It was quite a while since I’d gone to a theatre show. Receiving an invitation from the Amsterdam Culture Club to join one of their gatherings felt like getting a message from a bigger force – introduce cavernous voice here – Wake up Anaaaa. Make your way back to the theatreeee. I obeyed. Spent my uni time studying theatre, after all. Can’t be this long away from it.
Welcome to the first 2018’s WHEN WHAT WHERE, ladies & gents!
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.
This list is updated weekly, so make sure to follow Amsterdive’s Facebook page for keeping up to date.
Art, culture & multicultural oriented agenda focused in lesser known cultural spots, indie & underground venues, not-for-profit initiatives, sustainability & community events, relevant free activities, creative festivals, self-development. With a special focus in world-music.
Every listed event includes a link to its website. Make sure to follow Amsterdive’s Facebook page for weekly updates.
If you follow Amsterdive you might be in the know of the current state of affairs. Amsterdive burned out. From that moment on, the only way out of the swamp was taking it easy. Instead of trying to go against the grain, just surfing the wave of exhaustion and anxiety. Accepting, that is. Accepting what is. Forgetting all the self-imposed projects and focusing my last energies on the payed projects and the deadlines which couldn’t be avoided. I started taking one day at a time, and inevitably, I was forced to taking a break from the blog. I finished one important deadline yesterday and today, after morning yoga, I felt… how to say it. I don’t know if I can proclaim myself better, but I guess, a bit more operational. That led me to thinking that putting together a few cultural suggestions for the rest of the month couldn’t hurt. Without further ado, here they are. Please, people. Do enjoy the glorious summer in this extraordinary city. You know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t, go explore these events and find out for yourself. Thank you for being there *
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.
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.
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.
Dear readers of mine, how are you coping with the winter-situation? Yes, I’m back to one of my beloved subjects for the sole reason that, this week, I am actually feeling the greyness of winter kicking in. While last week I wrote about learning to appreciate the cold season, now, all of a sudden, I feel SO white. I can only dream of tropical rhythms, cocktails, sun-kissed bodies walking around, large smiles + bright eyes, light clothing, open shoes, long days, the scent of some coconut body lotion in the air. Something like this. While the aforementioned is not exactly around the corner, I do what I can to cheer up my mood with stuff that makes my heart beat faster. In case you’re dealing with the same heaviness, listen: it’s not going to get better if you don’t do anything about it. You have got to play an active role in this ( is it very obvious that I’m self-talking here?)
One of my antidotes to the seasonal blues are parties were I can dance, dance, dance to some of my favorite hot rhythms: samba, cumbia, african and middle-eastern drums, turkish folk, swing, good-old rock’n’roll, you name it. That’s why you see those programs so often on the Amsterdive’s weekly agendas ( check what’s on for the coming Friday and Saturday!). 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.
I graduated in theater some years ago. Taking this info into account, you might think it was easy for me to start following what is going on in the city, theater and performance wise. In fact, it took me the longest time to get acquainted with the field, in the low countries. In the beginning it was all very intimidating.
And here we are again, with a new week ahed of us. My biggest luxury is setting off my Monday as if it was Saturday, as I usually do. I watch everyone rush as I do just the opposite. I head to my morning Yoga class. Starting the week with Yoga is a serious priority as it sets the tone of what’s to come. It brings me the focus and peace of mind I need to go sit and write for a few hours. This way I have the feeling I pampered myself, and that brings up my motivation for working. This has become a ritual, as in a preparation moment before the journey starts. And it truly brings me joy.
Putting this agenda together also gives me the feeling I’m organizing my week. That is why I love doing it. And without further ado, let’s take a look at exciting stuff. Don’t forget that every 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, of course.