April 15, 2015

Tradition; thank the stick

It’s becoming my tradition; always thank the stick when it brings me down the mountain safely and prepare it for the next person that might need it. Thank you, stick!  


April 11, 2015

Sunday afternoon concert: Cousin Daddy @Home Of Art

Sunday 12 April there’s a free concert in Home Of Art, Amsterdams coziest gallery just around the corner of Museumplein. Bluegrass music by Cousin Daddy starts around 17.00h, an intimate concert between arts, what better way to finish off your weekend? 


March 10, 2015

Home Of Art -an impression by Poolsemedia.nl

I told you about Pop Up Art Gallery Home Of Art in Amsterdam before, Poolsemedia.nl filmed an impression of the event we organised on 15 February 2015, check it out (and practise your Polish 😉 )

March 10, 2015

Home Of Art presents: A musical art tour with Kariatides Duo

Kariatides Duo: The instruments

Kariatides Duo: The instruments

Another side of the exhibition;
Home Of Art proudly presents Kariatides Duo with Elliot Simpson, guitar and Nick Thess at percussions.

Can you imagine a gallery where you can spend your free time, read a book, listen to unique live music, enjoy your beer with friends, and still being surrounded by art and discover new aspects of our world?!

HOME OF ART is all this, and together with Kariatides Duo we decided to turn our exhibition into a musical surrealistic travel, through the colours, the ideas and the sounds that have inspired some of our main artists.

Special thanks to composers Theofilos Lamprianidis and Fanis Zachopoulos who have composed the music especially for this event.

If you want to experience a totally new “art-tour” you’re welcome to come on Sunday 29 March at 17.00 at Home of Art in Amsterdam!
Entrance is 3 euros.

Kariatides Poster Home Of Art

Kariatides Poster Home Of Art

Click HERE to join the Facebook event
Click HERE to check out the lovely & talented Kariatides Duo
Home Of Art: https://www.facebook.com/HomeOfArtAmsterdam 

March 5, 2015

Dream Run and the dreams attached…. about Mumbai Smiles

Mumbai smiles

Mumbai smiles

Mumbai Smiles, a name resounding in the city of Mumbai from the last 10 years, is committed to serve the disempowered in improving the quality of lives through its various projects. They have been involved with children, adolescents and women to help them lead a healthier, happier and more sustainable life. Their focus is to provide underprivileged children with a chance to quality education, disempowered women with a meaningful skill to participate in the household, adolescent girls and boys with the resources to engage in educational activities and pregnant and lactating mothers an opportunity to deliver safely. Their various projects like Balwadi, Future Smiles, SEED, HOPE, Life Skills Empowerment and mMitra reach out to fulfil these goals in the community.

2015, is a very special year for Mumbai Smiles. It was in April 2005, that Jaume Sanllorente the founder of the organization began to build the scaffoldings of this organization and on May 20th the organization was officially founded and registered. 10 years of passionate involvement began with a dream to make Mumbai a socially just place to live. After a journey of 10 years, Mumbai Smiles has reached out to more than 6000 beneficiaries in the year 2014 and look forward to achieve greater heights to build a better society.

As they complete their 10 years of service in the communities of Mumbai, a series of events have been planned to share their experiences and the social realities that they have discovered during our journey. These events will speak the stories of struggle, courage, determination and success of the several faces that are lost in the fast lives of Mumbai.

On the 8th of February, Mumbai Smiles raised the curtain to welcome its ambitious 10th Year! It was a mini Marathon Run called the Dream run for the people of the city!

Celebrating 10 years of transforming futures!

Celebrating 10 years of transforming futures!


The Dream Run was a 3km long run for all the ones who believe in running for a cause. In collaboration with a school that it supports, Mumbai Smiles organized this run to cater to the educational needs of the students in the community. Mumbai Smiles Executive Director, Mr. Narendra Kumar Dundu said “Seeing so many people gather to support a cause was indeed inspirational. Completing 10 years of Mumbai Smiles in 2015, it was symbolic to have started off the celebrations with a run, to mark the ambitious run we look forward to have from here to uplift the community.”


Some of the beneficiaries at the run

Some of the beneficiaries at the run


The event gave a platform to spread various social messages, where a small girl was seen holding a banner saying “Bati Bacho, Beti Padhao” i.e. save the girl child and educate them for a better future.


A girl carrying a social message about educating girls

A girl carrying a social message about educating girls


The event was a great success for Mumbai Smiles since they reached out to so many people in the community and among their partners. The Dream Run marked their entry into a new decade and they surely look forward to further scale up and enhance their impact in the society.




February 25, 2015

A tip for the Amsterdammers that like massages…

Amsterdammers! Are you awesome? Do you like massages? 
Want a massage? At work? In the comfort of your own home? All possible!


I’ve got a tip for you….

Contact We Like Massage – killer massages on location and say Dee sent you.

There are different massages available, whether you’d like to leave refreshed or need your sore muscles fixed or just like to relax.


February 24, 2015

Mezrab Cultural Center Amsterdam – HELP!

One of Amsterdam’s coolest cultural centers; Mezrab, needs your help! Sahand Sahebdivani, The founder of the Mezrab is working hard to turn their humble storytelling space into the most active story place of Europe! With 4 days left of the crowdfunding project, 8% of the needed € 25.000,- is still required.

Please read the info below and donate if you can!

After ten years, Mezrab has grown to be the place for storytelling in the Netherlands! However, we’re now bursting at the seams! People are fighting to get a proper place to sit and there’s more demand for food than mama and papa Mezrab can make at home and carry on their bikes.
It’s time to professionalize!

With your help we can move to an amazing space, the funky music hall above our current location: café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, from the first of March 2015! This move would allow us to offer a wider variety of events: music nights, dinners, dance events and storytelling events where everybody can sit.

To make this happen we need to collect enough to take over everything that makes the club a real club. Here’s where you come in. Let your heart (wallet) speak. Think of all the fun you’ve had with us over the years, or if you’re new to the Mezrab, think of all the fun you’re still to have…

In order to take over café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, we still need a minimum of € 25.000. This take over fee is for the music and light equipment, the bar, the instruments, stage, interior, exhauster and all the other things inside this café.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that the Mezrab will change into a commercial space. The weekly storytelling events will stay for free. But the great advantage is that we’ll also have the space to have awesome parties and events with live music, storytelling, theatre, dance and whatever you want!

So, please be generous, join us in creating a new Mezrab @ café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, right above the current Mezrab. A multidisciplinary space where we will work together with you to program extraordinary events at your convenience, for you and your friends taste!
And: you will help us to create the biggest storytelling house of the Netherlands!

Let’s go for it!

Sahand & The Mezrab Team

DONATE: http://voordekunst.nl/vdk/project/view/2981-mezrab-cultural-center-the-expansion 


February 16, 2015

Home Of Art Burenborrel 15-02-2015 -An impression

Home Of Art Burenborrel 15-02-2015

Home Of Art Burenborrel 15-02-2015

Home Of Art Burenborrel 15-02-2015 –Click Here for a photo impression.

Home Of Art is currently open Fr/Sat/Sun 13.00-19.00h, BUT contact us via Facebook if you’d like to visit on appointment.

More info about Home Of Art: https://www.facebook.com/HomeOfArtAmsterdam


February 10, 2015

Home of Art invites its neighbors 15 Feb 15.00-19.00h

Flyer by 56Spaces: http://www.56spaces.com

Flyer by 56Spaces: http://www.56spaces.com

This Sunday  Home of Art invites its neighbors (and of course anyone else that’s interested!) to pass by and meet us. We will use this opportunity to present to you our new interior, arts and artists.

At 17.30 we also proudly present to you the premiere of a new musical project; Eva Aukes & Cecylia Fenrych will bring you a mix of classical music of Chopin, Bach and Batsevich, experimented with live electronic sounds.

Home Of Art mural by Cesium: http://cesium.nu

Home Of Art mural by Cesium: http://cesium.nu

Home of Art is situated at Van Baerlestraat 39H, behind the Museumplein and diagonally across the Royal Concertgebouw.

Home Of Art Location  by Stefania Ballero

Home Of Art Location by Stefania Ballero

More info about Amsterdams coziest Pop Up Art Gallery Home Of Art: https://www.facebook.com/HomeOfArtAmsterdam

February 7, 2015

Taraf de Haïdouks in Paradiso Noord Amsterdam

In 2012 I first wrote about the Tolhuistuin: (click) , In 2014 I co-organised a party there: (click) and now I’d just like to point to you a concert of an amazing band I can’t wait to dance to in the new club on the same complex; Paradiso Noord.

The Taraf de Haïdouks is a group of Gypsy “Lautari” (traditional musicians) who come from the little modest Romanian village of Clejani in the Valachian countryside. Ever since their first visit to Western Europe back in 1991, Taraf de Haïdouks have been considered as the epitome of Gypsy music’s fabulous vitality. They consist of dozen brilliant instrumentalists and singers, with ages ranging roughly from 20 to 80 and the band members seem to have been relatively unaffected by their succes they’ve retained their sense of humour, and their way of life.

Taraf de Haïdouks consists of:
Gheorghe Falcaru: flute
Gheorghe Anghel “Caliu”: violin
Robert Gheorghe: violin
Constantin Lautaru “Costica”: violin, vocals
Marin Manole “Marius”: accordion
P. Marin Manole: accordion, vocals
Filip Simeonov: clarinet
Paul Giuclea “Pasalan”: violin, vocals
Ion Tanase “Ionica”: cimbalom

In their new album “Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts”, Taraf de Haïdouks are revisiting some of the old styles which have enchanted Western audiences on their earlier albums: Gypsy love songs, old-school dance tunes, Turkish-flavoured instrumentals, and poignant Romanian ballads. AND THEY’RE COMING TO AMSTERDAM on Friday February 13 TO PRESENT THEIR NEW ALBUM! Presale has started!

Admission 20, – incl. day membership.
Doors open 19:30
Supporting program: La Manouche @ 20:00
Before and after the favorite gypsy tunes of DJ Tommi

Link to buy tickets (click)
Facebook event page Taraf de Haïdouks @ Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin (click)
Taraf de Haïdouks website (click)
Website La Manouche (click)