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Issue #008 Published: 31-08-2016 // Written by: Maxi Meissner
Neu Now festival
NEU NOW, the international art festival showcasing the work of exceptional emerging artists, returns to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek from 14–18 September. Selected artists from art academies across Europe are invited to present their work and to participate in a programme that is designed to empower creative talent. An Established Festival for Exceptional Talent NEU NOW is Amsterdam’s only international art festival devoted to presenting emerging artists that are advancing towards their professional careers from art academies across Europe and beyond. During the past seven editions NEU NOW has presented the works of more than 700 international talents from all disciplines and an array of art schools. Previous editions of NEU NOW were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. In 2015 the festival returned to Amsterdam, where it found a permanent home. Creating Future Opportunities NEU NOW promotes the fluid character of the artistic disciplines and presents a filled programme with exhibitions, performances, workshops, films, and artist talks. The international jury of the 2016 edition selected 30 artworks from emerging artists from 18 countries. The artists will be invited to participate in a programme that is designed to empower, catalyse collaboration and create future opportunities. In addition to the main event in September, NEU NOW supports emerging artists throughout the year. NEU NOW operates as a platform promoting artistic excellence through cutting edge presentations and activities featuring artwork across a wide range of disciplines. Additionally, selected artists are invited to show their work and participate in residencies with partners of NEU NOW including: FOAM Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Southbank, Prix Europa Berlin, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in collaboration with Art Basel and more. NEU NOW will take place from 14 to 18 September. For more information on past editions, please visit neunow.eu. Participating artists include: Design/Architecture Emilia Strzempek-Plasun (PL) // Emma Dahlqvist (SE) Katalin Júlia Herter (HU) // Stine Aas (NO) Film/Animation Andrea Alessi (IT) // HXZ (BE) // Marek Jasan (SK) // Sophie Dros (NL) // Yaron Cohen (NL) Music/Sound Jimmi Hueting (NL) // Steven Hoes (NL) // Teresa Doblinger (CH) // Topos Kolektiv (CZ) Theatre/Dance Destiny’s Children (CH) // Hsu Chen Wei Production Dance Company (TW) // Nína Sigridur // Hjalmarsdottir (IS) // Theodore Livesey & Jacob Storer (BE) // Zapia Company (SP) Visual Arts Alicja Symela (PL) // Di Franca Massimiliano (BE) // Jaeyong Choi (DE) // Jonas Böttern and Emily Mennerdahl (SE) // Lana Ruellan (FR) // Lea Schiess (NL) // TSAI, YI-TING (TW) // Viktorija Eksta (LV) // Vladimir Novak (CR) // Alberto Condotta (UK) // Eva Giolo (BE) // Stef van den Dungen (NL) The full list of participating artists and their artwork will be available online by the end of June. Empowering Europe’s Emerging Artists NEU NOW is Amsterdam’s international art festival devoted to presenting the work of exceptional emerging talents advancing towards their international careers from art academies across Europe and beyond. A selection of socially engaged artists from a plurality of cultural and artistic perspectives is brought together to show their work. NEU NOW highlights the fluid character of the artistic disciplines to present a programme in which exhibitions, performances, workshops, films and artist talks converge to provide new perspectives and future opportunities. Previous editions of NEU NOW were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. In 2015 the festival returned to Amsterdam, where it found a permanent home.  
Issue #008 Published: 25-08-2016 // Written by: Gaude AA
Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2016
Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2016 | September 7-11 | Tivolivredenburg, and other venues in Utrecht | Tickets availible on our website muziekweek.nl “Gaudeamus presents, organizes, promotes, and supports the newest music by pioneering talent. Gaudeamus has been an advocate of trailblazing composers around the world for 70 years. It facilitates the development of new work and a stage where tomorrow’s music is performed to an appreciative audience of music lovers. Gaudeamus is an unmissable part of the current international (new) music scene. The annual Gaudeamus Muziekweek festival has been held in Utrecht since 2011. It is the international meeting place for young composers and musical pioneers. The festival culminates in the presentation of the Gaudeamus Award, an incentive prize for composers under 30. International editions of Gaudeamus Muziekweek are making waves around the world. In January 2012, the very first Gaudeamus Muziekweek New York took place while in April 2014, Gaudeamus Canada was staged in Toronto and Montreal.” Our full program is quite extensive and can be found on our website: www.muziekweek.nl/en/programme-overview/ Saturday Night Live | September 10, 2016 | 19:00 - 23:50 | Tivolivredenburg  The most exciting part of the festival this year is our “Saturday Night Live” program that takes place on the (you guessed it) Saturday night of our festival, September 10th. This evening features a huge mix of new music in many genres: Electro- Acoustic, Post Pop, Egyptian Contemporary, Experimental Jazz, Art Rock, Improvisation, Sound Installations, Post Retro, and others. SNL is a free form and casual evening in Tivolivredenburg where concert goers are encouraged to move between different concerts, sound installations, and artistic spaces with beer and wine in hand. Some of the most anticipated performers include cellist Oliver Coates, Kapok, a collaboration between Oerknal and De Beren Gieren, and Gunnar Gunnsteinsson. The one Saturday Night Live ticket will grant you access to any of the 14 separate concerts and 4 installations that are to take place. This is sure to be a beautiful, interesting, and thought-provoking night. Find out more on the Gaudeamus Muziekweek website:  www.muziekweek.nl/en/programma/saturday-night-live/ Notable Artists: Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London.  In the past year he has performed solo shows in China, Russia, Brazil, Egypt and Australia, and made his New York debut at Le Poisson Rouge. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award and is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. He has released records on Prah Recordings and Slip, and collaborates with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Jonny Greenwood (on The Master and There Will Be Blood), Mica Levi (on Under the Skin) and the visual artist Lawrence Lek (on the award-winning video piece Unreal Estate). With Lek, he has recently presented the world premiere of a new work,QE3, at Glasgow International. His new LP, Upstepping, was released on Prah in May, and he has programmed the Southbank Centre’s DEEP∞MINIMALISM festival taking place in June. In the autumn he will release a collaborative record with Mica Levi on Slip/Warp. Website: www.olivercoates.com Kapok is one of the most recognizable young bands on the Dutch music scene today. The band is known for their rhythmic fireworks and infectious interaction, and for the fierce, unpredictable energy of their live shows. Kapok borrows from many different kinds of music, including funk rock, classical music, free improv and African music – a collection of influences that might sound unlikely, but flows together quite naturally in their music. The first thing you notice about Kapok is the unusual instrumentation. There is no bass, Remco Menting’s drum kit is one of a kind, and Timon Koomen conjures up colourful sound worlds on his guitar. You might know the French horn as an instrument from the classical tradition, but in the hands of Morris Kliphuis this is quickly forgotten. Kliphuis, one of the few jazz hornists in the world, sings, growls and grooves on his instrument as if it was made for jazz. Onstage, the band interprets every song anew, which means no two concerts are ever alike. Since their first encounter in the recording studio in 2011, which led to their debut album Flatlands, Kapok has played at many festivals and concert halls in The Netherlands, including twice at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The band also performs internationally, and won the Dutch Jazz Competition in 2012, the European Jazz Competition in 2013, and received an Edison, the Dutch equivalent of a Grammy, for their second album Kapok in 2014. Kapok would like to take many more people with them on their musical trip. They’ve only just set off. Website: www.kapokmusic.com De Beren Gieren worden beschouwd als de avontuurlijkste muziekgroep in de Benelux. Sinds hun oprichting in 2009 hebben ze geen moment stilgezeten. Hun tweede album a raveling(2013) zorgde voor de internationale doorbraak en The Detour Fish, een live-opname met de Portugese trompettiste Susana Santos Silva, werd eind 2014 als uitgebracht op het toonaangevende platenlabel Clean Feed en overal lovend ontvangen.  In 2015 speelden ze op Jazz Middelheim en verscheen ook hun derde trio album One Mirrors Many. Zowel in België als internationaal wordt de CD positief onthaald, Jazzism prees het album zelfs als meest invloedrijke en actuele album van het moment, dus dat beloofd. (“Dit is het trio op zijn best, met gedetailleerd spel, een meeslepende piano, forse rockachtige injecties, verstilling en een fikse climax.” – De Standaard) Naast hun innige samenwerking met Susana, speelden De Beren Gieren samen met andere internationale grootheden als Jan Klare, Jean-Yves Evrard, Ernst Reijseger, Joachim Badenhorst, Marc Ribot en Louis Sclavis. De muziekwereld gelooft in De Beren Gieren. Zo traden ze al op in Duitsland, Portugal, Frankrijk, Noorwegen, Zwitserland, Luxemburg, Oostenrijk, Frankrijk, Italië, Spanje, Hongarije, Roemenië, Slovenië, Estland en Marokko en waren te gast op grote festivals als North Sea Jazz, Trondheim Jazzfest, Middelheim en Ljubljana Jazz en internationale showcase-festivals als 12 Points en Jazzahead! Bremen. Ze waren Artist in Residence van het Gentse Kunstencentrum Vooruit en ontvingen drie prijzen op Jazz Hoeilaart, waaronder de hoofdprijs. Hun groepsnaam klinkt inmiddels tot ver voorbij de Belgische landsgrenzen. Benieuwd waar de Beren in de toekomst nog op zullen jagen. Website: www.deberengieren.be Oerknal! is a collective of young professional musicians based in The Netherlands. We are united by a passion for new creative experiences and the belief that music should be presented in an intense, visceral manner. We engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations, looking for new and unique artistic overlaps. We eschew traditional concert hall etiquette and perform in non-traditional venues (galleries, jazz clubs, reclaimed spaces), experimenting with new models of concert presentation. Most importantly, we are committed to new music. Music with a modern sense and a contemporary sensibility that belongs to, is a product of, and was written for no other time than the present. We find any barrier between performer (us) and audience (you) uninteresting and unsustainable. We hope to break down barriers and present music in a way that makes you more involved in the process. We want to connect with you directly and openly, creating an intimate, informal environment optimal for intense musical experiences.  We view each performance as an experiment, an attempt to discover something new, something exciting, something meaningful - discovery for discovery’s sake, for the thrill of immediate, unabashed experience. We promise thought-provoking, engaging experiences; artistic happenings of the highest level.  Website: www.oerknal.org/#!about-us/cjg9  They are also one of Gaudeamus Muziekweek’s Ensembles-in-residence.          
Issue #008 Published: 17-08-2016 // Written by: Quentin Threadbare
Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam A beacon in the darkness of corporate mediocrity!
‘Every year it’s a steep climb but it’s worth it for the view.’ says one of the festival diehards. A mountain of organisation goes into making it happen but for the fifth year running, Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam will present fuckloads of free fun and entertainment in the heart of our beloved city. The Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam is an extraordinary annual ten day celebration showcasing the very best of Amsterdam’s Underground Arts & Performance. This year’s festival (1–11 September) features participating artists who do sterling work in Amsterdam all year round as well as artists visiting from overseas. We have animated films from important emerging Japanese animators and from teenagers in New York. Musicians, actors and visual artists will all be strutting their funky stuff at Amsterdam venues citywide. There’ll be improv, gaming and video game inspired art. Sin Sin Collective will present a Kamishibai storytelling and exhibit graphic art and posters. In the dance programme, we are proud to be presenting work by extraordinary Italian Choreographer Elisa Zuppini as well as site specific music-and-dance improvisation by Electra Kikk and guitar player Arvind Ganga. All events during the festival are absolutely free to attend. Spread the word. Fay’s Film Festival In 2015 Fay’s Film Festival programmed our film and animation content, created by some of the hottest Japanese and Korean artists today. Many of these rare gems were never before screened outside of Japan. The programme included the European premiere of ‘Track’, a technically innovative Japanese animation which, a year later, went on to win the Grand Prix at Holland Animation Festival.  Building on the great success of last year, Fay’s Film Festival will again create a Dutch-Japanese exchange by presenting European premieres of emerging Japanese animation in Amsterdam as well as presenting Japanese premieres of European animations in Osaka, Japan. Send us your Shorts! Fay’s Film Festival Amsterdam & Japan is open for proposals until August 1st 2016! We accept films from all over the world of every genre and style. So, if you have a film or animation what are you waiting for? E-mail a link of your film via YouTube, Vimeo, WeTransfer, DropBox or any other way you can to Fay Heady at fayheady@gmail.com An Interview with Roberto Bacchilega at AstaroTheatro AstaroTheatro is a tiny but perfectly formed venue in De Wallen, ideal for readings, acoustic music and small intimate theatrical presentations, home of a monthly open podium and a meeting place for a wide community of artists and performers. ‘This year, AstaroTheatro will be a Free Fringe venue for the 4th year running – it’s a long term love affair with no crisis in sight. The philosophy of this festival perfectly matches with AstaroTheatro: alternative, experimental, non-commercial and truly free: a reaction to the cultural status quo. At our intimate free space for everybody, we try to keep the true spirit of theatre alive, theatre being an endangered species in Amsterdam these days. We’re looking forward to this year with renewed enthusiasm.’ AstaroTheatro collective is preparing a new play by Zbigniew Maciak for this year’s festival. ‘Proteus’ is inspired by a lost satyr play by Aeschylus which was performed in 458 BC together with ‘The Oresteia’. The play is a satirical take on war and the unsuccessful desire to escape it. An international cast of actors from Uruguay, Turkey and Italy are directed by Zbigniew Maciak: Roberto Bacchilega, Juan Carlos Tajes, Roberto  Genta, Elephteria Vakaki, Arif Murat Gür and Kamiel Mobach. Roberto Bacchilega in ‘Marx is Back’ by Howard Zinn, Free Fringe 2015. Photo: Tatjana Todorovic The Venues Along with AstaroTheatro, many other venues featured in Amsterdam Alternative are helping to make Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam their festival. AA has done valuable work giving a focus and coherence to the disperate collection of independent artists and venues working in Amsterdam. Now, if you want to know what’s going on in the alternative scene in Amsterdam, all you have to do is open the pages of AA to be in the know. As in previous years, De Vondelbunker ‘schuikelder voor onafhankelijke cultuur’ is ground zero and inspiration model for the festival. Badhuis Theater is a new Free Fringe venue and will be hosting a debate about Art Money and The Master Culture : “broekzak – vestzak” financiën. Why do we need an Alternative Fringe? This seminar will prise open the debate on the nature and future of Fringe and present showcase performances and screenings within its hallowed sugar walls. De Nieuwe Anita Olga & Jeroen’s house of par-TAY, ever evolving, always open to experimentation, will be hosting improv and more. Nieuwlands, Spinhuis & De Vinse School will all be taking part this year. De Vinse School is a culturally active new school which opened its doors in Haarlemmerstraat less than a year ago and will host a young people’s art programme. Those of you who visited Vondelbunker during Free Fringe last year will definitely have noticed an enormous inflatable installation standing outside. You may have even ventured in to experience Make Senses, a uniquely sensuous performance by Irina Baldini and Dierck Roosen. Irina also performed her dance piece Palandrome last year as well as being the gracious host for Free Fringe events at 4Bid Gallery at OT301. This year, Irina Baldini & Giacomo Cardoni will curate the Free Fringe programme at 4bid Gallery. Watch this space for details. Improvised Comedy at De Nieuwe Anita A cast of extraordinary professional improv players and clowns will be joining forces in this amazing comedy-show with a twist. No souls more tormented than those of the ones that are supposed to make us laugh; clowns and comedians. Come have a look inside as they expose their inner selves using your suggestions. Is this supposed to be funny? FUNNY?! OF COURSE! LAUGH?! WE WILL MAKE YOU! All improvised, of course. Starring; Ton Haas, Joost van der Knaap, Ad-Just Bouwman, Mathieu van den Berk, Joscha de Boever et al. Enter The WARP ZONE - Attention all artists! WARP ZONE, the annual art show paying tribute to the wonderful world of video games, is now accepting proposals! The show features a collection of art pieces by artists from all over the world. Previous years have showcased artwork by artists from Tokyo, Amsterdam, New York, Australia, you name it! All forms of art are welcome in the gallery as long as they are playful or related to video games and video game culture. Examples from previous years include paintings, pixel art, bead art, maps, projection art, 3D printed sculptures, games, interactive installations and live music. Have work you want to showcase or any questions? Don’t hesitate and send an email today to: mollyheadycarroll@gmail.com (The deadline for proposals is 1 August 2016) Music Music Music This year, the music line-up is intensely varied. For those who like it noisy, there will be a night at De Vondelbunker co-programmed by SOTU & Losse Flodders whose core members will be warming up for their Organized Chaos Tour of Russia and the Baltic in September. Straight after Free Fringe they’ll be off to Warsaw, Kiev, St Petersburg, Moscow and, slightly incongruously, Leeds! We have a splendid spoken word artist and musician Izabella Finch with her otherworldly ukulele playing. She’ll be bringing it in her hilariously honest and riveting show “An Evening with a Red Haired Goddess Named Finch”. Virtuoso NYC Street Musician, gHSTS n gUITARS is coming to play some mellow licks, Steekvlieg, an all-girl rock band, Rellavec an amazing duo combining techno with live percussion & visuals, and (here comes the inevitable list) the magnificent Kutwijf, Rene Paes and his prehistoric jaws harp, De Grote Boodschap from Arnhem, funny and visual Dutch performers Het Rudie Kartel, Exit Sombrero, brilliant whiskey-soaked-story-telling Ukranian musician Sasha Boole, The Doppelgangers, Waltris, singer songwriter Maartje Teussink, Aquatronixx, Weaah and more, more more. www.freefringefestivalamsterdam.com Facebook page >>>
Issue #008 Published: 13-08-2016 // Written by: ​Rune Peitersen
Over Platform BK
Iets meer dan vier jaar geleden heb ik samen met Mariska van den Berg, Yvonne Grootenboer, Jack Segbars en Yuri Veerman Platform BK opgericht als reactie op de bezuinigingen van het kabinet Rutte I. We misten de stem vanuit het veld in alle discussies over kunst en kunstenaars in de media en politiek. Er ontbrak een organisatie die vanuit het veld sprak, vanuit de ervaringen van de kunstenaar, curator, ontwerper of schrijver, met hun woorden en argumenten. Vanaf het begin was duidelijk dat we niet puur voor lobby gingen of puur ‘filosofisch’ wilden zijn. Het was helder dat om écht iets te kunnen bereiken, we ook het veld zelf zouden moeten activeren. We noemen onze organisatie inmiddels een ‘actieve denktank voor de kunsten’: een platform waarop en waarmee nagedacht wordt over de rol van kunst en kunstenaars in de samenleving waarin we (willen) leven. We zetten die gedachten om in acties en projecten en proberen in alles wat we doen de samenhang tussen theorie en praktijk inzichtelijk te maken. We werken samen met andere organisaties die weten hoe ‘het politieke spel’ wordt gespeeld in Den Haag. We voeden hen met informatie en agenderen onderwerpen die onderbelicht blijven of zelfs vergeten zijn. Dat alles vanuit het veld en de ervaringen van onze leden en onszelf. De lijst van projecten die we hebben opgestart, de acties die we hebben ondernomen, de onderzoeken die zijn verricht, de gesprekken die zijn gevoerd etc. is lang. Kijk maar naar onze website: Weerwoord (opiniestukken als reactie op kunstbeleid of berichtgeving), Het Initiatief (groeiende inventarisatie van kunstenaarsinitiatieven in NL), Art Matters (een verzameling essays over de relatie tussen kunst en politiek), De Verbeeldingsstorm (de resultaten van de bezuinigingen door Rutte I in kaart gebracht), Blijfjijzzp’er (de geslaagde actie tegen het afschaffen van de startersaftrek voor zzp’ers), Clusters (bijeenkomsten voor en door leden), debatten en informatiedagen, Brieven aan OCW en de Raad voor Cultuur, en meer. Daar kunnen we nu als doorlopende activiteit het onderzoek naar het atelierbeleid aan toevoegen, en vóór de zomer ligt er een richtlijn kunstenaarshonoraria klaar – daar wordt nu aan gewerkt! In de afgelopen vier jaar hebben we bijna volledig op de inzet van vrijwilligers gedraaid. Vaak zitten er op maandagen (onze vaste kantoordag) 6-10 mensen te werken op ons kleine kantoor en in de loop van de week worden er geregeld extra gewerkt, waardoor werkweken van gemiddeld 2 tot 3 volle dagen per persoon heel gewoon zijn. Dit is geweldig en toont aan hoeveel energie en bereidwilligheid er is in de kunstwereld om zich in te zetten voor een gezamenlijk doel. We merken echter dat er een grens is bereikt. We kunnen niet langer alleen op vrijwilligers draaien, daar doen we domweg teveel voor. Bovendien blijkt het continueren en bewaken van de huidige kwaliteit moeilijker dan opstarten. Platform BK houdt zich bij de kern van haar taken maar heeft een bepaalde professionaliteit en verantwoordelijkheid verworven. De drijvende krachten daarachter (teamspirit, persoonlijke betrokkenheid, kennis en kunde) zijn niet onuitputtelijk maar moeten steeds opnieuw gevoed en hernieuwd worden. Daarom  hebben we per oktober 2015 een structuur opgezet met in de basis een betaald kernteam om de vrijwilligers te kunnen aansturen, leden en partners te blijven bedienen en de organisatie manifester te maken. De betaling is helaas nog ondermaats, dat is zacht uitgedrukt en dat druist in tegen onze eigen woorden: een redelijk honorarium voor professioneel werk. We ontvangen geen structurele subsidie en dat willen we zo houden. Dat maakt ons niettemin afhankelijk van de ledencontributie om het kantoor draaiend te houden en de projecten te doen. Op dit moment hebben we nog niet genoeg leden om dat behoorlijk te kunnen doen. Zonder nieuwe aanwas blijft Platform BK weliswaar bestaan, maar zullen we noodgedwongen het tempo moeten terugdraaien en een aantal geplande activiteiten moeten uitstellen. Terwijl we er juist aan toe zijn om meer slagvaardigheid na te streven: Platform BK wil zelf onderwerpen agenderen, aankaarten en aanjagen op grotere schaal dan we nu al doen. Het is nodig om een breder palet te ontwikkelen dat onderzoek, aanwezigheid en programma behelst. Dat vraagt om werkuren, reiskosten en facilitaire zaken, en daar zijn middelen voor nodig. We hopen dan ook dat we kunnen blijven groeien en ons ledenbestand kunnen vergroten. Zodoende kunnen we een nog grotere rol gaan spelen in het aanjagen van het debat over de relatie tussen kunst en samenleving en een maatschappelijke discussie op gang brengen over de waarden van onze samenleving. Deze discussie vindt ook zijn weerklank in andere sectoren en landen. We doen actief mee aan de discussie over Fair Practice in de culturele wereld en zijn bezig met het inventariseren van collega-organisaties in Europa om van elkaar te leren, nieuwe inzichten en ideeën te verkrijgen en uiteindelijk nog sterker te staan tegenover de politiek van bezuinigingen, uitholling en uitverkoop van sociale voorzieningen.  Als ik mensen vraag om lid te worden, hoor ik soms dat ze Platform BK een warm hart toedragen en ons werk goed en belangrijk vinden, maar zich liever niet committeren. Ze willen ‘onafhankelijk’ blijven. Kijk dan op onze ledenlijst, zie je daar mensen die hun onafhankelijkheid opgaven door Platform BK te steunen? Ik werk vier jaar voor Platform BK en voel me in mijn onafhankelijkheid als kunstenaar juist gesterkt doordat het Platform ervoor opkomt, omdat we het belang ervan samen onderzoeken en benoemen. Ik voel me gesteund door die organisatie, die vanuit het veld nadenkt over onze onafhankelijkheid en daarover spreekt met de media, vakbonden, fondsen en politiek. En die er niet voor terugdeinst om ook in eigen kring erop te wijzen dat die onafhankelijkheid helemaal niet zo vanzelfsprekend is als vaak wordt gedacht. Sterker nog, bij een volgend kabinet zou die zomaar wegbezuinigd kunnen worden. Rune Peitersen Voorzitter en medeoprichter Platform BK Platform BK website
Issue #008 Published: 05-08-2016 // Written by: Benjamin van Vliet
Save De Ruimte support our crowdfund campaign!
An independent bar, restaurant, concert venue and record store in Amsterdam Noord, where experiments happen and new ideas come to life: De Ruimte in Amsterdam Noord is proof that it’s possible, for three years now already. But earlier this year we had some setbacks. We moved to a brand new location at the Distelweg, and after opening it turned out we still had to make some extra changes and investments, forcing us to close again for 3 months. Now we need a little help to ensure that we can stay open and continue our mission. That mission? To create a place where musicians, curators, cooks, builders and suppliers feel at home and get a chance to cooperate, meet their audience, get paid properly and are treated with respect. A place where you can have a great dinner made of local, seasonal ingredients, drink great beers made by microbreweries and enjoy cutting edge culture in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. Our new location, in an old office space that we dubbed De Verkeerstoren, provided lots of great opportunities to further develop our ambitions. We work together with John Pastinaak who provide the lunches and dinner. We have a floor of office spaces that we rent to journalists, writers and artists. We have a great new intimate concert space. The rest of the building is used by two other companies that we cooperate with: mobile sauna De Saunakaravaan and De Crealisatie Coöperatie, a collective of builders, brewers and carpenters. But as it turned out, the city didn’t quite know how to deal with the things that make our spot unique: a temporary cultural space, a concert hall in a bar, a bar/restaurant in an old office, different parties that work together in the same building, a terrace not connected to the café, a sauna in the backyard. We keep telling you: ceci n’est pas un café. Apparently that can be a complicating factor. It took three months of paperwork and changes to the building before we got the OK from the City. Now things are going well: more and more people find their way to our space, our guests are happy, and we have a bigger and broader audience. Our concept is working. But after two great months, with over 80 great concerts (!!), we find that we cannot overcome three months of rent, extra investments and no income without help.  So, go to our crowdfunding campaign on Voordekunst and/or come to our café. You can donate anything from €15, but the more you give, the more you get. For a donation of €50, your name will be forever etched in our door. For €150, you can organise a private film screening with your friends in our café. For €250, you will have your own private stool in the bar. And we have many more rewards! www.cafederuimte.nl www.voordekunst.nl/projecten/4803-red-de-ruimte
Issue #008 Published: 04-08-2016 // Written by: Herre
The Anarchist Library
Every saturday the anarchist library opens from 14.00 – 18.00 in the Bollox, a small cafe situated in the beautiful courtyard of the Binnenpret. This initiative has been running for over 10 years. We have an extensive collection ranging from anarchist classics to the lastest publications on economic theory, queer perspectives, radical art, government infiltration and squatting. Other topics are anti-fascism, animal liberation, feminism, ecology, history, biographies and prison struggle. We have books in Dutch, English, Spanish, French and German. You can find books about and by radical thinkers, books you won’t find in any other library, books to sharpen the mind and to initiate thought and debate. Books that give a different perspective on the world as we know it and enlighten us about the fact that another world is possible and necessary. Borrowing books Books can be borrowed for free for a period of four weeks, leaving a 5 euro deposit per book. The AGA The anarchist library is an initiative of the AGA (Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam). The AGA is a group of people who cooperate in the creation of solutions and alternatives for problems encountered at work and in society. The AGA strives for a world without hierarchy, exploitation and repression, in which people produce according to necessity and not according to profit. If you would like to meet us or exchange ideas, please come to the library and we welcome you there. The anarchist library is open every Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00 in cafe The Bollox @ De Binnenpret, Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16 Amsterdam. www.agamsterdam.org aga(at)agamsterdam.org  
Issue #008 Published: 28-07-2016 // Written by: AKG
Summer at Filmhuis Cavia
We’re about to start our summer stop here at Cavia. A well-earned rest. But before we go we have two things we need to tell you about. Firstly, we will be running a fund-raising campaign for new equipment which our recalcitrant cinema is in great need of. The specifics are still being formulated, but keep an eye out for information on our website because we will need your help. Secondly, we are excited to announce that we will be holding an outdoor screening at Museum Het Schip. They will be hosting us in their beautiful courtyard garden on August 24th.  Our defiant little cinema has been running for over 30 years now and we’re held together with string and paper clips. All cinemas run into technical problems and demand maintenance during their lifetime, but as a not-for-profit, D-I-Y space that relies on subsidies, we do not have the budget for an apparatus overhaul. Our volunteer family have been working on a game plan to garner funds and in the next month or so we will launch a croudfunding campaign through Voordekunst.nl so that we can get our cinema running smoothly again. All the details will be released on our website and our facebook page. We will make sure you hear about it! Every summer we run outdoor screenings somewhere in our neighbourhood and we’re very excited about collaborating with Museum Het Schip this year in August. A building unconventional from all angles. Built in a time when the Dutch government was happy to spend money on affordable housing. It is the single most important example of it’s style of architecture. Amsterdamse School, as I am sure many of you know, was an art and architectural movement of romance and social ideals. Het Schip was built as a workers palace. Consisting of 102 homes, a small meeting hall and a post office which the poorer class had previously had very little access to. In their time, the apartments of Het Schip were a radical change from the living conditions many of Amsterdam’s working-class people were used to. The apartments were spacious and had several separate rooms, unlike the one-room dwellings that were still common then. More importantly, these houses had flush toilets, ample natural light and ventilation from windows, amenities that one could not imagine being without today. They were also rich in detail and utility, built to give dignity and joy to the working class. The Amsterdamse School movement held that beauty and art should not only be reserved for the elite but should serve the whole society. A belief that we at Cavia stand behind whole-heartedly. From July 2nd Museum Het Schip’s new expansion will be open, taking over the former school in the building. The new space will house a large exposition showcasing the artistry and attentive vision of architects, artists, housing authorities, passionate administrators and skilled craftsmen each of whom brought the ideals of the Amsterdamse School movement to life, each in their own way, and it is an art movement which the Netherlands can truly be proud of.  Things have changed. The government today is no longer willing to give space to people who need it. Instead, more and more of our city is being taken away from us and redistributed to the rich and powerful. But we have a right to our city. We can resist gentrification. We can create alternative forms of living. We can create our own identities. We can take what we are not given. Space is political.  It is why we fight for it. It is why we all do what we do. Why we claim all the spaces we run as our own. Why we work hard to make our social spaces accessible and enriching.  Amsterdam is getting harder and harder to live in. People who are able to be politically active are getting fewer and fewer. Rent has gone up. Squatting has become less stable. Housing companies and hotels have taken over the city. Authorities are using any power they can to intimidate us and limit our capacities. But while our anarchic community is getting smaller, we are still feeding each other, clothing each other, entertaining each other and teaching each other. We are still here. And we aren’t going anywhere without a fight. We wish all our comrades here in Amsterdam, and throughout the world, good fortune in their resistance, a joyfully happy summer and strength and peace of mind. We’ll return with our sexy, dissident, colourful cinema programming in September. In the meantime, see you in August at Het Schip.