Help Illusion of Purity finding venues and stages

Dear all,

First of all I wish everyone following and/or supporting this project, a happy new year and all the best for 2014! May your dreams and wishes come true, and never forget that as long as there’s hope, there is life.

Last year celebrated the first Belgian gigs of Illusion of Purity, after having done many performances before in Barcelona, Spain. Illusion of Purity is looking forward to stand on stage more frequently in the new year, and is actively searching for places that can organise a poetry reading.

Venues can be pubs wanting to try out a poetry reading, established artistic pubs with a stage that have done poetry before, but it can just as well be a cultural center, a small room in a library, even someone’s living room if there is room enough for at least a 10 or more people! We are open to all proposals. If you do have a place for us and want to host a performance, please use the contact form to send your proposal.

A poetry reading usually takes between 1 hour and 1h30, if prefered a speech can be added.
I thank anyone helping out in advance ; remember that the more performances, the more people hear the poetry, and hopefully the more people will have a better understanding of autism, OCD and related disorders. Because in the end, the goal of this project is and remains the full acceptation (without any conforming) of people who are neurodifferent or face psychological difficulties.

Also, in addition to hopefully a lot of performances all over Belgium, we are looking forward to going abroad for the first time (excluding Spain, where the project was founded) ; we are hoping for performances in France, the Netherlands, the UK, Luxembourg, and/or northwest Germany. Any hint for a poetry venue or any type of stage where this can be organised, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us using the contact form on this site. It would be a dream coming true to stand on stage in Paris, the capital of literature in Europe (but we’re just as much willing to come to, for example, London, Amsterdam, Köln, Luxembourg, Lille, …)

Another project worked on will hopefully appear on this site soon, as we are looking for suitable photography to decorate this site + photos of Illusion of Purity performances. Keep checking this site for more updates and more performance dates!

Wishing everyone all the best for 2014, and may the taboo wall surrounding psychological differences fall apart or at least be severely bruised…

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About illusionofpurity

I am the founding member and only permanent member of the Illusion of Purity project. The project deals with life with psychological problems such as autism, manic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, ... and tries to use art to break the taboo about these disorders. Too many people suffer in silence because of the taboo and the many wrong stereotypes. Using art and speeches as a weapon against these taboos and stereotypes, this project aims to raise awareness about the true life with psychological problems. Additionally, a more philosophical and political undertone may appear throughout the project, although the main focus is mental health and the surrounding taboos. I myself have Asperger Syndrome, OCD/anxiety disorder and suffer from unipolar depression. Activism at this moment consists of mainly (but not solely) speeches and poetry. This may increase to include other activities in the future too. The project is based in Spain at the moment, my personal origins lie in Belgium.
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