I told you Noord is upcoming and booming. Noord (The North part of Amsterdam) has another secret; De Tolhuistuin.
This beautiful complex & garden just on the other side of the ferry (The Buiksloterweg ferry which crosses the IJ from the backside of Central Station for free all night long), the Tolhuistuin is located on the former science campus of Shell at the IJ river bank opposite the central station of Amsterdam, aims to be a free space for arts & culture.
De Tolhuistuin, ran by Stichting Cultuur aan het IJ, offers a widely varied program of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media and literature, with maximum diversity. The bar and restaurant, among the largest of the city, will be open from early morning to late at night, just like the beautiful park along the water. Also, the Tolhuistuin pavilion will consist of three halls with music and theatre stages, two exhibition spaces, a hiphopschool, and four smaller buildings with workspaces for young professionals in music, visual arts, architecture, design and literature. The official opening of the complete centre is planned for the spring of 2012.
Hunderd years ago the Tolhuistuin was a beloved location to go out for the Amsterdammers. The most populair dancingparties of the city were held there and poor children from the Jordaan area were sometimes invited to come and play in the garden, but when Shell bought the terrainin 1938, this became history. For 70 years the park has been closed for the public..
Check out the agenda, pass by once, you’ll be surprised.