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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

The Dutch programme at the International Book Fair in Beijing was cunn... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Dear Dutch publishers. The book fair is over. Perhaps you’ll now... >>> read more

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

The days are full and long. We are incessantly bombarded with impressi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Arriving on the stand on the first day, I’d asked a Chinese visi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Big excitement today since we were finally meeting with Songyu from Fl... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The traffic in Beijing is horrendous, I’m sure the other blogger... >>> read more

Thomas Möhlmann

Thomas Möhlmann, Staff member Dutch Foundation for Literature

What an evening the poets and the approximately 200 onlookers present ... >>> read more

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

It’s now the third day, and the first one with plenty of sun. Un... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

What a great opportunity to learn about the Dutch literature for Chine... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

A duck flies to and fro over the vast expanses of world ocean, despera... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

‘In the era of browsing, we provide reading.’ - Slogan see... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The jewel in the crown of our collection of Arbeiderspers titles publi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The Chinese publishers I have met during the course of my career, the ... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

I have so far never been to a book fair. Nor do I know what to imagine... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Since 2006, I began writing about the Netherlands’ performance a... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

Now that the fair is just round the corner, this is perhaps the moment... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

In two weeks’ time, the official opening of one of the largest b... >>> read more

Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr, Dutch poet

Ramsey Nasr (b. 1974, Rotterdam) is a poet and author, actor and direc... >>> read more


Café Amsterdam

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

1-4 September

All over the world, the bar is the meeting place par excellence - for lovers, business partners, and also for artists and writers. The French artist Roland Topor even regarded a visit to the bar as his most creative activity. Amsterdam is the city with the highest density of bars in the world - if we believe Topor, it must therefore be the most creative place in the world.

From 1-4 September, Beijing can also count on an eruption of creative expression as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) opens its doors to Café Amsterdam: a literary bar where Dutch and Chinese writers, comic-strip artists, illustrators, musicians and designers meet one another and enter into discussions with the public about the importance of imagination and curiosity, the modern city, the features and idiosyncrasies of a small country, and much more. For the occasion, the bar of the UCCA will be transformed into an old-fashioned and atmospheric Amsterdam bar, where you meet friends, hear stories, meet a new love, listen to music, or simply kill time. Whatever the case, you will certainly not be bored.

Live music will be performed by Sonja van Hamel & band. Sonja will perform her draw clips - drawings illustrating her songs, that move and travel in time with the music - at the Café Amsterdam in the UCCA. She will be accompanied by Ken Stringfellow and cellist Annie Tangberg, with draw clips visuals operated and filmed live by Eddo Hartmann.