Weekly agenda | 8th – 14th May

 [The Weekly Agenda is a selection of cultural events for the city of Amsterdam, with an alternative feel. An activity per day, or sometimes two if they can be combined with each other. Every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. For updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page]

Hi, all!

This week’s agenda is long and full of exciting events and activities. Sometimes it is just very difficult to select because I literally want to go everywhere, and there are so many interesting things going on at the same time in the city. Decisions, decisions!… Anyway, here’s my list of priorities for the week:

Mon, 8th, 20.00 | Van afval tot grondstof | Pakhuis de Zwijger – free entrance

Talk. For the Dutch speaking ones out there, here’s an important conversation to start: RECYCLING. Did you know that only 27% of our domestic garbage gets recycled in Amsterdam? This situation needs to change urgently. See you tonight?

Tue, 9th, 19.30 | Berlin: City for sale | Pakhuis de Zwijger – free entrance

Documentary. Europe’s underground capital city is becoming very attractive to real estate investments. As a result, rents are going sky high, and neighborhoods are changing fast. Sounds familiar? A document on the turnaround of Berlin, through the voices of both investors and tenants.

Wed, 10th, 17.15 |Monk | Het Ketelhuis

Cinema. This tragicomedy features an Amsterdam’s dysfunctional family struggling to overcome their issues, and I must say I spent half of this movie crying, the other half laughing (sometimes both at the same time). I can highly recommend the experience. It says this is a Dutch spoken film but, in fact, 80% of the film is Spanish spoken. If you don’t speak the first, as long as you can understand the second, you are fine.

Thu, 11th, 20.00 | Tijdgenoten #3 | De School

Exhibition+party. The EYE film museum curated an exhibition of eroticism in film, for De School. Kelly Lee Owens en Blanck Mass are playing live on this opening, which is part of the third edition of the “Contemporaries” program. The entrance is free for We Are Public pass holders.

Fri, 12th, 22.00 | De Grote Vrijdag Avond Show | Skate Cafe – free entrance

Party. Here’s what I know about this event: Volcano Boys, Black Eye Club dj’s en Mondays DJ SET, at the Skate Cafe in Amsterdam North. And that’s enough.

Sat, 13th, 17.00 | Wazzup Singers | Home of Art – donation based event

Concert. Home of Art is hosting a group of gospel/soul/r&b singers whose motto is: ‘joyfull power’. What’s more: “Authentic, dynamic, connecting and singing from a deep conviction, full of enthusiasm, warmth and positivity”. I’d say: a not to miss experience.

Sat, 13th | 24 H Nieuw-West | Amsterdam Nieuw West

Festival. The neighborhood festival which allows for you to discover a new (or your own) neighborhood in the best of fashions: through exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, music, you name it. Nieuw West, we’re coming your way.

Sat, 13th, 19.00 |Avond van de Terugkeer | Van Gogh Museum | free entrance to Amsterdammers

Exhibition + performances. Tonight we are celebrating the return of the stolen paintings before they go into restoration. The city residents are granted free entrance to an evening of performances, workshops, guided tours, music, and cocktails, at the Van Gogh Museum.

Sun, 14th, 13.00 | Beats + beans of the world | Black Gold – free entrance

Concert. Coffee + live music. A jam of West and North African, and Brazilian rhythms at the loveliest cafe/record store in town. What else can you ask for on a Sunday afternoon?

Sat and Sun, 13th and 14th, 09.00 | IJ-Hallen | NDSM

Flea market. An afternoon at the biggest flea market in Europe is always a good idea. Unless you’re minimalizing.


For a complete cultural agenda, check the I amsterdam website. For alternative events in the city check radar.squat. Also, make sure to check the We Are Public cultural selection for the month.

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