For the Cultural Centre “Buque Azart” on the beach in Ecuador
–  For 18.000 $  – 

It’s a miracle that the centenary ship Azart ends on a South American beach like a contemporary Temple of Folly. The miracle is that it still sails for more then thirty years despite countless dangers and financial hardships. The miracle is that the city of Manta has cleared a spot for the old barge on the beach of the hamlet of San Mateo. The miracle is that the energetic theater group “Humor y Vida” is embraces the project to create a cultural center. With the modern tribune and a professional beamer, it’s gonna be the village cinema and neighborhood theater. With ten cabins it will be the artist residence that attracts, like a magnet, artists from the entire South American continent.

The last hurdle is to drag the 180 ton ship over wooden beams 130 meters further up the beach. The fishing village of San Mateo supplies the small ships to pull the steel cables around the ship and to fix the beams under the keel. The province lends the necessary bulldozers. The Azart project has raised $30,000 to purchase the enormous cables and to pay for the labor, the divers, the pulleys & pork fat to grease the beams. Still missing is $18,000 for these twelve beams of tropical wood over which the ship is towed. The engineer wants these quality beams of 8 m. at 45×45 cm. because he fears others might split. The wood cannot be reused because it remains for the biggest part under the ship.

February 2020
The theatre ship Azart moored in a small fishing port in Ecuador to put on a show with Marimba artists
The pandemic turned the ship from a welcome guest into a dangerous pariah
The pandemic killed the show.  The pandemic killed the travel
Finita La Commedia !

February 2021
The city of Manta in Ecuador embraces the ship on the beach of the fishing village San Mateo
The theater group “Humor & Vida” turns the ship into the cultural center “Buque Azart”
Azart continues to tell her stories
The Show Goes On !

July 31 2021
From 10 AM – European time 5 PM

Gran Teletón
de Locos por el Arte

An internet charity event presented by international artists
in support of “BUQUE AZART” on the beach of San Mateo

August 24 2021 from 5 AM
The Beaching of the Ship !

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 years of free navigation, the ship will be neatly encapsulated between bus stop 8,
the parking lot for cars and small fishing boats, between the trees and bars. 

Let’s save the Buque Azart.      Paty & Shana, members of the Corperacion “Humor y Vida”

                                                                                                               The Theater “Buque Azart” is in a permanent collaboration
                                                                                                                      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