Getting to the unusual or exquisite places in the midst of ADE is not always easy with a program consisting of more than 200 locations and 2.500 artists. Therefore our team has created several routes trough the different districts of Amsterdam, which will give you an idea of what to expect and where.
This year's ADE features almost 200 venues - all spread across Amsterdam - playing host to different festival and conference events throughout the week. If you like your ADE a little rough around the edges, Amsterdam West has got you covered. From warehouses to an abandoned funeral home Venue OT301, has been part of Amsterdam's underground culture for years. Squatters took over the former film school building in 1999, and they’re amidst the preparations for their 11th consecutive ADE with a mixed bag of drum & bass, cumbia and more. Arthouse cinema Lab111 is just a stones throw away and is where you can find a beautifully crafted film program that was tailor-made for ADE, running from Wednesday till Sunday.
There are also plenty of raw locations and warehouses in West that have been transformed into (temporary) clubs and art spaces. Think of De School, where you can watch the climax of the RA Cup unfold and dance 62 hours with their Marathon "Het Weekend". And what about Radion hosting 7 ADE events including Breakfast Club with Ben Ufo and Peggy Gou amongst others. De Marktkantine has got a program running all 5 days varying from a label night to different all-nighters.
Depart for Art Officially just outside Amsterdam on the west part, the newly opened Het HEM, a home for contemporary culture, based in a former ammunitions factory, sees Nicolás Jaar and Vincent de Belleval create an ever-changing environment of interlinked reflections and feedback chains. Kunstfort is also worth a visit for art enthusiasts. The exhibition space is located inside a concrete bunker that changes into an intimate setting for Bogomir Doringer's Defence Club.
Going to the Chapel Ruigoord is a unique creative village surrounded by an industrial harbor, nested in the western outskirts of Amsterdam. In 1973, under the threat of the village being torn down by the surrounding industry, a group of artists climbed the trees and refused to leave. After several weeks of protesting they finally prevailed and were allowed to stay, making Ruigoord the source of many major Dutch creative movements. It continues to play a central role in Amsterdam's underground art scene. The village church will form the backdrop for three ADE nights featuring events ranging from Psy-trance to Pornceptual.
Speaking of churches, Aether is the latest performance by Boris Acket, Nick Verstand and Maarten Vos, who are about to redefine Noorderkerk’s sacred interior. Expect (and experience) an evening ritual that redefines and emphasizes the church’s architecture with "air fresco's" and a surround installation that features no less than 20 speaker points.
Westerpark area The Westerpark is a patch of beautiful greenery, and it plays host to multiple cultural events and festivals throughout the year. It also houses a range of music venues, like the cozy DJ bar Radio Radio which joins ADE for its second year with vinyl-only DJ sets, a Clone Records pop-up store and multiple day and night events. A short walk across the park takes you to de Gashouder best known for its techno extravaganzas like Awakenings. Its next door neighbor Westerunie also hosts a varied program through a range of six events. And don't forget to check out the newly renovated Pacific where you can dance to music from the Middle East, a live brass band and Chicago legend DJ Sneak.