To drive from Serbia to Kosovo with a car full of instruments is tricky business. We experienced that last year: then we found out that we didn’t bring the right documents to import our ‘professional equipment’ outside the EU. So this year we got those papers, called ATA CARNET, and figured we would cross borders without any trouble, expected only warm welcomes towards a group of enthusiastic young musicians (“muziki” was the password last year). But then there’s politics. Serbia still denies Kosovo to be a state and therefore the border is not a border but just a checkpoint. A checkpoint doesn’t own the stamps that we need on our very official import/export documents. After a very unfriendly discussion with the Serbian douane officers the deal was: the musicians may pass but the instruments need to go back into Serbia to take a detour through Macedonia so the export is official and then Macedonian douane officers can decide if you may enter Kosovo through their border. We decided to split up. The musicians indeed drove to Kosovo in a straight, and bumpy, line and Wouter and Dave (aka Cash & Sabine) took the detour of 400km. LnSaints arrival: 1am. Technician&managers arrival: 9:45am.

Dave aka Sabine aka the technician promised to write you about the rest of the trip (I guess something happened during those 9 extra hours… but first he has to get some sleep) so that’s to be posted here soon. But mums; don’t worry we’re all save and in the place we want to be!

Now let us get the actual project started! From tomorrow on we’ll do our street actions, play two gigs this weekend with the Freelancers, prepare the body percussion flashmob of next week and roll towards the final concert in thursday the 9th.

Let’s stick to ARTCORE right?

About Bas van Rijnsoever

Bas studeerde in 2008 af van de Amsterdamse Theaterschool. Richtte met Lucas en Wouter Stichting Nieuwe Helden op. Maakt performatief theater met MTG Blont en Schwalbe. Speelde als acteur o.a. in voorstellingen van Carver, Toneelgroep Oostpool, Kassys.
Momenteel richt Bas zijn pijlen op de muziek. Met zijn band BASTIAAN en solo onder de naam BAS, zoals afgelopen zomer te zien op theaterfestival de Parade.
voor Nieuwe Helden leidde Bas de projecten van LnSaint en MTG Blont en is hij (mede)verantwoordelijk voor de ACTIES ‘Blue Monday’, ‘Questionmark’, ‘Garbagehouse’ en ‘Not a Beggar’