SAMESAME is a festival where people can meet and discover more about each other through performance, music, culture and art.
Queer culture has the magical ability to be incredibly open to others, probably because they have often not been allowed to experience this themselves. That openness is contagious.
Why SAMESAME but different?
In the land of the smiles, Thailand, language barriers are broken by locals and tourists with the well-known phrase 'same same, but different'. We humans are all made of flesh and blood. We come the same way and we’ll go the same way. That connects us, because we are not that different from each other. We cherish that connection and manifest it at the samesame festival. Although we are all human beings of flesh and blood, there are also differences. They make us who we are, they make us unique. The duality of similarities and differences is what samesame festival is all about. An ode to humanity in its diversity. That is why this is the first queer festival in Breda is where queer and non-queer people all come together.
Samesame will be hosted on the beautiful location of 't Zoet.
Within walking distance of the HSL station and the historic city centre of Breda, there is an area of 46 football fields. An area where sugar was produced until 2005 and is therefore now called 't Zoet. Over the next twenty years, this area will be transformed into a metropolitan area. This means a dynamic and dense mix of living, working and recreation. This new district on the Mark will be of great significance for the city's future. Samesame will be with Vieze Anita, the first official festival to set grounds to 't Zoet.
It represents the feeling of being not different, special, or unexpected in any way; usual. Stand out without being on the radar. In Dutch, we say: “Just act normal because then you are already acting crazy enough.” Dutch mentality with a touch of modesty. We are being normal but slightly different from others. That is what ordinary is all about . To create space in which we determine and discover something new without shouting from the roof.
It's about the hope or ambition of achieving something. What is your aspiration in life? Aspiration means "inhalation" or "breathing." It was once believed that our breath was our soul or spirit, which might explain why we talk about "breathing life into" something, or coming up with energy and ideas to invigorate it. How else to breathe life into something than with ambition and drive?
When you are humble, vulnerability can be used as a positive rather than a negative trait. Aside from being a trigger for growth, your vulnerability can also be the start of something grand — especially when you allow yourself to get creative and innovative. When you are in a situation that leaves you exposed or scares you, you think of alternative ways to protect yourself or to feel better. Vulnerability is resourceful and compassionate to be able to express yourself in any kind of form.