Amsterdam Light Festival Lights up the City Center

On Thursday, November 29 the seventh edition of Amsterdam Light Festival officially opened. Until January 20, visitors can admire 30 luminous artworks especially created for Amsterdam by artists from all over the world. The artworks will be lit up every day between 5 pm and 11 pm. The festival, hosted in Amsterdam’s historical city center, […]

Make Arepas Great Again: Venezuelans Take Arepas To Amsterdam Streets

On November 5, the Amsterdam Arepa’s pop-up shop opened its doors in the heart of De Pijp. The Venezuelan shop will be open until the end of February. “Make arepas great again” is the slogan displayed on the shop’s window. Located at Eerste Sweelinckstraat 20, the shop has received a large media coverage since it opened […]

Amsterdam Applauds “Aquarela” at the International Documentary Film Festival

Last Tuesday, Pathé De Munt hosted the screening of Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela (2018) as part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)’s program. IDFA started on November 14 and is up until November 25. Kossakovsky, described as “Russia’s most poetic formalist film-maker at the moment,” dedicates a powerful visual ode to water in all […]

Demonstrators Protest Housing Shortages and Massive Gentrification

On October 28, dozens of demonstrators gathered in the Red Light District to protest against Amsterdam’s housing shortage, the sell-out of alternative cultural places and the city’s massive gentrification. The protest ended with the occupation of a building in Oudekerksplein. Michael (an alias, as the interviewee prefers to remain anonymous) has lived in the building […]

The Gradual Disappearance of Amsterdam’s Cultural Free Haven

Amsterdamse Doe Maatschappij (ADM) – a creative haven and the Netherlands’ largest squatted community – is under serious threat. Here is why we should all stand up and fight for it. ADM is not only a squat. It is a space of freedom and creativity, a testament of the value of diversity against cultural mass […]

Amsterdam Debates Environmental Sustainability at GreenDoc Film Festival

Last weekend, the first edition of the GreenDoc Film Festival took place in Amsterdam. Dozens gathered at De Ceuvel, a sustainable urban complex in the North of the city, for a weekend of movie screenings focusing on environmental issues. The screening program was open to all, and was complemented by workshops, yoga classes, a food […]