- In het kader van 500 jaar Grote Kerk Alkmaar heeft WAAH! een awardshow ontwikkeld waarin ambacht, innovatie, kunst en cultuur samenkomen in een spectaculaire theatershow.
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On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March, the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar will be the scene for the Wearable Art Awards Holland or WAAH! During a spectacular show more than 30 models show costumes from designers / artists from home and abroad. The award show on March 31st is presented by famous TV personality Valerio Zeno. Because of the success of the show on Saturday, an extra show is planned for Friday 30 March.
In 2016, the first award show in the Grote Kerk with Stacey Rookhuizen was already a great success. This time again, WAAH promises to become a beautiful, theatrical show where the most diverse portable artworks are shown. Presenter of this year Valerio Zeno represents, just like Stacey Rookhuizen last time, the character of WAAH: stylish, trendy and a bit rebellious. The show will take place twice this year; on Friday is the first show and on Saturday is the special award show where a jury awards three awards and the audience chooses a fourth winner.
The jury, consisting of internationally renowned fashion designer Michael Barnaart van Bergen, Alkmaar jewelery designer Marc de Lange, conceptual designer Iris de Vries (also winner of the WAAH-Say Cheese award in 2016) and Alkmaar alderman for culture Anjo van de Ven. The Innovation Award is about the most innovative creation and is being considered for the processing of innovative materials and techniques. For the Sustainability Award, the suit must consist of at least 85% recycled material. Anjo van de Ven also presents the Say Cheese Award, in which she watches a designer and / or costume that radiates the ‘spirit’ of Alkmaar. The audience can vote on their favorite costume for the special audience award during both shows via their own smartphone.
The historic interior of the Grote Kerk is a special setting and the anniversary of the church was seized upon by WAAH to incorporate the rich history of the building and the city of Alkmaar into the show. For example, attention is paid to historical figures and trades and these are combined in a creative way with innovative materials and techniques. After the shows, the winning costumes and other wearable art creations will be shown for a few weeks during a special exhibition in the Grote Kerk. Including specially designed costumes of students of the SUMMA Fashion College from Eindhoven.
After the show the seats will be removed and the space will be cleared for a special afterparty with DJ Dennis van der Geest and Dennis Verheugd. During this after party, dancers and models are used with special costumes.
WAAH! is a platform for (starting) designers in the field of fashion and / or art. Wearable Art Awards Holland (WAAH!) Is inspired by WOW (World of Wearable Art) in New Zealand, a major art show that takes place annually in the city of Wellington with designers from all over the world and attracts more than 55,000 visitors. WAAH! offers designers from the Netherlands and Europe the same platform for their creations.
In addition to regular tickets for the show, there are also catering arrangements available and VIP tickets (with drinks in the VIP room and tickets for the afterparty) via the website www.waah.nl