The ADE Alternative, a Dance Demo Parade in the Capital City

On October 20, people of all ages came together to take part in the Amsterdam Dance Demo. This street parade is an alternative to the Amsterdam Dance Event which takes place in the same week. Together the participants stood up against the commercialization of Amsterdam’s creative and entertainment spaces.

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On October 20, over 1800 people attended ADEV (Amsterdam Danst Ergens Voor/ Alternative Dance Demo) street parade. ADEV is one of the main non-commercial alternatives to ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event). People danced during ADEV street parade and enjoyed themselves to the fullest. ADEV, now in its 6th edition, brought crowds into the streets of Amsterdam in order to rave and dance for alternative spaces in the city. It incited people to stand up for a city that recognizes the value of diversity, in both life and music. Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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One of the street artists accompanying ADEV street parade. ADEV actively supports Amsterdam’s alternative artistic scene, standing up against the increasing commercializations of creativity and spaces of entertainment. ADEV asked Femke Halsema, 52, the new Green Party’s mayor of Amsterdam, a clear political turn, encouraging alternative cultural expressions instead of promoting mass tourism. Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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One of the sound systems accompanying ADEV street parade. The parade left from Jonas Daniël Meijierplein on Saturday afternoon, crossed the city through Dam square and ended at Stenen Hoofd (Westerdoksdijk). Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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Alia Kontelli, 29, attends ADEV street parade on Saturday. Kontelli is Greek, but has lived in the Netherlands for five years and works in Amsterdam as a marketer. Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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One of ADEV demonstrators, showing the sticker “Geen man is illegal” (“No man is illegal”) on her jacket. Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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One of the vehicles employed by ADEV attendees. The vehicle belongs to ADM demonstrators at the ADEV street parade. ADM free haven, located in Amsterdam West, is the Netherlands’ largest squatted community, repeatedly threatened of eviction. The Board of State has recently ordered squatters to leave before Christmas 2018. ADM started up a court case at the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, defending the right of preserving ADM’s cultural and artistic heritage. Their case can be supported by signing the petition at https://adm.amsterdam/petition. Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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ADEV attendees at Stenen Hoofd (Westerdoksdijk), where the street parade stopped, kept on dancing, drinking and enjoying themselves. The parade ended at 6 pm, but people continued dancing to the rhythm of various independent sound systems until 8 pm. Valeria Mongelli/ The Amsterdammer

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