We are pleased to introduce you to 2 amazing hosts for FASHIONCLASH Festival: cultural innovator Stephanie Afrifa and multidisciplinary artist ARIAH LESTER!
You might remember her from the digital edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival in February 2021: Stephanie Afrifa, a cultural innovator based in The Netherlands.
With her personal project ‘Celestial Space’ she researches how people of color experience public spaces and interviews them on where they feel safe and unsafe and what aspects of a space makes them feel either safe or unsafe. She aims to create a space at the crossroads of visual art, architecture, philosophy and empirical research to awaken a connection to your core self and others to create a sense of much needed collective intimacy and vulnerability. “I use my voice to amplify dope moments, movements and people. I find happiness in meaningful connections, thoughtful communication, critical thinking and creating safe spaces to catalyse change and build bridges.”
Stephanie has worked with HipHopHuis, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, De Bijenkorf, Mama Cash Feminist Festival, FASHIONCLASH. State of Fashion and Van Gogh Museum. She often participated in public debates and prime-time talk shows where she discussed art, community and culture. One of her highlights is her interview with renowned artist and filmmaker Ai Wei Wei for De Wereld Draait Door.
During FASHIONCLASH Festival, Stephanie will host the Official Online Opening, The Clash House, Fashion Talks: New Fashion Narratives, The Future of Fashion is Phygital, Introduction to Culture.Fashion and Fashion Makes Sense. Get your 3-day access ticket to the FASHIONCLASH Festival livestream!
Photo: Aline Bouma
ARIAH LESTER (Lester Arias) is a multidisciplinary artist that works within the fields of visual arts, graphic design, electronic-pop music, and text-based theatre, through the lens of movement/dance. ARIAH comes from Caracas, Venezuela, where he graduated from the UNEARTE (National Experimental University of Arts) and the Juana Sujo (School of Drama and Scenic Performance). Later on, he moves to Amsterdam where he graduates from the SNDO (School voor Nieuwe Dans Ontwikkeling). He is the winner of the ‘Publikumpreis (Audience Award) at Radikal Jung Festival 2019’ in Münich, the ‘Operadagen Festival Rotterdam Award’ in 2018, and the ‘Young Theatre Award’ at Theater Aan Zee Festival 2017 in Oostende, Belgium, as original young maker, play and song writer.
ARIAH will host the Open Mic Night on Saturday 27 November during FASHIONCLASH Festival. Get your ticket via www.fashionclash.nl to visit the Open Mic Night in person or watch the Open Mic Night online via the FASHIONCLASH Festival livestream.
Outfit: Teun Seuren
Photo: Bart Grietens