The book The Voice of a City consists of texts and photos from Zagreb, Tbilisi, Athens, Southwest of Finland and the Eurometropole region on both sides of the French-Belgian border. The texts in the book drift from accurate transcription to fiction and tell the stories of the places and their inhabitants.
The aim has been to respect reality while also taking the freedom to add and subtract information deemed (un)useful, re-compose the original writings to fit the concept of the book and supplement them with new ones.
© Nada & Co. 2019
Edited by Nada Gambier in collaboration with Mark Etchells
Based on original writings by Nada Gambier, Mark Etchells and Thomas Kasebacher
Cover design by Nada Gambier
Published by Brave New Books (NL)
Advice and feedback by Tim Etchells, Kristien Vanden Brande and Jeroen Peeters
Our deepest gratitude goes to all the people who contributed to this book, by sharing with us their stories and their time. Thank you to our local assistants Nadia Tsulukidze and Tamar Nadiradze (Tbilisi), Pirre Naukkarinen (Finland), Hannah Maddens, Kristof Jonckheere and Michael Janart (Kortrijk), Marion Fraccola (Valenciennes), Eliane Dheygere (Armentières) and Ioanna Valsamidou (Athens). Without you we would have been lost. A big warm thank you also to all the wonderful people who accepted to meet us (in Tbilisi), Lali Pertenava, Anano Tsintsabadze, Gigla Metreveli, Giorgi Spanderashvili, Vlasi Vatsadze, Levan and Lamara Chkhaidze, Marta Tabukashvili, Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili, Mariam Rurua, Natia Sabeishvili/ (in France and Belgium) Philippe De Coene, Françoise Geers, Dimitri Vanassche, Lisa Vandevenne, Wim Seynaeve, Mustafa and Tomas and their respective families, Justine De Witte and her father, Andi Olieuand Yannick, Jean-Pierre Delcourt, Catherine Lassue, Theo Verschlussen, Harvey Moriconni, Jérome Piton, Irene Stefanski, François, Magalie Chojniki-Matana/ (in Finland) Rauno Teitti, Juhani Heino, Sari Honkasalo, Eeva Vuola, Erik Mârtensson and Anne Lindroos/ (in Zagreb) Zdravko Popovic, Milena Zajovic,Ognjen, Dubravka, Natasha Rajkovic, the skaters and Marija Isakovic/ (in Athens) Fredalyn Resureccion, George Kounanis, Yannis R., Aliki, Christos Alefantis, Spiros Zonakis, Dimitra Chatzi, Maria Chatzi and Stavros V, Giorgos, Lambros Moustakis, Mihalis Samolis, Yannis Fokas, Kosmas, Vasilis, Tilemachos G. Tsolis, Very Reverend Dr Panteleimon Tsorbatzoglou, Korina Choudalaki and her family, Elina Giounanli, Yolanda Markopoulou, Gigi and Gabriella.
Thank you to all the partners who made this project possible in its entirety (of which this book is a part of) through their financial and practical support, the Next International Festival / Kunstencentrum BUDA, ECCE vzw (previously Action Scénique vzw,) C-Takt Dommelhof, WpZimmer, La Bellone, SAS Parenthèse, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek Brussel, Gallery Nectar, Saari Artist’s residencies and Kone Foundation, the Student Centre Zagreb, Mind the Fact festival Athens, Tanzhaus Zurich, Le Vivat and Le Phénix.
A very big thank you also to the Flemish Ministry of Culture who granted us a three-year subsidy (2017-19).
Special thanks also to the board of directors and members of Nada & Co. Lars Kwakkenbos, Gerd Van Looy, Ingrid Vranken and Helga Baert for being the backbone of the company and supporting us with your knowledge, experience and good humor.
The Voice of a City received a Writing Aid in 2018 by the IN SITU platform, in the frame of the ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union