3 April: YouNESCO-symposium

In 2010 Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO. On April 3 the newly established Stad-Forum, an advisory body for the City of Amsterdam and mobile debate platform, will organize a public discussion focusing on the opportunities and threats that UNESCO might pose to the city.

Being a member of Stad-Forum, and having written about UNESCO on several occasions, Non-fiction’s Michiel van Iersel will be one of the speakers, together with the deputy mayor of both Brugge and Amsterdam, providing an international overview of the ways in which cities deal with UNESCO. Please find more information below (in Dutch).

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By Michiel — Posted March 29, 2012 — 4,292 Comments

March 30, 5 PM, Czech-out party

It’s time to say goodbye to Adela, our former superstar intern who became our CIO. She is returning to the Czech Republic to become the first female president of the country, only after establishing the Non-fiction Eastern Europe HQ in Prague.

Come and join us for a Czech-out-party with a strong line-up:

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By Michiel — Posted March 26, 2012 — 894 Comments

Opening exhibition Nicky Zwaan

On 23 March 2012 is the vernissage of the Cityscapes Opening Exhibition at GM8, our collective super-space in the building where we keep our office. During the opening, Non-fiction’s Michiel van Iersel, will interview artist Nicky Zwaan and Cityscapes-founder Bastiaan Gribbeling.

Nicky Zwaan: Trying to Catch Up With My Molecules

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By Michiel — Posted March 23, 2012 — 12,006 Comments

Succesful A Perfect Day extended by weekend

Due to success, A Perfect Day Tekenshow has been extended and will remain open for an extra weekend. On Saturday 25 February and Sunday 26 February from 11-17 hrs there will be extra activities.

On Saturday and Sunday: drawing (free) and making buttons (€0,50) for children.

On Sunday: t-shirt workshop. For € 13,50 you get a t-shirt, can join the workshop and can see the entire exhibition. If you bring your own t-shirt you join for just € 7,50.

If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, here is your chance to change that. Tickets are only 5 euros. The Parool called it “art without a pedestal“, and NRC gave it four stars. We look forward to seeing you at the Westergasfabriek this weekend.

By Juha — Posted February 24, 2012 — 6,217 Comments

This Sunday, John Cage and Semiconductor in De Duif

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the renowned Ives Ensemble, we are co-hosting a concert and film screening at church De Duif, Prinsengracht 754 in Amsterdam, on Sunday 26 February from 4 till 6 PM. Tickets are 5 Euro at the door, which opens at 3:30 PM.

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By Michiel — Posted February 22, 2012 — 3,077 Comments

A Perfect Day for Tin Men and the Telephone in Concerto


Zondag 15 januari is A Perfect Day voor Tin Men and the Telephone in Concerto. Drie enthousiaste musici die na een studie aan het Amsterdams conservatorium nu de grenzen opzoeken van jazz en elektronica. Dit instore optreden is tevens een vooruitblik op A Perfect Day – een internationale tentoonstelling van tekeningen met tekst. Tin Men and the Telephone zullen op 11 februari optreden in de tentoonstelling en combineren hun muziek veelvuldig met illustraties.

Deze zondag zijn ook de felbegeerde A Perfect Day tasjes en tshirts te koop, en krijg je (alleen tijdens de instore) daarbij een poster met een tekening van Paul Faassen + kaartje voor de tentoonstelling kado!

Aanvang instore optreden: 17.00 uur

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By Juha — Posted January 13, 2012 — 5,173 Comments

9 December: a perfect day for a warm-up

A new Friday, but the same old balcony to celebrate the week and the weekend on. Join us after 5 pm for special Non-fiction drinks: an intimate preview on A Perfect Day, an exhibition with drawings by David Shrigley, Gummbah, David Bade, Raymond Pettibon and many others, that will take place 9 – 24 February 2012 at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

With talks by curators Olga Scholten and Paul Faassen, a short film programme, mini exhibition preview, drawing corner for children, live button creation, free goodie bags, plus sausages and Glühwein at the ice cold roof terrace at Museumplein – to make your day perfect.

Stay up to date with A Perfect Day via their website, Facebook and Twitter.

By Juha — Posted December 9, 2011 — 6,338 Comments

More people than seats

Last night saxophone powerhouse Colin Stetson made his Bimhuis debut, sharing the bill with the monumental Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio. With more people in the audience than seats in the room, this special improvised music edition of Viral Radio was not just a success for the forwardist music aficionado, but also for the venue’s treasurer.

Here’s a small impression of Colin Stetson’s performance. The next edition of Viral Radio at the Bimhuis is on 21 December. We will end the year with another favourite trio: Fennesz/Dafeldecker/Brandlmayr. They will be supported by local guitar prodigy Raphael Vanoli of Knalpot fame, and a DJ cameo by his partner Gerri Jäger.

By Juha — Posted December 2, 2011 — 9,648 Comments

Curator’s talk: The Future of the Photography Museum

Foam, the Amsterdam based but omnipresent photography museum, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. For this occasion, Foam has created ‘What’s Next?’, a project exploring the future of photography. Foam has posed the question of ‘what’s next?’ throughout this anniversary year to a variety of people in a variety of locations.

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By Michiel — Posted December 2, 2011 — 3,439 Comments

Join us for Colin Stetson at Bimhuis

We are delighted to present internationally acclaimed saxophonist Colin Stetson for the first time at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam tonight. He will join one of the most amazing avantgarde bands of the past 40 years, the Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio, with Evan Parker (saxophone), Paul Lovens (drums) and Alexander Von Schlippenbach (piano). This is a synthesis of breathtaking music of past and future.

We would like to invite you to join us at this monumental concert in our favourite jazz club this side of Sirius. If you send us an e-mail you will only pay 14 euros instead of 20. We look forward to seeing you tonight.


Here is an old post I wrote on witnessing Evan Parker playing with Squarepusher in 2007 that might help you in your decision to travel to see tonight’s show.

By Juha — Posted December 1, 2011 — 5,301 Comments