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Free Heri Heri for All

Families and children are invited to join Het Nieuwe Café, Hiphophuis and the Nieuwe Instituut for Free Heri Heri for All. During this day, we reflect on the abolition of slavery as we share and hand out plates of the traditional dish heri heri. Visitors can also join various workshops and activities in which history is embedded and new connections are made.

30 June 2023 13:00 - 16:30

Free Heri Heri, 2023. Image: Diana Ejaita.

Heri Heri

The dish heri heri is a dish with a backstory. Nowadays it is known as a delicacy, but heri heri was originally made and eaten by enslaved people on plantations during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The one-pan dish means 'healing' and uses cassava, sweet potato, bakkeljauw and banana as its base. At the Nieuwe Instituut the heri heri is prepared by chef Manuela Goncalves Tavares and her team of Het Nieuwe Café.

Programme

  • Dive deep into the rich history of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts Capoeira during this workshop by Juggling Percussion. We delve deep into the historic meaning of this art form. The roots of Capoeira go back to the battle of enslaved Africans in Brazil, who in an ingenious way disguised their combat training as a fascinating dance.

  • The anyisa, a traditional Surinamese headgear, is more than an accessory. The headgear functioned as a communication tool: depending on the structure of the folds and the wear you could display a message. Anyisa-expert Carlien Macnack will give a workshop folding anyisa and share more about the art and the ways of wearing this headscarf. During the workshop families and children can learn the different folding and binding methods of the anyisa. Make one out of paper or starched cardboard and wear it during Keti Koti!

More information about the full programme will follow soon.

This afternoon is organised in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Café and Hiphophuis.

Languague: Dutch/English | Location: Nieuwe Instituut | RSVP (Free)

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Free Heri Heri for All

Cultural entrepreneurs Ira and Ayra Kip decided in 2020 to serve the symbolic dish heri heri at special gatherings they wanted to organise, inspired in part by the global Black Lives Matter movement, in memory of their ancestors and to commemorate the abolition of slavery by the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 1 July 1863. 1 July is the day known as Keti Koti, Emancipation Day or Dia di Lucha pa Libertat in different parts of the former kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Kip sisters see cooking and eating together as a way to engage in conversation, make connections and raise awareness and understanding. Since the first edition, more and more chefs (well-known and less well-known) have become involved in the initiative, resulting in the 'table' of Amsterdam to expand to several cities in the Netherlands.