Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sanne, 38
Club Manager
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a bit about Sanne

What are you working on these days?

During my study in Psychology I started dj-ing and throwing parties, which was way more fun than studying. So my interests took a turn towards my passion for music and now I work at De School, an old school transformed into a restaurant, café, gym, office space but first and foremost, a club. My job is to run the club when it’s open and during the week I coördinate different uses of space as well as events in the building. I also occasionally still DJ under the guise of Lola.

What drives you mad these days?

It drives me mad that we can not get together as Europe to fix some basic needs for all people trying to find safe places for themselves and their families. Also, loud boats in the canals, tourists dreaming when I need to pass on my bike.

What makes you happy?

Fresh bread, chickens running in the garden, cycling up north of Amsterdam and watching the bird flocks in the IJsselmeer and the polders, playing good music loud, first sunny days in Amsterdam and people going outside, meeting new people, getting bored and reading a book, going from my house to my boyfriends house with my canoe.

When was the last time you cried?

It’s fair to say i’m quite emotional and I cry easily. Just deprive me of my well needed sleep and you’ll find me sobbing on the couch while watching BBC’s The Hunt featuring baby impalas getting caught by jaguars.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

My musical taste is very wide and I have a different musical obsession every week. I’m usually into older music and learn about the stories around the artists, for instance blues women like Koko Taylor or artists like Pharoah Sanders.

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

Me and my boyfriend go to the movies a lot! I recently visited the Nederlands Film Festival in Utrecht, where my boyfriends’ movie Cavello premiered. We watched a lot of short movies there, most of them interesting, some of them weird.

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

My outfits consist of COS and Other Stories or a second hand clothes mostly. My boyfriends big sweaters smell good and are very comfortable too. In Tilburg there is a big second hand shop where I go once in a while to find new stuff.

What’s your go-to café in Amsterdam?

Well, since I work at De School, i’m often in their café too for meetings. Quartier Putain in the Red Light District is nice as well! Het Blaauwhoofdt has great cheese fondue and Gebr. Niemeijer has the best croissants, both good reasons for regular visits.

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

Bickerseiland, west of Central Station is so fairylike and cute, with many houseboats, little canals, old trees and even a submarine as house. You can find a tiny garden with animals for children to play. And my first house in Amsterdam is in one of the prettiest streets of the city. Across the entrance of Artis (the zoo) is a street with big houses, gardens in the front and healthy green trees. From my house I could hear the monkeys scream in the morning. These neighbourhoods are great for strolling around.

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

I love to walk in the parks, get outside and cycle my way up north from Amsterdam to see the birds there. You can definataly the best fries in town at IJburg Snacks near the Schellingwouderbrug, which has a messy terrace outside. Being in a boat is great too, but i get a bit claustrophobic when I think about it.

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

To see movies all day at EYE Filmmuseum, or go to Sauna Deco at Prinsengracht which has a beautiful art deco interior. Also I would go to a concert at night, many venues in Amsterdam have great stuff to do. And eventually, go to the club, because if it rains you can stay in bed all day without feeling guilty 🙂

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

Pfoeh, this is difficult. One of my heroes is Roísin Murphy and I would love to take her to some musea, drink get lost in the Red Light District, take a boat ride up to the natury parts of Amsterdam, have diner at Vuurtoreneiland and then dance all night at De School.

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

My house, friends, get a soundsystem in the basement and have fun!

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

Well, I really don’t have the illusion there would be a place like that. There’s a small coffeeshop covered in so many plants that you would easily miss it! It’s a shame I don’t smoke (weed) but I feel like this would be my place; La Tertulia (Prinsengracht 312).

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

EAT CAKE WITH MY ROOMMATE ARON. We find eachother in gluttony.

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

The Amsterdam Dungeon or Madame Tussaud… YUGH!!! Tasteless, overcrowded, uninteresting, cheap entertainment. Don’t go there! Don’t let the big cues fool you!

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

Deep west of Amsterdam. As the centre is getting more crowded by tourists, the original movers/shakers move to the outskirts, so interesting stuff will happen there. Also more different cultures reside there side to side, so more interesting issues would be on my agenda 🙂

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

There are so many different events every night in Amsterdam, definately in summer, it’s never a sure thing where I will go, and that’s exactly the fun of it. Disco Dolly, Claire, De School, Pacific Parc, Belgique, Struik are all nice places to go. It all depends on who plays what music where!!

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