Tracy Metz writes for NRC, De Groene Amsterdammer and Architectural Record and is a correspondent for the Radio1 talkshow De Ochtend. Tracy is director of the John Adams Institute, the center of American culture in the Netherlands and has her own live talkshow Stadsleven, about living in cities.
Dr. Wouter van Gent
Simon van Dommelen
You will have seen a number of wonderful temporary spaces and community projects combining workspace, artist studio’s, coffee bars, restaurants and what not pop up around town in the recent years, connecting artists, refugees, creative entrepreneurs and people just looking for a shot of caffeine or a nice party. Simon van Dommelen is advisor, connector and initiator of LOLA (Stichting Leegstand Oplossers Amsterdam), a coalition of social organisations that find alternative (temporary) destinations for vacant property in Amsterdam and turn these locations into spaces for inspiration and connection. LOLA has turned 6 buildings in Amsterdam into social initiatieves. Two of the most recent ones are Lola Luid (former school) and Lola Lik (former prison turned boxing school and escape room).
Comedian, American and Dutchman Greg Shapiro (1968) came to the Netherlands in 1994 to help establish comedy theater Boom Chicago. In 2007 Shapiro presented ‘Comedy Central News’ and then went solo. He’s since worked with several Dutch radio and TV stations. You will recognize his voice from the viral ‘Netherlands Second’ video. It’s great.
Floris de Zachtbaardige
Squatting wasn’t criminalized until 2010. Floris de Zachtbaardige is part of Stichting Nulpunt which used to host cultural programs and underground art in squathouse Galerie Schijnheilig. This nomadic collective was dedicated to claiming neglected spaces and transforming them into creative, freely accessible and non-commercial places. After the local government either closed down or legalized several squats in Amsterdam, they asked Stichting Nulpunt to host programs in De Vondelbunker, an old bunker in the middle of the Vondelpark. Floris is also part of the citizens initiative to attempt to close down the coal power station Hemweg and give it an alternative destination (like a chocolate factory.
Vinger.nl is a creative studio based in the De Bijlmermeer district of Amsterdam. They find relevant forms to forward good idea(l)s in the contemporary city. Whether it’s by creating new concepts and formats, by providing strategy and advice or by programming and producing shows and events. Sara Mattens (1981) joined Vinger.nl in the early new millennium, co-directing and establishing the creative studio in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Her curiosity, hands on mentality and academic background in culture and linguistics provide a solid base for the creative practice.
Jeannette M. Vermeulen-Rodd (host)
As a small town girl from South Africa, Jeannette’s love of broadcasting began with her own small radio show at school. After a booming career in sales and recruitment she followed her heart to Amsterdam, where she pursued her talent for coaching, acting and presenting. Jeannette has played roles in short films, and acted on Scandal (a popular sitcom in South Africa); as well as presented international documentary film festivals; and hosted live talk shows. Jeannette is the creator of A Million Stories. An online TV program which inspires and empowers our human community to live truthfully.
Duke John (DJ)
Before and after the program DJ Stephan Wolven aka Duke John (resident DJ at Studio/K, Melkweg and several parties in Amsterdam will fill the room with his groovy mixes of jazz, funk and hip-hop to create the perfect vibe for some good conversation. Listen to him fixing the speaker on Soundcloud.