Based in Amsterdam, PISSWIFE’s activism wishes to speak to feminists people all over the world while still remaining in touch with our roots in the Netherlands. This is why every month, we’ll present to you an agenda of interesting readings, protests, lectures or exhibitions in this country that PISSWIFE will attend or that could be of interest to our readers. This month, these are our suggestions:
8th of May – High Art
CW: Drug abuse
This is a movie in cinema ‘De Uitkijk’. This cinema hosts ‘Uitkijk Specials’, which is a series of film screenings that have another theme every two months. In April and May, the theme of the movies is sexy cinema. High Art is a movie directed by Lisa Cholodenko, about a former photographer living with her lover who used to be a successful actress. They are both beginning to struggle with a heroine addiction, and an outsider threatens their relationship. Roger Ebert has stated about this movie: “High Art is so perceptive and mature it makes similar films seem flippant.”
11th of May – Girls go BOOM Workshop: Guitar & Bass
Girls go BOOM is a collective that was started out of frustration because of the position of women in the music industry. The world of touring, groupies and hardrock is drenched in sexism and this collective plans to change this: That’s why they organize events to put the girls to the front. Girls go BOOM hosts gigs, but today they’re doing something else: To actively motivate girls to take over the music industry, they have set up this workshop to teach women how to play the guitar & the bass. If you would like to join this workshop, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for subscription or info. There are only 20 spots available and the event is going to be hosted in Rotterdam.
11th/12th/13th of May – Feminist Art Fest
Our friends at Feminist Art Fest, also an Amsterdam-based feminist collective, are hosting an amazing three day event. “The program of Feminist Art Festival 2018 consists of an art exhibition, lectures, film, poetry, theatre, performances, music and delicious vegan and vegetarian food.” A day ticket is 19,50 euros but we recommend getting a passe-partout so you don’t have to miss a single thing at the festival. “We fight against racism, sexism, transphobia, islamophobia, homophobia, ableism, classism and xenophobia through art and philosophy, in form and content.”
15th of May – Feminist discussion Night: Equitable Creative Industries
Atria, in contribution with the Feminist Club Amsterdam, is hosting another feminist discussion night. This time the topic of discussion will be the creative industries. The event description states: “We believe that creativity can act as a catalyst for changing socio-economic and political issues through alternative discourses and practices. Cultural change precedes and embodies political change, arts and cultures are essential in the agenda of progress. So why is the current cultural climate so unequal?”
17th of May – Keynote Lecture Angela Davis
This event is a part of the Moving Together week. “During the keynote Angela Davis will connect her transnational work with her experiences in the Netherlands in order to shed light on potentials for coalition, collaboration, and liberation. After the lecture, she will be joined by Professor Gloria Wekker to engage in conversation on their different and interrelated experiences living and working as educators, writers, and activists in these moving times. Spoken Word artists Tirsa With and Benedicta will open the night with a poetic reflection on Moving Together.”
27th of May – (DUTCH) Hoe verder na #metoo?
Dutch philosopher Stine Jensen will give a lecture on the current state of mind: Violent or unwanted sexual behavior is a increasingly frequent topic of conversation. The #metoo movement called for holding men accountable for their actions and many men had their sexual misbehavior publicly discussed. Jensen poses the question: Did anything really change after this movement? In a lecture at de Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, Jensen will engage with the topics of masculinity, femininity and sexuality after #metoo. The afternoon starts at 14:15 with a cup of tea or coffee and the lecture (which is in Dutch) will end at 16:45. Tickets for students are 7,50 euro, regular tickets will cost you 20,-.
Text: Tessel ten Zweege