Temporary Street Interventions Spice Up Amsterdam River Bank

  • On one of Amsterdam’s most scenic streets, a local art gallery initiated a manifestation named ‘De Weesperzijde Leeft’ (‘The Weesperzijde is alive’) to involve the neighbourhood into the artscene. The gallery collaborated with a group of artists to create streetart in the most literal meaning of the word. Artists designed temporary zebra crossings, which reflect the identity of the street itself. Most of them refer to the influence the adjacent Amstel river had over the years.

    Apart from the specially designed zebra crossings, there is also a full schedule of other activities. Such as a cruise on the Amstel river while listening to stories and poems, live performances from local artists and arthouse movies are displayed in the gallery. The evening ends with a small dinnerparty hosted by residents of the neighbourhood. Since the initiative doesn’t recieve financial support from the municipal gouvernment, visitors are asked to buy a special ‘currency’ to pay for food, drinks or activities.

    The manifestation takes place from the 1st of September until the 30th of September, so there’s only 4 days left to check it out! Most activites are free of charge, for others a small fee has to be paid.