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.
Tue, 13th – Thu, 16th | Urban Stories Festival | Pakhuis de Zwijger – free entrance
Festival | A festival on urban journalism, aimed at exploring its latest developments, challenges and possibilities. There will be workshops on offer, as well as screenings and lectures ranging from documentary and photography to big data and digital storytelling.
Wed, 15th, 20.00 |Tegenlicht Meet Up: Verkiezingsspecial | Pakhuis de Zwijger – free entrance
Elections special program | For the Dutch speaking ones amongst us, there will be a special elections program at the Pakhuis. There you can talk about the future of the country, listen to political experts, share ideas ( and eventual anxiety) about the results of this all, and follows all the developments on the big screen.
Thu, 16th, 21.00 | Dansé Dansé: A Pop-Up Party W/ La Casa Tropical | Pacific Parc – free entrance
Party. Tropical rhythms at Pacific Parc, with the quality stamp of Dansé Dansé, who teamed up with La Casa Tropical to make sure you keep on moving all evening long.
Fri, 17th, 20.00 | The Original Mezrab Storytelling Night | Mezrab – donation based
Storytelling ( English spoken) | Mezrab is one of the most inclusive and multicultural venues in Amsterdam. Their iconic evening of stories welcomes a diverse crowd, and tellers from all sorts of traditions and walks of life.
Sat, 18th, 17.00 | Begmut concert | Home of Art – donation based
Concert | Home of Art is back with their program of exhibitions, concerts, and artistic gatherings of all sorts. For this coming Saturday they invited Begmut to play their jazzy sounds with central asian flavour, in a debut concert.
Sun, 19th, 18.00 | Floating memories | Sloterplas – free entrance
Spring ritual | In the first night of spring, a poetic evening at Sloterplas. Program: people are going to make litle lamps, write a personal thought they wish to get rid off, and place it inside. Then they’ll throw the lamps in the lake, freeing themselves of the heaviness of winter and welcoming the lightness of spring. It will be as romantic as it sounds.
Sat, 18th + Sun, 19th, 11.00 | NeighbourFood & Flea Market | Westergasfabriek – free entrance
Food and flea market | A festival for the urban foodie who wishes to have a taste of what the neighbors are up to, while sniffing around some second hand / vintage 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.