City council's policy and apathy kills street theatre in Amsterdam !
Created: July 17, 2004.
The last few years there has been a downdoing tendency in the circumstances for
streetperforming in Amsterdam. While it is more and more difficult to perform
for an increasingly demanding audience in a globally difficult period, the city
council of Amsterdam does not support street theatre in any way, or even on the
The Amsterdam Street Performers are trying to communicate with the city council
for almost two years now, in an attempt to solve problems and keep the streets
of Amsterdam alive. But up to now the Council has delayed, changed, or simply not
fullfilled earlier plannings. Still information is incomplete, wrong, or just not
given. Police don't know the rules and sometimes behave like with criminals.
Performing sites are less and less available. Rules and regulations are too tight.
The performers' proposals are systematically ignored.
See news update July 15, 2005.
City council of Amsterdam bans foreign street performers.
Meanwhile the performing sites in town are dying out, slowly but steadily. The city
council continues doing nothing, except one thing: outlawing one large and important
As of December 1st, 2003 the City Council of Amsterdam stopped issueing licenses to
non-european street performers.
The Amsterdam Street Performers think this is the last back-stab for street theatre
in Amsterdam and believe this is killing the Art of Street theatre and even violating
(read here why we think so...).
Well-motivated requests from the Amsterdam Street Performers to the city council to
reconsider are postponed again and again. Meanwhile, a Canadian clown was officially
refused a license.
It's enough now. The Amsterdam Street Performers will do everything to reverse this
and if necessary will go to court. The Amsterdam Street Performers are considering
organizing a protest event with lots of high-class entertainment and lots of
signatures from the public.
See news update March 31, 2010.