/ Language is the only homeland

opening saturday september 8, 17.00 hrs

Exhibition, 8 September - 11 November 2018

Parastou Forouhar
Newell Harry
Marcel Pinas
Moffat Takadiwa
Judith Westerveld
Tintin Wulia 

Guestcurator: Manon Braat
Language expert: Simone Zeefuik

Language is the only homeland is an exhibition about the relationship between language and cultural identity. The title is a quotation from the Polish writer Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), which means that language, perhaps even more so than geographical location, has the ability to make someone feel at home somewhere. What does the language that someone speaks say about someone's identity? Does the language a person speaks determine the way that person interprets the world around them? Language is the only homeland examines the social, cultural and political implications of language - language that someone chooses to speak, is forced to speak or is unable to speak.

The artists look at contemporary traces of colonial domination and globalization and migration in relation to the (loss or retention of) language and cultural identity. 

Opening: saturday september 8, 17.00 hrs

Openinghours exhibition:
thu and fri 14.00 - 20.00 hrs
sat and sun 14.00 - 18.00 hrs
And on appointment

DCR Pleinfestival

DCR Pleinfestival

On and around the De Constant Rebecqueplein there will be a party on September 8th! After the success of the first edition last year, the venues, organisations and makers of the Haagse Energiekwartier will once again open their doors to all interested people. Come to the DCR Pleinfestival to see what's going on at our cultural hotspot! 

Nest, Zaal 3, CLOUD At Danslab, Studio Loos, T Gras v/d Buren, De Electriciteitsfabriek, We Are Public, Satellietgroep and the independent creators of creative hotspot DCR The Hague offer an interesting programme of workshops, guided tours and performances in the field of theatre, visual arts, music and dance on September 8th. There is an extensive program with free workshops for children and adults and at regular intervals a trip through the building can be made along the studios. 

For more information and the full programme, please visit facebook.com/dcrdenhaag.

At 17.00 hrs Language is the only homeland will be officially opened at Nest.

Opening hours:
15.00 - 21.00 hrs
Admission free

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De Haagse CultuurAcademie presents, saturday September 29

Presentations by young art and culture professionals 

Fifteen young, ambitious cultural professionals will focus on the theme of Language is the only homeland and what it means to be multilingual in The Hague. During this project they will be guided by cultural entrepreneur Ricardo Burgzorg. On 29 September they will present the results of their research. 

Afterwards at 16.00 hours a lecture will be given by author Mohammed Benzakour. His most recent publication Tien op een Ezel (Ten on a Donkey) is about the Berber proverbs and sayings of his parents, which he wrote down to keep for posterity. 

Date: saturday September 29, 2018
Time: 15.00 until 17.00 hrs
Admission free
Program in in Dutch

Museumnacht, Saturday october 6, 2018

Museumnacht Den Haag

A love letter drenched in perfume of a holiday sweetheart or a singing birthday card of your great-aunt: a handwritten message in the letterbox is so much more valuable than a thumb up. Nevertheless, PostNL has removed more than 10,000 letterboxes in recent years because we have been writing less. With three different workshops, given by literary enlightened spirits, Nest and art magazine Mister Motley pay tribute to the written letter during Museumnacht.

The three workshops:

Write for Rights
Amnesty International is fighting, among other things, for the rights of political prisoners. With 'Write For Rights', letters are collected that are written to people who have been imprisoned for years and for whom it remains necessary to draw attention to their case. Amnesty International talks about the concept and, together with the participants, writes and sends letters to these prisoners.

Bottle mail
Sending bottle mail is a way of communicating that was once used by sailors. They threw a cry or call into a bottle in the sea, hoping it would wash up somewhere and reach a reader. Participants in this workshop describe their cry for help in life. At night, the bottle post is thrown into the sea and from there it follows its own course.

Sexting on paper
A spicy photo is forwarded in a second, but how do you convert your desire for your (secret) lover into a written word? In this hot steam course, a piquant writer teaches you the ins and outs of writing about desire and sex.


20.00 - 01.00 hrs
Early Bird Ticket € 14,-
Regular tickets € 16,50
tickets via 

Migration Museum, Saturday october 6, 2018

More than 100 languages in the Migrationmuseum

More than a hundred languages are spoken in The Hague. During Museumnacht, in collaboration with the Migration Museum and Taal in de buurt, Nest will create a large mural with two artists and one hundred native speakers. Come and visit the newly opened Migration Museum to see and hear all those languages.

Location: Hoge Zand 42, 2512 EM Den Haag
Openingtimes: 14.00 - 21.00 hrs
Admission free

Philosophy by GrĂ¢ce Ndjako, thursday September 27

Lecture by Grâce Ndjako

Filosofie in Den Haag and Nest invited writer and philosopher Grâce Ndjako for a lecture due to the exhibition ‘Language is the only homeland’. Grâce Ndjako studied in Amsterdam and Paris.  She wrote her thesis about the conditions of possibility of an original African philosophy. Some post-colonial philosophers want to liberate philosophical thinking from Western influences, but inspire their theories on Western philosophers to do so. Grâce Ndjako seeks other ways. Currently she organizes master classes in African philosophy together with the National Institute of Dutch Slavery Past and Erfenis (NiNsee). In her lecture she delves deeper into the relationship between language and cultural identity. 

Date: Thursday September 27, 2018.
Time: 20.00 to 21.30 hrs
Costs: € 8.00
The lecture is in Dutch

Marcel Pinas

Newell Harry

Moffat Takadiwa

Parastou Forouhar

Tintin Wulia