Return to stage: new performances in open microphone events

After a (too) long absence from stage, in a period mainly dedicated to writing, Illusion of Purity has finally made its comeback on stage due to participating in a few open microphone events! With equal enthousiasm as before, and still loyal to its goal of breaking taboos, and spreading a message of hope towards those who suffer of psychological difficulties or other issues in daily life!

Last Thursday, 19th February, Gerrit participated in an open microphone event in Cercle des Voyageurs in downtown Brussels. In a very old basement (which looked a bit like a dungeon) below the actual café/restaurant, Gerrit recited the poems "Run" and "Mood Swings" while also adding an improvised outro reflecting the values and goals of Illusion of Purity.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 25th February, Illusion of Purity is on stage again as participant in the open microphone event "De Sprekende Ezels" in Brussels. "De Sprekende Ezels" is a setup offering one event per month in different cities across Belgium, offering time on stage to poets, musicians, cabaret and spoken word. It is a very well-established re-occuring event across the Dutch speaking part of Belgium and in Brussels. Illusion of Purity will be on stage during tomorrow’s "Sprekende Ezels" event in Brussels.

Those who are interested in attending a night of arts and poetry in a cosy café in the heart of Brussels, are more than welcome to attend. In total, approx 10 acts (the exact number may vary slightly) will be expected on stage.

The event will be hosted in Café Monk, Sint-Katelijnestraat 42 / Rue Ste-Catherine 42, 1000 Brussels. Start of the event is expected around 20:00, 20:30 latest. Monk is located at walking distance from the Bourse building in the city center.
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Being back on stage now, we hope to get plenty more Illusion of Purity performances scheduled soon. Both as part of poetry events and open microphone events, as well as solo poetry lectures. We are constantly looking for places and opportunities to organise new performances, both across Belgium and in the surrounding countries.

Do you know a good café that offers a stage to poets? A nice event where poetry could be welcomed? A small cultural center that is open to poetry readings? Even a living room with enough space for a small crowd could be possible! We are open to all kinds of proposals. Use the contact form on this website to get in touch!

If new performances will be scheduled, you will find the announcements on this site. For now, we hope to see you tomorrow at Café Monk in Brussels!

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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