Today’s Drift starts at the Buiksloterweg ferry dock, behind Amsterdam Centraal Station at 15:00.
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– The route
We depart from CS and cross the Ij river to Overhoeksplein, now a tourist attraction, then a gallows for the city’s criminals, castaways, and unwanted.
We pass the former gallows and walk through Tolhuistuin, a park set up behind the former Shell Oil canteen, before following the Buiksloterkanaal and surveying all the new construction across the canal.
Next, we stay close to the canal as we enter the Van Der Pekt area. This residential area was built as worker housing during and after WWI, in particular housing workers from the shipyard at NDSM but also housing workers in the emerging airplane manufacturing company in Noord — Fokkers.
During the occupation during WWII, Nazis took over the Fokkers airplane factory, adjacent to where De Ceuvel is today, and appropriated it for the Nazi war effort.
In July 1943, Allied planes attempted to bomb the Fokkers airplane factory, and instead rained bombs down throughout the neighborhood we’ll be walking in.
Keep an eye out for the non-brick, white buildings in the midst of all the brick buildings near the playground. This is where the deadliest of the friendly fire bombings took place.
Next we’ll walk along the canal through Disteldorp, another socialist worker housing block built just after WWI. We’ll then walk around a former hospital that’s now a hotel, before giving way to the remnants of the neighborhood’s gentrification project — the last remaining light industrial businesses and workshops that line the street on the way to De Ceuvel.
Friends and fellow Drifters,
Tomorrow’s the day for Drift 10! We will start the Drift at 1pm at Mokumboot East:
1092 AD Amsterdam
Mookumbooat is located near Artis, across from the Tropenmuseum. Trams 3, 7, 9, 10 and 14 stop right around the corner.
We’ll have three boats of eight people each. The idea is that we’ll form a sort of boat drift caravan in the eastern canals. We’ll try to keep close together as we drift along, since we’ll be using the app AmpMe to form a collective, local broadcast powered sound system for the boats playing at just the right volume to blend with the sound of the water and ambient environment.
Drift 10 coincides with the celebration of the release of my small tape label’s first cassette — Pulsing Fields/Distelweg. We’ll listen to the digital edition of the release, as well as some of my inspirations while making it as part of the music mix tomorrow. I’ll also bring a few cassettes with me in case you’d like to pick one up (they’re also available over at http://secretmainstream.bandcamp.com).
A few more notes and reminders:
- Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so we get can get out on the water at 1pm
- Feel free to bring any drinks you’d like, just remember, we have the boats for two hours and there’s no bathroom on board (please plan accordingly)
- Remember to bring your fully charged smart phone
- The Drift is sold out, so if you’ve already RSVP’d and can’t make it, let me know so I can let the folks on the waiting list know.
- Please try to download Amp Me before you arrive. It’s freely available for iOS and Android here: https://www.ampme.com . (As a fallback, it’s not a bad idea to bring your earbuds with you, too.)
See you all tomorrow!
Sunday July 29, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Amsterdam, 1092AD (Map)
A drift by whisper boat, in the eastern canals of Amsterdam.
In quiet, electric-powered boats, we will drift in the industrial canals, enjoy some drinks in the sun, and see the city by water while listening. This one’s a special edition, as it also marks the release of my tape label’s first ambient release, Distelweg/Pulsing Fields.
To cover the costs of the boat rental, we’re asking for €10 per seat, and we expect the drift to last about two hours in total.
Hey Drifters! Sorry things have been so silent — the boat Drift I’ve been planning for this Sunday, July 1 has hit some snags, and it’s caused me to readjust the plans for the last couple drifts of the season.
The new boat Drift is rescheduled for Sunday, July 29 at 2pm, taking off from Mauritskade 65, in Amsterdam near the Artis Zoo. To cover the cost of the boat rentals, I’m asking for a €10 donation for attendees. I will create a new event just for this Drift in next couple days, as soon as the boat rentals are confirmed.
This Drift will be a special one for me because the music mix this time will be my first ambient cassette release! (Bandcamp links coming soon.)
Hope you all are enjoying the Summer! ✌🏼
Free RSVP — Facebook event page
On Sunday, June 3 at 15:00, Drift Club Amsterdam takes the second in a series of trips to Rotterdam. This time, we’ll explore the urban village of Oud-Charlois, across the Maas, in Rotteram Zuid. We will meet in front of the Robin Hood 2nd Hand Store at Boergoensestraat 17 19, 3082 KA Rotterdam.
Drift 009 coincides with Charlois Special, a 10-day neighborhood festival, where the doors of the many neighborhood artists and musicians are open to the public.
Mark yourself as ‘going’ on the Facebook event page (or drop me an email at email@example.com), and feel free to share the invite with anyone who’d like to join us!