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10.01.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: A week ago today we celebrated our one-year anniversary by sharing cake, birthday wishes and memories of the past year. Two days before the celebration we rounded off 2016 with a twenty-five hour New Year’s Day party that left us with weeks of positive vibes.
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10.01.2017 Café | Mathis Neuhaus: It has often been said that art possesses the quality to change the world. There is, of course, a fair share of hope and optimism stirred into this phrase, but current times could need more of both.
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04.01.2017 Gallery | Mathis Neuhaus: Donna Verheijden looks beneath the surface. Surfaces, to be precise. Beneath all those which are super-HD, super-glossy, super-flat. Music videos, commercials and pop cultural images that are part of our collective memory are her objects of investigation. In her work she tries to decode them, because usually we don’t.
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31.12.2016 Café | Alise Akimova: A healthy and delicious breakfast is more then essential in case you plan on dancing until the light of days. To start off the New Year, brunch accompanied by friends and loved ones is the way to do it just right.
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14.12.2016 Gallery | Floor van Hulsen: It’s 08:00 on a Monday morning. As I try to concentrate on my blog I’m constantly distracted by my Facebook inbox, Whatsapp messages and emails that keep coming in. And as if that wasn’t enough, I don’t pay for my Spotify account so commercials pollute my heart-felt playlist.
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08.12.2016 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: Traditionally January is the month for deejay holidays. During the summer break, there’s non-stop festivals, and now the festival plot ever thickens (I believe Dutch festival seasons runs from March to November), the only month to go to Bali is right at the start of the year.
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01.12.2016 Café | Mathis Neuhaus: Let’s face it: our attention span has seen better times. Over the last years it did not extend. Rather, the opposite is the case. While reading a text on the Internet, the eyes drift off to other open tabs in the browser, a movie is paused to quickly check new emails and messages and a book is almost always competing with some screen that glows nearby.
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29.11.2016 Club | Mathis Neuhaus: Time flies when you are having fun. Which is probably one of the reasons why the last eleven months gone by so swiftly. Stories have been told about the still-wet color on the dancefloor’s walls during the opening days in January. These days you already find little scribblings, messages and codes all over the place.
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26.11.2016 Club | Jasmin Hoek: It's 2016 and all-male lineups are still the norm. Which is strange, for me at least, because gender doesn't play a role in my taste in music.
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24.11.2016 Café | Ben Rogerson: Since its birth, De School has been in a constant catch up with its own expectations. Its continual progression can be characterised by every facet, whether it’s in the club or the gym or an exhibition or the restaurant or café.
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22.11.2016 Het Gymlokaal | Een paar weken geleden hadden we tijdens ADE voor het eerst een gloednieuw toernooi in Het Gymlokaal - namelijk een zaalvoetbaltoernooi samen met Resident Advisor voor het goede doel Help Refugees. Dit is ons zo goed bevallen, dat we een maandelijks terugkerende sportdag gaan organiseren; toepasselijk genaamd De Sportdag.
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19.11.2016 Club | Jasmin Hoek: You know those DJs that have a jealous making ability to blend everything seamlessly together? That kind of DJ is Josey Rebelle. Without you even noticing, the question “Wait, wasn’t I listening to something different two seconds ago?” keeps on popping up in your head while listening to her sets.
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16.11.2016 Club | Jasmin Hoek: In anticipation of De School’s special trance night, I met up with Joeri Woudstra, better known as Torus. You will probably recognize Torus from either his music released under the Rwina record label, or his legendary performance at Lowlands last year, or even a more recent project: his Red Light Radio trance special, Green Laser Radio.
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15.11.2016 Club | Jack Dolan: A friend once described drum & bass to me as 'the genre that refuses to die'. This was clearly meant as a cutting remark, and I admit it tickled me quite a lot but it also occurred to me that it could be taken as a compliment.
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13.11.2016 Club | Mathis Neuhaus: What is it that defines a dance floor? One could argue for the necessity of certain obvious elements like a booth, a booming sound system or just any, in the sense of the word, floor that provides enough space to dance. But then again, at some point everyone certainly made the experience of a functioning dance floor without any of the above stated factors given and without any of the above stated factors missed.
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06.11.2016 Club | Floor van Hulsen: On the 13th of October the first edition of Tijdgenoten was opened in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum. The four works on display were all made by artist Mohamed Bourouissa and are called: Screenshot, Legend, All-In and La Valeur Du Produit. The opening night could be described as an earlier art opening where Andy Warhol, Madonna, Basquiat and Keith Haring would also be perfectly able to entertain themselves.
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03.11.2016 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: December last year we were still awaiting our final license, the room that was supposed to become a restaurant looked like an old classroom filled up with trash, and it actually was. There was no stove yet in the restaurant, no sound in the club, and no heating in the office.
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01.11.2016 Club | Alex Rigby: In light of their Indigo Aera label turning 5 years old, De School residents Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorff recently released an intriguing project named Lost Archives which compiles their most prized techno finds to date.
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18.10.2016 Club | Alise Akimova: Lennart Ylstra (26, chef) and Thor Lunstroo (36, sous-chef) are the creative minds behind the kitchen of Restaurant DS. Those of us who were lucky to have already tried some of their culinary creations in the restaurant are aware that the menu always contains gastronomical adventures.
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17.10.2016 Gallery | Mathis Neuhaus: The art is everywhere by now. On the plates in the restaurant, in the garden, the basement and the wardrobe. And, obviously still, in the tried and tested Kunstlokaal. During the week of the notorious and excessive Amsterdam Dance Event Dutch artist Gabey Tjon a Tham will present her work ))))) repetition at my distance in the space of big windows and little boundaries.
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12.10.2016 Club | Ruben Leter: All the songs Daniel Maloso has ever made make you want to dance. Sadly, it has been a few years since he’s released anything of his own. Beside that, it's not that easy to see his live performance, with him living in Mexico and this being the first time he’ll perform in Amsterdam.
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10.10.2016 Club | Alise Akimova: Have you noticed the steaming bowls of ramen served in café DS, available for guests, dancers and friends every evening from Tuesday to Saturday? Originating from Japan - quick, easy and delicious ramen is immensely popular in all corners of the country.
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07.10.2016 Club | Jasmin Hoek: Destiny Nicolle Frasqueri, better known as Princess Nokia, first gained serious international recognition in 2012 with the catchy tune ‘Bitch I’m Posh’. It was produced it under her alias Wavy Spice and right away Wavy Spice was the next big thing in the bloggers community of Tumblr in May 2012.
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06.10.2016 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: Back in March, when we’d just opened, Aurora Halal played our club and I remember for the first time thinking: this is it. I remember asking after her liveset that smoothly turned into a dj-set, shall we do this again?
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29.09.2016 Club | Floor van Hulsen: De School continuously furthers its artistic programming. In the months to come, a diverse range of exhibitions will be organised in collaboration with museums and other organisations. So now, during a night of clubbing you can take a break and enjoy some of the finest art - isn’t that a refreshing alternative to an oasis of white cubes?
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21.09.2016 Het Gymlokaal | RA and De School are hosting a 5-a-side football tournament for charity at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event.
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19.09.2016 Club | Tammo Hesselink: Numerous jokes have been made about the homogeneity of techno fashion, but without caution this fate might just as well be in for the music. The minimalistic, short loop based nature of techno can easily trap people into an overly formulaic approach.
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13.09.2016 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: Almost a year ago, we were able to give a tour through De School during ADE – on a dark Thursday night, which was also the first time I got to see the basement pitch black. It was a few hours before Four Tet would play Dekmantel’s party, and we were strolling through a dark building, basically still just an old school, joking about soon to be foam canons and extraordinary led screens.

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24.08.2016 Club | In samenwerking met Cinema Delicatessen presenteren wij op 24 en 25 september Het Filmweekend. Tijdens deze dagen worden bij De School de films Young Wrestlers (2016) en Ants On A Shrimp (2016) vertoond. Met deze films leggen we een link tussen Het Gymlokaal en Restaurant DS door vóór de filmvertoningen een MMA clinic te organiseren en Japanese amuses te serveren.
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23.08.2016 Gallery | Starting this week, we'll be displaying a new photo exhibition in collaboration with Fotolab Kiekie. In the hallway behind Restaurant DS, you can now feast your eyes on the photo series From Buddha to Yogi by Simone Engelen.
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