Cultura Nova 2019: Spiegeltent (Mirror tent)
The Grunsvenplein square in front of the Heerlen Theatre is the vibrant heart of Cultura Nova throughout the festival. The place to meet for audiences and artists. A nice dinner before the performance and a drink and a good conversation afterwards. Interviews and discussions that will be broadcasted live on L1. But also the place for surprising performances, fun children’s shows and every night a new band in the famous Spiegeltent.
Walk in, discover, let your senses be stimulated. Every day a different band, a different genre and above all free to visit.
Would you like to get into the Spiegeltent atmosphere? Listen to our selected Spotify playlist here.
Free 23 Aug | 22:30 h| Free
Naft! Ft. Twerkshop (BE) – Brass / Dance + DJ Yoramazing
The latest brass sensation comes from the Belgian city of Ghent and brings with four horns and two drummers a unique mix of house, techno and EDM. Electronic music without electronics, which certainly doesn’t mean that the beats are less loud on the dance floor. To make the party complete, NAFT takes the dancers from Twerkshop with them. This company has elevated working to a true art form and leaves no ass untouched!
Za 24 Aug 21:30 Free of charge
Mamas Gun (GB) – West-coast / Soul + Disco Mundo
The once so despised brave west-coast sound is all the way back and trendier than ever. With Andy Platts as the driving force and Gerard Ekdom in his own country. The latter invited Platts and his bands Young Gun Silverfox and Mamas Gun to his radio show many times over, which led them to build up a considerable fan base in the Netherlands. With Mamas Gun, Andy Platts goes more in the direction of soul. Lovers of The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Jamie Lidell or Stevie Wonder are in the right place this evening.
So 25 Aug. 21:30 hrs. free of charge.
Soweto Soul (ZA) – Afro-beat + DJ Skizm
Musician and Heerlener Joep Pelt left for South Africa to make a radio documentary about the local music culture. What started as a small project ended in Soweto Soul, a band consisting of a colourful collection of South African musicians led by Pelt. Their mission: to pay tribute to the music culture of the townships. From the swinging Hi-Life and Afrobeat of yesteryear to the hiphop of today. In short, a musical trip through the history and future of South Africa.
Ma 26 Aug | 21.00 hrs | Free
ONIPA (GH) – Afro Futurism + DJ Skizm
ONIPA means ‘human’ in Akan, the original language of the Ahantivan people in Ghana. This name lives up to the band’s mission to connect and fraternize nationalities and generations, tradition and futurism. Operating from the cultural melting pot of London, this collective presents an afro-electronic cocktail of energy, grooves, afro-futurism and dance music that leaves no hip unmoved.
Di 27 Aug. 21:30 hrs.
Tyler Childers (USA) – Country
A new generation of artists breathes new life into the American rural music tradition. The singer-songwriter Tyler Childers from bluegrass state Kentucky is one of the standard bearers of this country-revival. With his whisky-soaked voice and his barely concealing lyrics, he brings a fresh mix of country, bluegrass and folk. His breakthrough album ‘Purgatory’ was produced by Sturgill Simson, who is also responsible for the production of his upcoming album ‘Country Squire’. High expectations of this Kentucky-boy!
Wo 28 Aug | 21:30 h| Free
blackwave. (BE) – Hiphop + Viewer
The hip-hop scene of our southern neighbours is brewing like never before and the young Antwerp duo Will and Jay alias blackwave. is perhaps the most dangerous achievement. The Belgian breakthrough act of 2019 was number 1 in Studio Brussel’s Settlement of accounts for weeks on end, and will be featured on every relevant festival poster, including North Sea Jazz and Montreux Jazz. With their jazz-feel hip-hop and English-language raps they continue where Coely left off last year; a steaming Spiegeltent!
Do 29 Aug 21:30 hrs | Free
Alpha Fog (GB) – Now Jazz + Watch Window
The young and exciting UK jazz scene is brimming with creativity and crossovers. One of the trendsetters in this scene is Alfa Mist. The young pianist from London started out as a grime and hip-hop producer and soon ended up in jazz via sampling. From that same scene he worked with Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei, among others. With his melancholic and harmonious jazz, which he mixes with soul and hip-hop, he succeeds in connecting a new and young club audience to jazz legacy.
Free 30 Aug 21:30 Free
Conjunto Papa Upa (NL) – Tropical Surf + DJ Skizm
Alex Figueira, born in Venezuela, is no stranger when it comes to tropical music from the seventies. With his band Conjunto Papa Upa he digs deep into the musical roots of his motherland and carries them in an entirely unique and unpredictable way.