2PHRASE is an online production and platform for spoken word, based in Amsterdam. Whether it’s to phrase change, identity, love, anger, or history. We give sound to the stories of young and established artists from The Netherlands and beyond. Check out curated spoken word performances and exclusive interviews with featured artists. Visit 2PHRASE on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook for exclusive content.


With the scarcity of physical events in the last 2 years, many have resorted to the digital sphere for art. And even before then, online spaces for art forms like music have been plentiful. But how many online spaces exist for poets? The wordsmiths and visionaries. The writers and speakers. The griots and storytellers. You may have seen them at poetry nights or at that one time open mic. But they deserve to be given spotlight even when the night is done. As a permanent online platform, 2PHRASE aims to do just that. 

With curated performances, we want to contribute to growing visibility for poets, and to immortalizing their words. Their words as meaningful as all the different people that speak them. And hopefully we can intrigue those who are new to spoken word to discover. To witness. Because spoken word is not a moment; it’s a movement. One that has a long history, and – as far as we’re concerned – an even longer future.


2PHRASE is presented by cultural/creative platform We The People Amsterdam and national poppodium Paradiso Amsterdam. After a fruitful collaboration for the live event ‘We The People Poetry Night at Paradiso’ in 2020, the two organizations joined forces in 2021 for 2PHRASE’s pilot online spoken word series ‘Poetry on Sunday’. This spoken word series released on We The People and Paradiso’s channels, facilitated stage performances even when we couldn’t welcome an audience in the midst of the pandemic. To find out more about Poetry On Sunday, We The People, and Paradiso, check out: www.wethepeopleamsterdam.nl & www.paradiso.nl.