Best 10 Places to Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Tomorrow, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin- without the Dutch football team. In light of this news, some of the most iconic places in Amsterdam have decided not to continue their tradition of showing the tournament this year. Sadly, among them are Vondelpark3 and Radio 538 Oranjeplein, who showed the tournament in 2014 but will not do so now.

However, if you are a strong supporter of a different team, or simply one of the 3.2 billion viewers that gather every 4 years to watch the World Cup, The Amsterdammer is here to help! We propose 10 places that have confirmed the projection of the games in the Dutch capital.

Strandzuid Amsterdam

Starting from June 14, this place will show the games on the beach! The bar is located next to RAI Amsterdam, which makes it easy to reach. It is unique for its view and concept, which was built as a beach bar. You can enjoy the game while drinking a cold beer on the sand, making the most of those sunny days! For more information, visit their website.

Address: Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam

Amsterdam Roest

Amsterdam Roest is an industrial wasteland that was turned into a man-made beach. Famous among locals, this hidden gem will be displaying every game of this year’s FIFA World Cup. It is the perfect place to have a drink and share with your friends while you’re watching the games.

Address: Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 LL Amsterdam

Plan B

This billiard club owns 13 pool tables and 3 dartboards. If you’d like to play your own tournament while you drink and enjoy the game, then this is the place for you! They also have a smoking room for those particularly stressful fixtures. They will be displaying every game of this year’s FIFA World Cup. For more information, visit their website.

Address: Overtoom 209B, 1054 HT Amsterdam

Satellite Sports Café

Right at the heart of Leidseplein and neighbour to Amsterdam’s most famous coffeeshop, the Satellite Sports Café projects live sports on a daily basis. For this year’s FIFA World Cup, the café will be showing all the games. For more information, visit their website.

Address: Leidseplein 11, 1017 PS Amsterdam

Coco’s Outback

This Australian pub, located in Rembrandtplein, is famous among tourists and international students. Like Satellite Sports Café, they always project different live sports during the day. This year, you can expect every game to be projected in their screens. For more information, visit their website.

Address: 14, Thorbeckeplein 8, 1017 CS Amsterdam

Belushi’s

Near Dam Square, this bar is famous for having the longest Happy Hour of Amsterdam. During the FIFA World Cup, the games will be projected in 10 flat screen TVs inside and outside the bar! For more information, visit their website.

Address: Warmoesstraat 129, 1012 JA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Big Shots Bar

If you’re looking for a small, chill bar to eat and drink while watching the game, the Big Shots Bar is your best bet. It is located in the Red Light District and has multiple TVs that will be displaying the tournament.

Address: Warmoesstraat 94, 1012 JH Amsterdam

Café De Zeemeeuw

Located at walking distance from Amsterdam Centraal, this Dutch café is famous for its friendly staff. They will be displaying every game of this year’s FIFA World Cup. Visit their website for more information.

Address: Zeedijk 102, 1012 BB Amsterdam

Players Bar

Located right next to the Dam Square, the Players Cafe is a large pub with a capacity of 450 people! Some pool tables are available for the customers and every game will be displayed.

Address: Warmoesstraat 170, Dam Square, 1012 JK Amsterdam

Westergasterras

The Westergasterras is at the heart of Westerpark, and has a terrace with the view of the water. This year, they will only be displaying the games played by the Belgian team on their big screen. They are expecting over 3,000 people, so they are yet to confirm the showcasing of the final.

Address: Klonneplein 4-6, 1014 DD Amsterdam

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Isabel Bonnet is a 21-year-old second-year student in communication science at UvA. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Amsterdammer. Before its creation, she worked as a photo editor at the Independent Florida Alligator and did an internship at Le Monde.

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Europe’s Largest Flea Market, IJ-Hallen, Is Environment-Friendly

Europe’s largest flea market, IJ-Hallen, is widely known by locals and tourists who come to bargain their next outfit, old cassettes, vintage boots, among others. Above 750 stands are placed almost every weekend at NDSM, where hundreds of people buy second-hand items. This has contributed to an environment-friendly atmosphere.

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Almost every weekend, Europe’s largest flea market takes place at NDSM. Dalis Robinson / Staff

Ilona Nobiley, or “Dear Noby,” 67, has owned a stand at the IJ-Hallen flea market for over 8 years, where she sells vintage leather goods and military garments. Nobiley gets her merchandise shipped from a friend of hers who currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite admitting sales have not always been in her favor, the woman has found friendships with her stand neighbours over the years. “People are the ones who make IJ-Hallen so great,” she said. “It feels like home to me.” Nobiley considers herself  as someone who cares about the environment. In the 80’s, she served as a volunteer in the tropical forest. According to her, flea markets are a good alternative for high consumption. Indeed, the products are fast-fashion free and they are given the lifetime they are supposed to have.

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Leather goods and military garments from Ilona Nobiley’s stand are display on May 20 at IJ-Hallen. Dalis Robinson / Staff

Like Nobiley, Daniel Hog, an Australian musician, believes IJ-Hallen does not only work as a good weekend activity but also helps the environment and sustainability. “If anyone is using something for a second or third time, it is perfect,” he said. “If something makes it to a flea market it says a lot about its quality and the fact that it hasn’t been destroyed in three months.” Hog went for the first time to the IJ-Hallen flea market in 2016. Accompanied by his partner, a Haarlem resident, May 20th marked the second time that Hog went to the enormous marketplace where he enjoyed walking around and looking for vintage instruments. “I like it here because everyone is just walking around, doing their own thing,” he admits. “It’s nice!” In some fortunate occasions, the 28-year-old has found good deals for clothing, such as  shirts for 0.50€, or pairs of shoes for as little as 3€.

At IJ-Hallen, some locals have found a place to resell their belongings in exchange for some money. For Eva van Erp, a 34-year-old designer, it was also her second time at IJ-Hallen. The woman has a long history selling her belongings in other markets. Indeed, as the van Erp buys large amounts of clothes, she resells them once she has renewed her wardrobe. Rather than doing it for the money, being a stand-owner at IJ-Hallen has made her feel at home.

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750 stands are placed almost every weekend at NDSM, where hundreds of people buy second-hand items. Dalis Robinson / Staff

Stands can be reserved online for anyone who wishes to participate in the outdoor flea market in the North of the city. Demolition worker Stefan Bacaj, who considered selling at IJ-Hallen as a hobby, has sold items such as antiques, DVD’s, old tapes, or toys, both there and in other flea markets. “I also sell at other markets,” Bacaj admits. “But there is nothing like here (IJ-Hallen), this one is the best.” The 45-year-old disapproves of IJ-Hallen markets policy of charging entrance fees because then not as many people attend, “Most clients are good but some of them don’t want to pay fair prices for what we sell, we keep on changing our products to keep clients happy,” Stefan revealed that most of the products he sells are bought from the Internet but he also sells some of his past belongings.

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Stefan Bacaj, a 45-year-old demolition worker, poses in front of his stand at the IJ-Hallen flea market on May 20. Dalis Robinson / Staff

This weekend, from Saturday, June 9, to Sunday June 10, the flea market will take place at  IJ-Hallen.

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Are Puppets Back in Trend? From Babylon to Radio Active

From May 14 to May 18, the University of Amsterdam is calling for students to vote for the Student Council Elections 2018. Different parties introduced their candidates for three different categories: student councils, faculty student council and central student council.

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The two opposing parties, UvA Sociaal and List Sefa, campaign for the Student Council elections 2018 at the hall E at Roeterseilandcampus. They will keep the table from May 14 to May 18. Isabel Bonnet / Staff

Central Student Council: What the parties want

Blink Ujjin, 19, a second-year economics and business student at UvA, joined UvA Sociaal as a candidate for this year’s Central Student Council. Ujjin advocates for diversity, sustainability, and accessibility to the university. One of the key ideas which the party supports is the decentralisation of decision-making in order to provide more autonomy to the students and teachers. “Students know what is best for them,” explains the candidate. UvA Sociaal plan aims to decrease the amount of mandatory classes in order to allow students to “study at their own pace,” and “make classes more interactive.”  One of their major opponents, De Vrije Student, shares a similar opinion regarding the freedom they want to give to the students. Indeed, they aim to make all lectures available online. “We do agree with having recorded lectures but in comparison to [them], (…) [we] don’t want to force any guest lecturers who don’t feel comfortable to be recorded,” agues Ujjin. In other words, UvA Sociaal wants to make recorded lectures optional and recommends this approach but does not want to make them mandatory.

Internationalization of the University

One of the recurrent topics present in each of the parties’ plans are diversity and quality of education. “We want the university to take the societal responsibility and we want to internationalise the university in terms of diversity,” said Uva Sociaal. “We want the information to be available in both English and Dutch.” However, the Hervorm FMG, which says to share this idea on their website, provides a description in Dutch only in the information website of the elections. On their Facebook page, however, the descriptions are written in English. Ksenya Golub, 21, a second-year communication science student and candidate for the Faculty Student Council election for Uva Sociaal, complains about this issue: “The programs should only switch to the English track […] if they have the substainable education level already.” In many occasions, the University website provides information, sometimes important, in Dutch only or partially in English. However, the issue gets more relevant when it affects the academic success of international students. “They were not ready to switch to English,” says Golub, “not all teachers are qualified, […] sometimes the slides are in Dutch.” In 2017 a Communication Science exam had to be re-taken due to grammatical mistakes and wrong translations. That course was the first one to ever exist in English for the program. The opposing party, List Sefa, had been working on a solution for the issue this year, and plans on continuing to do so if re-elected for next year. Marcin Muchowicz, 21, chair of Organisation and Media Committee of the Faculty Student Council for the Economics and Business faculty and candidate for the second time, explains that the party was able to provide Dutch courses for half the price to the students this year. However, their aim is to make the course free to all international students next year in order to allow students to  “integrate into the Dutch culture more and find a market in which they can find a job later.”

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The party UvA Sociaal will campaign for the Student Council elections 2018 at the hall E at Roeterseilandcampus from May 14 to May 18. Isabel Bonnet / Staff

Fighting against financial cuts

Earlier this year, the university announced financial cuts for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. This news followed the already-known cuts that affected the Faculty of Humanities and the Law Faculty. Consequently, a group of students protested on April 19 against the digitalisation of the courses and the decreases in tutorial and lecture hours. “We demand clarity and answers!” read one of the flyers they distributed during the demonstration. UvA Sociaal member Golub, candidate for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, believes the financial cuts are secret and “not really noticeable” by the students. The Communication Science program will be affected by having its lecture hours reduced by 12.5%. “I can only speak for my program now, we cannot do something legitimate about (the financial cuts) apart from the protest,” Golub explains. “When we are in the student council, we can speak more to the dean and go to their office.” Indeed, the power of the student council is limited and few changes have been seen. However, the candidate stays positive: “I will fight for that because I think digital education is not the best idea.”

More quality, less quantity

Muchowicz wants to work alongside other faculties to pressure the dean to interact with the municipality, and together provide more accommodations to both Dutch and international students. According to the candidate, List Sefa has “much more experienced people” than the other parties, which makes them more able to provide solutions to the issues the students could have. “We want to make sure that [the students] study in a class where [they] can ask questions.” Indeed, with the growing amount of students that apply for the Economics and Business program, the party is “not sure that the University can support so many students.” For Golub, “It is important to keep quality rather than quantity of students.” From focussing on the good communication in English with international students to make the university more accessible, Golub believe a way to improve the quality could start by having a more legitimate power among the students. Last year, her program created the buddy program in which a student representative would be the spokesperson of the students. However, for Muchowicz, to “make sure that the quality of education is rising in [the] University” is by improving study spaces around the campus and increase the quality of the tutorials.

The voters

Despite the motivation of the candidates, students were often not informed of the elections in advance. Irene van der Linde, 24, second-year Master law student, has never voted for the elections, and this year will not make the exception. “I don’t really know much about the student council,” she said. Like her, 24-year-old Vivian Zhu learned about the existence of the student council for the first time on May 15 during the campaign at Roeterseilandcampus. “Voting is not really […] in my culture,” she said. “In China democracy is not that perfect so this will be the first time I vote.” Indeed, the   master in international and european law student believes the Student Council would be able to satisfy the needs of the students. “They could organize more student events for international students to make friends, that is why I’m going to vote.”

Unlike Zhu, her 26-year-old classmate, Kathe E., voted in the morning. Making it a habit every year, the master student has faith that the Student Council is able to make changes regarding topics that directly affect the students such as scheduling, design of the building or the cafeteria. “It is hard to get to the bureaucracy that surrounds everything in order to really make a change, so it can be hard for students to only have a year in the Student Council,” she said. The student expects the Student Council to improve the communication, which according to her is not accurate enough. Similarly, she hopes to receive newsletters more often.

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As Spring Arrives, Amsterdam Drinks

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About 70 people attend the Letebier Festival at the Delirium Cafe Amsterdam on Saturday the 21st. Raluca Dumitrache/ Staff Photographer

With 57 different beers to choose from, Delirium Café Amsterdam’s third-edition Letebier Festival received the Spring weather with different kinds of beers. It was the most ambitious one yet.

The biggest speciality beer bar in Amsterdam invited more than 10 international breweries and received about 70 people from April 21st to April 22nd at Piet Heinkade.

Beer enthusiast and part of the organization of the event, Henk Klijn, was very pleased with people’s response regarding the festival. “We start at three and before three there’s people lining up to get in,” he said. The event aimed to get together people who wanted to try and learn about craft beer. “The thing here is that you can meet the brewer and talk to them about their beer. You can taste them all, you don’t need to buy a bottle to drink,” Henk added. “My main goal with beer is to make people know why and what they are drinking. I want them to enjoy beer, I want them to drink, not to swallow.” Alongside the beers, snacks were also offered for tasting: different kinds of cheese, hamburger, pizza, among others.

Mariette Bonten, ALFA Bier’s Brewers manager, explained that the brewery was founded by a Dutch family that has been in the brewery business for almost 150 years. Their two most acclaimed beers, Alfa Elde Pils and Alfa Krachtig Dort, were on the festival.

Overall, people enjoyed the festival. Harleem citizen Ashley, master student, tried 4 different beers and was pleased with her choices. “It is interesting to know more about beer, and having the brewer here just makes the experience more pleasant. The brewers are super engaged in giving little bits of information to add to the experience.” Maarten Tegenbosch, owner of Romat NLD Ltd. and German beer Schneider Weisse promoter, was one of the beer storytellers, as he also defines himself. Tegenbosch explained that the trademark of their beer is that all of them are made with wheat. “We’re here because we know Delirium,” he said. “You will find the Schneider Weisse beers only in the most professional places because in order to pour a proper beer, you need to have the necessary instruments.”

44-year-old IT specialist and former student at the Univerisity of Amsterdam, Sammy, is one of the many who enjoyed the beer tasting and learning about it. “It brings people together, I like it. I mean, this guy in front of me, we don’t know him, but he is a beer expert and we’ve been talking about beer for twenty or more minutes.” While maintaining his conversation, he has already tried two different beers.

The Lentebier Festival brought all types of people together and taught them about beer. Little by little, Henk is accomplishing his goal to make people aware of the beer culture in order for them to enjoy what their drinking instead of just swallowing it. It was what Henk would have called a huge success.

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