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:
8th of September – Radical Queer Resistance Festival
This festival will be held at Eerste Schinkelstraat 16 in Amsterdam, and will include tons of inspiring activist workshops, discussions, performances and all-round goodness. On their Facebook page, Radical Queer Resistance describes themselves as “a non-profit, autonomous DIT (do-it-together) event, entirely planned and produced by volunteers. Our planning group includes Transgender Activists, Gender Non Binary Queers, People of Color and Queer Refugees. We oppose white supremacy, xenophobia, authoritarianism, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms.” What’s not to love? For more information, please keep an eye out for posts in their Facebook event.
14th of September – 10 Years of Losing Our Edge
Happy birthday to our good friends at Subbacultcha! The wonderful Subbacultcha is celebrating its 10th birthday on the 14th of September and we want to invite everyone of you to come to their party. The event will be happening in Garage Noord, which is a really cool venue in the North of Amsterdam. “Having started as an unruly music publication with a DIY flair, and then growing into a quarterly music magazine bigger in size and ambition, the magazine has always played a pivotal role in what we see as the Subbacultcha ecosystem – a network of off-beat musicians and artists, and their avid supporters. This September marks the 10-year anniversary of our magazine. Jot down the date, ‘cause we’ll be celebrating big-time and stay tuned for more information to follow soon.” As a non-member, the event will cost you 8 euros.
15th of September – WHY AM I HERE? Symposium
An event about a rather important topic: Trans presence in musea. The night will revolve around a research that has been done by Julius Thissen and Alice Venir and involves artists Mavi Veloso, Geo Wyeth and our personal favorite Olave Basabose. On the 15th, the symposium takes place in the Van Abbemuseum and will start around 11. “‘WHY AM I HERE?’ aims to involve these three talented artists to critically and creatively intervene in the museum and its collection, to question what diversity and inclusivity can, could and should mean. The project focuses on questions such as: How to make an interest in diversity into something that actually works for diversity? How to not only look and talk about trans people in the museum but to actually listen to them? How to involve us –trans and queer people– and our communities in institutional contexts while keeping a critical eye on the ways in which this inclusion operates? These are some of the central questions that will be addressed during the symposium.”
17th of September – De Schoonheidssalon: Bloody Hormones
Hormones, periods, your menstrual cyclus… These are all topics that are conventionally seen as awkward to talk about. Loads of scientific research points to “feminine” hormones as being the cause of hypothetical “natural” differences between men and women. These theories however, often exclude non-binary people from their theoretical framework. De Schoonheidssalon is hosting this night about ‘Bloody Hormones‘ to discuss these topics: Feminist collective De Bovengrondse is co-hosting and the event will be held in De Rode Hoed.
19th of September – (DUTCH) Feminist Literature Course
As was already mentioned in our previous website article, our friends over at Uitgeverij Chaos are organizing a crash course in Feminist literature. They will be discussing many wonderful books, including The Power by Naomi Alderman and The First Bad Man by Miranda July. If you are either a huge fan of literature or just starting out reading your way through a few feminist classics: This crash course in feminist literature would suit you just well. There are only limited spots available so head out to their website and sign yourself up for months full of good reads. The course will cost you 150 euros and will take place in Savannah Bay.
Text: Tessel ten Zweege
Image: Saïda Ragas