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After three symposia at Ruigoord (NL) and others in Boom-Land in Portugal, Christiania in Denmark, the Republic of Užupis in Lithuania and the ADM (NL), the eighth symposium is descending on three different cultural centers in Amsterdam.

Decentralisation is of general importance for free cultural spaces and an important aspect of development of cooperation. This symposium can be viewed as a follow-up to the 7 th Symposium on FCS (on degentrification) and the manifestation “Priceless Capital (Onbetaalbaar Kapitaal)” presented by the Cultural Defense Line of Amsterdam (de Culturele Stelling van Amsterdam, C.S.A.) at De Zwijger in Amsterdam in June this year.

The symposium theme will be Reframing Environmentalism.
We expand our usual definition of “environment” to include those places we call “home”: our streets, neighborhoods, communities. At the three locations we will focus on three subthemes; respectively: Hybrid Space (Nieuw en Meer), Space and Time (Ruigoord) and Recentralisation (Vrij Paleis).

The final day of the Symposium is intended to present a statement to the city ofAmsterdam in word and deed by having a demonstration leading to the old Provo-Totem
Het Lieverdje. The parade will commemorate 50 years of Kabouterbeweging.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2688320957868184/

Program & timetable

Friday 13 sept.

Saturday 14 sept.

Sunday 15 sept.

  • Welcome

    Join us for the last day of the symposium about Recentralisation. Time for coffee

  • Henry Mentink

  • Aja Waalwijk

    Recentralisation

  • Vrij Paleis

    Talk by people from the Free Cultural Space sunday host: Vrij Paleis

  • Annemarie de Wildt

    Together with Luud Schimmelpennink

  • Myra Driessen

  • Special Evening Closing Event

    Special evening closing event with food performance by Myra Driessen en Bastiaan Lips, lyrics and music by Motortoaster and Dj Suwanne

Kabouterdemo 2019

Speakers

Gangeviertel

Gangeviertel

Hamburg
Luud Schimmelpennink

Luud Schimmelpennink

Dutch visionary Luud Schimmelpennink came up with an innovative idea to solve traffic jams and pollution on the streets of his native Amsterdam. It was called the ‘Witkar’, or the white car, the world’s first electric car-sharing scheme. The first Witkar took to the roads in 1974, but it was ahead of its time. Now though, Luud’s idea is being copied in cities around the globe.

Annemarie de Wildt

Annemarie de Wildt

Roel van Duijn

Roel van Duijn

Roel van Duijn was a dutch politician, political activist and writer.  . He was a founder of Provo and the Kabouterbeweging. He was alderman for the Political PArty of Radicals and later wardcounsillor for the GreenLeft.  

Harun Wolf Trepte

Harun Wolf Trepte

Berlin, Mongolia

Multicultural artist bei Green Horse Society Berlin

Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Merlijn Twaalfhoven is a Dutch composer and founder of The Turn Club, a lab for arts in society. He received a UNESCO award and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. He worked in refugee camps and across dividing lines in Cyprus, Palestine and Syria, involving children, the local communities and professional musicians.

His projects explore the richness of cultural diversity and human interaction, often engaging musicians of contrasting styles, local traditions, or children in large events. He collaborates with artists, scientists, diplomats, and other idealists in new and creative ways. This results in a unique blend of sophisticated music and rough, unpolished sounds. Striving for a world without boundaries between art and society, his goal is to revive the creative and artistic potential in everyone in order to create new meaningful connections and understanding between people.

Advocating a larger role for artists in society, he has presented practical and direct ways for artists to become engaged in global issues of today such as growing inequality, climate change, and disruptive technological change.

Manuel de Pinto

Manuel de Pinto

Greenpeace International
Manuel Pinto – born 21 Jan 1965 in Porto Portugal
I’m working for Greenpeace since end 1991, I sailed the world as
electrical engineer on board various Greenpeace ships. I took part in many protests as an activist or action logistics coordinator during multiple Greenpeace campaigns or field projects, some of the major ones were during the anti-nuclear testing protests in the PAcific, or setting up the Greenpeace office and operations in Manaus in the Amazon. My current role as Ships Operations Manager at Greenpeace International means that I’m highly involved in the work of our ships globally.

You can find some highlights on the web, or even read the biography (in Portuguese) that Filipe Garcia, a Portuguese journalist, wrote about my work in Greenpeace some years ago.

https://www.greenpeace.org/nl/

Jordan Zinovich

Canada

Writer; Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY, senior editor. Writer in residence at Banff Centre, 1991, and Culturelle Vrijplatz Ruigoord, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2005.

At saturday his talk is about: “Ludic Time in Evolving Spaces”

Phil Bloom

Phil Bloom

Phil Bloom  is a Dutch artist, entertainer and actress.  She was the first person to appear completely nude on Dutch Television on 28 July 1967. She was a member of the Fluxus network.

Lutkemeerpolder

Lutkemeerpolder

Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion

Alies Fernhout

Alies Fernhout

Motortoaster

Motortoaster

Masja Ottenheim

Masja Ottenheim

“Whenever any sentient being encounters me, May it never be meaningless for them and always be meaningful”
Is it possible to be build communities all over the world, where there are artist, people have to give and people who wanne give, food and being at serve for the place/space?
spaces that will change organically, just as life is. To me this is an universal law, and therefore a create this platform. to give other a change and to be pionier of this way of care for each other.
its not new, it never have been different, but we forgot to make it easy and down to earth again.

Speaker and host of the event

https://masjaottenheim.com

Hay Schoolmeesters

Hay Schoolmeesters

Amsterdam

As a cultural trailblazer and organizer of socially critical art festivals, Schoolmeesters has been a player in the Amsterdam cultural field for many years and he is a great advocate of creating maximum free space for people with free spirits. He moves in the area between politics, art and activism and with reflective notions and statements he presents unexpected but also possible ways of life within the current social-political relations. He is one of the original residents of the ADM site and is currently financial director at stichting Urban Resort
http://www.urbanresort.nl

Landbouwbelang Maastricht

Landbouwbelang Maastricht

http://landbouwbelang.org/

Virginie Moerenhout

Fanfare van de 1e liefdesnacht

Fanfare van de 1e liefdesnacht

Suwanne

Suwanne

Suwanne has been a free-space activist since 1997. She took part in the protest action camp Groenoord (to defend Ruigoord) and was afterwards living at, and fighting for the ADM.After the ADM eviction, in early 2019, she has been involved with Rijkshemelvaart and Ruigoord.
https://www.facebook.com/suwanne.CCtv

ADM

ADM

Amsterdam
Menno  Grootveld

Menno Grootveld

Amsterdam

As a university-dropout, Menno Grootveld started doing pirate television in Amsterdam with PKP TV and Rabotnik TV in the early eighties. Rabotnik TV was the media-branch of an extensive underground-culture that existed in Amsterdam during the eighties, which also included a concert hall (NL-Centrum) and a political party (De Reagering). In the mid-80s Menno started organizing major media-conferences, the first of which was the European Media Festival in 1985 (mainly focused on radio), followed by the Wetware Convention (1991) and four Next 5 Minutes-conferences that introduced the concept of ‘tactical media’ (1993, 1996, 1999 and 2003). In the mid-90s Menno had a short stint as a programme editor of “W.E.B.”, a bi-weekly series of programmes on national television about the so-called ‘digital revolution.’ Menno currently works as a translator and a journalist, runs his own publishing house in Amsterdam, and is a member of DiEM25 in the Netherlands

AK Bouwman

AK Bouwman

A.K. Bouwman (Amsterdam, 1964)

Some people say that A.K. Bouwman would only be a feature garçon de salon, but that is less true. A.K. has developed into a virtuous master speaker in the metropolitan underground. He is a local investigative journalist, biographer, radio and tv presenter, voice-over, non-binding poet and spontaneous producer. Fortunately, this has become more prominent in recent years. Despite his successes, it was difficult to discover a specific solo line in his work. But his career has a dynamic process: A.K. has been working hard on that. He toured with several radio and tv stations and numerous art and cultural initiatives, and scored nationwide. The fact that he is not only a news hunter but also a co-producer of media programs and councilor of futurologic concepts, was not immediately evident. Maybe his character showed too much modesty, but we are aware of that ruthlessness of people in society. If a man claims success and shows ambition, he is cool, but if he stays on the plain, he runs the risk of being put away as anonymous. Sure, modesty graces the person, but with us, professionalism and perfectionism are often mistakenly dismissed as pretentious and being a phrasemonger. That kind of short-sightedness is unfair, but unfortunately it is a fact. Now as it seems A.K. has found his way, yet many do not realize that his profession can feel like gambling in Vegas. Through his years of training, he understands why certain topics can grab you. “Many say that my views cannot be approved. But what would that be? It would be insane if someone had opinions for others! My views are the result of my reflections and are closely related to my being, my structure. It is not in my power to change them, and if it were, I would not do it. These views, which countless people regard as wrong, are the only consolation of my life, they illuminate everything that I have to undergo in the prison of this existence and constitute all the joy that I have in the world: I attach more importance to it than to my life. It is not my views that have caused my misfortune, it is those of the others,” says A.K. about his labor. He is clear about his future: “My unfortunate father calls me from the depth of his grave: it is as if he is crying out once more and persuading me to return to eternity as in the only hiding place that remains. I draw this comforting image from the love that I bear for life, but it would have no effect and I hurry to erase it, for fear of being too enamored by it at a moment when I only need fortitude.” But since he does everything in his own way with exception of the rule and shows that things can be done differently, outside of normal standard business, he has discovered that it is “the coolest thing in the world.” Now A.K. profiles himself more prominently as a transmitter of knowledge and teacher of conceiving differently. He again shows guts, in a city and beyond dominated by would-be millionaires and individuals who look the other way if you really need them. His new pataphysical visions are on the brink of madness (preview snippets are already all around) and next time he’ll be on stage the addition of A.K.’s chef-d’oeuvre will give the unseen back of the Amsterdam facades a face.

Uzupis

Uzupis

Lithuania

The story of Užupis is a bizarre, yet strangely encouraging tale of what can happen when a bunch of eccentrics are left to their own devices. When Lithuania broke free of the Soviet Union, Lenin’s statues were torn down, and a lot of plinths were left empty. At a time when the country was trying to rediscover its national identity and escape the shadow of communism, local photographer and civil servant Saulius Paukstys spotted an opportunity. ‘We were desperate to find a symbol that would mark the end of communism, but at the same time express that it wasn’t always doom and gloom,’ Paukstys told The Guardian. He chose Zappa’s work to accomplish this and began to collect signatures and, despite Zappa’s total irrelevance to Lithuania, people got behind the idea and gave a huge show of support to the bemused authorities. It may have been the absurdity of the proposition that struck a chord with the artistic community.

Representant: Andreas Rodenbeck

Luc Sala

Luc Sala

Ruigoord

Ruigoord

Ruigoord fits into an ancient tradition of artist colonies where art and life are integrated into a common experiment. Ruigoord is an idealistic and idyllic resort where artists work on their own oeuvre. However, it is the focus on joint projects that give the character of this contemporary artists’ colony. In an independent manner, mutual engagement is given and the need for exchange, shared experiences, expression and ecstasy is met. A human imperative that manifests itself as the current time seems more egocentrically and materialist. The green oasis in which Ruigoord is located responds to the need of artists to retire for a shorter or longer period from the hassles of a urbanized and industrialized environment, as it always has been an existent reason for artist colonies.

 

Aja Waalwijk

Aja Waalwijk

Amsterdam

Aja Waalwijk is artist and the founder of the futurologic symposia

http://www.wittereus.net/aja/

 

Olivier Jansen

Olivier Jansen

Alan Dearling

Alan Dearling

Scotland
Alan Dearling has written over 40 books and many hundreds of magazine articles. He has specialised in writing with Travellers and other people involved in the more alternative festivals, environmental and music events in the UK, Australia, Netherlands, Lithuania and Denmark. He has been actively involved in all the international Free Cultural Spaces (FCS) Symposia.
https://www.facebook.com/alan.dearling


Another Kind of Space’ – the stories behind the book, co-compiled by Alan Dearling

Many people around the world have chosen, or, been forced into living in different kinds of dwelling. Over a period of about 3 years, Alan Dearling and Graham Meltzer made contact and visited many of these people and encouraged them to write about their experiences.

Alan will re-tell some of these ‘stories’, and show photos of some of these people and their homes. They include a range of divergent lifestyles, homes and ‘other ways of living’. Some of the contributions were from internationally famous green architects and people who wanted to develop and explore technological solutions to environmental spaces. Others were artists, free spirits and nomads. Powerful individualists, seeking new inspiration through communal living, experimentation and sustainable developments.

 

Radio Rukstad

Radio Rukstad

Amsterdam

Radio Rukstand will do the Q&A on the friday with Cody Hochstenbach, Brian Doucet and Andrej Holm

A patafysic radioshow at Radio Patapoe

with AK Bouwman, Mc Alfredex and Naaktslak

https://www.facebook.com/radio.ruk.patapoe

Locations

Locations

Opening times and locations

13th september 17.00-22.30    Nieuw en Meer
Oude Haagseweg 53A1, 1066 DC Amsterdam

14th september 14.00-20.00   Ruigoord
Accraweg, Amsterdam Westpoort

15th september 14.30-15.30    Vrij Paleis
                                       17.30-22.00   Vrij Paleis
Paleisstraat 107 1012 ZL Amsterdam

General information:
Entrance on donation
Various food and drinks available.

MORE INFO WILL FOLLOW

The symposium is made possible with the support of ADM, stichting Landjuweel, stichting Ruigoord,  stichting Urban Resort, Rijkshemelvaart and Radio Patapoe

Kabouterdemo


De Luidruchtige Omgang
Kaboutermanifestatie 2019


Zondag 15 september  17.30 ‘t Lieverdje Spui Amsterdam

Het symposium sluit op zondag af met een Luidruchtige Omgang vanuit Vrij Paleis via Kalverstraat naar Spui, alwaar we een appelboom naast het Lieverdje plaatsen/planten. De appelboom is een hommage aan het appeltje (Gnot) dat Magisch Centrum Amsterdam symboliseert en aan de vijftig jaar geleden opgerichte Kabouterbeweging. De kabouters wilden een autovrije groene stad. Ze trokken tegels uit de stoep en plantten boompjes. Ze leerden ons op een andere manier met de stedelijke ruimte om te gaan. Hun doel was – en ons doel is – een leefstijl die overeen kwam/komt met die van kabouters: in harmonie met de natuur.
We brengen het Onvoltooid Verleden van De Kabouterbeweging tot Tegenwoordige Toekomende Tijd. We zijn één
met onze omgeving!