Writer’s Block Happenings: Weeks 44, 45 & 46

Writer’s Block Happenings, this time featuring 50% more weeks! Wondering what’s hip and happening in and around Amsterdam? Wonder no more:

  • Talk Writing & Drink Booze! The 6th of November, Writer’s Block is hosting an evening full of alcohol and literature. Get to know the new board and get hold of our latest issue at the Crea Café from 20.00 and onwards.
  • KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival From 4-9 November, EYE is hosting the animation festival for adults, including Pixar, political animated shorts, and Comedy Central. Day pass/Unlimited Pass €32,50/€60. Tickets for single screenings tba.
  • Opening Vivian Maier exhibition On the 6th of November, Foam is going to open a new exhibition of street photographer Vivian Maier. Exhibition lasts till 28 January.
  • Harry Mulisch Festival Don’t forget, Dutchies have great literature too! On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 november, De Balie will discuss Harry Mulisch’s works. Student tickets €7,50.
  • Mark Rothko exhibition @ Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, till the 1st of February 2015. An incredible amount of monumental works by Rothko are exhibited at the Gemeentemuseum of The Hague. Tickets are €13,50 for students.
  • IndieBingo and Beer Tasting. Music Valhalla Paradiso is hosting a bingo and beer-tasting event on the 4th of November. Prizes to win and beer to drink! Need we say more? Tickets are €5 and doors open at 19.00.
  • The Waste Land Get a better understanding of T.S. Eliot’s poem at De Balie. Student tickets €7,50. Oh, and guess who’ll be teaching a speed workshop of The Waste Land? It’s our very own Jane Lewty!
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her. The first two installments of a collection of three films about a couple’s relationship. Starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. In theatres from the 30th of October.
  • Interstellar. After travelling through dreams in Inception, Christopher Nolan’s latest film explores space travel and it’s prone to be a showstopper. In theatres from the 6th of November.
  • Mommy. The latest film by Canadian filmmaker and wunderkind Xavier Dolan about a widowed mother struggling with raising her difficult son. In theatres from the 13th of November.
  • Samba. Remember Intouchables? Those responsible for that heart-warming film have now come up with Samba, a story a migrant from Senegal who works as a dish washer in France. Starring Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. In theatres from the 13th of November.

Don’t forget there’s a whole slew of events from the last few weeks that might still be going on! The complete list of events is always featured on the right of the page, so use the search function if you’re looking for info on a specific event that’s not on the above list. Do you happen to have a really good suggestion for the next edition of WB Happenings? Let us know through writerssblock@gmail.com, and we might include your suggestion in the next edition!


WB Happenings – Week 40/41

Let’s face it: there simply are days that you find yourself with a desire to go out and do something awesome, but you’ve just got no idea where to go. Boy, have we got just the fix for you! Here, you’ll find a WB-approved selection of events happening in Amsterdam right now, or in the very near future. Do you happen to have a really good suggestion for the next edition of WB Happenings? Let us know through writerssblock@gmail.com, and we might include your suggestion in the next edition!



  • 20 July – 9 November Bad Thoughts @ Stedelijk Museum. Private collection by Martijn and Jeanette Sanders containing a diverse selection of photographs, drawings, and graphic design.
  • 17 September – 10 December Under Construction: New Positions in American Photography @ Foam. Group exhibition of a new generation of image-makers reassessing the value of the photographic image in the 21st century.
  • 10 October – 1 February Breitner schetst Amsterdam @ Stadsarchief.



  • 29 September Special screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off @ Kriterion, 22.00.
  • From 4 September and onwards A Most Wanted Man. Film directed by Anton Corbijn based on the homonymous book by John le Carré about a power struggle between bankers, lawyers, and counter-terrorists.
  • From 28 August and onwards Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 3D. Neo-noir film starring Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis. Sequel to the film Sin City released in 2005.



  • 25, 26, 27 September Tasso, Het Nationale Toneel @ Compagnietheater (in Dutch). Play, originally by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, about a young talented artist named Alfonso who has to choose between a life of rest and regularity or a life of freedom and passion.



  • 25 September Battle of Ideas – Are We Facing a Democratic Crisis? @ De Balie, 20.00. Panel discussions with experts and an open dialogue with the audience about the democratic crises of today.


Books and magazines

  • 27 September Book signing and Q&A with Herman Koch @ American Book Center
  • 04 October Amsterdam Zine Jam 2014 @ Felix Meritis



  • 6-12 October Camera Japan. Japanese multidisciplinary cultural festival.
  • 8-12 October Afrovibes @ MC Theater and Bijlmer Parktheater. Music, arts and theatre festival celebrating South-African culture.
  • 15-19 October Amsterdam Dance Event. Electronic music festival with more than 800 events in over 80 clubs throughout the city.