Amsterdam, Netherlands
Maarten, 28
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a bit about Maarten

What are you working on these days?

I’m organizing a festival named GROW, where we combine urban music with a green side programme. Last year visitors could experience what sustainability could add to their lives. One example: people could make their own perfume made out of orange peels, or transform there empty cup into a customized ring. I find it challenging to move people positively in a different direction. We organized this festival in line with the development of the Floriade Almere 2022. A world exhibition near Amsterdam were we are creating one of the greenest urban areas in the world. My role as a festival- and event manager is to organize happenings that encage different focus groups to the making of this world expo.

What drives you mad these days?

That a lot of people tend to point at others instead of looking at themselves.

What makes you happy?

The sun.

When was the last time you cried?

When I watched the news where a crowd was protesting against the realization of a refugee shelter. The lack of contemplation saddened me.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

I really like the new album of The Radio Dept. – Running out of Love. It’s dreamy, poppy but also very danceable.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Spirited Away, a beautiful classic Japanese anime full of ‘hidden’ messages, by Hayao Miyazaki.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

It’s time for a new wardrobe when a new fase starts, or if you want to start a new fase. For shopping I would go to Weekday (Rokin) and for secondhand clothing Episode or Kiloshop (Jodenbreestraat). At the last place you pay per kilo.

What’s your go-to café in Amsterdam?

I like to go to different places for different occasions because life isn’t like the series Friends right? I’ll meet my friends at places like Blauwe Theehuis, Kriterion, Bar Jones or at Café Struik. For meetings I would go to places near the river, like Tolhuistuin, because I like to have a view while talking business.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I’ll take the ferry to the NDSM-docks: because being on the water is highly relaxing and you get to see the city from a different point.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Amsterdam but never actually do?

Have breakfast at fancy places. Or get on the swing on the A’DAM Tower: you can swing over the really high edge.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I don’t have one.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

To the gym or the newest exhibition of Stedelijk Museum.

What’s that place in Amsterdam you feel like only you know about?

A hamlet just outside of Amsterdam, called Durgerdam. It’s like time stood still. I go there to swim, listen to birds, sit on a pier or just enjoy the really nice view on the lake, the polders and the city.

If tomorrow was your last day in Amsterdam before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would gather all my friends on the highest roof top to have a champagne breakfast and then go to an outdoor festival. Because that’s what we do best in Amsterdam.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

The North. Because there’s a lot of space for innovation in all kinds of ways.

What’s the spot in Amsterdam you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Amsterdam Sloterdijk Railway Station. This is like playing a very hard video game without having a console in your hand. Not navigable at all. And it’s ugly.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I would go to a distillery called ‘tnwediep in Flevopark situated in an old pumping station. I would offer their really tasteful home-made liquors of bio ingredients to my friends.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Walking around in the dunes in the sun with nobody around and my phone switched off.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

As with the bars, I don’t like to be stuck to one place. I normally check out the programs of different venues. OT301, Cruquisgilde or Radion. Or I’ll follow collectives like LET and SUBBACULTCHA to see what’s happening. But usually I let the night decides what happens.

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