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06.04.2017 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek.

The first thing I encountered when walking into De School last Monday, was long time staff member Marciano cutting wood. Building a house for our new residents, two pigs, that will arrive next week. They’re going to help our chefs getting rid of the food waste, and next to that probably just hang around. You can say hi when visiting Subbacultcha concerts in their intimate cool concert venue s105.

Speaking of which, our Subbacultcha housemates bring in more good stuff for coming month. On Thursday May 18, Palmbomen the Second brings his new live set to our Muzieklokaal for the release of Memories of Cindy (a recurring character it seems). Our spiritual father Olaf Boswijk played with Palmbomen in Bogota last weekend and texted me right afterwards that the new Palmbomen live set was nothing but amazing – and has Olaf ever been wrong?

In a jungle of collaborations Subbacultcha, together with The Rest Is Noise, also invited Kelly Lee Owens (early contender for album of the year?) and Blanck Mass to Het Muzieklokaal, to soundtrack the third episode of our Tijdgenoten series. After cooperating with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and LIMA, we got together with EYE for the next step. For Tijdgenoten #3 EYE’s programmers selected their favorite clips in the history of erotic cinema from the rich collection of the Filmmuseum. The exhibition will run till the start of June, and will be accessible during club nights, concerts, in between dinner courses or after a cup of tea in our café. The entrance for the opening party is free as always, deejays for the night are Mata Hari and De School regular Job Sifre – who might play in our club basement soon as well.

Our May program also sees an event the world hasn’t seen before. Starting early evening on Friday May 19, Arnon Grunberg, perhaps the biggest Dutch living literary author, will spend twenty-four hours with fifty selected readers in De School. A nice illustration for his status might be that his name was on the front page of the newspaper this morning twice: once on top of his daily column (of which he’s never missed a day in the eight years it’s been running) and once because he’d won the Gouden Ganzenveer price yesterday evening, further filling his trophy case. Though his work is often praised for its literary quality, it’s also the quantity that stands out: over the past twenty years he’s published around fifty works, while also writing columns and essays for almost every Dutch newspaper and magazine. I should know, after reading through almost all of it for a research assignment and studying Dutch literature, where Grunberg haunted the university as a guiding light for all teachers and students. Our warmest shout goes out to Das Magazin, the freshest Dutch literary magazine, for bringing Grunberg to their yearly festival once again and giving us the chance to host it. After his one hour reading club last year he (ironically?) mentioned that the next one should be at least twenty-four hours (because true literary experience is also about pain and struggle right?), which connected Das Magazin to our twenty-four hour spirit, a wild combination.

May also sees the return of Het Weekend, for the seventh and perhaps the brightest edition. An ongoing Facebook chat between Job, Elias and me resulted in this long long party, built from/on their input. A short overview of their ideas: air balloons, inviting minimal star / Melliflow head honcho / Robert Johnson regular / legendary selector (here in great conversation with Matt Unicomb for RA) Vera for a long set in Het Muzieklokaal, having the big friendly school hero Somewhen plus buddy Roi Perez around, asking school friends JP, Oceanic, Jasper & Maarten and Avalon, plus bringing over The Block programmer Partok. More light will shine from the soon to be announced De Tuin deejays and a trio of Sandberg art students.  

Moreover in May: first ever guest Jennifer Cardini after a long set by Vladimir Ivkovic (‘A great ambassador for the human race’ Marco, Y. 2017) and Lena Willikens, Joy Orbison inviting Beatrice Dillon (drums drums drums) and Jon K, Konstantin bringing Lawrence to school, Xosar returning after a long break with intergalactic live powers (new album here!), Talismann inviting Marco Shuttle for a long opening set (here in conversation with Izabel, talking about the connection between his music and his studies in women’s wear design), Cinnaman inviting powerhouse Tessela plus a soon to be announced American guest and finally Young Marco and Gilb’R keep tired feet moving the night after the great Lentekabinet Festival (Silver Apples! Aksak Maboul & Véronique Vincent!). Alpha step, omega step, school spirit.
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