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Gibi Bacilio

Gibi Bacilio - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Gibi Bacilio - foto Serge Ligtenberg

(Curaçao, 1950) is a poet and a literary performer. He studied philosophy and theology in Colombia and The Netherlands. In Utrecht he finished his studies at the Academy of Expression, and became a tutor of dramatic expression. He lives on Curaçao, where he is very active in street theatre, especially with the group Grupo di Teatro Foro of which he was the artistic leader during the seventies and eighties. He produced and presented cultural television programs and trained and became an expert in the field of oral literature and written rhythmic poetry. Bacilio writes about the colonial past, the Indians, the slaves and the dominant and confusing position of the Dutch. But there is also tenderness and eroticism in his work. His poems have been published in various collections and magazines. In 2000 his collection of poems Kueru Marká was published.

(WIN 2001)

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  • Zuid-Afrika 2006

    Festival Finale Poetry Africa

    With: Def P, Gibi Bacilio, Ronald Snijders, Shrinivási, Tan Lioe Ie

    A festive conclusion of the festival, with performances of all poets that have participated in last week's event, a Poetry SlamJam, with Def P as co-MC, and music by Ronald Snijders and others.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2006

    Winternachten Durban

    With: Def P, Gibi Bacilio, Ronald Snijders, Shrinivási, Tan Lioe Ie

    The popular South-African comedian Soli Philander presents the Winternachten-programme in Durban: an evening with Mbongi Zolani, poets Gibi Bacilio, Shrinivási and Def P. and musical performances by the Dutch/Surinamese flute player Ronald Snijders and the South-African musicians Philani Ngidi (bass), Neil Gonsalves (keyboards) and Paki Peloeole (drums). Part of the programme is a discussion between the authors about poetry, performance and the difference between oral traditions and performance poetry.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2006

    Opening Night Poetry Africa

    With: Def P, Gibi Bacilio, Ronald Snijders, Shrinivási, Tan Lioe Ie

    The opening night of Poetry Africa - with Pallo Jordan, minister for Cultuur - is presentation of all poets participating in the festival. These include the five Winternachten-participants and Izimbongi ZaseMzansi (Botsotso Mahlaba, Jessica Mbangeni, Zolani Mkiva, Joe Ntloana, Mandisa Phandliwe), Henry Bowers, Julius Chingono, Finuala Dowling, Ewok, Perpetual Eziefule-Emenekwum, Stephen Gray, The Guests (Victor Mavedzenge and Michael Kudakwashe), Kama Sywor Kamanda, Rustum Kozain, Lexikon, Mzi Mahola, Lebogang Mashile, Oliver Mtukudzi, John Matshikiza, Sally-Ann Murray, Lefifi Tladi, Mphutlane Wa Bofelo, Eduardo White, Makhosazana Xaba, Ghassan Zaqtan, Benjamin Zephaniah, Mafika Gwala en Alhaji Papa Susso (Gambia). The Surinamese/Dutch flute player Ronald Snijders will perform with Philani Ngidi (bas), Neil Gonsalves (keyboards) and Paki Peloeole (drums).

  • Zuid-Afrika 2006

    Spier Poetry Exchange

    With: Def P, Gibi Bacilio, Ronald Snijders, Shrinivási, Tan Lioe Ie

    The Spier Arts Trust is one of the most important stages in the Cape region. Here the Winternachten group performs together with the South-African poets Jeremy Cronin, Joan Hambidge and Rustum Kozain, winner of this year's Ingrid Jonker prize. Also The Nigerian poet Harry Garuba will take part in this evening.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2006

    UWC Lunch Hour Poetry

    With: Def P, Gibi Bacilio, Ronald Snijders, Shrinivási, Tan Lioe Ie

    At the campus of the University of Western Cape, the Winternachten group performs together with Xhosa rapper Theba, one of SA best poets Jeremy Cronin (also ANC MP and deputy secretary-general of the Communist Party), Alan Boesak, and two campus poets: Diana Ferrus - together with Sipho, and Keith Gottschalk - professor in political science and a former activist.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2006

    Poetry at Mitchells Plain Library

    With: Gibi Bacilio, Ronald Snijders, Shrinivási, Tan Lioe Ie

    A presentation of local poets, together with the participants of the Winternachten-tour.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2005

    Krusa Laman - Power to the poets - Teatro Luna Blou

    With: Clark Accord, Diana Ferrus, Drisana Deborah Jack, Gerrit Komrij, Gibi Bacilio, Mario Kleinmoedig, Merietza Haakmat en Hershel Rosario, Putu Wijaya

    Power to the poets is the title of an international literary programme with readings and debate, led by Mario Kleinmoedig. The social commitment of the writer and the poet is subject of debates with three authors. Gerrit Komrij from the Netherlands (former Dichter des Vaderlands - inoffical poet laureate- , renowned poet, novelist, columnist, essayist, anthologist and dramaturg). Diana Ferrus from Cape Town, South-Africa, became well-known through her poem on Saartje Baartman - the 'Hottentot-Venus' -  a black South-African woman who was forced to tour in circus in Europe. Her remains were kept in a museum in Paris. In South-Africa a campaign was raised to have her remains buried in her home country after all these years. Diana Ferrus' poem played a major role in this campaign. Drisana Deborah Jack, is a poet from Sint Maarten. Het poems show strong commitment to the future of Sint Maarten independence.  The participant from Curaçao is poet/performer Gibi Bacilio. During this evening there are also readings from two other writers: Putu Wijaya from Indonesia, and the Surinamese/Dutch author Clark Accord. Singer Maritza Haakmat will give a short poetry recital. Al readings of foreign authors will be in their mother tongue. Translations into Papiamentu and English will be projected simultaneously on a screen.

  • Suriname 2004

    The final evening

    With: Albert Mungroo, Andy Fernandes, Annemarie Sanches, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Harvey Fräser, Jeffrey Quartier, Jit Narain, Marlène Oudsten, Marylin Simons, Mavis Noordwijk Koor, Mireille Pinas, Norine Blinker, Ronald Giphart, Roué Hupsel, Sitok Srengenge, Sombra, Terry

    A festive finale of this first edition of the International Literary festival Surinam. Consisting of prose, poetry and music. Performances from the foreign guests and many Surinam authors: including well known names and promising debutants. Such as Sombra, Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Norine Blinker, Norma Bouterse, Andy Fernandes, Harvey Fräser, Roway James, Marlène Oudsten, Mireille Pinas, Terry and Jeffrey Quartier. Also performances by the Mavis Noordwijk choir (a combination of the Kokriki choir and the ADEK choir) and a closing song by Albert Mungroo. Presented by Annemarie Sanches.

  • Suriname 2004

    At the table together with writers

    With: Alphons Levens, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Rappa, Ronald Giphart, Sitok Srengenge, Terry, Tessa Leuwsha

    An informal get together with writers and public. Pull up a chair next to a writer and chat about his or her work and anything else that comes up. With amongst others Rappa, Alphons Levens, Tessa Leuwsha, Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Ronald Giphart (The netherlads) and Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia).

  • Suriname 2004

    Writers debates

    With: Brigitte Brown, Cynthia Mc Leod, EKM Dido, Farah L, Gibi Bacilio, Guillaume Pool, Guyz Nextdoor, Ismene Krishnadath, Jit Narain, Ronald Giphart, Sombra, Verginia Ceder, Willie Alberga

    An evening's debating, readings and music. Various topics are debated, such as: which language should the writer choose? His or her mother tongue or the language of the largest reading public? Does the writer write for a specific group of readers? What is the role of the writers own cultural background, while writing within a multi cultural society? The debating panel consists of: Jit Narain, Guillaume Pool, Arlette Codfried, Ismene Krishnadath, Cynthia McLeod, Sombra, EKM Dido (South Africa) Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands) and panel leader Willie Alberga.
    Readings by Brigitte Brown and Virginia Alvarez and presented by Sombra.

  • Suriname 2004

    1001 identities - opening night

    With: Arlette Codfried, Cynthia Mc Leod, Dansgroep Tandava, Denise Jannah, EKM Dido, Fafiri Brothers, Frits Wols, Gibi Bacilio, Joke van Leeuwen, Rappa, Ronald Giphart, Sitok Srengenge

    The first night of the festival in Paramaribo offers a diverse program. Writers from five countries read from their novels and poetry. Hosted and presented by Arlette Codfried they talk about their own country and how people from different cultures live together there. Denise Jannah sings poems chosen from poets that represent the five different countries participating in this ffestival, amongst others from the winner of the State literature prize Orlando Emanuels. Cynthia McLeod, Rappa, Surianto and Frits Wols perform together with their foreign colleague writers Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Joke van Leeuwen (The Netherlands) and Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia). The dance group Tandava dances poems from Slory and Shrinivasi. The Fafiri Brothers will provide further musical accompaniment.

  • Suriname 2004

    District commissionership Nickerie - literary evening

    With: Arlette Codfried, Cynthia Mc Leod, Denise Jannah, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Rappa, Ronald Giphart, Sitok Srengenge

    An international program with readings by writers and poets and music, presented by Arlette Codfried. The Surinam authors Cynthia McLeod and Rappa perform together with poet/performer Gibi Bacilio from Curaçao, writer EKM Dido from Capetown, the Dutch best-selling author Ronald Giphart and one of the foremost poets from Indonesia, the Javanese Sitok Srengenge. Jazz-diva Denise Jannah presents a special program of her own, consisting of poems from five countries set to her own music.

  • Antillen 2003

    Krusa Laman - Curaçao - writers evening

    With: Barche Baromeo, Changa Hickinson, Cynthia Mc Leod, Denise Jannah, Frank Martinus Arion, Gibi Bacilio, Laura Quast, Lupe Reyes, Nelleke Noordervliet, Rayda Jacobs, Roland Colastica, Sitok Srengenge

    An evening with readings by writers and poets from South Africa, Suriname, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. With a performance by the Surinamese jazz-singer Denise Jannah, accompanied by local musicians. Jannah sang poems from Suriname, the Antilles and South Africa, accompanied by the Curacaoan guitarist Pierre Dunker and percussionist Ernie Gregorio . The programme was presented by Roland Colastica.

  • Winternachten 2003

    My National Anthem

    With: Christine Otten, Geert van Istendael, Gibi Bacilio, Jaap Blonk, Kader Abdolah, Michaël Zeeman, Theodor Holman

    Holland is no longer the country it used to be. Are we ready for a new national anthem? Six writers and poets from The Netherlands and abroad present their personal alternative on this afternoon.

    Writer/commentator Theodor Holman, Gibi Bacilio from Curaçao, writer and rap-poet Christine Otten, Kader Abdolah and the Flemish writer Geert van Istendael sang their new national anthems for our country. Michaël Zeeman talked to the writers and poets in an effort to reinvent the nation. Dutch spoken.

    On this page, you can listen to the sound recordings.

  • Winternachten 2003

    Copyright The Netherlands - debate

    With: Barryl Biekman, Bert Paasman, Cynthia Mc Leod, Edwin Marshall, Gibi Bacilio, Ruben Severina

    The National Monument for the Commemmoration of Slavery now stands in Amsterdam. Does the historic awareness of the Surinamese and Antillian community deserve a monument as well? What is the state of history-writing in the West-Indies. Is its source still Dutch? A debate with panel and audience chaired by Henri Vijber, with among others the Surinamese writer Cynthia McLeod and historian Edwin Marshall. The debate will be introduced by Barryl Biekman, chair of the National Platform for the history of Slavery. Dutch spoken.

  • Winternachten 2003 – Winternacht 2

    Gibi Bacilio presents the winner of the Poetry Writing Competition

    In collaboration with the School for Poetry, Winternachten organizes a writing competition for two secondary schools in The Hague. A special schoolprogramme and a presentation in Theater aan het Spui will lead to a hundred pupils writing poetry on the theme 'Image of Holland'. Tonight one of the two winners presents his or her poem, and is introduced by the poet Gibi Bacilio from Curaçaoi, member of the jury.

  • Winternachten 2003 – Winternacht 2

    The Shallows in the West

    Beautiful holiday islands, pity of those drug-trafficers. Is that the image that the Dutch have of the Dutch Antilles? What should the Antillians think of the Netherlands, where the market is for these same drugs. Three poets give us their picture of The Netherlands and their own archipelago. Quito Nicolaas and Dax Hassel are from Aruba, and have lived in The Netherlands for some time. Poet and enthralling performer Gibi Bacilio is from Curaçao. They write their poetry in Papiamento, English and Dutch.

  • Tournee NL 2003

    Winternachten Bijlmer

    With: Christine Otten, Cynthia Mc Leod, Gibi Bacilio, Marylin Simons, Nicole Terborg

    No better poet and performer than Gibi Bacilio from Curaçao. He performs together with the Surinamese writer Marylin Simons, winner of the Kwakoe literature prize, Cynthia McLeod from Suriname and the Dutch novelist and rapping poet Christine Otten. Moderated by Nicole Terborg. Dutch spoken. An evening organised in co-operation with Krater Theater Bijlmer (

    Tickets: 020 6952911

  • Tournee NL 2003

    Winternachten Rotterdam

    With: Gibi Bacilio, Kader Abdolah, Marylin Simons, Michiel van Kempen

    Why did the Antillian poet Gibi Bacilio and the Surinamese writer Marylin Simons return to their home countries after a long stay in The Netherlands? What made the Iranian fugutive writer Kader Abdolah choose for Holland? Dutch spoken.

    Tickets: 010 425 50 50.

  • Indonesië 2001

    Jakarta and Yogyakarta

    With: Gibi Bacilio, Loit Sôls, Mustafa Stitou, Surianto

    Onder de titel 'Winternachten overzee' bracht het Haagse literatuurfestival Winternachten dichters uit Suriname, Zuid-Afrika, de Antillen en Nederland naar Indonesië. Vier dichters reisden van 24 april tot 1 mei 2001 naar Jakarta en Yogyakarta voor optredens in o.a. het festival JIPR (Jakarta International Poetry Reading). Het was voor het eerst dat het festival Winternachten zich buiten Nederland presenteerde. Het was op verzoek van de Javaanse schrijvers Goenawan Mohamad en Ayu Utami dat Winternachten zijn activiteiten uitbreidde naar Indonesië. Winternachten is het jaarlijkse ontmoetingspunt voor schrijvers uit Suriname, Zuid-Afrika, de Antillen, Indonesië en Nederland. Steeds vaker kreeg het festival het verzoek om die ontmoeting ook in de andere landen te laten plaatsvinden. Dat gebeurde nu voor het eerst in Indonesië; de voorbereidingen voor een soorgelijke evenementen in Zuid-Afrika en op Aruba en de Nederlandse Antillen zijn in gang. Winternachten maakte in overleg met de Indonesische partners de keus voor de dichters Mustafa Stitou (Nederland), Loit Sôls (Zuid-Afrika), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao) en Surianto (Suriname). De optredens vonden plaats in het festival JIPR (26 t/m 28 april, Theater Utan Kayu, Jakarta), de Universitas Indonesia (26 april, Depok, Jakarta) en in Yogyakarta (30 april en 1 mei).

  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 2

    Performing Poets and stories

    The popular South-African performer Soli Philander presented the programme in the foyer, with 'performing poets' and writers from Suriname, Curaçao, South-Africa and Indonesia. The great Indonesian poet Rendra confirmed his excellent qualities as a performer. Winston Scholsberg told traditional Surinamese stories.The Antillian poet Gibi Bacilio performed with percussionist Xavier Cordoba. Jit Narain, Surinamese/Hindustani poet, read his poems in Sarnami. Poet and streetsinger Loit Sôls accompanied himself on guitar.

  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 2

    Surinamese and Papiamentu anthologies

    Jeroen Vullings presented a programme with two anthologists. Michiel van Kempen, editor of an anthology of Surinamese literature, talked to Aart Broek, editor of a recently published anthology of Papiamentu literature. Broek introduced three Antillian authors: Gibi Bacilio, a poet and performer form Curaçao, accompanied by percussionist Xavier Cordoba; Frank Martinus Arion (Curaçao) and the Dutch Aruban writer Denis Henriquez. Michiel van Kempen introduced Antoine de Kom and Jit Narain, from Suriname.

  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 1

    Performing Poets and débutantes

    The South-African performer Soli Philander presented the programme in the foyer, with performing poets form Suriname, Curaçao, South-Africa and Indonesia. Débutante Clark Accord presented his novel The Queen of Paramaribo. The Antillian poet Gibi Bacilio performed with percussionst Xavier Cordoba. Arahmaiani (Bandung, Indonesia), read her poems. The poet/streetsinger Loit Sôls (Cape Town) accompanied himself on guitar.