Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam
A new multi art venue in Amsterdam
De Tolhuistuin aims to be a free space for arts & culture. Rooted in the communities of Amsterdam North, the part of the city that was traditionally seen as the wrong side of the river, we will host a widely varied program of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media and literature. We aim to serve an audience from Amsterdam and far beyond, following the agenda of a new Europe, hospitable and cosmopolitan; the new Europe as we would like to see it. In our activities, audience and artists, we seek for maximum diversity. Boundaries are there to be crossed. We aim for the confrontation of difference, opposites working together, the art of the impossible.
Our bar and restaurant, among the largest of the city, will be open from early morning to late at night, just like the beautiful park along the water. Also, the THT pavilion will consist of three halls with music and theatre stages, two exhibition spaces, a hiphopschool, and four smaller buildings with workspaces for young professionals in music, visual arts, architecture, design and literature. The official opening of the complete centre is planned for the spring of 2012.
Tolhuistuin is located on the former science campus of Shell at the IJ river bank opposite the central station of Amsterdam
Ferry ‘Buiksloterweg’ at the back side of the Central Station will bring you to the Tolhuistuin in 10 minutes.
The Tolhuistuin is consists of eight buildings in a parc, the pavilion offers a music hall, restaurant, exhibition space, conference facilities and dance studio
The Wall Street Journal about
‘The North District’
How One Amsterdam Neighborhood Became Trendy, Drawing Artists, Musicians and Eateries
When Amsterdammers speak with pride of their city, they aren’t in the habit of facing north.The sprawling Noord district has always felt a world apart. Its physical separation—Amsterdam’s IJ harbor sits between Noord and the rest of the city—isn’t the only reason residents have a historic tendency to turn their noses up at the district.
“Noord used to be to Amsterdam what Australia used to be to England,” explains Chris Keulemans, artistic director of the Tolhuistuin, a complex of buildings and parks in Noord hosting artists and musical events. “The city sent their criminals, their alcoholics, their homeless, their general outcasts [there],” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A better analogy now might posit Noord as Amsterdam’s Berlin: still poor in parts perhaps, but sexier all the time. Noord still carries a fiercely independent spirit; everything else about the district, though, is changing. In the past decade, defunct factories have been converted into studio spaces for artists; old warehouses have been flipped for use as dining hotspots. MTV moved onto the docks in 2007. Artists, music festivals and galleries have followed.
An evolution is afoot, and there are more reasons than ever to leave Central Station from the IJ side and hop one of the three ferries carrying passengers to Noord. Summer is the best season—venues such as the Tolhuistuin, which is affiliated with the famous Paradiso music club, recently kicked off their summer programming, while the Over Het IJ Festival, which began Thursday, is showcasing artists and performers from throughout the city.
“This is kind of like moving to Williamsburg, [Brooklyn],” says David Lindberg, an American artist, whose studio sits on a former loading dock on the NDSM, a former shipyard. “There’s a lot of space. When I came here in 2000, there was not too much at all. I thought, well, this is like the next stop on the L [subway line in New York].”
There is no subway to Noord yet, though a metro line is in the works. But a 15-minute ferry ride from Central Station will bring you to NDSM, one of the hippest—and certainly oddest—junctures of the city. On the shipyards, a haphazard collection of converted industrial structures have been re-purposed. The 20,000-square-meter construction hangar now holds the “arts city,” a warren of makeshift arts studios, under its roof. The MTV Networks Benelux headquarters sits in an adjacent building. Across the gravel-strewn lot, creative residents have left their mark, giving the place a post-apocalyptic charm. Decommissioned tram cars stuffed with plastic dolls sit before the water; a sculpture made of rebar mimics a tree twisting in the wind.