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It’s a miracle that the centenary ship Azart has sailed for more then thirty years despite countless dangers and financial hardships. It’s a miracle she ends on a South American beach like a contemporary Temple of Folly. The miracle is that the city of Manta has cleared a spot for the old barge on the beach of the fisherman’s hamlet of San Mateo. The miracle is that the energetic theater group “Humor y Vida” embraces this project to convert the ship into a cultural center on the beach. With the 220 person tribune and a professional beamer, it’s gonna be the neighbourhood cinema, a village theatre, a youth center, a museum and a top attraction for local and (inter)national tourists. With ten cabins it will be the artist residence that attracts, like a magnet, artists from the entire South American continent.


Sept 12, 2021
The Beaching of the Ship !

00°57′226” S, 80°48’376” W


Planning of the city of Manta. The ocean is at the top.
The blue area of 2000 is reserved for the ship and tribune. 
After thirty three years of free navigation, the ship will be neatly encapsulated between bus stop one,
the parking lot for cars and small fishing boats, between the trees and bars. 

 Paty & Shana, members of the “Buque Azart!” run by the theater company “Humor y Vida”

For the Cultural Centre “Buque Azart” on the beach in Ecuador

The Theater “Buque Azart” collaborates with the Amsterdam Plein Theater


Azart” ! Een filosofische roman over de teloorgang – en de toekomst – van Europa, verpakt als kluchtige avonturenverhaal met trekjes van een detective.
Geschreven en geïllustreerd door Maxim Kantor en uit het Russisch vertaald door Lena Hemmink. 

ISBN 9789464028768   248 Pagina’s   19×26 cm   1200 gr.   25.00 €   Bestellen

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“Azart – The Ship of Fools”, a colourful photo-artbook that honours the millenary history of The Ship of Fools,
the centenary fishing vessel and the thirty years of an erratic theatre company.
ISBN 9789090325613   248 Pagina’s   16.7×24.5 cm   25.00 €   To buy