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New website!

Our new website can be found at!

The new website has a built-in radio player and lots more info about our new internet radio station for Amsterdam. (But we still have videos and blog posts too, btw. )

The pages at will remain, for now, as an archive only.



Amsterdam Startup Stories @ Spark

Local businesswoman, Monique Erinna, visited the Spark 2017 conference for female entrepreneurs and spoke with attendees, and the founder of Spark, Hannah Huber, to find out more about this vibrant and growing network in Amsterdam.

+ Also featuring an original song composed and performed especially for Spark by Eva Ellingsworth,

The next Spark conference is on Tuesday 27 March 2018 and other events are also scheduled.

This audio report will also be shared on rotation Broadcast Amsterdam’s beta radio station during February and March 2018.

Amsterdam news | Jan 2018

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.

Jan 2018 | week 1

Het Parool newspaper has issued a useful guide for Amsterdammers listing all the changes coming in from 1 January. Here’s a few examples …

Old scooters banned | The city’s environmental zone has been expanded which means older scooters from 2010 can no longer enter the city. Until April offenders will just get a warning but after that they will be introducing fines.

No more smoking on the ferry | The ferries across the IJ will become completely non-smoking from 2018 onwards, even on the outside decks.

Clean taxis | From 8 January, only taxis that run on green gas or are completely emission-free (such as electric taxis or cars powered by hydrogen) can use the ranks at Amsterdam Central Station and Leidseplein. 

Bike lane ban | We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the long-awaited ban on scooters from the city’s bike lanes (probably autumn).

Reports for rentals | Amsterdammers who rent their homes out as holiday rentals through, must now report this to the municipality. It must not be longer than sixty days per year and not to groups of more than four people.

Bike stables first 24 hours free | The city has increased the free bike parking available in popular spots, including at the Pathé de Munt, Paradiso, Zuidplein, Station RAI and Vijzelstraat. It’s free for the first 24 hours, but if you leave your bike for longer that will be charged at €1.25 per day.

Letterbox advertising needs yes stickers | From now on, only letterboxes with a ‘yes / yes’ sticker on it will get advertising brochures through their doors. It’s estimated that this should save about 1.8 million kilos of paper, or about 6000 trees.

Playgroup fees introduced | Nearly 200 free ‘peuterspeel­zalen’ (playgroups) in Amsterdam will now become commercial childcare organisations, where parents must pay a fee ranging from €5-250 per month, the amount depending on your earnings. All toddlers between 2.5 and 4 years are entitled to a minimum of fifteen hours at a ‘peuterspeel­zalen’, spread over three days. Parents will not be required to stay there with their child.

Tourist tax up and down | Hotels in Center, South, East and West are going to pay more tourist tax (so now 6%) but in other areas it will drop to 4%, with the intention of encouraging a better distribution of tourists across the city.

The weather outlook | The first storm of the year will be crossing the Netherlands on Wednesday with heavy winds expected between 11am and 4pm. A code orange has been issued for Noord Holland, including Amsterdam . By the weekend it should be drier and sunnier.  (Courtesy of BBC weather and

Links & sources …

For more on these stories, see the links on our Pinterest News board.



Dear Mr Mayor …

Somaye Dehban shares the story of what Amsterdam’s late Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan meant to her family. Her son was stateless, unable to have a nationality, until they “all became Dutch” at a ceremony the Mayor presided over.


To read the letter in full, see Somaye Dehban’s post on LinkedIn.

Are you ready for a Good Time? | Ams Film Show | Oct 2017 #1


  • film reviews of 120 BPM and Good Time  from David Swatling
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month (up till 12 Oct)
  • special screenings: a nearly sold out voorpremiere
  • YouTube, Soundcloud & TV versions, or see text script below …





120 BPM | Director: Robin Campillo | Writers: Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel | (28 Sept release NL)

“The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.” IMDB

Screening @ Filmhallen, The Movies,  EYE filmmuseum, Cinecenter, Rialto


“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”


Blade Runner 2049 | SCI-FI DRAMA| Dir: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford

  • Set 30 years after the original, cult film … bladerunners are still around doing the same old thing. One of them, ‘K’, discovers a secret and feels the need to track down Deckard from the first film for answers.
  • Local star Sylvia Hoeks (she was in the Dutch films, Tirza and De Storm) plays a baddie named Luv, with a very high kick.
  • Promises plenty of action and stunning cinematography but also revisits that central question: what it is to be human?
  • @cathycentral: “Can masses of 5-star reviews be wrong? Sometimes, yes. But I’m inclined to believe the hype for this one.

Screening @ FC Hyena, Filmhallen, Kriterion, Pathé chain, The Movies, EYE (but IMAX screen at Pathé Arena recommended)

also from 5 Oct:

Loveless | RUSSIAN DRAMA | Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev

From the maker of Leviathan, “A divorcing couple have to co-operate when their son goes missing.”

Screening @ EYE filmmuseum, Rialto (but with NL subs)

CL “Sounds like a mundane domestic drama but expect much more … also a  judgment on modern Soviet society, and very well shot.”


Good Time | DRAMA | Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie| Writers: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh

“Set all in one night in grimiest NYC; after a bank robbery goes wrong, career criminal Connie needs to free his vunerable brother from prsion hospital before it’s too late.”

Screening @ Filmhallen, The Movies, Kriterion, Pathé Tuschinski, Pathé City

+  David Swatling tells AFS what he though of it (see video/audio)

also from 12 Oct

Borg/McEnroe | DRAMA | Director: Janus Metz | Writer: Ronnie Sandahl| Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård,

Explores the intense rivalry and differences between the two 80s tennis stars, Björn Borg and John McEnroe.

Screening @ The Movies, Pathé Tuschinski, Pathé City, Filmhallen, Cinecenter

@cathycentral says “So it’s a bit like the 2014 film Rush, about the two rival racing drivers. But without Chris Hemsworth ☹️”.


“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

LAB 111 Loves Cinema | (weekender)

13 oktober| 21:30 | Your Name Japanese animation. Voorpremière. NEARLY SOLD OUT



We plan to produce the AFS in audio format as well from now on, as well the YouTube and local TV (Salto) versions. Eventually we’ll also share it on local radio too.  We are also seeing how it feels in a monthly format. Let us know what you think, and if you want to contribute, please also get in touch.


Amsterdam news | week 37, 2017

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.




week 37 | shared 14  Sept 2017 

The Deputy Mayor addresses the effects of tourism and expats on the city | Kajsa Ollongren, says in an interview with Het Parool that although the city is doing well, she wants it to be for everyone. “My greatest concern is affordability and accessibility,” she says and identifies the housing market as key to this. She’s particularly concerned for families and those on middle incomes. On expats, she says: “It’s good for the economy when companies come to Amsterdam, which creates jobs, also for Amsterdammers … this city is built on people who come here …”

Amsterdam budget could move to flights to Lelystad | The Deputy Mayor has also confirmed that her party strongly supports the development of Lelystad Airport. With the idea that budget flights and night flights could move to Lelystad while Schiphol keeps the high-value and business flights.

The massive Hudson’s Bay store is now open on the Rokin | The Canadian store offers mid range stuff, that may or may not fill the gap left by the V&D and OMG it’s open until 21:00 everyday. Even Mondays. Until 17 September there’s also “the Netherland’s first” pop-up Power Nap Station … The brainchild behind this literally says “We want to make people realise that you can do so much more on a mattress than just sleeping.” Uh huh! (It’s not just Amsterdam. The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden and Almere will also have a Hudson’s Bay.)

!WOON, a tenant support agency has opened a free helpdesk at the WTC Amsterdam | Their experts offer confidential advice on rental contracts, tenancy disputes, liaising with landlords and more. !WOON is funded by the City of Amsterdam and the helpdesk is based at the IN Amsterdam office (formerly known as Expatcenter Amsterdam), open on Fridays from 12:00 until 13:30. It’s a walk-in service, no appointment necessary.

Increase in international school places underway | Following the rising demand for access to international education, the City of Amsterdam has made some progress with three new schools and several expansions, within Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, ready for the new school year this September. The new international schools are in Amstelveen, Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer. Several existing international schools (in Hiversum, Almere and AICS in Amsterdam) are also now able to offer more primary or secondary school places. But this is just the start of what they call the “Delta Plan”.

Local photographer, Sam van Dam, aka AmsterSam, has sadly passed away | Known for his artistic photos of Amsterdam as caught in the reflections of puddles, mirrors and shop windows and an active supporter of new artists, our thoughts are with his many friends and family. An informal meeting in memory of Sam will take place this Sunday 17 Sept at Cafe Schuim on Spuistraat at 17:00.

Noord has two new skateparks | On 15 September, the Flipperkast skatepark opens on Buikslotermeer square and at the eastern waterside, near the ferry to Azartplein, you can now find the indoor Skatepark NOORD.

For more on these stories, see the links on our Pinterest News board.

And here’s our latest weather outlook for Amsterdam courtesy of BBC weather and

More rain this weekend, but some sunshine too. Expect dry mornings but some heavy showers in the afternoons. Sunday is the best bet to be clear. Temperature no higher than17 degrees.


Amsterdam Film Show | August 2017


  •  Interview with World Cinema Festival Amsterdam director, Raymond Walravens (
  • Our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting the Netherlands this month
  • Film events including the Cine Expat series, Martin Scorsese – The Exhibition last chance to see, Dunkirk in 70mm and why, plus our picks from the Pluk de Nacht and World Cinema Festival Amsterdam programmes. (Links in the Pinterest board below)



We plan to produce the AFS in audio format as well from now on, as well the YouTube and local TV (Salto) versions. Eventually we’ll also share it on local radio too.  We are also seeing how it feels in a monthly format. Let us know what you think, and if you want to contribute, please also get in touch.