July 30

To Amsterdam, to Paradiso

In Amsterdam there are Re-Imagine Europe places and cultural knots that we can only recommend you to visit as you travel around Europe this summer. Let’s start at the famous concert hall at Weteringschangs.
REI is a networking project that allows different spaces for contemporary culture (for example our A4) to cooperate and communicate. It was started by an initiative of the Netherlands’s Paradiso based in Amsterdam, that is mainly known for it’s remarkable Main Hall – the historical concert venue that has been hosting concerts of various fame and audience sizes and genres for five decades.

Besides that it is also a fruitful and progressive space connecting contemporary music, fine arts, theatre, ecology and scientific research into a pulsing lively organism living in various old churches and architecturally captivating spaces all around Amsterdam.
The most famous building, concert hall and a center of all the Paradiso activities is The Main Hall on the Weteringschans street. You can search through a rich archive of more than 26 000 events that already happened there online and find Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, James Brown or very young Arctic Monkeys, Metallica or Blondie amongst them. Besides The Main Hall you can experience the Paradiso activities in other venues like the hall Tolhuistuin in the north of Amsterdam (where you can get to on a mini ferry) or an abandoned brewery Oedipus Brouwerij and a theatre hall Zonnenhuis Amsterdam.
Paradiso started out as a “Cosmic relaxation center” and besides being THE venue to host big names of the world’s freshest music scene also became a vital platform for non-musical progressive and unconventional projects. The festival Sonic Acts also emerged from the initiative of Paradiso. It started out in 1994 and managed to link contemporary art and research through international conferences, performances and concerts every year.
It was Sonic Acts in collaboration with Paradiso that were the funding members of the Re-Imagine Europe network that is here to connect similarly thinking european centers for culture and provide a direct communication between them. An active movement of artists, performers, musicians and art residents is supported and appreciated for enabling experiences, ideas and solutions to be shared. REI tries to connect the societies, scenes, politics and cultures throughout Europe.
While the festival Sonic Acts is about to happen again in winter, Paradiso in Amsterdam is open during the whole summer and waiting for the visitors to sell out the concert tickets as usual. The program is rich in the heat, too – so if you are planning to travel the Netherland’s direction, don’t miss the SOJA or the Wailers or the dance queer festival Milkshake. August in Paradiso will be welcomed by the sold out show of Patti Smith and continue to host South African songwriter Sean Koch or LA singer Pheobe Bridgers and many and many others.
Foto: Pieter Kers
To Amsterdam, to Paradiso
In Amsterdam there are Re-Imagine Europe places and cultural knots that we can only recommend you to visit as you travel around Europe this summer. Let’s start at the famous concert hall at Weteringschangs.
REI is a networking project that allows different spaces for contemporary culture (for example our A4) to cooperate and communicate. It was started by an initiative of the Netherlands’s Paradiso based in Amsterdam, that is mainly known for it’s remarkable Main Hall – the historical concert venue that has been hosting concerts of various fame and audience sizes and genres for five decades. Besides that it is also a fruitful and progressive space connecting contemporary music, fine arts, theatre, ecology and scientific research into a pulsing lively organism living in various old churches and architecturally captivating spaces all around Amsterdam.
The most famous building, concert hall and a center of all the Paradiso activities is The Main Hall on the Weteringschans street. You can search through a rich archive of more than 26 000 events that already happened here online and find Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, James Brown or very young Arctic Monkeys, Metallica or Blondie amongst them. Besides The Main Hall you can experience the Paradiso activities in other venues like the hall Tolhuistuin in the north of Amsterdam (where you can get on a mini ferry) or an abandoned brewery Oedipus Brouwerij or a theatre hall Zonnenhuis Amsterdam.
Paradiso started our as a “Cosmic relaxation center” and besides being THE venue to host big names of the world’s freshest music scene also became a vital platform for non-musical progressive and unconventional projects. The festival Sonic Acts also emerged from the initiative of Paradiso. It started out in 1994 and managed to link contemporary art and research through international conferences, performances and concerts every year.
It was Sonic Acts in collaboration with Paradiso that were the funding members of the Re-Imagine Europe network that is here to connect similarly thinking european centers for culture and provide a direct communication between them. An active movement of artists, performers, musicians and art residents is supported and appreciated for enabling experiences, ideas and solutions to be shared. REI tries to connect the societies, scenes, politics and cultures throughout Europe as our small continent has tendencies to get harshly divided.
While the festival Sonic Acts is about to happen again in winter, Paradiso in Amsterdam is open during the summer and waiting for visitors (and selling out concert tickets as usual). The program is rich in the heat, too – so if you are planning to travel the Netherland’s direction, don’t miss the SOJA or the Wailers or the dance queer festival Milkshake. August in Paradiso will be welcomed by the sold out show of Patti Smith and continue to host South African songwriter Sean Koch or LA singer Pheobe Bridgers and many and many others.
https://www.paradiso.nl/en/
Foto: Pieter Kers