Based in Amsterdam, PISSWIFE’s activism wishes to speak to feminists all over the world, however 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:
10th of June – (English) Forging Future Families: a Good Societies Workshop
Elly Dreyfus and Sophie Silverstein are hosting a workshop that aims to explore a feminist-utopian analysis and reconceptualization of the family. This is loosely based on their bachelor theses in which they respectively considered the multi-directional relationship between capitalism and the heterosexual nuclear family (Sophie), and ways in which the teaching of home economics in US high school curricula was (mis)used to justify a gendered division of labor in and through the family (Elly). Beyond all else this workshop is about co-creation: we want to stimulate discussion on how we can forge the families of the future that reflect and strengthen our ideals for a Good Society.
Doors open: 17.00
Workshop begins: 17.30
NieuwLand: Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93, Amsterdam
Drop us an email if you’d like to take part: email@example.com
15th,16th,17th of June – (English and Dutch) Veggie Festival Amsterdam
The first ever Veggie Festival Amsterdam will take place in the weekend of 15th, 16th and 17th of June. We will be hosting this event at the Scheepsbouwloods on the NDSM dockland in the North of Amsterdam.
Expect a fun event with an educational twist where vegetarians, flexitarians, vegans and the Veggie-curious ones come together for a fun day out.
The NDSM-werf is easily reached going from Amsterdam Central station. There‘s a ferry going every half an hour from Central station straight to NDSM-werf. We discourage coming by car because of the environment, and if it’s a necessity; please carpool. We encourage everyone to come by bike, as there are enough spots to park your bike.
17th of June – (English) DIY (But Not Alone): the Fair
As a warm up for PISSFEST, we recommend attending this zine fair at Perdu, Amsterdam. Entrance is free and doors open at 12:00 and ends at 18:00. The zine fair will feature many zines and collectives (including PISSWIFE!!). This is a perfect opportunity for networking, if you are thinking of starting your own zine or collective. For more information click here. Questions? Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
28th of June – (English) Decolonial Aesthetics and Post-Soviet Art
From 15:00 to 17:00, decorated feminist thinker, writer, and Professor Madina Tlostanova, specializing in decolonialism. Her lecture will address how decolonial sensibility is implemented in post-Soviet and postcolonial art (particularly from the Caucasus and Central-Asia), resonating with the complex “futureless” human condition of post-Soviet people. Through the prism of art, we will consider the changing and flexible cultural and political reality of the post-Soviet world on the verge of its imminent division and reorientation. The lecture will be followed by a response by Dr. Joost de Bloois (ASCA/UvA). This will take place at the PC. Hoofthuis in room 6. 05. If you are interested in participating, please shoot an email to Fabienne Rachmadiev at email@example.com.
29th of June – (English) Pissfest by PISSWIFE
PISSWIFE zine will be hosting another marvelous event! This time, we want to give back to the community of people that has been there to support PISSWIFE at our first launch party by creating a zine fair. The zine fair will feature all the best zines and art collectives from Amsterdam, there will be a craft table for you to unleash your creativity (plus a workshop by our very own Ayanna), and much more! The zine fair will give away in the evening for some dancing to talented local DJs. This zine fair will held at VLLA Amsterdam. If you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
30th of June – (English) Heal Her Amsterdam
Hosted by Valeria Pierdominici, this powerful event is held at Mira, Amsterdam every last Saturday of every month. Heal Her is a global action by survivors who are coming together to break the silence on violence. Meeting in circles around the world, we create rituals dedicated to storytelling, consciousness-raising, empathetic listening, and collective healing. Heal Her Amsterdam uses psychology, psychodrama, music and dance to create a safe space for people to express themselves, share stories and ideas, teach and be taught. We will work with role playing, improvisation, journaling, psychoanalytic insights, movement, storytelling, music and psychodrama, which will help us feel emotionally safer, develop our connection with our own bodies, and create healthy memories and relationships. This event is suitable for trauma survivors and for women interested in learning how to set boundaries with men, partners, and friends. All group members must respect each other’s privacy and keep discussions in the group confidential. For more information please check their Facebook event. A donation fee will be asked.
Text: Anael Jordan
Image: Saïda Ragas