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24 hour party people - in Amsterdam? [January 19, 2013]
Last week, the city council handed out five licences to night life operations which want to operate 24/7.
So where will you be able to go to dance until way beyond dawn?
The Kromhout hall in Noord, a massive space with a glass ceiling, is rented out for events but is now looking towards 'cross-fertilisation with the culture and business sectors'.
'The great thing about the licence is there are no barriers any more,' says Nathan Wiersma in the Parool. 'Theatre companies can rehearse here at night for a reduced fee.'
A new initiative in the former Shell HQ opposite central station. The building is home to 16,000 square metres of space which will be turned into a restaurant with panoramic view, bar, the highest dance floor in Amsterdam, hotel rooms, a cellar club and offices for 'young musicians, producers, designers and sound technicians' as well as the hqs of Q Dance, ID&T, Sensation and Massive Music.
'We are going for that Berlin feeling,' Sander Groet tells the Parool.
The third 24-hour licence has gone to the entire Westergas complex and the various cafes and clubs on the site will now work out how to make the most of it.
Marathon theatre, film sessions, theme evenings, a night restaruant with Algerian music... they are all on the cards, the organisers tell the Parool.
More great plans for the northern flank of the river - this time the secret garden and the Shell pavilion which should open to the public in September after rebuilding. A restaurant, theatre, music rooms, exhibition space and a hiphop school are in the plans.
'We don't only want to be a club,' Chris Keulemans (one of the Paradiso partners) says. 'There are all sorts of events which would like to go on longer.'
The successful relative newcomer to the Amsterdam club scene in the former Trouw newspaper building is also going down the cultural route. It is hoping to build up partnerships with the Stedelijk modern art museum and the Eye film institute.
'We want to offer high value art at night,' says Trouw director Kim Tuin. 'We want to integrate majro video artists in a club setting but we are also thinking about film marathons. '
So there you have it. 24/7 culture, film marathons, restaurants and art - with the odd bit of dancing thrown in.
No techno parties then?
Probably just as well. The Parool opens on Saturday with the shock horror scandal about the 'excessive drug use' at techno parties. Speed, ketamine, XTC, GHB, cocaine... you name it, techno-mad teens are indulging it it, the paper says.
There is, the paper says, a surge of youngsters (18 and younger) who are going to legal and illegal raves until 'deep in the morning' and taking drugs when they should be at school or a college lecture.
Doubtless the council is planning to come down hard on this illegality and waste of the city's youth.
They'd be much better of being late for class because they've been to a properly licenced theatre rehearsal at 2am, a hiphop lesson at 4am and a video art session over breakfast.