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10 YEARS PDZ

Voor Amsterdam

The torso of Willem de Zwijger, a gift from the squatters on the opening night of Pakhuis de Zwijger, 2006 © Joep Kroes

>> Fransen’s growing focus on the city. ‘I got inspired by

Richard Florida’s book and his vision for the city. He mentioned the relationship between the success of cities and the development of a blooming creative industry. For me, that was an eye opener and a very interesting idea.’ Fransen felt Amsterdam lacked a place for the creative industry to come together. ‘At the same time, I was also trying to come up with an alternative for the traditional debating stages. Something more practical, with more imagination and dialogue instead of the never-ending discussions.’ Tiggeloven adds: ‘And we were looking for sustainability. We got tired of incidental meetings: we wanted to create something with lasting impact.’

WE WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING WITH LASTING IMPACT

This is why in the run-up to its first lustrum in 2011, Pakhuis de Zwijger organised twenty so-called Tafels van 5. ‘We invited people from our network - with different backgrounds - for a five-course dinner served over the course of five hours and asked them what they were currently working on, about their visions for the near future, how they could contribute to that future and how we could collaborate with people and organisations in our city.’ It had the spin-off Fransen hoped for: ‘We constructed a manifest called VOOR AMSTERDAM and printed it on the back of a magazine which was made by visiting students of ArtEZ in Arnhem. It consisted of ten points, of which learning and exchanging were the most important. Furthermore, the idea for City Embassies was born at the table of the people we invited from Rotterdam. Soon after, we met again in their hometown and set up our first City Embassy, immediately followed by another one in Berlin.’ >>

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