Hopes and Fears Across the Water

A spoken word exchange for the Freedom Festival Hull

What will our future world be like now that it has changed forever (COVID-19, privacy & surveillance and ecology); explored through spoken word between the UK and the Netherlands.

Presented in touching and inspiring online sessions, spoken word performers from the UK and the Netherlands collaborate around the urgent themes of privacy and surveillance, division and isolationism and the climate emergency in our post-COVID-19 world.

Three spoken word artists from each country work with Lucas De Man of Company New Heroes to explore what our near future will look and feel like, these young voices address their fears and hopes for the post-COVID-19 world.  


  • Asma Elbadawi
  • Nick Conroy
  • Rheima Ibrahiim-Robinson
  • Y.M.P.
  • Luan Buleshkaij
  • Roziena Salihu 

Part of the Creative Europe funded InSitu Network ‘ACT’ 2017-2020 as an international collaborative project led by Company New Heroes – working with international collaborators from the UK and The Netherlands through an Online Residency in response to Covid-19.