Emlyn Stam


Emlyn Stam is active as a violist, artistic director and performance researcher in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. He has performed extensively in orchestral, chamber music and ensemble settings. Since 2014 he has been artistic director of the New European Ensemble an internationally acclaimed group focusing on contemporary music. Emlyn is also active as a pedagogue and regularly teaches masterclasses in viola and chamber music. He taught at conservatories in the Netherlands, Estonia and China. He is active as a researcher and is currently studying for his PhD at the Docartes program at the Orpheus Institute in Gent and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Leiden. His research focuses on the performance practices of violists and chamber music groups in the early 20th and late 19th centuries. He has been invited to give numerous guest lectures on this topic in the Netherlands and internationally.

Geert Mul


Geert Mul is a Dutch installation artist and a teacher at Rietveld Academie. He received a degree in computer animation from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, in 1990. In the mid-1990s, Mul became one of the first VJs, creating video screenings combined with pop music for a Rotterdam dance club. These events grew into interactive video and audio environments, which he placed in a variety of contexts, from museums to pop festivals. Since 2000, Mul has often worked on site-specific installations. His works have been widely exhibited in many countries, including the Netherlands, the United States, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, China and South Africa.

Jakob De Jonge


After his MA in Religious Studies Jakob De Jonge has gained experience in the field of human rights by working for Amnesty International the Netherlands, Justitia et Pax and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jacob is the founding director of The Hague Peace Projects and responsible for the overall management of the organisation. Besides his work for the Hague Peace Projects he is also a professional visual artist



Hannibal Saad
(Syria/USA/the Netherlands)


Artistic Director and General Manager at CULTURE UNLIMITED. Hannibal is a music manager and festival artistic director. He works as an independent musician and cultural event producer with a vast network and experience in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. Hannibal toured with many Syrian musicians in the Middle East and Europe for the past 8 years. In 2007 and 2008 he was the Oriental music programmer for the festival Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008, coordinating music events covering the Oriental world from North Africa to India, including the Women Sing festival dedicated to the most promising female voices in the Arab world. He conceived, created and ran two major international music festivals and conferences in Syria, until the crisis began (see: www.oriental- and He currently runs international cross-over projects between the Arab world and the rest of the world.

Maryana Golovchenko
(Ukraine/the Netherlands)


Project Manager at CULTURE UNLIMITED. Maryana is an independent musician, festivals maker, teacher and researcher in the field of culture, has expertise in international crossover music and cultural projects (both Eastern and Western Europe). Her collaborations include works with musicians, choirs, filmmakers, visual-artists, sound-designers, dancers and choreographers.
Maryana holds a Master Degree in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Past four years she has been in charge of coordinating and producing the Global Week for Syria project in twenty one locations from Europe, US to the Middle East and currently extending the global community across all continents. Also the festival Oriental Landscapes (2017/18) was created under her coordination and management.

Mirko Jouamer
(the Netherlands)


Mirko has a BA in Business Economics and a BA in Political Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He is the financial secretary for CULTURE UNLIMITED, making sure that every budget proposal is sound and fair. Furthermore, he owns a company that lends financial and fiscal services to other companies and organisations.
Languages: Dutch, English, Kurdish and German