De Melkweg - Amsterdam


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Name of the organisation in charge of the site: Stichting Melkweg
Type of structure : Dutch Foundation
Profile of the initiators of the project : theatre group DAT (Documentair Actueel Theater)
Continent : Europe
Country : Netherlands
Address/tel/fax : Lijnbaansgracht 234 A
1017 PH Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel: +31-(0)20- 531 81 81
fax: secretariat +31-(0)20-531 81 99
music dept. +31-(0)20-5318188
gallery/theatre/cinema +31-(0)20-5318118
Website :
Contact : Cor Schlosser , director


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Melkweg is a multi-disciplinary cultural centre, which focuses on music (new
dance developments on the one hand, world music on the other) as well as
theatre (cross-over of new theatre with dance, visual arts, performance-art
and new media); the cinema offers opinionated programming and concentrates
on peripheral genres.
The programming of the photo-gallery focuses on portraits, social and
political topics and furthermore there is a mediaroom which hosts
video-installations and -shows and which will be enlarged in the near
Melkweg is an important player and a producer in the Amsterdam festival
scene as a venue as well as an organisation (Amsterdam Roots Festival,
5daysoff, Stichting Samenwerkende Leidsepleintheaters, a.o.) and has a joint
production unit with Paradiso: Paradiso-Melkweg Productiehuis.

Former use : sugar warehouse (1890-1930s) and dairy (1930s-1969)
Surface of the site : 3.200 m2
Architect of the rehabilitation : Jim Klinkhamer (Jonkman & Klinkhamer)
Foundation year: 1970
Type of occupation : rent
Owner of the building : City of Amsterdam


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– Cafι/ Restaurant: cap. 100 persons seated/standing

– Cinema: cap. 90

– 2 halls:
The Max, 330 m2 / stage 8,5x5,4 m / cap. 1.000 persons standing or 250 seated
Oude Zaal, 268 m2 / stage 9,5x4,75 / cap. 750 standing or 200 seated

– Art gallery: cap. 100 persons standing

– Rehearsal studios: 40 m2

– Theatre hall: stage 10x12 m, cap. 140 seated

– 1 audio production studio

–  1 video room, 15 m2, cap. 15

Artistic and social disciplines

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– Visual arts: exhibitions, multi-disciplinary projects, films, festivals

– Music: concerts, festivals, performances

– Dance: performances, co-operations, festivals

– Theatre: performances, co-operations, festivals

– Radio: co-operation

– Multimedia: programming, production, festivals

– Video: permanent installations (entrance hall, video room), festivals

– Graphic creation: production within publicity department

– Cinema: screenings, festivals

– Workshops: as part of some manifestations

– Children’s specific cultural activities in co-operation with existing NGOs

Financial support

–  City of Amsterdam

– Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (Ministerie voor OCenW)

– Other funding:
– VSB (bank) fund
– Thuiskopiefonds (relegation of tax-money derived from sound recording mediums)
- Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunsten)- City of Amsterdam
– EC (supporting various activities, co-productions, etc.)

–  % of own income in the budget: 88%


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Modified on Friday 20 August 2004