Author Archives: August Dirks

THE GRAN PREMIÈRE

THE GRAN PREMIÈRE # 031 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 SMS-pier, Waterkant #5, Paramaribo, Suriname. 55º09´173´´ North, 005º49´520´´ West Traduccion Castellano & Français abajo & en bas Before each of the shows, another local personality is set on a wooden vegetable box to give a short prologue about freedom. The première was opened by the Chargé […]

FREEDOM

FREEDOM # 030 Sunday, September 23, 2018 SMS-pier, Waterkant #5, Paramaribo, Suriname. 55º09´173´´, North, 005º49´520´´ West The huge wooden summer shed on the quay that faces the ship gradually transforms into a reception room, office, dressing studio and rehearsal space. Things are getting serious. We could comfortably settle here if the Fool’s Fate wasn’t an […]

BREAK THE CHAINS

# 029 Sunday, July 01, 2018 SMS-pier, Waterkant #5, Paramaribo, Suriname. 55º09´173´´, North, 005º49´520´´ West The French Fool Frederic found himself in the jungle, teaching the captain of a small marroon community to fire the outdated cannon that no-one knows how it landed there. He himself learned the trade of shooting by restaging historical battles […]

THE BOOMBOAT

# 028 Saturday, May 12, 2018 SMS-pier, Waterkant #5, Paramaribo, Suriname. 55º09´173´´, North, 005º49´520´´ West THE BOOMBOAT The arrival of the Ship of Fools provoked a small revolution on the last jetties that belong to the Suriname Maritime Company. Expectations were high. The Company, in a heroic attempt to remount the inexorable slope, speeded up […]

A JOLLY ENTRY

# 027 Sunday, April one, 2018 SMS-pier, Waterkant #5, Paramaribo, Suriname. 55º09´173´´, North, 005º49´520´´ West A JOLLY ENTRY Arriving in Paramaribo feels like the coming home of a lost brother. The fools come back to the home country of sweet folly. It feels like sailing back to the Amsterdam of the seventies and find it […]

PARAMARIBO RIVERSIDE

# 026 Monday, March 12, 2018 Saint-Laurent-du-Maconi, Guyana, La France. 52º18´401´´, North, 005º57´117´´ West PARAMARIBO RIVERSIDE High tide averted the danger of being stuck in the mud forever. The biggest danger of seduction maybe has been the august largeness of the river, far beyond the majesty that presented us already rivers like the Neva or […]

LAND IN SIGHT

# 025 Thursday, February 8, 2018 Saint-Laurent-du-Maconi, Guyana, La France. 54º01´685´´, North, 005º30´618´´ West LAND IN SIGHT The Fools are up the river Maroni. The world change from blue to green. After a fortnight of an undisturbed horizon abounds the jungle around. Still at sea a fucking couple of turtles prepared them a jolly welcome. […]

AMERICA

Logbook # 024 Monday, January 22, 2018 Tarrafal, São Antão, Cabo Verde. 25º18´401´´, North, 016º57´117´´ West AMERICA ! The sea keeps on calling. Strong winds keep pushing westward. The sailors long for new horizons. Partir, c’est mourir un peu. Scandalously, we leave this generous folk who’s now massively preparing their most frenetic annual ceremony, the […]

IL KAPITANO LOKO

# 023 Sunday, December 31, 2017 Porto Grande, Mindelo, São Vincente, Cabo Verde. 24º59´366´´, North, 016º53´258´´ West   IL KAPITANO LOKO The Cabo Verde Festival of Fools is fun. At eight in the evening the World Premiere is about to begin. “Captain Fool” awaits his public at the main gate of the Grand Port. From […]

NO STRESS

022 Sunday, December 17, 2017 Mindelo Harbour, São Vincente, Cabo Verde. 24º59´333´´ North, 016º53´026´´ West NO STRESS The small town of Mindelo is a country in itself, far away from anywhere. Abundant smiles accompany us everywhere. Pedestrians, women and street dogs are treated with full respect. Our land base is the “Backyard of the Artists”, […]