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Updated March 31, 2010
About license-stop for non-EU performers.

Updated July 15, 2005
General policy city council.

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12-Aug-2015: License system restored.

31-Mar-2010: Voice amplification gedoogbrief prolonged for undefined time.

26-Mar-2009: Voice amplification gedoogbrief 2009 available.

19-Mar-2008: Voice amplification allowed without license.

09-Jun-2007: Performing officially license-free, but non-EU still can not perform!

29-Jul-2006: Mayor ignores City Council's decision! Street theatre dead?

16-Dec-2005: Amsterdam-City council will allow performing to all nationalities.

14-Oct-2005: Council of Amsterdam-Centre accepts proposal of AA/dG.

09-Sep-2005: Court and City Council start dealing with the case of non-European street performers.

03-Feb-2005: City council and SAS get together: positive developments.

17-Jul-2004: City council's policy and apathy kills street theatre in Amsterdam.

06-Dec-2003: Amsterdam bans foreign street performers.

 

Voice amplification gedoogbrief 2009 available

Created: March 26, 2009.

During the season of 2008, the Amsterdam city council did a try-out with allowing voice amplification to street theater 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. After the season of 2008, the try-out would be evaluated and the allowance for voice amplification possibly prolonged, in that case even for an 'undefined period of time'.

It took some time, but the evaluation has been done and a decision made. The Mayor decided to prolong the situation for another season and made a new 'gedoogbrief', valid for 2009. This 'gedoogbrief' is now available.

PERFORMERS: 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', which can be downloaded from the perform page.

This 'gedoogbrief' is only valid for the season of 2009, and not -as expected- for an undefined period of time. Apparently, some complaints were filed and so the Mayor decided to continue the test for another season. After this season, there will be an evaluation again and a final decison made.

PERFORMERS: 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.

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