photo by Caspari de Geus


IAM (Iguapele Arts Motions) was founded by
Abel Marcel in 2012, with the commitment to connecting communities more profoundly through the arts and arts education. After his studies in Classical Piano and Composition in Havana, Cuba, he was awarded in 2010, with the Christian Huygens Scholarship by (NUFFIC) to study in the Netherlands, where he currently resides. For over 20 years he has been working as a musician, producer, booker, composer, sound engineer, coach, artistic leader and educator.

Parallel to that he is also active on promoting and building capacity, creating opportunities for decent employment and entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative industries for young talents.


You have an idea but don't know how to get it off the ground? Ask ABEL for help! His experience, creativity and great network will help you.


If you have a great talent, you usually want to do something with it. I can assist you with this.


Do you already have an idea to implement something, but you just want some practical help with that execution? 


You have a nice idea. you even have a brilliant idea! And of course you want to do that. Where are you? I am just here. Write me an email or leave a message. 





Abel Marcel






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The vision for Iguapele Arts Motions (IAM) is to establish it as a beacon of artistic and cultural innovation that respects and draws from the well of tradition while embracing the momentum of contemporary movements. IAM envisions a world where art is recognized as essential to the human condition, capable of healing wounds, bridging gaps between the old and the new, and conveying messages of hope, resilience, and unity across borders.

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At Iguapele Arts Motions (IAM), our mission is to harness the transformative power of the arts as a vehicle for healing, connection, and personal and communal growth. Inspired by the Yoruba concept of Iwapelé, underscoring good character and virtuous behavior, IAM aims to create a global platform where the arts serve not only as a medium for creative expression but also as a bridge to foster understanding, respect, and harmony among diverse communities. IAM dedicates itself to showcasing the arts as a form of medicine, a movement that propels us forward, and a celebration of humanity’s ability to reflect, communicate, and innovate. Our events are designed to channel emotions, alleviate stress, celebrate life, and provide a canvas for the human spirit to manifest its deepest aspirations and shared histories, emphasizing the "I" in IAM as a focus on the individual's artistic journey, creativity, and originality in harmony with the surrounding world.

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Cubalandz 2021

Contemporary Cuban Art: Music, Musical Poetry, Visual Arts

For its fourth edition, the CubaLandz festival of contemporary Cuban arts is honouring Haiti. For Bozar and Camarote, the aim is both to highlight the cultural and artistic vitality of the region, away from the exotic clichés, and to build bridges between Cuban and Haitian artists, whether islanders or from the diaspora, thus contributing to the historical dialogue between these two communities. 

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North Sea Jazz / Codarts Talent Stage

Rotterdam's best music students

Codarts Talent Night at North Sea Jazz Festival: Abel Marcel's initiative to organize Codarts Talent Night at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival has been instrumental in providing a unique platform for students to showcase their talents on an international stage. This event, curated by Abel Marcel, features a diverse array of performances ranging from music to dance, highlighting the exceptional skills and creativity of Codarts students.

Abel Marcel's Initiative: As the driving force behind Codarts Talent Night, Abel Marcel recognized the importance of creating opportunities for students to gain exposure and experience in the professional world of performance arts. His initiative in organizing this event has not only provided a platform for students to showcase their talents but has also contributed to the enrichment of the cultural landscape at the North Sea Jazz Festival

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