Welcome to the Living Room Session. A place that radiates familiarity and warmness as well as a place where people come together, get inspired and recharge in various ways. Walk around and be amazed by art from Jayda Reeberg, recharge on the couch while listening to interesting convo’s between Robbert Doelwijt Jr. and moderator Shaquille Shaniqua Joy or get a boost of energy from live performances. Start your weekend well on the 18th of March and allow yourself to be present and get inspired by a musical performance, short movie screening, talks and conversations.
Both on social media and in real life the subject of feeling overwhelmed by constantly having to be a productive part of society is being discussed more frequent in recent years. The internet and social media provide us with great benefits, we are one click away from learning new things and therefore we constantly develop skills and accumulate knowledge on various levels. While this can be something beneficial, it can also be something draining. Therefore, more people are discussing the benefits of doing less and allowing yourself to get inspired and recharge in various ways.
The living room is a metaphor for a place that radiates intimate, familiar, warm and welcoming energy, as well as a place where people come together. It brings together art hanging on the walls, music that one might play or listen to, movies that you watch and conversations with others in the space. With our Living Room Session, we bring all of these aspects together and welcome you into Felix Meritis for an evening of inspiration. Join us for this Living Room Session and allow yourself to be present and get inspired by a musical performance, short movie screening, talks and conversations.
Shaquille Shaniqua Joy (host)
Shaquille Shaniqua Joy is an interdisciplinary creative focusing on storytelling through different mediums. Within the cultural sector, her role ranges from researching to conceptualizing and writing, with a focus on creative production and moderation. Within her work, Shaquille explores sociopolitical and pop-cultural subjects by combining research and the embodied experiences of herself and others.
Robbert Doelwijt Jr. is a self-taught writer-director from the Bijlmer (Amsterdam Southeast). He’s got years of experience as a videographer and more recently as a commercial director. in 2021 he won the Young Directors Award at the Dutch Creativity Awards for his work on a music video for Latanya Alberto and a mini documentary series about art institutions in the Bijlmer. He tells human stories with topics like mental health, spirituality and his identity as a black man with bicultural Surinamese heritage. His fascination for the beauty of the mundane and subjective reality is characteristic of his work.
Heavenly Chances Dap (Born March 15th 1999) better known as HVNLY, was born and raised in the Dutch city of Almere. Heavenly grew up in a musical family, so her passion for singing started at an early age. As a teenager she started taking music lessons in singing, piano and guitar. In addition, she gained experience by participating in cultural activities in and around Almere while attending the Art & Culture school Arte College in Almere Poort. During her MBO study “Artist music” in Amsterdam (ROC RAI) and Zwolle (Deltion College) she was trained as a singer and pianist. She performed extensively with her live band and did an internship at Brownie Dutch’s studio where she started producing, writing, recording and mixing tracks for herself and other artists.
Arindy started working in the fashion industry organically. Finding her experience in styling and multiple jobs around the creative scene, her passion for clothing and commitment to the community became her life purpose and turned into a reality. Without any education her 10 years of venture made Arindy wearing the confidence and clearness of starting her brand Melati. A brand that encourages womanhood and self-employment. Coming from a family where she was surrounded with women, her drive is to continue and lead its female perspective of finding strength in femininity and pushing forward your most authentic self. After 6 months of positioning herself, she started to widen up her team and found its way of flourishing. Melati is a brand that cares for the deepened kind of love that challenges us to resonate with ourselves.
Jayda (Jay) Reeberg (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) is a visual story teller, whose practice focusses on sharing and reflecting on a rather spiritual process they go through as a being, through the art of painting. their work is a depiction of an internal battle being fought with the external and introduces itself by giving you a direct punch to the gut. a story told through colours instead of words. often revolving around the reminder that through the presence of darkness, there is an embrace of the light.