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Marco Martens

Marco Martens
Marco Martens

(1982) creates performances, plays songs, improvises and recites, and is often called the rap-troubadour of Eindhoven. He likes to mess with genre boundaries, mixing spoken word, rap, poetry and theatre. He addresses big themes in small everyday portraits. In 2014 he wrote the musical HARM; its songs appeared on the album Ieder huis is uit vertrekken gebouwd (Every House Is Built of Departures). His show and podcast series Morgen zal ik thuis zijn (I'll Be Home Tomorrow) is an ode to his ADHD diagnosis. He has portrayed various spoken word artists im magazines, created improv performances with De Cabarapshow and works as a writing coach at Poetry Circle Nowhere and the Herman Brood Academy. Together with Royal and Cheese he created the album Vera, a mix of beats and (narrative) rap with a touch of cabaret. Martens cherishes an unhealthy fondness for bad puns.

(WN 2020)

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  • Winternachten 2020

    WWZ x Writers Unlimited 2020 (featuring a.o. Sticks)

    With: Benzokarim, Çağla Meknuze, Cynthia Mc Leod, Dagger DX, Elten Kiene, Guus van der Steen, Jesse Laport, Jolyn Phillips, Marco Martens, Quin Kempees, Roberta Petzoldt, Rosabelle Illes, Sticks

    Performers, poetry, punchlines, music, exhibits, beer & bites in a feel-good setting during this special Winternachten edition of Woorden Worden Zinnen at PAARD in the Grote Zaal. For this special occasion we've curated a program with artists from all over the globe. One of the definite highlights was a unique performance by rapper Sticks!

    The (inter-)national line-up also included Surinamese writer Cynthia McLeod, composer and singer Jolyn Phillips from South Africa, Turkish poet Çağla Meknuze, the Aruban poet Rosabelle Illes, poet and performer Roberta Petzoldt, poet and performer Jesse Laport, musician and spoken-word artist Guus van der Steen, poet en performer Marco Martens and spoken-word artist Benzokarim. Plus: verses to take home by Quin Kempees, your favourite host Elten Kiene, and tasty tunes by DJ Dagger DX.

    Woorden Worden Zinnen is a highly accessible platform and stage night for word art in the broadest sense. It takes place on and at stages and festivals throughout the Randstad and was founded in 2010 by spoken-word artist Elten Kiene and literary organizer Wesley Loos.

    This night is powered by GUAP (