A blend of experimental jazz, intimate performances, and dynamic live acts marked the three-day event.

Event highlights

MOMO Festival 2024, spanning three days, explored the boundaries of artistic and musical genres with a diverse program. The festival featured a three-day residency by Tom Skinner, while Depot Boijmans van Beuningen and Kunsthal were added as new venues. Acts like Deki Alem, Artemas, and Cosmo Pyke attracted a new generation of attendees, enriching the cultural tapestry of Rotterdam.

The large hall of Theater Rotterdam hosted performances by Dry Cleaning, Nubiyan Twist, and resident artist Tom Skinner, culminating in a deeply engaging experience for festival-goers.

Nubiyan Twist at Theater Rotterdam. Photo credit: Rosa QuistNubiyan Twist at Theater Rotterdam. Photo credit: Rosa Quist

Unique performances and moments

The festival is known for its diverse and cutting-edge programming. This edition was characterized by close interactions between artists and attendees, leading to many memorable moments. For instance, Wende's performance at the Arminiuskerk moved many to tears with its unplugged and intimate delivery, featuring unexpected guests, including a duet with Pitou on the song 'Troostzoekers'.

Artist in residence: Tom Skinner

Tom Skinner was given complete creative freedom as the artist in residence to curate his program over three days. The residency included a series of performances, beginning with an experimental session featuring composer and Daegeum soloist Hyelim Kim. The residency concluded with Skinner's band performing 'Voices of Bishara' at Theater Rotterdam, offering a unique jazz experience to the festival attendees.

Tom Skinner and Hyelim Kim at the Arminius Church. Photo credit: Rosa Quist.Tom Skinner and Hyelim Kim at the Arminius Church. Photo credit: Rosa Quist.

Art and critical perspectives

Throughout the festival, ongoing performances and art installations offered critical societal perspectives. The installation 'Dear Laila' by Basel Zaraa invited attendees into a miniature version of the artist's childhood home in a refugee camp, creating a profound experience on belonging and memories of displacement. Additionally, Weef.collectie's three-day 'black box' residency highlighted feminism through weaving, hard beats, and an evolving installation.

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