Where: Power of Art House, Entrepotdok 26, 1018 AD
Power of Art House is an incredible international platform using art as a social weapon to fight indifference. The collective commits “artistic interventions” in public spaces, to direct our attention away from the deceptive mainstream media and towards the things that matter. In this breakthrough exhibition (running until end of July) you will have the chance to interact with some of these ‘acts of artivism' such as the award winning Living Aleppo project. An intricate model of the ruined city of Aleppo; or rather, what is left of it, centring around the stories of several people who lived through the violence that has engulfed their home. Acts of Artivism provides a personal, politically charged snapshot of life through the eyes of the less privileged, giving you unprecedented perspective on the worlds big issues.
Where: Amstel Park, Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1, 1083 GA
Foodies, rejoice! The largest travelling food festival in the Netherlands is about to pull in to Amsterdam. From Friday to Sunday, Amstel Park will be transformed into a giant open-air restaurant, where you can dine al-fresco on delectable delights you won’t believe came from a food truck! Food aside, there are a myriad of other treats for you to enjoy… From fun fairs to theatre to music, there’s no chance of a boring munch at Trek Festival! Skip breakfast and come early to secure a top spot at the picnic table.
Where: NieuwLand, Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 95,1093 XN
We’ve all been there — sitting in the salon chair, watching our luscious locks being hacked into some abomination of a bob despite asking for a layered trim, smiling and nodding enthusiastically at the hairdresser only to go home and sob whilst contemplating life as a hermit. Radical Fringe says NO MORE! No to rushed cuts, to careless hairdressers, to overpriced exclusive salons. Queer Hair Salon is a weekly, anti commercial, body positive, queer friendly salon for hair styling, nails and make up tips… but more than this, it’s also a safe space to discuss hair & beauty culture, gender theory and zine sharing! You won’t find any of the usual pretension or judgement at this salon; whatever you ask for, that’s what you’ll get! Plus, it operates on a pay-as-you-can basis… Because these are haircuts for the people, not for profit! To make an appointment, head over to the Radical Fringe Facebook page, or flick an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Thuishaven, Contactweg 68, 1014 BW
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and find yourself in a surreal Wonderland of dance and mystery, as the iconic Thuishaven is transformed into a page straight out of a Lewis Carrol book. After 5 years of sold-out indoor editions, this is Wonderland’s first outdoor adventure, showcasing the best in both local and international house, techno and tech-house. If you’re one of the mad ones, then you are cordially invited to attend the Mad Hatters tea party, where you can expect to be immersed in a weird & wonderful world of imagination… Because, as the Cheshire Cat so wisely tells us: “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
Where: Joan Muyskenweg 12, 1096 CJ Amsterdam
I hope you’re hungry Amsterdammers, because I’m here to tell you about the SECOND epic food festival on the agenda this weekend. This one is a fresh new arrival on the scene, and it’s all about street food. Get ready for an open-air street food paradise, complete with beachy cocktail bars, DJs spinning soul and disco and, of course, more food trucks than the eye can see… From BBQ, to Indian, to Surinamese to typical Dutch, you will be spoiled for choice at this summer feast. Entrance is free, so all you have to do is show up with a bit of change for the vendors, and most importantly — an empty tummy!
Where: Café de Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 4, 1032 KB Amsterdam
Picture this: A “silent” concert preformed from a boat, delivered straight to your lucky ears through headphones, as you float on a leafy green canal, sipping on craft beer and indulging guilt-free in some sustainable munch… all the while supporting one of the most innovative eco-communities in Amsterdam! Is there any better way to spend a Sunday? I think not. But you don’t just have to imagine this level of bliss; experience it for yourself at the wonderful Café de Ceuvel, where an epic Sunday session is set to kick off with an intimate boat concert by tropical-indie rockers The Curious Incident. Following this, you can dance into the night with a silent disco on the water. You’ll be floating into next week after this one!