Sunday, August 19, 2012

Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234a 1017 PH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Melkweg (English translation: "Milky Way"), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1970 when a Dutch theatre group discovered, then squatted on, a deserted dairy factory in the center of Amsterdam.

The ground floor of the building now houses The Max (capacity of 1,000) and the Oude Zaal (capacity of 700), which are used primarily for concerts and events.

The Melkweg is one of the most well-known cultural centers within and outside the Netherlands, and is unique because of a program that unites five artistic disciplines under one roof: music, dance/theatre, film, photography and media art. Concerts, dance events, theatrical and dance productions, films, media art presentations and photo exhibitions are staged in five halls and several small rooms.

The large, sprawling building can be found just off the popular Leidseplein nightlife hub and with five rooms often hosting different events, is one of the most diverse nightclubs in Amsterdam in terms of its offering. As well as a nightclub and music venue, Melkweg's various rooms often play host to theatrical performances, dance productions, movies, media art installations and photography exhibitions. Many exhibitions are displayed in the Melkweg Café at the back of the venue, while movie screenings take place in the cozy, attic housed cinema screen at the top of the building.

The website streams live and on demand concerts from the Melkweg.

Jerry performed here on
10/11/81 Bob Weir (acoustic)
10/15/81 Grateful Dead
10/16/81 Grateful Dead

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