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Amsterdam news | week 38, 2017

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.




week 38 | shared 21  Sept 2017 

The city of Amsterdam has seen an outpouring of gratitude and sadness as the Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan finally steps down due to his illness | From messages on the municipality’s website, to an organised applause outside his house; Amsterdammers let their feelings about their popular mayor known.  Van der Laan announced the news in a letter to all Amsterdammers and urged people: “Take care of our city and of each other.” The deputy mayor Kasja Ollongren will step into his role for now.

Eighteen childrens’ farms in Amsterdam have agreed new principles for the welfare of their animals | The city in turn, has made an extra €530,000 available to them, to be spent on housing, education and security.

As a judge upholds Geerte Piening’s fine for urinating in public, the feminist outcry continues | ‘Caught short’ one night in Leidseplein, after all the bars had closed Geerte said she had no option; in Amsterdam there are 35 public restrooms for men and just a few for women. The judge maintains that she could have used a men’s urinal. On Facebook nearly 8,000 people have shown an interest in protesting this idea, and Geerte is hatching her own plan to fix the situation. Expect a demonstration …

Not one but two Amsterdam office buildings have won international architecture awards | In Noord, the HQ of buggy company, Joolz, renovated an old industrial hall and in the Houthavens, the European HQ of Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger sits at the end of a pier.

The local green party, Groenlinks, have shared their draft election program, which includes some big asks | They want to ban cars from the city centre, including Mauritskade, Stadhouderskade, and Nassaukade. GroenLinks also says cars users should lose privileges, such as cheap parking and immense space. 10,000  parking spaces should be converted into bicycle parking spaces, they say. [Hang on, did they say “cheap parking”?] According to Het Parool, other eye-catching policies announced by the party include decolonising school books, banning Zwarte Piet from the city, allowing the city to buy the debt of those in financial need, and banning consumer fireworks.

Hotspots for bike jams have been documented by Het Parool | With up to 60 metres trailback on the bike paths up to Museumbrug where Centrum meets Zuid, 48 metres at De Clercqstraat and Bilderdijkstraat in West, and 20 metres at Czaar Peterstraat and Sarphatistraat in Oost, bike jams are a real headache at rush hour, the paper shows. One expert says simply making the cycle path wider will not solve the problem. So what will?

The new look Rokin is now open | After two years of construction work, the new boulevard was unveiled. More walking space has been added, new trees have been planted, and there are plenty of terraces for those sunny autumn days.

Research has shown that a bike bridge between Zeeburgereiland and Sporenburg would not result in many more motorists or tram 26 passengers changing to bike travel.  Het Parool reports that as most travelers head to the eastern and southern sides of the city, a new bridge towards Centraal Station would not make much difference. The €140m price tag was also felt to be too high and there would be an undesirable effect on the quiet area of Sporenburg (which faces KNSM-eiland). The municipality has said that further research is necessary and there may be other options to explore, such as a cycling tunnel to Sporenburg.

A top Amsterdam hotelier speaks out to defend the industry | Remco Groenhuijzen, the director of the luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand, has said to Het Parool that he is “disturbed” by the one-sided image locals have of the hotel industry. “It is in the interests of every hotelier that the city is alive” he says. He also believes that the sudden growth in the number of hotels may have affected the perceptions of Amsterdammers on the issue.

Speaking of which …

A new Asian-themed hotel on the Geldersekade gets the green light | A new hotel can only be built in the city centre if it has a unique new concept and local residents objected to Kin-Ping Dun’s plans. However, a recent ruling has found that the property owner’s dream for a asian-hotel, and studio for asian artists, meets this requirement.

Heads up | Some things in Amsterdam are destined to get sold out, so here’s a heads up for tickets you might not want to leave to the last minute.

  • Evanescence, the US rock band will play a live concert with orchestra on Sunday 25 March 2018, as part of their  Synthesis tour. It’s at the AFAS (formerly known as the Heineken Music Hall and tickets go on sale on Friday 22 September. 
  • Alt-rock band, Imagine Dragons, will play the Ziggodome on 19 February 208. Tickets also go on sale on Friday 22 September. 
  • And finally the annual Britsoc Bonfire Night will take place on Sunday 5 November from 16:00-20:00 at the Watersportscentrum Sloterplas. There will be food, BBQ, mulled wine and a Guy Competition, for what is also Guy Fawkes Day.

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

Sunny intervals forecast for the weekend, and hardly a drop of rain. Expect a sunny day on Sunday when the temperatures may reach as high as 20 degrees.

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



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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.


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until 29 October

Zelfpluk apples & pears @ Olmenhurst, Lisserbroek | The Olmenhorst apple and pear orchards are now open to the general public for the Zelfpluk season until the 29 October. You can ‘self-pluck’ on Wednesdays and Friday afternoons + Saturday and Sunday all day, with longer hours in autumn autumn school holiday. Entrance is free, but there are parking costs and you pay per kilo for any fruit picked.

from October 6

Afterlives of Slavery exhibition @ Tropenmuseum | And exhibition focusing on the aftermath of slavery on Dutch society today.

Sunday 8 Oct

Markt van 1001 Smaken | @ Foodcenter Amsterdam

An Annual celebration from local food suppliers. FREE entry, and you might even get some tasters.

Sunday 8 Oct  

I am Not a Tourist expat fair @ Beurs van Berlage

Aimed at helping internationals living and working in Amsterdam, Broadcast Amsterdam will be there too so come and say hi.

8, 15 & 29 Oct

Puremarkt @ Amstelpark, Amsterdamse Bos,  then Park Frankendael

Take your pick of the food stalls at this roving Sunday market. (Our fave is the American Baking Company.)

10 Oct | 20:00

Dam Improv Jam @ Checkpoint Charlie FREE

A cosy improv night where the audience plays a very big role.

Fri 13 Oct

Butcher’s Heaven Burger Night @ Foodcenter Amsterdam

In this 1st edition, 30 restaurants will serve sliders for a fixed price + drinks + music. The line up includes: The Roast Room, Ron Gastrobar, Julius Jaspers, Smokey Goodness, The Bosch, and more. Free entry but you should register for tickets. also, it’s part of …

13-15 Oct

Butcher’s Heaven Festival @ Foodcenter Amsterdam

The weekend continues with meat tastings, masterclasses, bbqs and more.

14-15 Oct

IJ-Hallen @ NDSM wharf (near it, anyway)

As everybody knows, it’s Europe’s biggest fleamarket. An entrance fee is charged.

Sunday 15 Oct

TCS Amsterdam Marathon @ pretty much all over town

Come out and cheer on the runners! Or avoid the route if you want to get somewhere fast.

17 -22 Oct @ EYE Filmmuseum

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival

In its 10th edition, there’s animated short films from over 80 countries, feature films, talks by legendary animators (including Daron Nefcy) and fun parties. #NeverGrowUp

18-22 Oct

ADE @ various locations

Amsterdam Dance Event will pretty much take over the city. But will Zac Ephron join the party again this year?

Sat 21 Oct | 10:00 onwards

Origin Chocolate Event @ Royal Tropical Institute

As well as tastings from patissiers and chocolatiers, there will be discussions on fair trade and sustainable chocolate, and a chocolate market where you can meet chocolate makers from all over the world.

Sat 21 Oct | 13:00

Amsterdam danst ergens voor (“Amsterdam dances for something”) FREE

We Come One says “dance with the independent collectives to support the free party and spaces and protest against the commercialisation of Amsterdam in general and electronic music in particular. Best open-air party in the city.”

Sat 28 Oct

London Calling open day @ Paradiso

From 13:00-18:00 get a taster of this popular music event. It’s free but tickets are required.

27-29 Oct

PINT Bokbierfestival @ Beurs van Berlage

The biggest beer festival in the country, with over 100 beers. No need to go to Munich then.


28 Oct

Toyland Halloween party @ Tolhuistuin

Amsterdam Spook brings you the best Halloween party in town.


🎁 On the 11th day of Christmas ▶︎ An Amsterdam rabbit outtake

On the 11th day of Christmas, Broadcast Amsterdam gives to you … an outtake clip about a special rabbit, an Amsterdam rabbit ▶︎

An outtake from our visit to the The Open Draw, at Cinetol on one of their Monday night drawing sessions.

See also our full feature interview on The Open Draw:


This outtake has been released online as part of our 12 Days of Christmas celebration.

© Broadcast Amsterdam 2016

🎁 On the 9th day of Christmas ▶︎ a preacher man in Zuidas

On the 9th day of Christmas, Broadcast Amsterdam gives to you … our exclusive chat with pastor-entrepreneur, Ruben van Zwieten ▶︎

An interview with Ruben van Zwieten of De Nieuwe Poort in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a community centre for “reflection and meeting”.

This feature was first broadcast on Amsterdam’s Salto 2 TV channel on 1.12.16 as part of SO DAM LOCAL tv show, produced by Broadcast Amsterdam, and is now released online as part of our 12 Days of Christmas celebration.


© Broadcast Amsterdam 2016


© Broadcast Amsterdam 2016