"Arjan is neither an actor nor a singer, but that is precisely the strength: the audience realizes that it is not watching someone who is playing it, but someone who has really experienced it. The abduction, the fear, the sadness, but also the necessary humor and the music that dragged him through those twenty months. The scenery and projections complete the picture. With the added value of the guitar playing of the sympathetic Jan Wilm Tolkamp. The last guitarist of the band Normaal. And after the performance people realize; what a great thing, your freedom of thought and action! Highly recommended to visit."
This will certainly not be the first or last time you have heard this - but I heard you speak at the Justice Foundation Congress and it left a huge impression. I am quieted by your optimism, self-reflection, strength, resilience and above all humor. Thank you for a tremendously inspiring afternoon, it is going to stay with me forever.
Hello Arjan, I am a student at the Grafisch Lyceum in Rotterdam. Yesterday morning, when you did that talk, you made me think. Ever since I was young I wanted to serve my country. (as a soldier, for example) but because of you I really know what I want to go for. Namely, I plan to work as a cop. And I wanted to thank you for this.
I listened to your book in the first week of this Corona crisis. Very respectful and beautifully described how you handled that situation. Definitely applicable now, although it is not comparable. We still get to decide a lot of things for ourselves. I have been at home without an income since March 16, but I mainly look at what I can and may do. And that is a lot!