Amsterdam

Darryl

Step aboard the Darryl Express, Amsterdam’s cute-as-a-button hip-hop artist. We’re not sure what he’s clocking up on that calender of his, but we figure it ain’t homework.

Books, films, music, art and big ideas to get you into the Amsterdam headspace...

Amsterdam: Made by Hand

For Amsterdam: Made by Hand  Australian stylist and author, Pia Jane Bijkerk, presents a series of evocative photographs and addresses of artisanal hotspots in her adopted city of Amsterdam …

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The Dinner

Two brothers and their wives gather for dinner at an exclusive restaurant in Amsterdam. On the surface, all is calm, but beneath the veneer is discord: sibling rivalry and a terrible act committed by their two sons …

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Spinvis – Koning Alcohol

Probably not the clip to watch if you’ve just over indulged at the Heineken brewery tour. You can keep abreast of Amsterdam performances by indie Dutch musician Spinvis on his website.

’100′ (from 0 to 100 years in 150 seconds)

Learn how to count to 100 in Dutch! A local filmmaker, Jeroen, tracks down and captures a 100 Amsterdamers aged zero to 100 -  from prams to old people’s homes. A very sweet project!

Dana Lixenberg – Set Amsterdam

New York based photographer Dana Lixenberg was inspired to created Set Amsterdam in homage to her home town after she photographed countless locations around Amsterdam that had been featured in the 2011 Dutch drama series ‘A’dam – E.V.A.’

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Skip & Die

So, I guess we can’t claim that Skip & Die is definitively ‘Amsterdam’. What we can say is that this is the sort of weird thing that happens when an Dutch music producer, Jori Collignon, and South African artist, Catarina Aimée Dahms, get together to make music… and a crazy video comes out of it. I guess we could mention the cultural connections between the Dutch and South Africa and Afrikaans  etc…but that sounds a bit too much like history. …

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Dans le Port d’Amsterdam

An absolutely classic performance by Belgian artist Jacques Brel who evokes – with grit, passion and poetry – a vision of the Amsterdam of old: of sailors boozing up and hitting the brothels before sobbing themselves to sleep on the banks of the canals …

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Meet the Fokkens – Ouwehoeren

This documentary about two identical twin sisters who have worked  Amsterdam’s Red Light district since the 60′s (and formed the city’s first sex workers union) provides a humourous if sometimes poignant insight into Amsterdam’s sex trade. As they hit their 70′s arthritis drives one of the sisters into retirement, the other carries on to supplement her state pension – kept busy by her regulars. …

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Droog

A little video about Amsterdam’s infamous design collective, ‘Droog’ founded by Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers. Droog became an international name when they were nominated as the surprise hit of the Milan Furniture Salon back in 1993. Several on the items displayed in Milan; such as Tejo Remy’s Chest of Drawers comprised of found drawers united by cord, and Rody Graumans’ Chandelier made from 85 light bulbs; are today considered design icons. Working and re-working found, recycled objects and everyday items the firm is known for its humane approach to design and unmistakable wit. Do put Droog on your design travel itinerary …

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The Fall

The French writer Camus super-imposes the circles of hell on the inner canals of foggy Amsterdam in this philsophical tome where a Frenchmen recounts his fall from grace in the inner-most circle of hell, Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

Handel hits the road!

Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken takes Handel for a spin through Vondelpark and downtown Amsterdam. Keep an eye out for her mobile piano ;-)