Weekly Agenda | 20 – 26 March

Dear all,

Amsterdive is growing! If it’s your first time here, welcome. This is our weekly cultural agenda for the city of Amsterdam, which aims at bringing you hand-picked events which I feel really add something to the cultural landscape of the city. This series started as a personal attempt at self-organizing. There are so many options, so many events going on, so much cultural offer, that at a certain point I was overbooking my free time, and getting all overwhelmed with it. That’s why I try to select just one event per day, according to my preferences. Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. In order to get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.

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My all time favorite cafes in Amsterdam

I’m a cafe person, and hardly a day goes by without paying a visit to one of my hangouts of choice. Usually the process of deciding which cafe to head to is quite simple: I know my favorites, and I am well-acquainted with their dynamics, their menu, their barristas. I do happen to have conditioned myself to work in public spaces, where the cacophony of conversations and crockery, and the smell of coffee being brewed have this magical property of making me focus. I’m a sort of pavlovian dogspecialty coffee being my trigger.

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Weekly agenda | 13 – 19 March

Dear all,

This week is a very important one. It will set up the tone for what’s to come on the next four years in The Netherlands. Let’s trust the result of the elections of March 15th emphasize a sense of unity amongst the people, rather than division. I firmly believe we need to work with each other, find solutions with each other, trust each other, now more than ever. I also have great admiration for the Dutch capacity of finding consensus, and moving forward together, facing challenges in a cooperative and inclusive manner. So I urge all the people who look at the world through this lens to make use of their vote. If you feel quite disappointed with the state of matters around you, this is exactly the opportunity you have to help the social and political scale fall to a compassionate and constructive side. If you feel hopeful, spread the positive message because we are collectively in need of it, seriously.

To make everything all the merrier, the selected cultural events for this week are all free entrance or donation-based. To honor the spirit of inclusion, compassion, constructiveness, and freedom, which should be the guide for any voter, any citizen, any human being on this earth. Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.

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Weekly agenda | 6th – 12th Mar

Last week, I was struck by how such a personal article as “On being a woman in Amsterdam” reasoned with so many minds out there. I couldn’t possibly expect all the reactions of support and enthusiasm, especially because I had mentally prepared myself for some backlash. Thank you very much you all for the feedback – also to the ones who had a different point of view, and dared to enrich the conversation. This exchange of opinions makes our work on this side of the screen at once gratifying, and definitely less lonely. It is amazing to feel one can be ‘of service’ by writing something that really matters to people around. And thank you Dutch News for sharing the article!

Although the timing of this post was unplanned, it ended up falling into place because the coming Wednesday is International Women’s Day – one that reminds us of how far we have come in terms of human rights, and how much there is to do, still. Check the agenda below for the related events. Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.

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Weekly agenda | 27th Mar – 5th Apr

The spring is on the corner ( wishful thinking), and the events madness is ON! I usually select one event for each day ( max. two, if they can be combined with each other), but it is getting more and more challenging to select just one option. This weekend is particularly rich in fine concerts, and for this Saturday there are three different things on the menu ( imagine how it will be come summertime!).

Let’s dive into important stuff. Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.

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On being a woman in Amsterdam

In Portugal, where I grew up, there was an un-written code of conduct for “decent women”: whatever you do, never. make. the. first. move with a specimen of the opposite sex. It didn’t matter if that move was nothing other than trying to keep in touch with someone you had found pleasant, interesting, or just worthy of having in your social-circle. Never. make. the. first. move. was not something to be argued against, and by this I mean the reasoning with yourself. The “we live in the 21st century, for god’s sake” argument wouldn’t be of use. The experience of having attempted a first move in the past (or giving the impression you were making one) had been powerful enough to teach any girl that, in such a situation, whatever could go wrong, would.

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Weekly agenda | 20th – 26th Feb

Good morning you all!

Before we head to this week’s agenda, let me give you two cultural tips. Don’t miss the Ed van der Elsken’s exhibition at Stedelijk. Camera in love the largest photographic and filmic overview of the legend, with a lot of important documents on Amsterdam, and its characters. It will stay until May but, you know how it goes: you postpone it, and before you know, it is over. And since you are there, go see the Tinguely’s Machine Spectacle. His machine sculptures are huge, playful, and a way of rejecting the static convencional art, and the status quo of the artist. A surprising, bizarre, and hilarious spectacle. Make sure you go early in the morning, or late in the evening on Friday. Otherwise, if you are anything like me, the permanent crowds might overstimulate your nerves, and we don’t want that.

Let’s hover over to this week’s cultural agenda. Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.

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Yoga is the road. Tula, the vehicle.

It is 09.30 in the morning. My backpack is ready. There’s a laptop in there, yoga clothes, maybe a portable breakfast if I didn’t have the time to eat it before leaving the house. I hop on my bike, get out of the Staadsliedenbuurt, cycle across the Westerpark – that fresh morning wind bringing me back to life -, and then I find this tiny bridge which welcomes me into the Spaarndammerbuurt. In the wink of an eye I am unlocking the door of Tula Yoga.

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Weekly agenda | 13th – 19th Feb

Yesterday I kept myself busy with a sort of poem. Yes, that is what I did the entire day. I got totally obsessed by it, while trying to – ingloriously – finish an article. I also did yoga, vacuum cleaned, went to the movies, and cycled half the city, in attempts to get inspired and energized for the actual article. The article remained in draft, after all, silent as the night, but the words of the poem wouldn’t stop plaguing me. Then, before bed, I did an instagram story with parts of it, and felt a slight relief. Conclusion: don’t watch a Jim Jarmusch movie on Sunday evening if you need to have an article ready the next day. Especially not one where you hear things like “If you ever left me I’d tear my heart out and never put it back”. My poem started like this: There’s a black space in my chest. That space is you.”

And let’s hover over to important stuff. This week’s cultural agenda. Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.

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