Amsterdam, September 27th - 29th
As clouds gather and leaves fall, some batten the hatches and hunker down for hibernation. Others see what’s on in Amsterdam in week 3 of September and embrace whatever Autumn throws at us. Make sure you’re part of the latter group. There’s wine, clothes, comedy, and festivals. There’s never been a better time to get out there and weather the elements together.
Stay warm, stay passionate!
Amsterdam Wine Festival
The Westergasfabriek used to intoxicate you with noxious fumes. This weekend, however, the air is clean and the atmosphere heady with the smell of wine. There are over 300 varieties, starting from €3 per glass, to tempt the most discerning connoisseurs and thrifty spenders alike. You can also enjoy a wine quiz, workshops, and a grape competition. The venue itself is worthy of comment in its own right, housing the Bacchanalians in 5000 sqm of renovated industry.
Buy tickets here and let the drowsy numbness sink you down into lethe wards.
Post Climate Strike Gathering
It’s been over a year since Greta Thunberg began striking outside the Swedish Parliament. Since then, the extinction rebellion has gathered momentum. Add your voice to protest governments’ and multi-nationals’ attitude to the impending climate catastrophe.
The strike happens on Friday in Amsterdam and The Hague. De Ceuvel will be closed during the strike, but hosts a gathering for all demonstrators and supporters afterwards. Given its inception as a project in sustainability, De Ceuvel could not be a more perfect location. That and the infinitely gezellig vibes of their terrace. There will be fires to keep you warm (all from scrap wood), beer, vegetarian food, and music to provide the ambiance for post-strike debrief.
Karibu: Welcome to Africa's Nightlife #6
Pack your bags! You’re going to Africa! Okay, so Overtoom isn’t exactly subsaharan (it’s not even subvondelian) but at least it’s readily accessible by bike. At this sixth instalment of Karibu’s African Nightlife event, you are transported on a journey through the partyscene of Uganda, pitstop for a taste of Mauritian Sega, and boogie to Ghanean Azonto!
OT 301 is a non-profit ex-squat, owned by a diverse international collective. Their events embrace the culture, art, music, and food of the cosmopolitan Amsterdam and beyond.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Story Party | True Dating Stories
Dating is a numbers game. That means we all suffer our fair share of dates that are shocking, embarrassing, and downright strange. You are not alone.
The Story Party is a fusion of comedy and therapy for all the times it’s gone so drearily disastrously wrong. It’s a chance to feel a little more relaxed about our own mishaps and indulge in a healthy dose of schadenfreude. These guys are in Amsterdam for one night only, and judging by the reviews you’re going to be walking out with your cheeks hurting and your heart light. Worth the cash.
Their FAQs tell it better than I ever could. Secure your ticket here, and get yourself down to AIR this Saturday.
IS IT OPEN SEATING?
Yup. Get your butt there early and your butt gets good seat.
HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?
2 hours. Sometimes longer. Sometimes shorter #LengthMatters
DO I HAVE TO PRINT MY TICKETS?
No. Just show them on your phone. This ain’t 1997.
CAN I COME IF I’M IN A RELATIONSHIP?
DOES THE SHOW CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE?
IS THE SHOW IN ENGLISH?
CAN I COME ALONE?
WILL IT BE GOOD?
Yeah, Kevin Hart will be there.
WILL KEVIN HART REALLY BE THERE?
IS THIS A SPEED-DATING EVENT?
CAN I TELL A STORY?
Maybe. At the show we have papers to share your story or roll a blunt.
CAN I BRING MY DATE?
Yes, invite them all.
Roest Final Weekend :'(
You’d be forgiven for not taking this seriously. I’ve lost count of the number of times Roest have hosted their ‘final party’ only for a reopening celebration to be held two weeks later. They’re a bit like that friend who gives up smoking at least once a month.
But, if we can suspend our scepticism one last time, this is it for Roest for the foreseeable future. Despite their pendulous decision making, this one is really worth a visit. It’s a special place with a lovely vibe. There are DJs all night long, and the beach will be open. So let’s hope we get a bit of sun as we toast (another) farewell to Roest and their rusty memory.
Ranked e-sports Tournament
For all you gamers out there, here’s a nostalgia trip like no other. Here you can drink beer and play video games whilst pertaining to be getting out the house and playing sport. What an excellent way to spend your Sunday hangover and cloaked excuse for doing something active. They’re kept the prices on food and drink low so you can keep going through the strenuous 8 hour (thumb) workout. There’s some sizeable cash prizes available for the winners, so get practising now and turn Sunday blues into a victory march.
Make sure you register in advance.
Rommelmarkt: Bring your own kleedje
Amsterdam’s second hand scene is good for both fashion and sustainability. Here, it only costs €15 to set up a rug and flog your old favourite or new and unwanted garments. Either that or have a nice little browse and see what takes your fancy.
Don’t settle for mass-produced off-the-rack stuff. Express your individuality with these one-of-a-kind pieces.