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IN THIS ISSUE:
TOP 5 - CITy's BEST TERRACES
THE CITY RITES - CITY HISTORY
THIS DAM LIFE - LIVING IN AMSTERDAM
STREETS OF OUR CITY
THE TASTE - BIRD thai
Stanley Kubrick - a life’s work.
OPINIONS - AMSTERDAM'S VOICE
CLUBS & EVENTS
LOCAL BEAT - ART & MUSIC
LOKAL MOKUM - LOcAL EVENTS
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Hello Amsterdam,
Welcome to the July edition of AmsterDO. June was a very interesting month for everyone here at AmsterDO. We launched our very first edition and received a great response from the Amsterdam community. But we also learned a lot ourselves and have put a lot of effort into improving our July edition. We hope you like it! June saw a few interesting occurrences here in the city. First, the hype and hope surrounding the Dutch football team came to a miserable end as they were shamefully knocked out of the Euro cup without gaining a single point! The weather was rather mediocre and the sun barely came out to play, but on a brighter note the festival season kicked off and we were treated to a night of art and culture in Nuit Blanche and a month of theater with the Holland Festival! July sees the festival season gets into full swing and if you are in need of a good dose of music, art, culture and performances (sometimes all rolled into one) there will be no shortage of it in Amsterdam. Let’s just hope that summer finally makes an appearance! In this edition of AmsterDO we have tried a few different things. Primarily, we have sneakily hidden various content within some of the pages. But no matter how hard you squint at a page, start to read things backwards or take the first and the last words of the sentence and put them together, you won’t see it! You need a special set of eyes! Well, namely a Smartphone and an app called ‘Layar’ look for pages with the Layar logo and give it a go.
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July 3 – 14 (www.julidans.nl) Inspired by a range of media, including manga, literature, painting and photography, this two week spectacular brings some of the best choreographers together with some serious local talent to provide a full range of amazing dance performances in various, well established venues around town.
The ‘I Like to Watch Too’ Festival @ Paradiso July 13 and 14, www.iliketowatchtoo.nl
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This annual event is a nocturnal ‘dance performance discovery expedition’ at Paradiso on July 13 and 14. It features the best young, (inter) national talents in the field of dance and performance art. The performances take place throughout the whole Paradiso building; a completely different, exciting and vibrant experience of Paradiso!
July 11 – 15 Downtown Mini-Festival: July 6 – 15 www.aifw.nl
msterdam Fashion Week arrives in town again this month. The summer edition of this biannual event attracts the industry’s biggest names. The main event is by invitation only, however the AFW team is also dedicated to exhibiting the best wares in fashion, right in the centre of Amsterdam. For a few days preceding and then also during the event, AFW Downtown will also be on, where the catwalk comes to the streets, making this both a public festival, as well as an exclusive one.
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TOP 5: BEST SUMMER TERRACES 5. T’ Blauwe Teehuis
Location: Vondel Park www.blauwetheehuis.nl This is a place that truly exemplifies the diversity and history of Amsterdam. It was opened in the 1930s and quickly became an Amsterdam institution. It played the role of ‘post-office’ during the squatting riots in Vondel Park during the 70s and has emanated hippie-like vibes ever since. Head here for a beer or tea and enjoy the wide open terrace area, in the beautiful lush surroundings of Vondel Park. It’s so pleasant that it sits pleasantly at #5.
4. Strand West
Location: Stavangerweg 900 www.strand-west.nl This permanent city beach is located in Westerpark with panoramic views of the IJmeer. There is a café/restaurant, which serves delicious food to compliment its tranquil atmosphere. This terrace is a perfect way to relax in the sun and enjoy the cool breeze coming across the water. The restaurant of Strand West is open all year, and on Sundays you get treated to DJs and bands. There are also BBQ facilities! Best reached by bike, we rate this terrace very highly! #4!
3. Café de Jaren
Location: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20 www.cafedejaren.nl
SOUNDGARDEN TERRACE - AS BUSY AS EVER!
By the banks of the mighty river Amstel sits another fantastic place – Café de Jaren. Famous for its cocktails and varying mix of clientele, De Jaren attracts everyone from shoppers to students, especially when the sun is out and shining. Its terrace is pretty close to the perfect place to go and sink a couple in the sun. Pretty close…at # 3
2. Café t’ Smalle
Location: Egelantiersgracht 12 www.t-smalle.nl In the Jordaan, Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighbourhood, sits one of Amsterdam’s most pleasant terraces. It belongs to Café ‘t Smalle, a wonderful and local brown-bar located in a former gin distillery, which was called Hoppe. This place originally opened in 1780 and was one of Amsterdam’s most famous gin producers. In 1978 the current café opened and has been a regular Amsterdam establishment since. While it is worth checking out the original aspects of the old distillery, it is terrace that we’re interested in here. This one is on a deck, over a canal, highly popular, and in a beautiful location. It is often touted as Amsterdam’s best terrace. For us, it makes #2
Location: Marnixstraat 164 – 166 www.cafesoundgarden.nl
In Soundgarden you’ll find one of Amsterdam’s best grunge bars. However, out the back, by a beautiful canal with a west-facing view, is one of those local secrets – a terrace that gets the sun until nearly the very last minute of the day! They have a great beer selection and their relaxed crowd gives the Soundgarden an excellent atmosphere to simply wile away the summer hours. It’s so excellent, that we rate it THE BEST TERRACE IN AMSTERDAM!
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6 THIS DAM LIFE
The Dutch Language
million Belgians speak a similar version called Flemish (or Vlaams). But don't be fooled by an Amsterdammer's relaxed attitude when you first arrive. There is a turning point – around 18 months or so after arrival – when the attitude turns to a provocative “two years here and you haven't learned Dutch?” They still speak English to you but (understandably) a barrier has been formed. Another myth (or excuse?) is that you can't learn Dutch in Amsterdam because, no matter how hard you try, answers always come back in English. Generally, this is just an excuse although there is some truth in it. Amsterdammers are very practical and if they sense your language skills are poor, they switch to English in the interests of efficiency. But if you persist for a couple of exchanges and answer back in Dutch, it is possible to practice with the locals. Finally, my advice is this. “Language equals culture” and if you are coming to stay for any length of time, it's worth taking the time to learn some Dutch. The grammar is not too complex and people are forgiving of any mistakes you will make. Amsterdammers appreciate the effort, even if it’s not immediately obvious.
ASK AMY ANYTHING GOES... A s Amsterdam is really just a village, you can’t help but to be constantly running into friends and flames, both new and old. This city is, of course, at its best with all the summery love in the air and I am certainly feeling it. Amsterdammers, I hope that you are too! Appropriately, that brings us to this month's question on Ask Amy. My first ever question! This question comes from Amanda, a young expat girl who, she says, has been living in Amsterdam for just three months and needs a little bit of help understanding Dutch men...
Dear Amy, I’ve been living here for three months and have been on a few dates with Dutch men. How is it that they are so arrogant? Is it just me? Are all Amsterdam men as arrogant as the ones I’ve met, or have I just been unlucky? Amanda, 25
David Beckett explores the difficulties and practicalities of learning Dutch in Amsterdam
ome years ago, I attended a British Society dinner devoted to Shakespeare. I was sitting opposite a woman who proudly proclaimed “I have lived here for 22 years and I don't speak ONE WORD of Dutch!” I was completely shocked at her arrogance, wondering why she would choose to spend 22 years of her life in a country whose language and, one could therefore assume, culture was not of any importance to her. What’s more amazing is that she could survive so long, a testament to the Amsterdammers’ incredible grasp of English. Try that in Paris or Munich. If you're coming to Amsterdam as a tourist, you'll be glad to know that English is widely spoken. You'll be hard-pushed to find shop or restaurant staff without English language skills. So, other than the standard “please”, “thank you” and “where's the coffeeshop?” (OK, you won't even need this) you can throw away the phrasebook. If you're coming to live, however, you're faced with a dilemma. There is no real need to learn the language, but you'll never truly integrate into Dutch society until you do. Many are put off by the sound of the language. The 'g' is pronounced with a guttural sound like 'gghhe', which doesn't exist in English. 'Sch' is another challenge, also needing another guttural noise which is meant to come out like... well, I'm not sure exactly how to spell the noise a Dutch person makes with 'sch'. Simply, it's a different mouth movement to anything an English native speaker creates. 'W' is pronounced similar to a ‘v’ in English, but not a hard ‘v’ (halfway between a 'v' and a 'w') and vowels are either much shorter or much longer than English. Finally, prepare to be confused by the compounded vowels – few languages have an 'aa' but common words in Dutch, such as that for cheese (kaas) – have it. Just imagine saying 'cas' but with a long 'aah' in the middle. “Caaaaahs..?” Locals confuse the issue. They often say “why would you learn the language?” explaining the facts themselves. 16 million Dutch people speak the language and around 3
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Dear Amanda, Having been on many dates or just random meet-ups with Dutch guys, I found that they often come across as very sweet in the initial few hours, but after a couple of relaxing drinks they can tend to start showing a vanity which, I fear, could be reflective of their true selves. I’ve caught them looking in mirrors just a little too often, making sure to touch-up their hair to a level of perfection. I work in a pretty busy local street in Amsterdam, where I’m delighted to have what I consider the best and biggest viewing window in town. Time and time again I see Dutch men checking their reflections out, wearing very smug and satisfied looks and becoming even more impressed if they see me watching them. But you know, on the other hand, Dutch men can also have a great sense of humor about themselves and others. And a good sense of humour is always a winner for me. And yes, I’ve even seen gallantry on their behalf – rare, but true. I had a collision with an open taxi door one night (totally the drivers fault). Barely had my bike and I hit the ground, before I had six Dutch guys surrounding me like a wall, checking that I was alive and breathing and all with genuine concern. One of them had even saved my apple from rolling off down the street and lowered himself in front of me, on a bended knee, offering it back. I couldnt help but laugh, even with two almost broken knees. So there is some hope, Amanda. I believe and I will keep believing. This may not fully answer your question as, in the end, what it boils down to is what YOU are looking for in a guy and, of course, all men are different. Personally, I enjoy looking at them and studying this rare species - the Dutch man, arrogance and all. Never fear though, as I will continue my research of this subject for all you ladies out there seeking answers to this question, as well as for myself ...of course :) Next month I’m sure that I'll have new insights, and I'll be sure to ask my date on Thursday. After all, I’m sure he will love talking about himself....
So keep those questions coming - feel free to ask me, Amy, anything! firstname.lastname@example.org
home in amsterdam
I think that’s why I almost went back, because I had this house which I had made livable, but it wasn’t a home yet. But now… I’m thinking more about what to do with it, and thinking I’m going to make it mine, because I need that for my sanity. It’s got nothing to do with being in Amsterdam, I’ve been here long enough, but I’ve got a great chance now to make it on my own, whatever that means, to run my own life.
SUZY, United Kingdom
was born in Wellingborough, which is a town in Northamptonshire, a really shit town in a shit county. I lived there with my parents from childbirth until I was old enough to get out. It’s kind of quaint on the surface, but areas of it are a real shithole. It has redneck guys driving around in souped-up fast cars and it has quite a big drug problem. People from around that area, the ones with any brains, get out. Most people move to London or go off to university and never come back. My parents and I never had much of a deep connection. We’ve grown closer, but back then it was like them against me. I was a fucking nightmare. They were always trying to put some sort of controls in my life but I’d just find a way around it. Uncontrollable. I left when I was 17 and I flitted back and forth between Northampton and London. I was always going from random job to random job, or trying university again. I was living in London when I met a woman who offered me a job in Amsterdam. I thought I’d be an absolute wimp to say no, I’d constantly wonder “what if.” It’s not like I had a career in London, or a reason to stay. So I took the job, and I was here within a month.
I feel homesick for my granny’s house, maybe just my granny’s presence. My parents’ house feels like home because I spent so much bloody time there and they’ve never moved, but my granny’s house is the most at-home place in the world. She always had the fire on and if you sat close to it you’d just melt, but that was nice. She’d stuff me full of food, I’d pass out, and when I’d wake up, I’d see that she had put a blanket on me. I only really feel homesick when things aren’t going well in my life. Like there was one period around February… I had become single so I was going out, shagging people, just generally being sociable and doing loads of shit. I had been working on my house and was spending my weekends doing manual labour. Then it all stopped, and we had just been through a massive fucking winter, and I couldn’t take any more of it. I was at my lowest ebb. One night I just cried my eyes out in bed, and I thought it was time to go home, this has gone on long enough -- even though I was sitting in this flat that I had bought and worked on all these months.
But then, I moved two things in my house, my sofa and the table. Suddenly I felt inspired, and I realized, I hadn’t given this house a chance. I had even been scared to put up pictures in my house, because the holes would ruin the wall. Ridiculous. I haven’t really known how to claim this house as my own. If I had more possessions in this place, I think it would be cozier, but it’s not the possessions themselves, it’s why you’ve got them. It’s the history, the layers that get built up, like the layers of paint and wallpaper in old houses. It can’t be a blank canvas. Maybe there’s a scuff on the door, and you know that’s from when you were piss-drunk and changing a light bulb and you fell. The scars and the marks make it home.
Katherine Oktober Matthews is a writer and photographer originally from the United States but living and working in Amsterdam. She specializes in portraiture, reportage and storytelling. If you'd like to be involved in the Home project, or want photographs taken for your own ideas or events, see more of her work online at www.oktobernight.com and get in touch!
8 FEATURED Stanley Kubrick - a life’s work.
The EYE Film Institute brings the life’s work of Stanley Kubrick to Amsterdam UNTIL MID SEPTEMBER and, writes Kieran McGovern, they have done a great job of it.
he world’s first exhibition of American film maker Stanley Kubrick’s life work is on display at Amsterdam’s EYE film museum. A comprehensive display of the artist’s titles are on show. Kubrick (1928 – 1999) made 13 movies which included titles such as Lolita, 2001 Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket. All 13 movies are on display and on constant loop. They are accompanied with memorabilia such as posters, costumes, plans and budgets. Kubrick set standards for genres such as film noir, science-fiction, drama and historical costume. Placing Kubrick’s work in one exhibition allows the visitor to see the developing styles and progression of the artist through his life. The attention to set detail and the dramatic slow pace of his style comes across strongly in this exhibition. Many of Kubrick’s movies were released to controversy. Paths of Glory (1957) was banned in France as it portrayed the horror of the first World War. The most controversial was Clockwork Orange (1970-71) an exploration of violence and government rehabilitation. This controversy intensified with the cinema experience. The violent gang rape scene of Clockwork Orange was on the screen and those with young children present were forced to grapple with the moral dilemma of censorship that Kubrick’s work attracted. The exhibition provides an insight into an artist through his work. The films take center stage. There is limited insight into the man himself. There is commentary from associates, actors and producers about Kubrick but no exploration of his private life nor of his inner workings. The new home of the film institute, formerly located in the old Vondel Park Film Museum, provides a solid setting for this exhibit. Touted as Amsterdam’s ‘gateway to the world of the moving image’ it is only appropriate that the EYE be the first European institute to host this world tour of Kubrick’s life. To curate a life’s exhibition of any artist is a challenging task. The strength of this exhibition is that the visitor can see the complete filmography of Kubrick in one space. The subjects and stories chosen by Kubrick are ones which explore the darker side of humanity – themes which everybody can explore. His status as one of the 20th century’s most influential film makers testifies to the advancements of style and technique which he developed as an artist. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition runs from 21.06 until 09.09 2012 at EYE North Amsterdam. Admission is 12 Euros and children under 11 go in for free. To get there, take the river barge that says ‘Buiksloterweg' behind Amsterdam Central Station. For details visit the Eye website www.eyefilm.nl/en
Kieren McGovern, omyamsterdamtours.com Photographs: Eye Amsterdam
Stanley Kubrick in the Discovery of 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, 1965-68
stanley kubrick during prerecordings of 2001 a space odyssey
Stanley Kubrick on the set of SPARTACUS , 1959-60
Stanley Kubrick during the prerecordings of KILLERS KISS, 1955
Stanley Kubrick and Sue Lyon during the prerecordings of LOLITA, 1960-62
THE CITY RITES
The Dutch burn English ships during the expedition to Chatham Raid on Medway, 1667 - Jan van Leyden (1669(
AT THIS POINT IN TIME... T
his story actually took place across June and July in 1667, and is a story involving the Dutch and the British. During the 17th century, these were two of the biggest superpowers in the world, dominating global trade and commerce. The Netherlands had gotten to this position largely due to the wealth and businessminded acumen of Amsterdam traders. This city, for much of the Netherlands’ history, has driven the direction of Dutch politics and commerce. Over a period of 20 years, the UK and the United Provinces (As the Netherlands used to be called) fought three wars against each other. These three wars were largely about trade, colonization and, of course, political power in Europe. The British had defeated the Dutch, with a diplomatic victory, in the first war between 1652 and 1654. However, the Dutch had not slowed down their high-trading ways. The second war, which kicked off in 1665, was an attempt by the English to end Dutch trade domination once and for all. This time, surely, the British would crush the insolent little republic and firmly end their globalizing aspirations
for good! This may have been the case, were it not for the gumption of the Dutch, a man called Michiel de Ruyter and an absurd plan which was hatched by the powers-that-were in the United Provinces. In Michiel de Ruyter the Dutch found a hero who would become a legend. He was pretty much like a 17th century James Bond in possession of a ship. A man of very humble beginnings, in his career he fought in four wars, won numerous naval battles, became the top naval officer in his country, had titles invented specifically for him, fought pirates, survived assassination, befriended a king (the King of Norway) and inflicted upon the British the biggest naval defeat in their history. And this brings us to our story – The Raid on the Medway and the Dutch victory over the British. When the Raid on the Medway took place, the Dutch and British had already been negotiating peace terms for some months, trying to bring an end to their conflict. The British king, Charles II, had been procrastinating, secretly trying to get the French on board against the Dutch. Sneaky King Charles. The Dutch decided that they’d had enough of this procrastinating, and that something had to be done. In these days, if you needed something done, you got Michiel de Ruyter and you gave him a boat. De Ruyter and his fellow officers took a Dutch fleet of three squadrons across the channel and into the North Sea. Over the next three days they commenced wreaking havoc all the way from the North Sea and into British heartland. They captured the town of Sheerness, before sailing up the Medway to Chatham, destroying over 10 British warships along the way. They retook some Dutch ships which had been previously captured by the British, and generally made the enemy a bit weak at the knees and loose in the bowels. Before withdrawing, the Dutch then captured two of the British Royal Navy’s most important ships, the HMS Unity and, even better, the HMS Royal Charles – the flagship of the British fleet. In doing so, the Dutch perpetrated the worst naval defeat ever inflicted on the UK. The British reaction to this attack was best summarised by the exclamation of English naval officer and politician, Sir William Batten, who
A Dutch map of their attack on the Medway 1667
cried ‘By God…I think the Devil shits Dutchmen!’ It was this risky move that decided the war. On the 31st of July a peace treaty was signed. However, while the Dutch had won a victory, the British king, Charles II, continued his secretive cooperation with the French king, Louis XIV. Together, they would both ally to attack the United Provinces 5 years later, in 1672 – known in Dutch folklore as “the disaster year.” Indeed, the story of the Medway is just one in a series of episodes between the British and the Dutch. Over the course of these 20 years the two nations were engaged in a geo-political arm wrestle for domination of global trade. Britain, of course, would eventually go on to create the biggest empire the world has ever seen. At this point in time, however, it was the tiny Dutch Republic that came out on top.
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10 STREETS OF OUR CITY
Zeedijk has sEEn a lot of change over the years
he Zeedijk is known as one of Amsterdam’s oldest streets. It was built originally as a defensive wall by the early Amsterdammers who had settled on a muddy strip of land which sat between the river Amstel and the big, usually overflowing puddles that traditionally make up most of the Netherlands. Over the years it has seen all the changes that Amsterdam has undergone and, in a way, the street we have today very much represents these changes. Because of its original role as a protective dyke (Zeedijk = Sea dyke) against the sea, this street is seen to be the highest point of old Amsterdam, averaging around 1.3 metres above sea level. The ability of the Dutch to work together in defending their settlements throughout history goes a long way in explaining their famous tolerance, especially in Amsterdam. Working together has always been a necessity for survival against the ever threatening tide. Zeedijk is a perfect example of this. From the 13th century onwards Amsterdam became a hub of business and sea trade. In 1323 the city’s traders obtained a monopoly license to import beer from Hamburg. This and other industries contributed greatly to the hordes of sailors who would frequent the area around Zeedijk for the next 600 or so years. Zeedijk has always bordered Amsterdam’s Red Light District, and still does. (The Dutch name for this district is “De Wallen” which translates into ‘The Walls,’ indicating the old series of dykes of which Zeedijk is but one.) The types of business have not changed much over the years, with tourists enjoying bars, massage parlours, inns and brothels as much as the sailors that for centuries preceded them. At the head of the Zeedijk is St Olaf’s Church.
Although today it is a hotel and restaurant, it was built by Catholic Scandinavian traders between 1440 and 1450. It was also the site of the world’s first stock exchange, perhaps making the grisly doom-invoking skeletal depiction on its façade an appropriate symbol for the birthplace of modern day money exchange. Opposite St Olaf’s is the bar In t’Apjen which bears the second oldest and one of only two wooden façades in the old city centre. We recommend going to this famous old bar and inquiring why its name translates into ‘In the monkeys’. No. 65 on Zeedijk is the home of Café Maandje, which holds the honour of being recognized as the first openly gay bar in a city famous for its acceptance of homosexuality and its vibrant gay scene. Zeedijk is quite obviously the heart of Amsterdam’s Asian community, and is recognized as the oldest Chinatown in Europe. The Asian community in Amsterdam dates its ties to the city back to the early 20th century, during which time Zeedijk has always been their centre. Today the street bears name-signs in both Dutch and Mandarin. During the 70’s and 80, Zeedijk received the reputation as one of Amsterdam’s most dangerous areas, if not the most dangerous. In a time when hard drug use had spiralled, seemingly, out of control, and in which organised crime had a hold on De Wallen and its industries, Zeedijk appeared to be the centre of the trouble. Tourists and locals alike were warned not to enter the street at night, if at all. Today, after a proactive effort by police and authorities to clean up the sex industry in Amsterdam and a concerted and intensified targeting of organized crime from the early 90’s onwards, the street is today a safe and friendly hub of activity. It boasts Fo Guang Shan He Hua (The Lotus Flower Buddhist Temple) - the biggest European Buddhist temple in the Chinese style - as well as numerous high quality and multicultural restaurants, such as the now famous Thai Bird. The northern end comprises the less hard-core section of Amsterdam’s Gay district, while the southern end leads out onto the beautiful Nieuwemarkt square. This street has seen much throughout its time, having borne witness to much trade, enterprise, debauchery,
excitement and more for nearly 800 years. It has been the city’s main defense and its most dangerous spot. Today, ironically and for whatever reason, the Chinese street signs which adorn the walls of the buildings on Zeedijk give it another name entirely. Perhaps it is indicative of all the change it has seen through the years. In Mandarin it is called The Street of Good Manners.
Zeedijk, QUIET IN THE MORNINGS
AmsterDo Photographs: David Cenzer
THE TASTE 11
It's all delicious at Bird
Bird is decorated in entirely traditional Thai fashion
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he Zeedijk is the home to many of Amsterdam’s classic establishments. Being one of the city’s oldest streets, many places have had a long time to cement a real name for themselves. Bird is one of these places. In 1993, when it first opened as a small takeaway restaurant, it sported just three tables. The atmosphere of the street was completely different from today, and was infamous as a dangerous street on the border of a dangerous Red Light District. Today that has all changed and so, too, has Bird. Having always operated on the premise of quality and authentic Thai food, this opportunity escalated when they got a chance to open a bigger restaurant in 1998 - the first Thai restaurant on the Zeedijk. By this time the street had shrugged off its shackles and was transforming into the vibrant and trendy inner-city street that it is today. Both the street and the restaurant are of high value to locals and visitors alike. Bird can get extremely busy, so we recommend going before 6pm. Regardless, even if it is busy, you’ll still get the full Bird experience of amazing Thai food in a chilled out setting. A simple recipe. The authenticity is not only in the food, with the whole interior having been imported from Thailand and traditional artwork adorning the walls and floor space. It really is a beautiful place to have a meal. That brings us to the food. What can you say? It is not the interior that makes Bird such a popular place in town, but the food itself. It is seriously good stuff. Starters range from spring rolls to ribs, kebabs and soups, with varying traditional Thai spices and sauces. Setting up a meeting between your taste buds and the garlic
The atmosphere in Bird is comfortable and welcoming
prawns on the menu could very well be one of the best culinary decisions you make in Amsterdam. After that, it’s whatever takes your fancy from the menu, as it is all very good and there is a huge range. Options include their green and red curries, sweet and sour blends, as well as a great selection of seafood dishes. A meal will cost you between 15 and 25 Euros, depending on your hunger and taste. Count for the fact that your hunger will grow as soon as you walk in the door and catch the scent of absolutely genuine and tasty Thai food, right in the heart of the city. If you’re looking to try your hand at some of their famous dishes, Bird offers select recipes which are available on their website. This alone indicates their commitment to spreading Thai tastes beyond the limits of their restaurant. The Bird is the word when it comes to Thai food in Amsterdam.
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14 OPINION CUTTING CULTURE I
n June 2011 the Dutch cultural scene was brutally shaken up by the plans of the Dutch state secretary. As a response to the economic crisis and in an attempt to live up to the European Union demands to keep the national budget deficit below 3%, the government decided on enormous cutbacks in expenditure starting from January 2013. The cultural scene will be hit hard; 200 million euro has to be saved, which is about 20% of the current budget. For a lot of companies this means that they won’t be able to survive, since the one and a half years notice is not enough to find other ways to counterbalance the loss. Especially the performing and visual arts are forced to suffer. Amsterdam, which for a long time has been known for its thriving cultural climate, will therefore lose a lot of appealing festivals, remarkable theater groups, innovative dancing companies and outstanding music ensembles. Since 2003 I’ve been playing with Holland Symfonia, the Dutch ballet and symphony orchestra. It’s an orchestra on the verge of being cut down by 65% or even being dismantled totally. Through the years I’ve seen the happy faces of thousands of school children getting acquainted with classical music through our educational concerts in the Concertgebouw. The same happiness was seen on the adults who enjoyed our symphonic concerts or musical crossovers. An example of the latter is Souk, a recurring concert in which Holland Symfonia, shared the stage with a variety of world famous Arab artists, combining both Western and Arabic musical traditions. In an age where feelings are running high
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in the debate on integration one can only applaud the high level of communication that was created, both on stage and in the audience. Also, the state secretary claims to spend a bigger percentage of the cultural budget for education. Yet, these are the activities the orchestra won’t be performing anymore. Holland Symfonia’s only recent activity that is part of the planned cultural budget is the accompaniment of ballet companies, like the Dutch National Ballet. At the time of writing this, it is not clear though whether the money for this task will be granted to Holland Symfonia or otherwise divided. If the orchestra were to be dismantled entirely it would mean that instead of 60 people, 110 musicians will lose their jobs. And also over 50 years of experience in the accompaniment of ballet will be flushed down the drain. Since the music has to interact with a completely different art form, ballet accompaniment is indeed a special skill that won’t be easy for other orchestras to master within a short period of time. The raad voor cultuur, the Dutch cultural advisory organ to the government, claimed in their advice that top institutions like the National Ballet need a very accomplished partner in the orchestra pit, but as yet the quality seems destined to go downhill. Unfortunately this scenario is not exclusive to Holland Symfonia. Many other cultural companies will disappear and when they do, they take all their long gained qualities and experiences with them. It will take a very long time to rebuild what gets lost in this process, if at all possible. Top institutions like the illustrious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), the aforementioned Dutch National Ballet (DNB) and the theater company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, are more or less saved, meaning that they only have to cut back 5% of their budget. With roughly the same amount of money to spend, they should remain able to compete on an international level, and thereby maintaining Holland’s good cultural reputation. But top institutions can only thrive within a fertile climate. First of all it gives their artists the chance to gather experience with less prestigious companies before having to live up to the high standards and expectations that are intrinsic to an international status. The
second thing which a nurturing cultural climate provides is a positive governmental attitude towards culture that is a requirement if you want to attract talented people from abroad to these companies. Since about 30% of the RCO and even about 90% of the DNB is foreign, it is only too clear how important it is to make artists feel welcome in our country. Without them the RCO for example would not have been voted best orchestra in the world. In the seventeenth century the Netherlands in general and Amsterdam in particular was a safe haven for all kinds of people, including artists. It brought us would famous artists like Rembrandt, whose work 300 years later is one of Amsterdam’s biggest attractions. Now however we don’t even follow the European guidelines to spend 1% of the national budget on culture. The cuts will lower the percentage to only just over 0,5%. This and the negative attitude toward artists incited by the current government will make all our talented creative spirits seek their fortune elsewhere. At the moment the unsuspecting visitor of Amsterdam won’t notice much of what’s about to happen. But from January 2013 onwards there will be a severe decrease and leveling of cultural supply. If no counter-moves are made by the new government to be, it will be followed by a downwards spiral which in the long run will make Amsterdam into the place to be if you only like weed and the red light district, opposed to weed, red light district and a thriving, dynamic and creative cultural life.
Arwen van der Burg is a local freelance musician and also a member of Holland Symfonia, the Dutch ballet and symphony orchestra.
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16 LOCAL BEAT Skatin' Chinchilla
This month, Local Beat editor Dean Saddikot ('innit) casts on eye on one of the main-stays in the Amsterdam street art scene - Skatin' Chinchilla
katin' Chinchilla is indeed a little, hairy, boarding beast, but he is best known in Amsterdam as an influential street artist, and is dedicated to the history and future of hip-hop. Through music and culture he nurtures his interests and follows no particular style… just style itself! He grew up in Britain's most colourful city, Brighton, England. As a youngin’ he spent most of his time at the skatepark, surrounded by top-to-toe graffiti covered ramps. Moving to Amsterdam, he was first introduced to the graffiti scene by a lovely lady "blackbyrdd", in the old Pink Floyd coffee shop. She showed him her fabulous array of pictures from the streets of Amsterdam. Instantly inspired, Skatin' Chinchilla soon began to document the Amsterdam streets. Though this was good clean fun, he soon decided that taking pictures wasn't enough, he had to be in the pictures as well! The next step was to take a fresh black book and a trip to the can shop. It didn't take long before he started a campaign to fill the streets with free art. His house turned into a factory. Luckily he has a like minded girlfriend "Karma 83" (who is equally crazy!). Stickers, stencils, paste-ups, canvases, sketchbooks …. with too many media to name, the crusade had begun! Skatin' Chinchilla is very much active these days. His work is stencilled, pasted, stuck or sprayed all around the world. Through exhibitions he has gained himself a credible reputation and continues to develop and create new styles in the Chinchilla way. You can spot Chinchilla's work throughout the streets of Amsterdam and further. "My stickers are like my soldiers… out on the streets claiming new territory!" This multi-media genius really gets around town, so keep your eyes peeled. In fact his work was recently spotted on the World News, as a part of the "No Wiet Pass" campaign in Amsterdam. Skatin' Chinchilla promotes this with all his heart and produced the protest poster for "The Devil's Harvest Seeds" to prove it…. nice! "I'm an insomniac pothead with a mind that never sleeps. Are you skinnin' up or what??" Completing the circle, Chinchilla still represents Brighton today, but from here in Amsterdam - he produces album art for fellow Brighton rapper, BigRedCap. A match made in heaven!
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Welcome to The Lone Raver’s monthly guide to what delectables Amsterdam’s party people will be feasting on in July.
The month kicks off in fine style on Thursday 5th when Made for the Night lands at Paradiso. This night by Jesse Rose has visited many venues around the globe and now it’s Amsterdam's turn. Jesse teams up with Henrik Schwarz for their Black Rose Live project and is joined by legendary House DJ Derrick Carter. Carter can rightfully claim to have been at the forefront of House music since its inception back in the late 80's and he still packs out venues on a weekly basis. His style is firmly rooted in House but that won't stop him from occasionally flirting with old school disco, jazz and whatever else takes his fancy. Friday sees the start of the Pitch Festival at the Westergasfabriek. Utilizing all the indoor and outdoor spaces available to them, including the old gas holder, the Pitch team look to deliver a wide range of acts and DJ's. Maya Jane Coles, Martyn, Modeselektor, Benga and Azari & III are just a taste of what to expect from this genre busting collection of artists. In the meantime, Tommy Four Seven and Shifted provide the techno heads with a real treat from the underground at the Melkweg and Dimitri will be taking care of things all on his own at Trouw where he will play the full 6 hours, in the dark, with absolutely no light and just the music to get you going in this all-out assault on the senses. On Saturday the Pitch Festival continues with Mr Ozio, James Holden, Beardyman and Gui Boratto being just a sample of the artists on show from 15.00 pm till 05.00 the following morning. At the same time, the Welcome to the Future party people take over Studio 80 and have invited Anja Schneider and David Labeij from Mobilee to don the party hats and help celebrate 7 years at the venue.
The 2nd week of July sees the first edition of the Amsterdam Bass Festival where the leading names in Dubstep and similar styles converge on the Melkweg for three days of Dub-influenced music. Starting on Thursday the 12th, the list of names is as impressive as it is long. Caspa, Plastician, Foreign Beggers, Doom, DJ SS and Zomboy are just a selection of the names present over the three days at one of Amsterdam’s most revered cultural spaces. Friday the 13th brings about a yearly occurrence in the form of the Vrij Festival. Don't be fooled by the name, as it’s not a free festival but a huge all-day party in the Olympic stadium on the outskirts of the city. Some of electronic music’s biggest names have been booked with Sander Klienenberg headlining "De housekamer" stage with The Magician, Tensnake and Crazy P taking to the main stage with local hitters Nuno Dos Santos and Olivier Weiter being joined by Gabriel Ananda on the other stage. Afterwards we head to Air where Format head honcho Jaun Sanchez invites both Sandrien and Joop Junior to join him at one of Amsterdam most impressive clubs. Set in the old IT club, a converted cinema, Air is a special treat for clubbers with a very impressive sound system and visually stunning effects. However it also has one of the city's pickiest door policy's so be sure to put in a little extra effort. We stay in Rembrandtsplein for the Saturday night as Studio 80 once again puts on the pick of the parties, inviting Satoshi Otsuki to join the rebellion for a rare European appearance. Satoshi is a stand out talent from the Japanese dance scene who became the youngest ever resident at the
17 legendary Tokyo club Womb. Doubtless he will bring that big room sound to Studio 80's more compact space. Given rain or shine, we will finish the week off with a trip to the seaside to catch the one and only Sasha, at Woodstock 69. The man needs no introduction after over 20 years at the top of the progressive House movement and we’re thankful that he is returning to Bloemendaal to rock the beachside club once again.
The penultimate weekend throws up a bevy of outdoor parties to choose from and they involve some very contrasting settings around the city. First up is A Day at the Park which will be making its 5th appearance in the natural beauty that is Amsterdamse Bos. They’ve really pushed the boat out this year, with international stars Ritchie Hawtin, Groove Armada (DJ set), Green Velvet and Steve Lawler joining their Dutch counterparts Housequake and Kraak & Smaak within several different areas in this most idyllic of forest settings. In what can only be described as the polar opposite to a forest setting, Henk op de Helling takes place at the NDSM docklands on the northern banks of the Ij harbour on the 21st of July. Taking place under the shadows of an abandoned crane and with views of the city's skyline in the background, you will be treated to a line up consisting of special live electronic music performances by Tom Trago, Delano Smith, ESHU and Olene Kader to name just a few. It’s not all House, Minimal and Techno as a varied programme of spoken word, performance and installations will keep your head spinning. The last venture into the great outdoors takes place in Buiten Westen at the city centre’s Westerpark. The line up is simply incredible and has been put together by six of the city's leading party organizations. In fact it's so good that I expect it to be very hard to get hold of a ticket but if you’re lucky enough then you’ll be able to catch some serious presence in the form of Marc Romboy, Ark, Max Cooper and, a personal favourite, Levon Vincent whose recent EP These Games continues to push the right buttons every time I hear it.
The final weekend of the month takes us back indoors to the relative calmness of the city's clubs with the final ever edition of Electronation taking place at the Paradiso on the Saturday 28th. Celebrating 10 years as a front runner on the Amsterdam party scene, Electronation has invited a glut of guests to join the residents as they take over all 3 rooms for what promises to be a night to remember as the organisers look to bow out on one almighty high. This weekend also see’s Trouw closing its doors, if only for the month of August, and to celebrate the start of their summer holidays they invite an array of world class talents to join them over the weekend. Londoner Four Tet rides back into to town to cover the Friday deck duties with New York contemporary Function joining resident Sandrien for a special back to back vinyl edition of Imprint on the Saturday. Dedicated to saving the best ‘til last, Trouw have gotten DJ Harvey to fly in from L.A to take care of a Sunday session that is sure to stretch through until the early hours of Monday morning. To round off the month we head to the intimate Sugar Factory for another edition of Sunday mainstay Wicked Jazz Sounds. In what can only be described as an unparalleled achievement, WJS is now into its seventh year of a weekly residency and once again serves up an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, soul and disco with live percussion, vocals and adds a special guest saxophonist into the mix to forge a truly unique experience. So, on that smooth note, I bid you farewell and hope you all have a great month. I know I will!
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For over seven years Sugar Factory has been providing Amsterdam with a much needed dose of creativity, for those who need a platform, and for those that wish to get that little bit extra from their evening out.
If you were to try and sum up Sugarfactory in four words, the above would come as close as you could get. In 2005 a group of well known members of Amsterdam’s club scene came together with one goal in mind – “to create a place where everything comes together in night life. Drinks, music, socializing, art and performance”, in the words of creative director Myra Driessen, who has been involved in the vision that is Sugarfactory since its inception. “We want to give people more value for their night, not just sitting around in a bar or listening to a DJ, but extra value in the form of quality. This quality can be found in the people behind the bar, who are giving it their all, the ever changing artwork we have on our walls, our sound system and the performances that you can see and be a part of.” To celebrate seven years of success, Sugarfactory has launched a stunning summer program and declared itself open for business, seven days a week! So, no matter what day it is, if you need something to sweeten up your week, head down and get a spoonful. Sugarfactory has just launched a brand new small stage- the Sugar Foyer- open on weekdays. But this isn’t your normal stage.The Foyer is a platform for all kinds of local talent – Dj’s, singers, artists, musicians, poets and promoters all have a chance to get their vision across. The weekend starts has big clubnights Starting by Thursday’s ‘Helix’ to represent new local promoters with the most creative concepts on one side of a double helix, the other side is Sugarfactory itself. They’ve put themselves on the line by financially backing local promoters, ensuring that the creative energy here in Amsterdam has a conduit through which to flow. This kind of local support has been the main ethos of Sugarfactory for the last seven years, developing a style which has cemented its name in Amsterdam’s nightlife scene. The unique mix of art and performances combined with the best local/international DJs and musicians makes Sugarfactory a regular spot for locals and a must see for visitors. All club nights mix different themes and Sugarfactory prides itself on its diversity. But whatever you are into, you are sure to find something that suits your tastes. Mondays and Tuesdays offer an early respite from the week with ‘late night DJ cafe’ while the weekend starts early with real House and Tech-House on Thursdays. Coming into the weekend, the club gives off an urban and eclectic vibe, which attracts a mixed crowd, before delving into some local House and Techno on Saturdays. Sundays at Sugarfactory are locally famous events. ‘Wicked Jazz Sounds Club Night’ has been filling their dance floor consistently for the last seven years. This is an interchangeable group of local, live musicians and DJs that come together for a truly unique night. The crowd is as diverse as the musical range but both blend together smoothly. This ever popular night is guaranteed to finish your weekend with a pleasant aftertaste. Amsterdam exudes a creative energy that is unique to this city and to the people who live here. But as any young artist, promoter or musician will know, finding a platform to showcase your dreams to the public is sometimes the biggest hurdle in getting noticed. Throughout the years, Sugarfactory has and will continue to nurture Amsterdam’s local scene, helping many of Amsterdam’s young talent get their ideas and visions to the city. How sweet is that?
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20 CLUBS & EVENTS PARADISO
WETERINGSCHANS 6, 1017 SG AMSTERDAM www.paradiso.nl
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Thursday 5 July, Club Paradiso presents:
Thursday 5 July, Club Studio 80 presents:
Saturday 7 July, Sugar Factory presents:
Line-up: Black Rose, Derrick Carter, Jesse Rose, Oliver $ Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: House, Techno | Price: €20
Line-up: Daan Groeneveld, Edwin Oosterwal, Efdé, KERK!, Microove, Tijn Benedek, Tim Hoeben, Tom Ruijg, Wub Time: 23:00 - 03:30 | Genre: House, Minimal | Price: €6
Line-up: Sandrien & Carlos Valdes, Zender, San Proper Time: 00:00 – 05:00 | Price: €10 for the party / €20 for Party and Ticket!
This place has been a church, a squat and a coffee-shop. These days it’s an awesome club venue with great acoustics, a liberal attitude to the consumption of soft drugs and a bar on the dance floor. Did we mention it used to be a church? You will find a wide variety of music and bands and a night to remember.
Made for the Night
Amsterdam’s most ‘underground’ club is located on the neon-lit, touristic Rembrandtplein. The 300-capacity club has two areas and is where you will find cutting-edge electronic dance music, experimental techno, or experience one of its regular gay nights with some of Berlins edgiest DJs.
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SF is located in Amsterdam’s clubbiest areas – Leidseplein square. Part of Sugar Factories website manifesto describes this club as – Artistic – Cultural – Progressive – Independent. That pretty much sums up what you can expect from a night here. On any given evening you could expect to see DJs, as well as bands, theatre, dance and even spoken word.
Costa del Soul Pre Party
MONDAy 9 July, Club Paradiso presents:
Featuring: Pino Palladino, Chris 'Daddy' Dave Time: 20:30 | Price: €25
Friday 13 July, Club Paradiso presents:
Friday 6 July, Club Studio 80 presents:
Friday, 13 July, Sugar Factory presents:
Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Price: €3
Time: 20:00 - 23:00 | Price: Entry: Gratis, After Party Zout! €11
TWSTD DJ Contest
The Young Fashion Collective – Fashionshow
Friday 6 July, Club Studio 80 presents:
Line-up: Boys OFF, Bram Fidder, Dispar Vulgo, Joran van Pol, Lone Striker, Rauwkost, Reece 202, StereoSphere Time: 23:30 - 06:00 | Genre: Deephouse, House, Techhouse, Techno | Price: Available at the venue itself .
Saturday 28 July, Club Paradiso presents:
Electronation 10 Year Anniversary
Main: Bart Skils, Benny Rodrigues, Herr Arter, Terry Toner, The Hacker , Live: Manual Music Orchestra, Live: Olene Kadar, David Vunk, Dax, Dion, Groove Addicts, Hammeroids, Herr Arter, Jimnastics, Manual Music Orch Bovenzaal: 540 Soundsystem, Darko Esser, Nuno dos Santos, Patrice Baumel, PSTL, Shinedoe, Live: Alden Tyrell, Live: Arjuna Schiks, Live: Orgue Electronique
Thursday 19 July, Sugar Factory presents:
Line-up: Chris Julien, Homework, PillowTalk, Tennis Time: 22:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Deephouse, House | Price: €15
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Line-up: Frank Maris, Drum Tone, Syst M & Ringo Live Time: 00:00 – 04:00 | Price: €6
Saturday 7 July, Club Studio 80 presents:
Welcome To The Future
Line-up: Anja Schneider, Beesmunt Soundsystem, Bram Fidder, David Labeij, Dorine Dorado Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Deephouse, House | Price: €15
Thursday 26 July, Sugar Factory presents:
Dub Fx & Flower Fairy Intimate Show
Line-up: Dub Fx, Flower Fairy, cAde Time: Doors open: 20:00 Starts: 21:00 – 23:00 | Price: €20
Saturday 21 July, Club Studio 80 presents:
Friday 27 July, Sugar Factory presents:
Line-up: Bert Jimmink, Hoge Toon, Ici sans Merci, Jason Shae, Pete Bandit, Sneak, Tim Hoeben, Trish Former Friends Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Deephouse, House | Price: €15
Line-up: Hitmeister Pim, Julien Simmons, Totally Boris & more Time: 00:00 – 05:00 | Price: €11
Every Wednesday, Sugar Factory presents: Friday 27 July, Club Studio 80 presents:
Residents Basement: Clockwork, David Vunk, Dax, Dion, Groove Addicts, Hammeroids, Jimnastics, Mason, Tron, Whiplash Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: House, Techno | Price: €20
Genau Genau meets Helix!
Line-up: Shadee, Tama Sumo, The Full Glass, Tommy Kornuijt Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Deephouse, House | Price: €15
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Sugar Foyer: The Womb
Line-up: Kid Sublime and Wouda 23:00 ‘til late Time: 23:00 ‘til late | Price: €3 until 00:30/ €6 thereafter
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Escape is known to use a wide variety of multimedia effects which has led it to be branded the most versatile club in Amsterdam. This place is very trendy and very popular so expect a line and dress nice. Inside you will find a lot of different areas with a variety of music.
Large but intimate with several different areas in a flexible layout. Air has been custom designed from the ground up by Marcel Wanders and the state of the art sound and lighting system has won international awards. If you add the novelties’ like electronic lockers and a fully automated bar system you have a club experience you won’t forget.
Jimmy Woo is easily the most exclusive club in Amsterdam, they have won almost every clubbing award Europe has to offer. This is the place to see and be seen in Amsterdam and if you can get through the door you will not be disappointed. The style of music varies greatly, depending on the night, from R&B, to Disco, Soul & Funk.
Thursday 5 July, Club Escape presents:
Wednesday 4 July, Club AIR presents:
Wednesday 4 July, Club Jimmy Woo presents:
Line-up: Gee, Jaz von D, Joury, Marc Benjamin, Roul&Doors Time: 23:00 - 04:00 | Genre: Club, House | Price: €10
Line-up: Cat Carpenters, Dan Stezo, Geza Weisz, Joshua Walter, Nervo, The Partysquad Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Price: €15
Line-up: Feestdjruud, Mr. Simpson, Phalerieau, Sascha Visser Time: 23:00 - 04:00 | Genre: Eclectic | Price: €12
REMBRANDTPLEIN 11, 1017 CT AMSTERDAM www.escape.nl
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Friday 6 July, Club Escape presents:
Beats of Angels
Line-up: Anya, Choral, Marcella, Miss Monica Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Classics, House | Price: €16
Saturday 7 July, Club Escape presents:
Line-up: Danney, Kazzikasz, Larz, Raymundo, Vika Kova Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Classics, House | Price: €16
Thursday 12 July, Club Escape presents:
Friday 6 July, Club AIR presents:
Thursday 5 July, Club Jimmy Woo presents:
Line-up: Ferro, Gustave, Jorden Julian, ONNO, Roderick Merkx, Tiefschwarz Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: House | Price: €13
Line-up: Bizzey, Jim Aasgier, Nizzle, Yellow Claw Time: 23:00 - 03:00 | Genre: Hiphop, House | Price: €12
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Yellow Claw Thursday
Saturday 7 July, Club AIR presents:
Friday 6 July, Club Jimmy Woo presents:
Line-up: Cat Carpenters, Dan Stezo, Geza Weisz, Joshua Walter, Nervo, The Partysquad Time: 23:00 - 04:00 | Genre: Club, House | Price: €15
Line-up: Flava, V.I., Youri Alexander Time: 23:00 - 04:00 | Genre: Disco, Eclectic, R&B | Price: €15
Saturday 7 July, Club Jimmy Woo presents:
Line-up: Gee, Joury, Marc Benjamin Time: 23:00 - 04:00 | Genre: Club, House | Price: €10
Friday 13 July, Club Escape presents:
Heroes of Housemusic
Line-up: Joury, Luciën Foort Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Club, House | Price: €16
Saturday 28 July, Club Escape presents:
Brainwash · Raymundo's Big Bday Bash!
Line-up: Choral, Danney, Ebboriginal, Gabriel & Castellon, Jethro Galung, Marc Benjamin, Marcella, Mark Jr, Radikal Roy Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Classics, House | Price: €16
FOR MORE INFO VISIT www.escape.nl
Friday 13 July, Club AIR presents:
Format: Juan Sanchez invites Sian, Sandrien, Joop Junior Live
Line-up: Chaze, D-Garcia, Juvanice Time: 23:00 - 04:00 | Genre: Eclectic, House | Price: €15
Line-up: Joop Junior, Juan Sanchez, Sandrien, Sian Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Techhouse, Techno | Price: €13
Sunday 8 July, Club Jimmy Woo presents:
Saturday 14 July, Club AIR presents:
Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Disco, Eclectic, R&B | Price: €10
Monday 16 July, Club Jimmy Woo presents:
Line-up: Choco Bareiro, Cream, Damien Hope, Jaziah, Johnny Black, Mr. Simpson, Pony Peaches, Real El Canario, Super Sanity, Tim & Ties Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Electro, House | Price: €18
FOR MORE INFO VISIT www.air.nl
Line-up: D-Garcia, Erik Sherman, Gijs Scheeringa, Max Enforte, Sem Vox, Youri Alexander Time: 23:00 - 05:00 | Genre: Hiphop, Techno | Price: €15
FOR MORE INFO VISIT www.jimmywoo.nl
22 LOKAL MOKUM THE DAM REGULARS Every Sunday of the MONTH
Comedy Workshop @ CREA Café
Cultural student centre for the University of Amsterdam Location: Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
Price: 30 EUR for 4 work-shops Every Monday of the MONTH
Okido Yoga: Training for health, strength and mobility @ OT301
Famous squat which contributes immensely towards community activities. Check out their programme! Location: Overtoom 301 Time: 7:00pm
Price: 12 EUR Every Tuesday of the MONTH
Open Mic Night @ Jet Lounge
Great venue, great vibe and totally acoustic. Get there early to put your name on the list Location: Groen van Prinstererstraat 41 Time: from 21:00
Price: FREE Every Thursday of the MONTH
Salsa Dancing Night Local Latin Night
Location: Klonneplein 4-6 Time : 21:00 – 01:00
Price: FREE Every Saturday of the MONTH
Organic Farmers Market Local Latin Night
Location: Noordermarkt, De Jordaan Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Price: FREE Every Sunday of the MONTH
Nude Swimming @ Zuiderbad
Not for everyone, but if you’re into it, well here it is! Location: Noordermarkt, De Jordaan Time: 16:3—17:30
Pool Entry: 3.30 EUR Every Monday of the MONTH
Sophie’s Quiz Night @ Café Thijssen
All questions are in English too! You can reserve a table on the facebook site ‘Café Thijssen’ Location: Brouwersgracht 107 Time: 20:00
Price : 2.5 EUR pp 1st Tuesday of Every Month
Hard Rock Karaoke! @ Pakhuis Wilhelmina Super trendy venue
Location: Veemdkade 576 Doors Open: 20:00
Price : 5 EUR Entry Every Tuesday of Every Month
Drag Bingo @ The Queen’s Head Pub
A night which everybody should experience at least once, if not regularly! Location: Zeedijk 20 Time: 22:00 – 03:00
Cards cost 2.5 EUR Every Tuesday of Every Month
Sneak Preview @ Kriterion Movie Theatre Locally famous student-run theatre Location: Roetersstraat 170 Time: 22:15
PRICE: 5 EUR Entry
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Nuit Blanche "white night"
The idea of this night has been exported from Paris and now takes place in several cities around Europe. Amsterdam celebrated its third edition in June – a night which saw various local artists and performers plying their trades in different location throughout the city, all through the night!
lick, lick bubbles girl at sea palace
LUCHE LIBRE AT BRAKKE GROND
ARTIFICIAL HAPPINESS AT BETHAIËNKLOOSTER
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