If you'd have to describe the spirit of Marian Duff in one sentence it would probably be something like: taking action with lots of passion. Born in Surinam, raised in Haarlem (the Netherlands) and now living in Amsterdam, I have been enriching the world with my DUFF! - skills for 8 years now. As a communication expert and producer I have been asked for the most diverse projects, from the brand Eastpak, to the publisher Prometheus, to the publisher Sanoma (Cosmopolitan, Yes, Playboy), to the European Commission, to Dutch paper Het Parool, to international recognized soccer player Winston Bogarde, to Dutch hiphop artists Lange Frans & Baas B and several festivals/events in Amsterdam, Belgium, Surinam, Curacao and Prague.
At the moment I am working as Production Manager Youth 12+ for Zwind and I am producing the youth projects 'Edutainment' (Gemeente Amsterdam), 'In Balans' (Gemeente Haarlem), 'Bouwen aan je toekomst' (Gemeente Haarlem), Edutaiment Waddinxveen (Gemeente Waddinxveen) and 'Youth coaches Civic Zeeburg' (Stadsdeel Zeeburg). These are projects whereby young people are engaged in after school and empowerment activities that will benefit their future career. Its target group is mostly young people who are at risk of loosing their connection with society. They are under the guidance of a coach or individual traject leader. Through 'Edutainment', 'In Balans', 'Bouwen aan je toekomst' and 'Youth coaches Civic Zeeburg' these young people learn that it's possible to become what they want to be.
In my spare time i am organising fashion events with my boyfriend Richard Soesanna. Our organisation is MAFB and our most popular events are MAF Fashion Battle and MAFB's One Day Shop. MAFB is a platform voor creatieven in Amsterdam and neighbourhood. MAFB is training fashion designers, entertainment and models on grassroot level. The result is a splattering show case and (not only for the winners) a springboard on gone to entrepreneurship. Under the flag of MAFB we developed the following projects; MAF Club evening, Dutchblok, MAF Fashion Battle, MAF Fashion Battle - Sapeurs, One Day Shop, MAF Gallery and MAFB Academy.
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