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Voice amplification gedoogbrief prolonged for 'undefined time'

Created: March 31, 2010.

During the seasons of 2008 and 2009, the Amsterdam city council did a try-out with allowing voice amplification to street theatre performers without a performing license. This was done by a socalled 'gedoogbrief' (letter of allowance), a letter from the Mayor stating that - although formally illegal - amplification will be allowed within certain boundaries.

Initially the Amsterdam-Centre partial city council had again some doubts en was reluctant to prolong the current gedoogbrief policy. But apparently these doubts were not really based upon relevant facts, so now the Mayor decided to have the allowance for 'undefined time' and the partial city council of Amsterdam-Centre agreed.

This new 'gedoogbrief' for undefined time is now available. Although it is formally not necessary and police should be informed, each performer without license but using voice amplification is advised to carry a printout of the 'gedoogbrief', just to avoid possibly awkward discussions.

The new gedoogbrief can be downloaded here.

PERFORMERS: This 'gedoogbrief' is valid for undefined time. This is not the same as forever! This policy can be withdrawn at any moment. So, let's aim for ZERO complaints. If there are NO complaints, there is NO reason for the city council to withdraw the 'gedoogbrief'. Let's protect our non-EU brothers.

Read the latest news (updated March 31, 2010).
 

 
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