Balie De Balie is a platform for a divers audience and all sorts of media. It is located at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam in the former Court of Law. A daily offering of debates, seminars, filmscreenings and theaterperformances all focusing on social, cultural and political issues is hosted in one of our three spaces. Different topics are approached and discussed from varying perspectives, where perspective can spring either from form (cinema, theatre, new media) or content (political, cultural, social). De Balie hosts around 450 programs a year. This, supported by our vibrant café-restaurant, creates a perfect place for odd encounters, artistic initiatives and honest engagement. NIMk The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) promotes the wide development, application and distribution of, and reflection on new technologies in the visual arts. The Netherlands Media Art Institute supports media art in three core areas: presentation, research and collection and through its facilities provides extensive services for artists and art institutions. Associated with this are educational programmes, which are developed for all activities. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, built in 1895, is the preeminent museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. The museum is currently being renovated and enlarged, and expects the grand reopening in the second half of 2012. At this moment, the Stedelijk Museum has closed its doors for the final phase of construction project. Leading up to the grand reopening, the museum presents Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @. This series of Public Programs features performances, film screenings, lectures, discussions, public interviews, music performances, book presentations, interactive happenings and other events throughout Amsterdam. The program is developed in close collaboration with a number of organizations in Amsterdam, including the Sonic Acts Festival. Sonic Acts XIV is produced in association with: Paradiso Paradiso’s mission is to offer more than live music, always explore the borders of pop culture and be a podium for non-musical initiatives and projects. Sometimes you’ll see a fashion show, a movie, a modern classical ensemble or a science lecture about belief systems or quantum information. Throughout the years Paradiso has developed regularly returning projects and have formed foundations to develop events in and outside Paradiso and have linked external cultural organisations closely to the organisation. Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ The Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ (Concert Hall of the 21st Century) opened its doors to the public in the spring of 2005. The spectacular building has become Amsterdam’s Concert Hall of the 21st Century, with an exciting, contemporary programme which continually forges links with other eras, styles, cultures and art forms. The Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ shows current musical developments in the form of special series, festivals, multimedia concerts and exhibitions. SMART Project Space SMART Project Space was founded in 1994 and since its inception has developed as a site for cultural production. The primary objective is to support artists and stimulate new relationships between the artist and the audience, at the same time as providing a context defining the parameters of cultural production. Housed in a former pathological anatomical laboratory, SMART Project Space is the permeable skin embedded in the laboratory idea of artist production and creative research, drawing together a wide range of approaches from some of the most interesting artists on the international scene. In the SPSound series, events with experimental music, sound art and mulitmedia productions are presented. STEIM For the last 41 years STEIM, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam has been the leading institution in research, development and facilitating live electronic music and arts. Many unique instruments and tools have been created over the years; Blackbox Modular Synth System, Crackle Box, SensorLab, The Hands, LiSa and JunXion are just to name a few. STEIM has also functioned as an active hub of ideas and people, becoming a safe house where artists from around the world can experiment freely. Today, STEIM continues to support artists through it’s artist in residency program, educational program and concert series.

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