When What Where is back with some cultural goodness for the month of May, in Amsterdam. It starts with the celebrations of Liberation Day, which mark the end of German occupation during World War II. This is possibly the most symbolic day in modern Dutch life. This month there are plenty of chances to party in a tropical fashion, but also plenty of events related to sustainability and self-development, themes that are dominant on ‘Amsterdive’. Without further ado, let’s jump into this month’s cultural pool! As usual, let me know your thought on all this and also, feel to add in the comments down below any activity I might have forgotten and that should definitely be included here. Enjoy the Spring! 🌿
Fri, 4, 19.45, Remembrance Day Special / Mezrab – donation based
On May, 5 we celebrate Liberation Day in The Netherlands, therefore Mezrab is hosting an evening of stories dedicated to this theme. This event starts a bit earlier than usual, at 19.45!
A live brass concert with Balkan, Afro, Reggae and Jazz influences. Once in, you’re welcome to stay for the club night with Dan Shake / Tiger & Woods.
Sat, 5, 15.00, Bevrijdingsdag op het Homomonument / Gay Monument (Westerkerk) – free entrance
There’s always a great Liberation Day party at the Gay Monument with a powerful DJ booth and a wonderful “rainbow atmosphere”.
Sat, 5, 15.00, Het Vrije Westen / Westerpark – free entrance
Liberation Day at the Westerpark has become that classic most of us don’t want to miss. There are going to be activities everywhere around the park, including music, exhibitions, a silent disco, you name it. The highlight being “My Baby” who is going to play their mix of blues, dance, funk & soul on the main stage.
Whenever there are big festivities in the city, I chose the NDSM to hang because it offers a calmer and more alternative environment. Dub is a music style that developed from Reagge culture so you can expect a lot of peace, love and positive vibes on your Liberation Day.
Sat, 5, 20.30, Pllek Brazilian Beatroots | Roda da Holanda / Pllek – free entrance
The samba band Roda da Holanda is going to warm up our Liberation evening with their swingy hot tunes. They start at 2200, and DJ’s Graham B & Elroyvanderley get the party going afterwards. Expect much fun, but beware of the crowds.
Sun, 6, 9.30 -17.30, Self-Care | with Daria Mnych / Tula Amsterdam
During this one-day workshop, yoga teacher and therapist Daria Mnych is going to introduce you to several aspects of self-care, which focuses on both physical and mental health. By means of self-care one can reduce stress, improve their physical health and overall well-being with relatively low effort.
Sun, 6, 12.00 – 19.00, Vegan Amsterdam Festival / OT301 – free entrance
Food, cooking workshops, lectures, products and merchandise: all cruelty-free. What’s more, there will be live music and DJs.
Sun, 6, 15.00, Choro, Samba with Nilze Carvalho from Brazil / Teatro Munganga
Nilze Carvalho will be filling up our Sunday afternoon with traditional sounds from Brazil: choro, samba and Popular Brazilian Music songs (MPB).
Tue, 16.00, Food Cycle Market / Dokhuis Gallery – free entrance
I’ve written an article for I Amsterdam on food waste and this is one of the initiatives I’ve mentioned – a food rescue market where you can get your groceries on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
9 – 13 May, Het Weekend van de Rollende Keukens / Westerpark – free entrance
Rollende Keukens, the festival that set a trend on finger food festivals in Amsterdam. I still remember it being awesome and slightly hippie, but I also remember it becoming horribly busy in the latest years. I hope this year just the first applies. Also, good to know:
Wed, 9, 18.30 – 21.30, How to enjoy work and make the right decisions / KeenFolk – free entrance
Marita de Bondt is a coach I met at SHFT Happens, and the feeling of realness I had when having a coaching session with her makes me want to share anything she might be doing. Here’s what she says about this talk: “Did you know that your body knows eight times faster than your head if a situation is good for you or no? To recognize which of the options is the right options for you, you have to listen to your body first and then make a decision with your head. So first feel, then decide. In this workshop, I will give you tools that will help you feel your boundaries and will give you access to your bodies opinion about choices you have to make.”
Fri, 11, 22.00, The Afro Latin Connection / Roest – free entrance
DJ Funky Music Machine and DJ Guzz will make us afro-latin together and that will mean a lot of tropical dancing. Whatever that means.
Sat, 12, 24H Oost / East Amsterdam – free entrance
24 hours of celebrating the neighbourhoods on the east side of town is always an invitation to eat loads, drink proportionately, dance to live bands and DJ tunes, get acquainted with new initiatives in ‘da hood, and basically do all of it outside, and among your neighbours.
Sat, 12, 13.00, Tropikali Festival / Noorderlicht
Tropikali is a new festival of tropical flavours. Expect tropical grooves, Balkan beats and the likes, and bubblegum pop with a Eurovision touch – this is quite literal as they will live broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest during the event.
Mon, 14, 18.30, Wasteless Culture Monday / Dokhuis Galerie – free entrance
I’ve written an article for I Amsterdam on food waste and this is one of the initiatives I’ve mentioned – a plant-based food rescue community dinner will be the excuse to share ideas. This week Félix Künzer, lobbyist, will be talking about nuclear disarmament.
Wed, 16, 19.00, Greendoc: More than honey / Metabolic Lab (De Ceuvel) – free entrance (donation based)
The sustainability boat Metabolic Lab & the biological food cooperative Odin organize the screening of the documentary “More than honey” about the honey industry and why honeybees are under threat of extinction. The film is going to be presented by Jos Willemse (Odin) and Tom van de Beek (De Pollinators).
Fri, 19, 11.00 – 16.00, De Wasstraat #5: Kledingruil Extravaganza / De Ceuvel – free entrance
A clothing swap extravaganza. Bring at least three pieces of clothing and a maximum of seven, including shoes and bags/purses. They should be washed and in perfect condition. Then you get a voucher at the entrance which allows you to choose a certain number of items. Have fun!
Conjunto Papa Upa is back for another evening of cumbia inspired madness and you might know them from the blog already. Conjunto starts at 23.00 and after that DJs from the label, Vintage Voudou are going to work their magic on the dancefloor.
Sun, 20, 14.00, Kwaku Summer Festival Downtown / Vondelpark Openluchttheater – free entrance
This is the warm-up for the big Kwaku that takes place in Zuid-Oost in July and August. But for now, go taste the Caribbean, Antillian, Surinamese and Javanese delicacies and dance your ass off (pardon my French) to music as flavoured as the food.
Sun, 20, 15.00, Roda De Samba junto com o Leandro Diaz / Café São Paulo – free entrance
If you’ve ever heard of Roda de Samba you won’t want t miss this one at this authentic Brazilian venue in Amsterdam, Café São Paulo, with a special guest from Brazil, the musician Leandro Diaz.
WWW is a cultural agenda focused on art, music, lesser-known cultural venues, sustainability & community events, self-development. With a soft spot for world-music and multicultural events.
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