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Milkshake in conversation with MA’MA QUEEN
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Milkshake in conversation with MA’MA QUEEN

Events Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favourite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   The interest for fashion and designing runs in my family. My grandmother worked as a dressmaker and my mom always really enjoyed designing and making clothes for me and our family. When I was just seven years old, my mother gave me a designer kit for my Barbie doll that allowed me to draw outfits for Barbie. I guess you could say that’s where the love for designing started. Later on, in middle school, I started to design and create my own clothes.    My other passion was dancing. I’ve danced a whole bunch of different styles throughout my life; from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance et cetera. When I moved to Arnhem to study fashion design, I got the opportunity to work in a circus. I finished my education in Rotterdam, where I got an internship at an entertainment agency and I expressed my desire to get back on stage. One night was pivotal in my career as a performance: we got a request for two drag performers to join Amanda Lepore. That’s when my drag career started.    Looking back, I think it makes complete sense that I ended up where I am now. It’s not just performing. It’s also the styling, designing, helping people express themselves through costumes. Choosing fashion could have limited me to a cycle of designing, marketing and selling. It’s so thrilling to see the costumes I designed live a life on stage, I think it’s become essential for me in my work. As for my drag performance, it feels like a natural part of me. I’ve always dressed and expressed myself more feminine.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   I believe that it was five or six years ago that I first visited Milkshake. I already knew a bit about the festival and I was very curious about it. Little did I know that Milkshake would become an instant favorite the moment I set foot on the festival site. I loved every single thing about the festival. In the following years, I visited in drag with my drag daughters, worked as a stylist and performer for the Supertoys stage, as a stage host for the Totally Stages and it’s just been so much fun! You have to pay attention to every second because before you know it you’re dancing to the final song at the end of the day. The rush of working backstage, performing, meeting the international community, celebrating with friends; those are the memories we will all cherish for life.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   That’s a beautiful question. I have so many thoughts and ideas when I try to envision a future for our community. One of the most important things for me is that I don’t want our community to be looked at as this isolated thing. A collection of people that all tick one or more minority boxes. If people keep telling us we’re a minority group, how are we ever going to make the next step in emancipation? For example when people in interviews ask me questions about the hard things or my fears I try to challenge them: ask me about my happy encounters, ask me about the things that strengthen me. Ask me about the things that put a smile on my face.    If you imagine each and every one of us probably have one or two allies in our lives, there’s way more free and open minded people than we think. I think the future is free and those who have a free mindset must be a majority, right? Take Milkshake for example, there’s so many people there who aren’t necessarily a part of the community but who have the right mindset when it comes to freedom and respect. Those people play an important role in our collective future.    As a community, we need to take the lead and show others how they can be themselves. The best way we can teach the world is by being one hundred percent authentic. This way we might show others the limiting mindsets they have been raised with. We all have so much more in common than we can possibly imagine. I think radical freedom can be infectious and I want to use it to strengthen our community from within. We’re not weak. We’re strong.    I want a future where you don’t have to dress up in the toilets of a bar in Amsterdam to go to your favorite festival. I want a future where I can get on a train in any tiny village in this country and feel safe and appreciated. I want a future where no parent has to be worried about the safety of their child. It’s that happy feeling that sticks with you a while after visiting Milkshake: you’d wish that feeling could be around forever.      Credits: Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens || Art Director: Marieke Samallo || Styling: Dylan Westerweel || Model: Ma'ma Queen || Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham || Make Up: Tom Haegens/ The Countess || Nails: Fleur Hissink || Interview: Maartje Weijers Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favourite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   The interest for fashion and designing runs in my family. My grandmother worked as a dressmaker and my mom always really enjoyed designing and making clothes for me and our family. When I was just seven years old, my mother gave me a designer kit for my Barbie doll that allowed me to draw outfits for Barbie. I guess you could say that’s where the love for designing started. Later on, in middle school, I started to design and create my own clothes.    My other passion was dancing. I’ve danced a whole bunch of different styles throughout my life; from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance et cetera. When I moved to Arnhem to study fashion design, I got the opportunity to work in a circus. I finished my education in Rotterdam, where I got an internship at an entertainment agency and I expressed my desire to get back on stage. One night was pivotal in my career as a performance: we got a request for two drag performers to join Amanda Lepore. That’s when my drag career started.    Looking back, I think it makes complete sense that I ended up where I am now. It’s not just performing. It’s also the styling, designing, helping people express themselves through costumes. Choosing fashion could have limited me to a cycle of designing, marketing and selling. It’s so thrilling to see the costumes I designed live a life on stage, I think it’s become essential for me in my work. As for my drag performance, it feels like a natural part of me. I’ve always dressed and expressed myself more feminine.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   I believe that it was five or six years ago that I first visited Milkshake. I already knew a bit about the festival and I was very curious about it. Little did I know that Milkshake would become an instant favorite the moment I set foot on the festival site. I loved every single thing about the festival. In the following years, I visited in drag with my drag daughters, worked as a stylist and performer for the Supertoys stage, as a stage host for the Totally Stages and it’s just been so much fun! You have to pay attention to every second because before you know it you’re dancing to the final song at the end of the day. The rush of working backstage, performing, meeting the international community, celebrating with friends; those are the memories we will all cherish for life.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   That’s a beautiful question. I have so many thoughts and ideas when I try to envision a future for our community. One of the most important things for me is that I don’t want our community to be looked at as this isolated thing. A collection of people that all tick one or more minority boxes. If people keep telling us we’re a minority group, how are we ever going to make the next step in emancipation? For example when people in interviews ask me questions about the hard things or my fears I try to challenge them: ask me about my happy encounters, ask me about the things that strengthen me. Ask me about the things that put a smile on my face.    If you imagine each and every one of us probably have one or two allies in our lives, there’s way more free and open minded people than we think. I think the future is free and those who have a free mindset must be a majority, right? Take Milkshake for example, there’s so many people there who aren’t necessarily a part of the community but who have the right mindset when it comes to freedom and respect. Those people play an important role in our collective future.    As a community, we need to take the lead and show others how they can be themselves. The best way we can teach the world is by being one hundred percent authentic. This way we might show others the limiting mindsets they have been raised with. We all have so much more in common than we can possibly imagine. I think radical freedom can be infectious and I want to use it to strengthen our community from within. We’re not weak. We’re strong.    I want a future where you don’t have to dress up in the toilets of a bar in Amsterdam to go to your favorite festival. I want a future where I can get on a train in any tiny village in this country and feel safe and appreciated. I want a future where no parent has to be worried about the safety of their child. It’s that happy feeling that sticks with you a while after visiting Milkshake: you’d wish that feeling could be around forever.      Credits: Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens || Art Director: Marieke Samallo || Styling: Dylan Westerweel || Model: Ma'ma Queen || Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham || Make Up: Tom Haegens/ The Countess || Nails: Fleur Hissink || Interview: Maartje Weijers

Zalando launches the Festival of Optimism
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Zalando launches the Festival of Optimism

Events Zalando, Europe's leading online fashion and lifestyle platform, is hosting the 'Festival of Optimism' celebrating fashion and art and bringing people from across the continent together to dance, sing and laugh – as part of the new summer campaign' Activists of Optimism'. During the festival, various events and playful pop-up initiatives are organized throughout Europe to spread happiness and create connection after a year full of lockdowns and restrictions. On Saturday 19 June, Zalando will let the Netherlands go wild with paint bombs at the Wall of Optimism in three major cities. In front of The Student Hotel Amsterdam City, on the Stationsplein in Utrecht and in the middle of the Markt in Maastricht, passers-by can write positive thoughts on paint balloons and throw them against a wall. With a colorful explosion of paint, they literally spread their positivity and collectively create a 'Wall of Optimism'. Zalando captures this moment with Polaroid photos that the participants can take home. The festival will conclude on June 21 with The Longest Set of Summer, a 16-hour DJ set. Together with Mixmag, the largest magazine for dance music and club culture, Zalando hosts a live stream from dawn to dusk that can be followed for free on Mixmag's YouTube channel.     #ActivistsofOptimism  @Zalando   Zalando, Europe's leading online fashion and lifestyle platform, is hosting the 'Festival of Optimism' celebrating fashion and art and bringing people from across the continent together to dance, sing and laugh – as part of the new summer campaign' Activists of Optimism'. During the festival, various events and playful pop-up initiatives are organized throughout Europe to spread happiness and create connection after a year full of lockdowns and restrictions. On Saturday 19 June, Zalando will let the Netherlands go wild with paint bombs at the Wall of Optimism in three major cities. In front of The Student Hotel Amsterdam City, on the Stationsplein in Utrecht and in the middle of the Markt in Maastricht, passers-by can write positive thoughts on paint balloons and throw them against a wall. With a colorful explosion of paint, they literally spread their positivity and collectively create a 'Wall of Optimism'. Zalando captures this moment with Polaroid photos that the participants can take home. The festival will conclude on June 21 with The Longest Set of Summer, a 16-hour DJ set. Together with Mixmag, the largest magazine for dance music and club culture, Zalando hosts a live stream from dawn to dusk that can be followed for free on Mixmag's YouTube channel.     #ActivistsofOptimism  @Zalando  

C4P x Clay Arlington x Carhartt WIP present UNIFORM FOR CHANGE capsule
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C4P x Clay Arlington x Carhartt WIP present UNIFORM FOR CHANGE capsule

Art This Wednesday, June 16th, C4P x Clay Arlington x Carhartt WIP will present their UNIFORM FOR CHANGE collection in the Carhartt WIP brand store in Amsterdam. This unique collaborative capsule connects fashion, art and social relevance by giving artist and designer Clay Arlington carte blanche on a unique canvas; a series of Carhartt WIP utilitarian garments. All proceeds of these one-of-a-kind wearable artworks are going to Clothes for Progress partners that aim to defeat social injustice towards the Black community.      A CHARITABLE CANVAS    Together with Clothes for Progress (C4P) and Carhartt WIP, artist Clay Arlington created a limited series of collaged, hand silk screened one-of-a-kind wearable artworks, based around the title "Conditions”. The intention of this three-way collaborative capsule with Carhartt WIP was to create a uniform that reminds the wearer there is still work to be done when it comes to reaching equality for all humans. The latter being the main objective of continuous fundraising platform Clothes for Progress (C4P).    Born from a desire to put in overdue work, Clothes for Progress is a driving force of raising awareness for social injustices in the black community and fundraising organizations like the Black Archives, Black Queer and Trans Resistance Netherlands, The Netherlands Gets Better, Black Lives Matter and National Bailout, by selling clothes. All proceeds of the UNIFORM FOR CHANGE capsule collection will therefore also go to these C4P partners.      WORK IN PROGRESS UNIFORMS   In line with the Clothes for Progress heritage artist and designer Clay Arlington released his artwork of flowers, text, and iconography on Carhartt WIP’s utilitarian garments; from dungarees to jackets and trousers.    ‘I think for the most part, the work grew out of collages I was making, along with text... almost poetry. I've been using the term conditions for a while. The conditions. Ideal conditions. Weather conditions. Sufficient and necessary conditions, the conditions that make things possible. The other words are all just strong scene setting ideas, and together with the forms of people dancing, performing, I think are in some ways similar to props, or create a stage, or a scene. Burners are graffiti pieces that are so strong they burn everything around them, the month of June, tulips...I guess it's like soup, some summer soup from a city where everyone is dancing to avoid the heat.’ – Clay Arlington    So what can you expect on June 16th? A limited series of sleek white pieces contrasted with bright red and bold black graphics with a price range going from €225 to €300. Next to the limited garments, a select series of Carhartt WIP tees (€50) and posters (€25) with a print by Clay Arlington will be available at Carhartt WIP’s Amsterdam store on Utrechtsestraat 99, as well as through Clothes for Progress‘ Instagram account. Please note that due to limited capacities, a first come first serve principle is in order.     This Wednesday, June 16th, C4P x Clay Arlington x Carhartt WIP will present their UNIFORM FOR CHANGE collection in the Carhartt WIP brand store in Amsterdam. This unique collaborative capsule connects fashion, art and social relevance by giving artist and designer Clay Arlington carte blanche on a unique canvas; a series of Carhartt WIP utilitarian garments. All proceeds of these one-of-a-kind wearable artworks are going to Clothes for Progress partners that aim to defeat social injustice towards the Black community.      A CHARITABLE CANVAS    Together with Clothes for Progress (C4P) and Carhartt WIP, artist Clay Arlington created a limited series of collaged, hand silk screened one-of-a-kind wearable artworks, based around the title "Conditions”. The intention of this three-way collaborative capsule with Carhartt WIP was to create a uniform that reminds the wearer there is still work to be done when it comes to reaching equality for all humans. The latter being the main objective of continuous fundraising platform Clothes for Progress (C4P).    Born from a desire to put in overdue work, Clothes for Progress is a driving force of raising awareness for social injustices in the black community and fundraising organizations like the Black Archives, Black Queer and Trans Resistance Netherlands, The Netherlands Gets Better, Black Lives Matter and National Bailout, by selling clothes. All proceeds of the UNIFORM FOR CHANGE capsule collection will therefore also go to these C4P partners.      WORK IN PROGRESS UNIFORMS   In line with the Clothes for Progress heritage artist and designer Clay Arlington released his artwork of flowers, text, and iconography on Carhartt WIP’s utilitarian garments; from dungarees to jackets and trousers.    ‘I think for the most part, the work grew out of collages I was making, along with text... almost poetry. I've been using the term conditions for a while. The conditions. Ideal conditions. Weather conditions. Sufficient and necessary conditions, the conditions that make things possible. The other words are all just strong scene setting ideas, and together with the forms of people dancing, performing, I think are in some ways similar to props, or create a stage, or a scene. Burners are graffiti pieces that are so strong they burn everything around them, the month of June, tulips...I guess it's like soup, some summer soup from a city where everyone is dancing to avoid the heat.’ – Clay Arlington    So what can you expect on June 16th? A limited series of sleek white pieces contrasted with bright red and bold black graphics with a price range going from €225 to €300. Next to the limited garments, a select series of Carhartt WIP tees (€50) and posters (€25) with a print by Clay Arlington will be available at Carhartt WIP’s Amsterdam store on Utrechtsestraat 99, as well as through Clothes for Progress‘ Instagram account. Please note that due to limited capacities, a first come first serve principle is in order.    

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The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem re-examined the PURPOSE of the current fashion- and design system to make the world even better place by local Arnhem based initiatives
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The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem re-examined the PURPOSE of the current fashion- and design system to make the world even better place by local Arnhem based initiatives

Fashion The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem kicks off   The new edition of the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem has officially started on the 3rd of June 2021.This year, together with designers, artists and partners, the festival has a hybrid character due to the current global pandemic.     Within the theme, all participants explore how they make the world a little more beautiful, cleaner and sustainable with their designs and creations. The festival organization aims to offer the visitor a general, well-grounded, compelling overview of the theme PURPOSE alongside the 10 dimensions of the Kabbalah, without any given prejudices of judgments. FDFA aims to offer the broadest spectrum of the content and thematic of PURPOSE, to make the topic widely available to each possible audience. The goal is to collaborate with the designers to look at many initiatives and inspire visitors, watchers and enthusiasts.      The festival is all about PURPOSE, but also about RE-PURPOSE. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions of Kabbalah. At least 4 videos are linked to each dimension within the theme:      How they create videos: a designer explains the ways of working and how he/she contributes to the theme.   An artistic video from a designer/stylist on a given subject within the dimensions of Purpose  Vision: a designer, entrepreneur or artist shares it’s experimental vision on the theme Rijn IJssel Purpose TV:  The local students of the Rijn Ijssel Academy head out in the streets to examine the local Arnhem population on their fashion consumption behaviours and the underlying thoughts and attitudes in a more playful and accessible format        The FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, in which online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Each week, a number of dimensions from the overarching theme "PURPOSE" are highlighted, with exhibitions, lectures, events and performances. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA. View the current program via this link: https://www.fdfarnhem.nl/programma     The costs of digital programming on Thursdays are free to attract the widest possible audience, to keep the program as inclusive as possible and make the program accessible to everyone. The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem kicks off   The new edition of the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem has officially started on the 3rd of June 2021.This year, together with designers, artists and partners, the festival has a hybrid character due to the current global pandemic.     Within the theme, all participants explore how they make the world a little more beautiful, cleaner and sustainable with their designs and creations. The festival organization aims to offer the visitor a general, well-grounded, compelling overview of the theme PURPOSE alongside the 10 dimensions of the Kabbalah, without any given prejudices of judgments. FDFA aims to offer the broadest spectrum of the content and thematic of PURPOSE, to make the topic widely available to each possible audience. The goal is to collaborate with the designers to look at many initiatives and inspire visitors, watchers and enthusiasts.      The festival is all about PURPOSE, but also about RE-PURPOSE. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions of Kabbalah. At least 4 videos are linked to each dimension within the theme:      How they create videos: a designer explains the ways of working and how he/she contributes to the theme.   An artistic video from a designer/stylist on a given subject within the dimensions of Purpose  Vision: a designer, entrepreneur or artist shares it’s experimental vision on the theme Rijn IJssel Purpose TV:  The local students of the Rijn Ijssel Academy head out in the streets to examine the local Arnhem population on their fashion consumption behaviours and the underlying thoughts and attitudes in a more playful and accessible format        The FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, in which online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Each week, a number of dimensions from the overarching theme "PURPOSE" are highlighted, with exhibitions, lectures, events and performances. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA. View the current program via this link: https://www.fdfarnhem.nl/programma     The costs of digital programming on Thursdays are free to attract the widest possible audience, to keep the program as inclusive as possible and make the program accessible to everyone.

I conversation with Jill van Raan
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I conversation with Jill van Raan

Music We had a pleasure speaking with Jill van Raan.     Jill, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.   I'm Jill, I live in Amsterdam. I started my internship at ID&T when I was 19 years old and have never left since. I quit my studies and jumped into a full time job. I was young and very motivated  and still am, learning the job by actually doing it. I started working at ID&T as an office manager, and from there I graped every opportunity and slowly started making some stage designs for smaller stages. I made some moodboards and every year my role within the creation team was getting bigger and now I am responsible for the whole creation part for Mysteryland.   What are your first memories with music that you connect to?    That's a song by Toni Braxton. It was “Unbreak My Heart” and I was singing that from my living room and didn't even know what I was singing. But I think that's one of my first music memories and my first festival memory is Mysteryland. I was 17 years old, too young to get in – but I was in. Standing on the massive fields during the end show of Bart Skils at the main stage. Yeah, that feeling of your first festival. Nobody ever forgets that.   What does it mean to be the creative lead at Mysteryland for you?   As a creative lead, I’m responsible to create experiences before, during and after the festival. When the visitor enters the Mysteryland ground you need to make them feel comfortable and once they are comfortable, their journey will start. We want to surprise them with a lot of unexpected moments. But also after Mysteryland, it's important to stay in the mind of the visitors and we want to keep reminding them of the good times they have had in a creative way. We stay connected to our audience throughout the entire year with music, photos, videos and limited edition merchandise. So it's not only during the festival, but also before and after the festival I'm responsible to keep those happy vibes going throughout.   How is there any difference nowadays, especially with the lives we live at the moment? Has that been more challenging to maintain? That creative after flow after the experience, because it's been a while since the last festival.   It's difficult because you don't have memories from last year that you can show, but we did a livestream last year to give something back to our visitors in these challenging times. The livestream was very successful, we created a whole new festival world where DJs recorded their sets in hot air balloons! You can still check it out on our YouTube channel if you search for Let’s Get High!   We got a lot of love from our visitors and they really liked it. During the livestream we sold limited edition merchandise and the DJs were also very grateful and happy that we created such a large exclusive online event. So it's difficult. But yeah, that's also my job; being creative during these times.   Guide us through your creative process. How do you work towards the final look or the theme of the stages and the merchandise?   Well every year it starts with the artists department looking for the right sounds, brands, and partners that match with Mysteryland. Once the hosting partners are selected, my work begins. I zoom into each brand and look for the right combination and angle with Mysteryland. I mix the flavors of Mysteryland with the flavors of the hosting partner and create a state that matches with both brand DNAs.   In this process I get a lot of inspiration from different places like nature, pinterest, books, clothes, music. I draw the idea or illustrate it, then I check in with the technical producer to see if my ideas are realistic. At first, my ideas are usually not realistic enough to actually create and we need to make some concessions. During the process, new ideas for using alternative materials come up. Making all those changes is a part of the process and it takes a lot of time before you get to the final design. But it doesn't stop with the stages. That process is necessary for everything: show elements, acts, lights, smaller decorations that you can see behind and in the trees and so on..    And don’t forget the merchandise. This year we wanted to have a more basic collection that is easy to wear and has an everyday style. Next to the basic collection, we also wanted to have more unique pieces, limited editions and clothes that are based on the latest trends.    What kind of experience do you want to create for the visitors of Mysteryland? Does that differ each year with a different theme?   No, we don't really have a theme. I want to create an escape from reality. I want our visitors to forget their day to day business, create new memories, enjoy themselves and to celebrate life. There are three words that we work with – mysterious, surrealistic and colorful. That is what Mysteryland is, and you can express that in a lot of different ways.   What do you think makes Mysteryland so unique, compared to so many other festivals that are also in the Netherlands? What makes it stand out for you?   I think Mysteryland is unique because it's the longest running dance festival in the world. It doesn't matter what age you are. Everybody knows Mysteryland and for a lot of our visitors their first festival is Mysteryland. We offer so many different sounds and experiences. I think there's no other festival that offers such diversity in sound and culture. It’s also the only festival in the Netherlands where you can consistently see legendary dance artists and talent from every electronic music genre. At the same time you get the chance to get lost in a fantasy festival world, there’s something for everybody!   What are some of your biggest influences from the world of creatives, art and design when it comes to Mysteryland?   At first, I wasn't aware of it too much, but I found out that Es Devlin has inspired me so much without even noticing. She's a stage designer and has worked for many big artists like Kanye West, Beyonce, and The Weekend. It’s inspirational for me to see a talented woman who works with such big artists. She’s amazing at thinking about the different perspectives visitors have in the crowd! Tim Walker is also a great inspiration, he’s almost a one on one fit with Mysteryland in my eyes!   Would you care to give me a comment on your perspective on sustainability when organizing festivals nowadays? How does that come into play with your job or the festival itself?   We pay a lot of attention to sustainability and have even won awards for it in the past. We always have. Our aim is to run the festival with power in combination with batteries in 2022. This year we are working towards a post system on drinks with reusable materials. We encourage organic and vegetarian food and all of our disposals are compostable. We are part of the international green deal, a circular festival where we work together with other international festivals on circular pilots. The trick is to consider waste as raw material and for me, especially in our stage design, I always want to make sure that we make something for the long term to use. So one year it's the stage design and the next year it’s decoration for the entry gates. Most of the time, nature products are my favorite. A lot of people recognize it because almost every time there's something green in my stage designs.   What's the best part of your job for you, actually? What’s that one key thing that you would emphasize?   The best part of my job is during the end show. You've worked the entire year to create something for just this one weekend and everything comes together. During the endshow, you know that the day is over and you did a great job. That moment is super short, but so powerful.         To know more about Mysteryland please visit their website: https://www.mysteryland.nl We had a pleasure speaking with Jill van Raan.     Jill, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.   I'm Jill, I live in Amsterdam. I started my internship at ID&T when I was 19 years old and have never left since. I quit my studies and jumped into a full time job. I was young and very motivated  and still am, learning the job by actually doing it. I started working at ID&T as an office manager, and from there I graped every opportunity and slowly started making some stage designs for smaller stages. I made some moodboards and every year my role within the creation team was getting bigger and now I am responsible for the whole creation part for Mysteryland.   What are your first memories with music that you connect to?    That's a song by Toni Braxton. It was “Unbreak My Heart” and I was singing that from my living room and didn't even know what I was singing. But I think that's one of my first music memories and my first festival memory is Mysteryland. I was 17 years old, too young to get in – but I was in. Standing on the massive fields during the end show of Bart Skils at the main stage. Yeah, that feeling of your first festival. Nobody ever forgets that.   What does it mean to be the creative lead at Mysteryland for you?   As a creative lead, I’m responsible to create experiences before, during and after the festival. When the visitor enters the Mysteryland ground you need to make them feel comfortable and once they are comfortable, their journey will start. We want to surprise them with a lot of unexpected moments. But also after Mysteryland, it's important to stay in the mind of the visitors and we want to keep reminding them of the good times they have had in a creative way. We stay connected to our audience throughout the entire year with music, photos, videos and limited edition merchandise. So it's not only during the festival, but also before and after the festival I'm responsible to keep those happy vibes going throughout.   How is there any difference nowadays, especially with the lives we live at the moment? Has that been more challenging to maintain? That creative after flow after the experience, because it's been a while since the last festival.   It's difficult because you don't have memories from last year that you can show, but we did a livestream last year to give something back to our visitors in these challenging times. The livestream was very successful, we created a whole new festival world where DJs recorded their sets in hot air balloons! You can still check it out on our YouTube channel if you search for Let’s Get High!   We got a lot of love from our visitors and they really liked it. During the livestream we sold limited edition merchandise and the DJs were also very grateful and happy that we created such a large exclusive online event. So it's difficult. But yeah, that's also my job; being creative during these times.   Guide us through your creative process. How do you work towards the final look or the theme of the stages and the merchandise?   Well every year it starts with the artists department looking for the right sounds, brands, and partners that match with Mysteryland. Once the hosting partners are selected, my work begins. I zoom into each brand and look for the right combination and angle with Mysteryland. I mix the flavors of Mysteryland with the flavors of the hosting partner and create a state that matches with both brand DNAs.   In this process I get a lot of inspiration from different places like nature, pinterest, books, clothes, music. I draw the idea or illustrate it, then I check in with the technical producer to see if my ideas are realistic. At first, my ideas are usually not realistic enough to actually create and we need to make some concessions. During the process, new ideas for using alternative materials come up. Making all those changes is a part of the process and it takes a lot of time before you get to the final design. But it doesn't stop with the stages. That process is necessary for everything: show elements, acts, lights, smaller decorations that you can see behind and in the trees and so on..    And don’t forget the merchandise. This year we wanted to have a more basic collection that is easy to wear and has an everyday style. Next to the basic collection, we also wanted to have more unique pieces, limited editions and clothes that are based on the latest trends.    What kind of experience do you want to create for the visitors of Mysteryland? Does that differ each year with a different theme?   No, we don't really have a theme. I want to create an escape from reality. I want our visitors to forget their day to day business, create new memories, enjoy themselves and to celebrate life. There are three words that we work with – mysterious, surrealistic and colorful. That is what Mysteryland is, and you can express that in a lot of different ways.   What do you think makes Mysteryland so unique, compared to so many other festivals that are also in the Netherlands? What makes it stand out for you?   I think Mysteryland is unique because it's the longest running dance festival in the world. It doesn't matter what age you are. Everybody knows Mysteryland and for a lot of our visitors their first festival is Mysteryland. We offer so many different sounds and experiences. I think there's no other festival that offers such diversity in sound and culture. It’s also the only festival in the Netherlands where you can consistently see legendary dance artists and talent from every electronic music genre. At the same time you get the chance to get lost in a fantasy festival world, there’s something for everybody!   What are some of your biggest influences from the world of creatives, art and design when it comes to Mysteryland?   At first, I wasn't aware of it too much, but I found out that Es Devlin has inspired me so much without even noticing. She's a stage designer and has worked for many big artists like Kanye West, Beyonce, and The Weekend. It’s inspirational for me to see a talented woman who works with such big artists. She’s amazing at thinking about the different perspectives visitors have in the crowd! Tim Walker is also a great inspiration, he’s almost a one on one fit with Mysteryland in my eyes!   Would you care to give me a comment on your perspective on sustainability when organizing festivals nowadays? How does that come into play with your job or the festival itself?   We pay a lot of attention to sustainability and have even won awards for it in the past. We always have. Our aim is to run the festival with power in combination with batteries in 2022. This year we are working towards a post system on drinks with reusable materials. We encourage organic and vegetarian food and all of our disposals are compostable. We are part of the international green deal, a circular festival where we work together with other international festivals on circular pilots. The trick is to consider waste as raw material and for me, especially in our stage design, I always want to make sure that we make something for the long term to use. So one year it's the stage design and the next year it’s decoration for the entry gates. Most of the time, nature products are my favorite. A lot of people recognize it because almost every time there's something green in my stage designs.   What's the best part of your job for you, actually? What’s that one key thing that you would emphasize?   The best part of my job is during the end show. You've worked the entire year to create something for just this one weekend and everything comes together. During the endshow, you know that the day is over and you did a great job. That moment is super short, but so powerful.         To know more about Mysteryland please visit their website: https://www.mysteryland.nl

Milkshake in conversation with Chelseaboy
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Milkshake in conversation with Chelseaboy

Culture Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favorite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   I really enjoy using my performance as a tool to create connection, to celebrate our queer identity and to investigate all of the different roles we can play. It’s a way for me to dive further into myself and ultimately into the world. I use drag to lift up the people around me and to liberate those around me to be their full selves.    That’s why I like to find a clash between a more modern appearance and for example older songs, to bridge the gap between memories that might be dear to someone and show them ways these songs could also connect to other identities than their own. The future is gender hybrid. That’s what I try to express in my art as well.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   Milkshake celebrates her tenth birthday this year. I was just 18 when I visited the first edition. I never missed one. I plan my holidays around the festival dates. I explored the Amsterdam nightlife alongside my yearly visits to Milkshake. I would start months in advance planning my looks and outfit. It’s such a beautiful gathering of all the wonderful birds of paradise our community holds. I really enjoy walking across the festival site and bumping into one sister after another as the festival is visited by so many people from across the world. It’s the only place I can imagine spending time with the Berlin queens, the French queens, the British queens, the American queens, you name it! Our community is international and coming together is such a powerful thing.    The last two editions I performed at the Flikker stage, which was a whole new experience. My memories of that day are like a kaleidoscope of so much laughter, love, hysteria en just … LOVE in abundance. Milkshake represents so many subcultures, but somehow the festival seems to have a unique angle that forms a unity within these cultures. It’s really fluid and the thing that connects us all is our shared humanity.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   I hope that we can come to a place in our community where every single being and every single body is celebrated for all that they are. All forms, all colors, standing strong as a community, with our hearts wide open. I hope the voice that represents us will become louder and louder, and that we will be seen as people that actually matter and are valued as equals.    A true utopia would be that our drag community dissolves in a way into a larger, all encompassing giant world filled with love and acceptance. In order to get there we need to decide together how we want to treat the differences that separate us. We have to pay homage to all the pain, sadness and loss that our community has had to deal with throughout the years. We have always been true at showing our colors so we need to reach a point of mutual understanding that will take us past these differences.    The world I dream of might be paradise on earth, it might be Walhalla. It might be called Milkshake.     CREDITS:  Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens Art Director: Marieke Samallo Styling: Dylan Westerweel Model: ChelseaBoy  Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham  Make Up: ChelseaBoy  Body paint: Victoria Boo  Nails: Fleur Hissink  Interview: Maartje Weijers     Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favorite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   I really enjoy using my performance as a tool to create connection, to celebrate our queer identity and to investigate all of the different roles we can play. It’s a way for me to dive further into myself and ultimately into the world. I use drag to lift up the people around me and to liberate those around me to be their full selves.    That’s why I like to find a clash between a more modern appearance and for example older songs, to bridge the gap between memories that might be dear to someone and show them ways these songs could also connect to other identities than their own. The future is gender hybrid. That’s what I try to express in my art as well.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   Milkshake celebrates her tenth birthday this year. I was just 18 when I visited the first edition. I never missed one. I plan my holidays around the festival dates. I explored the Amsterdam nightlife alongside my yearly visits to Milkshake. I would start months in advance planning my looks and outfit. It’s such a beautiful gathering of all the wonderful birds of paradise our community holds. I really enjoy walking across the festival site and bumping into one sister after another as the festival is visited by so many people from across the world. It’s the only place I can imagine spending time with the Berlin queens, the French queens, the British queens, the American queens, you name it! Our community is international and coming together is such a powerful thing.    The last two editions I performed at the Flikker stage, which was a whole new experience. My memories of that day are like a kaleidoscope of so much laughter, love, hysteria en just … LOVE in abundance. Milkshake represents so many subcultures, but somehow the festival seems to have a unique angle that forms a unity within these cultures. It’s really fluid and the thing that connects us all is our shared humanity.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   I hope that we can come to a place in our community where every single being and every single body is celebrated for all that they are. All forms, all colors, standing strong as a community, with our hearts wide open. I hope the voice that represents us will become louder and louder, and that we will be seen as people that actually matter and are valued as equals.    A true utopia would be that our drag community dissolves in a way into a larger, all encompassing giant world filled with love and acceptance. In order to get there we need to decide together how we want to treat the differences that separate us. We have to pay homage to all the pain, sadness and loss that our community has had to deal with throughout the years. We have always been true at showing our colors so we need to reach a point of mutual understanding that will take us past these differences.    The world I dream of might be paradise on earth, it might be Walhalla. It might be called Milkshake.     CREDITS:  Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens Art Director: Marieke Samallo Styling: Dylan Westerweel Model: ChelseaBoy  Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham  Make Up: ChelseaBoy  Body paint: Victoria Boo  Nails: Fleur Hissink  Interview: Maartje Weijers    

DGTL announces line-up for ADE 2021 edition
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DGTL announces line-up for ADE 2021 edition

Music Including Dax J, Disclosure, Honey Dijon, Sven Väth and Dixon     After months of speculation among fans, DGTL announced today that its event will take place during the Amsterdam Dance Event on October 14, 15 and 16 in the NDSM Loods.     Presale starts Monday May 24. You can register via: https://ade.dgtl.nl/en/dgtl-ade-2021   More than a year after the first lockdown started, dance enthusiasts have something to look forward to. DGTL is therefore doing a lot during ADE. During three days and spread over four events, twenty thousand visitors can dance to their heart's content again in the beating heart of Amsterdam, in the characteristic NDSM Loods. The DGTL organization unveils the full line-up of the four events during ADE in one fell swoop. For example, Thursday evening, October 14, will kick off with a special DJ set by the British duo Disclosure, building on the unforgettable performance they gave at DGTL in 2019. The legendary Honey Dijon will also be on stage on Thursday evening and, together with Disclosure, will be the headliner of the evening. As if that wasn't enough, Cinthie, Theo Kottis, William Djoko, Luuk van Dijk, Kleó and Sanja also make the crowd dance with top-notch house and techno. On Friday evening DJ producer (and IPSO label owner) Kölsch invites great pacesetters like Sven Väth for DGTL x IPSO ADE. During this evening also performances by KiNK Live, Gerd Janson, Colyn, Jimi Jules, Jonathan Kaspar, Nicky Elisabeth and LEIA. The next day, Saturday October 16, DGTL will present a day event for the first time during ADE. A festival atmosphere is created with performances by Dixon, The Blessed Madonna, Jon Hopkins, Danilo Plessow (MCDE), Jayda G, David Vunk, Paramida, Philou Louzolo, Suze Ijó and Fafi Abdel Nour. On Saturday evening, DGTL ADE will continue with an unadulterated techno evening, which will continue until the early hours of Sunday morning. On stage, the hard, deep techno sounds of Afra, AnD, Dax J, DJ Stingray 313, KI / KI, Kobosil, LVTL, Paula Temple and SPFDJ & VTSS make up for the lack of techno parties over the past year and a half.     Ticket sales The pre-sale of DGTL ticket sales will start on Monday May 24th and regular ticket sales will start a day later, on Tuesday May 25th at 12:00 noon. You can register via: https://ade.dgtl.nl/en/dgtl-ade-2021 Including Dax J, Disclosure, Honey Dijon, Sven Väth and Dixon     After months of speculation among fans, DGTL announced today that its event will take place during the Amsterdam Dance Event on October 14, 15 and 16 in the NDSM Loods.     Presale starts Monday May 24. You can register via: https://ade.dgtl.nl/en/dgtl-ade-2021   More than a year after the first lockdown started, dance enthusiasts have something to look forward to. DGTL is therefore doing a lot during ADE. During three days and spread over four events, twenty thousand visitors can dance to their heart's content again in the beating heart of Amsterdam, in the characteristic NDSM Loods. The DGTL organization unveils the full line-up of the four events during ADE in one fell swoop. For example, Thursday evening, October 14, will kick off with a special DJ set by the British duo Disclosure, building on the unforgettable performance they gave at DGTL in 2019. The legendary Honey Dijon will also be on stage on Thursday evening and, together with Disclosure, will be the headliner of the evening. As if that wasn't enough, Cinthie, Theo Kottis, William Djoko, Luuk van Dijk, Kleó and Sanja also make the crowd dance with top-notch house and techno. On Friday evening DJ producer (and IPSO label owner) Kölsch invites great pacesetters like Sven Väth for DGTL x IPSO ADE. During this evening also performances by KiNK Live, Gerd Janson, Colyn, Jimi Jules, Jonathan Kaspar, Nicky Elisabeth and LEIA. The next day, Saturday October 16, DGTL will present a day event for the first time during ADE. A festival atmosphere is created with performances by Dixon, The Blessed Madonna, Jon Hopkins, Danilo Plessow (MCDE), Jayda G, David Vunk, Paramida, Philou Louzolo, Suze Ijó and Fafi Abdel Nour. On Saturday evening, DGTL ADE will continue with an unadulterated techno evening, which will continue until the early hours of Sunday morning. On stage, the hard, deep techno sounds of Afra, AnD, Dax J, DJ Stingray 313, KI / KI, Kobosil, LVTL, Paula Temple and SPFDJ & VTSS make up for the lack of techno parties over the past year and a half.     Ticket sales The pre-sale of DGTL ticket sales will start on Monday May 24th and regular ticket sales will start a day later, on Tuesday May 25th at 12:00 noon. You can register via: https://ade.dgtl.nl/en/dgtl-ade-2021

Tomorrowland is back this Summer
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Tomorrowland is back this Summer

Music   Tomorrowland continues the digital festival experience, in addition to the in-person live festival in 2021.    Tomorrowland Around the World returns! Following the huge success of its first ever digital edition in 2020, Tomorrowland is bringing back the spectacular two-day digital music festival experience on Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17, 2021. Tomorrowland Around the World 2021 is adapted to all time zones and will again bring together a stellar line-up featuring the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects. Already confirmed to be part of this year’s digital festival are world-class artists Adam Beyer, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Nicky Romero and Tale Of Us. Ticket sales started on Thursday May 6 at 15:00 CEST on tomorrowland.com.   The digital festival is open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by any borders or boundaries and ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of People of Tomorrow from across the globe – in addition to Tomorrowland’s in-person live festival at the Holy Grounds in Belgium (August 27-29 & September 3-5, 2021). Tomorrowland remains hopeful and optimistic that the live version of the festival can go ahead at the end of the summer. The festival organization continues to be working closely and positively with the local & national governments and experts, expecting more news by the end of May.   Revisiting last year’s popular newly created location, Tomorrowland will reopen the doors of its beloved new home Pāpiliōnem. The magical island will welcome the People of Tomorrow from all corners of the world, featuring plenty of brand-new and even more astonishing stages which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through Pāpiliōnem with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site with all the different stages and points of interest in an interactive way together with friends. Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland.     Last year’s inaugural digital edition of Tomorrowland Around the World was considered a huge success, providing a pandemic-friendly alternative for music fans across the globe. Tomorrowland now wants to make its groundbreaking and pioneering digital festival a yearly tradition – existing in addition to the in-person live festivals. Tomorrowland Around the World 2020 won the prestigious FWA of the Month (the largest online award program in digital design and development) and Tomorrowland’s digital New Year’s Eve celebration was recognized as a Webby Honoree at the 25th Annual Webby Awards (the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet), while the festival’s Belgian founders were named Billboard Change Agents, being praised for their ability to find innovative ways of bringing Tomorrowland into the new reality in less than 2,5 months.     Festivalgoers are invited to experience this year’s unique digital event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents or a big screen in your back garden, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.      Tomorrowland Around the World 2021 ·     Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17, 2021 ·     Friday between 19:00 and 01:00, Saturday between 17:00 and 02:00 – adapted to all time zones ·     Open for people of all ages and places ·     Exclusively on tomorrowland.com ·     Ticket sales start on Thursday May 6 at 15:00 CEST ontomorrowland.com ·     Coming soon: theme announcement, full line-up, special artist announcements and stage announcements. ·     Info and updates: tomorrowland.com   Tomorrowland continues the digital festival experience, in addition to the in-person live festival in 2021.    Tomorrowland Around the World returns! Following the huge success of its first ever digital edition in 2020, Tomorrowland is bringing back the spectacular two-day digital music festival experience on Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17, 2021. Tomorrowland Around the World 2021 is adapted to all time zones and will again bring together a stellar line-up featuring the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects. Already confirmed to be part of this year’s digital festival are world-class artists Adam Beyer, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Nicky Romero and Tale Of Us. Ticket sales started on Thursday May 6 at 15:00 CEST on tomorrowland.com.   The digital festival is open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by any borders or boundaries and ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of People of Tomorrow from across the globe – in addition to Tomorrowland’s in-person live festival at the Holy Grounds in Belgium (August 27-29 & September 3-5, 2021). Tomorrowland remains hopeful and optimistic that the live version of the festival can go ahead at the end of the summer. The festival organization continues to be working closely and positively with the local & national governments and experts, expecting more news by the end of May.   Revisiting last year’s popular newly created location, Tomorrowland will reopen the doors of its beloved new home Pāpiliōnem. The magical island will welcome the People of Tomorrow from all corners of the world, featuring plenty of brand-new and even more astonishing stages which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through Pāpiliōnem with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site with all the different stages and points of interest in an interactive way together with friends. Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland.     Last year’s inaugural digital edition of Tomorrowland Around the World was considered a huge success, providing a pandemic-friendly alternative for music fans across the globe. Tomorrowland now wants to make its groundbreaking and pioneering digital festival a yearly tradition – existing in addition to the in-person live festivals. Tomorrowland Around the World 2020 won the prestigious FWA of the Month (the largest online award program in digital design and development) and Tomorrowland’s digital New Year’s Eve celebration was recognized as a Webby Honoree at the 25th Annual Webby Awards (the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet), while the festival’s Belgian founders were named Billboard Change Agents, being praised for their ability to find innovative ways of bringing Tomorrowland into the new reality in less than 2,5 months.     Festivalgoers are invited to experience this year’s unique digital event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents or a big screen in your back garden, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.      Tomorrowland Around the World 2021 ·     Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17, 2021 ·     Friday between 19:00 and 01:00, Saturday between 17:00 and 02:00 – adapted to all time zones ·     Open for people of all ages and places ·     Exclusively on tomorrowland.com ·     Ticket sales start on Thursday May 6 at 15:00 CEST ontomorrowland.com ·     Coming soon: theme announcement, full line-up, special artist announcements and stage announcements. ·     Info and updates: tomorrowland.com

Drag Race Holland stars Abby OMG and Sederginne join Trixie Mattel, Alaska, and many more on 2021 Digital Drag Fest lineup
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Drag Race Holland stars Abby OMG and Sederginne join Trixie Mattel, Alaska, and many more on 2021 Digital Drag Fest lineup

Events The RuPaul's Drag Race dolls are coming back, back, back again for the 2021 Digital Drag Fest, and this year two of the Drag Race Holland girls are added to the lineup. Both Abby OMG and Sederginne will be performing during the second weekend of Digital Drag Fest.     As the coronavirus pandemic keeps performances spaces shuttered well into the year, drag queens from around the world will unite this summer for the second annual Digital Drag Fest event presented by Producer Entertainment Group. This year's slate includes performances by RuPaul's Drag Race personalities like Trixie Mattel, Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Latrice Royale, Ginger Minj, Monét X Change, Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Jan, Jackie Cox, and Nicky Doll.     RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 alums Denali, Tina Burner, and Utica will also appear for their first major festival gigs after they competed earlier this year across one of the longest seasons in Drag Race herstory.     Queens from international Drag Race spinoffs set to make their Digital Drag Fest mark include Abby OMGand Sederginnefrom Drag Race Holland, Cheryl Hole and Divina De Campo from RuPaul's Drag Race UK, and Jimbo from Canada's Drag Race, while drag legends Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine are confirmed to perform a joint set, too.       Digital Drag Fest's 2021's slate features individual 45-60-minute shows from each queen, ranging from comedy and singing to lip-syncing and even dramatic performances. Tickets will be limited to keep audience sizes intimate and allow for fan interactions with the queens — potentially including prizes and giveaways.   Digital Drag Fest 2021 runs over two weekends, from May 21-23 and May 28-30. See the full lineup and timing schedule below. Tickets go on sale later today at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sessions Live.     The RuPaul's Drag Race dolls are coming back, back, back again for the 2021 Digital Drag Fest, and this year two of the Drag Race Holland girls are added to the lineup. Both Abby OMG and Sederginne will be performing during the second weekend of Digital Drag Fest.     As the coronavirus pandemic keeps performances spaces shuttered well into the year, drag queens from around the world will unite this summer for the second annual Digital Drag Fest event presented by Producer Entertainment Group. This year's slate includes performances by RuPaul's Drag Race personalities like Trixie Mattel, Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Latrice Royale, Ginger Minj, Monét X Change, Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Jan, Jackie Cox, and Nicky Doll.     RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 alums Denali, Tina Burner, and Utica will also appear for their first major festival gigs after they competed earlier this year across one of the longest seasons in Drag Race herstory.     Queens from international Drag Race spinoffs set to make their Digital Drag Fest mark include Abby OMGand Sederginnefrom Drag Race Holland, Cheryl Hole and Divina De Campo from RuPaul's Drag Race UK, and Jimbo from Canada's Drag Race, while drag legends Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine are confirmed to perform a joint set, too.       Digital Drag Fest's 2021's slate features individual 45-60-minute shows from each queen, ranging from comedy and singing to lip-syncing and even dramatic performances. Tickets will be limited to keep audience sizes intimate and allow for fan interactions with the queens — potentially including prizes and giveaways.   Digital Drag Fest 2021 runs over two weekends, from May 21-23 and May 28-30. See the full lineup and timing schedule below. Tickets go on sale later today at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sessions Live.    

Heineken®, ID&T and MOJO are organizing the first large-scale party in Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live
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Heineken®, ID&T and MOJO are organizing the first large-scale party in Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live

Events After more than a year without the energy of packed houses, dancing together and singing along with your favorite artists, the stage is finally coming into view again. ID&T and MOJO, known for the Netherlands' most popular festivals such as Mysteryland and Lowlands, join forces with Heineken® to organize the first large-scale event without restrictions' on the day the weather is allowed ': Celebrate Life, in Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live. . As soon as the corona measures allow it, we will be shoulder to shoulder again. It's time to celebrate life together.   Milan Raven, Managing Director of ID&T Events: “The dot on the horizon, the moment that events are allowed again, is starting to become clear. When the time comes, we will celebrate with a big party. The great thing about Celebrate Life is that it cannot be moved or canceled. It will take place on the day that the weather is allowed. ” Celebrate Life starts in AFAS Live with the absolute vanguard of Dutch pop and hip hop. Get ready for The Youth of Today, Maan, Ronnie Flex & Fam and Vunzige Deuntjes Soundsystem. You will then travel right through the night in the Ziggo Dome with Benny Rodrigues, Freddy Moreira, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Lucas & Steve, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and a yet to be announced Special Guest. Finally electronic beats to dance to until the early morning.   John Mulder, Managing Director of MOJO: “We are in the starting blocks with the entire live sector to finally get back to work. We will do this together with Heineken® and ID&T. It is nice to see that we have managed to find each other in these difficult times to jointly organize a top event for our audience - on the day that the weather is allowed! With a watertight technical plan and a flexible musical program, we take up the challenge and can switch very quickly as soon as we get the green light. The exact day on which we meet again can cause both small changes and nice surprises in the program. ”   Els Dijkhuizen, Marketing Director of Heineken®: “We are of course pleased that we have taken a first cautious step with the reopening of the catering industry and that everyone can once again enjoy that first beer on the terrace. But we can't wait to see each other again at events and on the dance floor. Celebrate Life symbolizes the next phase, the moment when everything can continue without restrictions. When the date is a fact, we are ready to celebrate this big with a beer. ”   The current program can be found on wecelebratelife.nl. Tickets are sold through pre-registration. Be there on time and register directly via the website. Together we count down… until the day it is allowed again!   AFAS Live, Amsterdam with:  De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig en Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience   Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam with: Benny Rodrigues, Freddy Moreira, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Lucas & Steve, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Special Guest TBA.     Pre-registration for pre-sale tickets is now possible via: wecelebratelife.nl After more than a year without the energy of packed houses, dancing together and singing along with your favorite artists, the stage is finally coming into view again. ID&T and MOJO, known for the Netherlands' most popular festivals such as Mysteryland and Lowlands, join forces with Heineken® to organize the first large-scale event without restrictions' on the day the weather is allowed ': Celebrate Life, in Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live. . As soon as the corona measures allow it, we will be shoulder to shoulder again. It's time to celebrate life together.   Milan Raven, Managing Director of ID&T Events: “The dot on the horizon, the moment that events are allowed again, is starting to become clear. When the time comes, we will celebrate with a big party. The great thing about Celebrate Life is that it cannot be moved or canceled. It will take place on the day that the weather is allowed. ” Celebrate Life starts in AFAS Live with the absolute vanguard of Dutch pop and hip hop. Get ready for The Youth of Today, Maan, Ronnie Flex & Fam and Vunzige Deuntjes Soundsystem. You will then travel right through the night in the Ziggo Dome with Benny Rodrigues, Freddy Moreira, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Lucas & Steve, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and a yet to be announced Special Guest. Finally electronic beats to dance to until the early morning.   John Mulder, Managing Director of MOJO: “We are in the starting blocks with the entire live sector to finally get back to work. We will do this together with Heineken® and ID&T. It is nice to see that we have managed to find each other in these difficult times to jointly organize a top event for our audience - on the day that the weather is allowed! With a watertight technical plan and a flexible musical program, we take up the challenge and can switch very quickly as soon as we get the green light. The exact day on which we meet again can cause both small changes and nice surprises in the program. ”   Els Dijkhuizen, Marketing Director of Heineken®: “We are of course pleased that we have taken a first cautious step with the reopening of the catering industry and that everyone can once again enjoy that first beer on the terrace. But we can't wait to see each other again at events and on the dance floor. Celebrate Life symbolizes the next phase, the moment when everything can continue without restrictions. When the date is a fact, we are ready to celebrate this big with a beer. ”   The current program can be found on wecelebratelife.nl. Tickets are sold through pre-registration. Be there on time and register directly via the website. Together we count down… until the day it is allowed again!   AFAS Live, Amsterdam with:  De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig en Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience   Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam with: Benny Rodrigues, Freddy Moreira, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Lucas & Steve, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Special Guest TBA.     Pre-registration for pre-sale tickets is now possible via: wecelebratelife.nl

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