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ACUH members Claartje Rasterhoff and Tim Verlaan will host a screening of 'Beats', a feature film about two teenage boys in Scotland who risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives. The screening is followed by a Q&A about Amsterdam's rave scene past and present.

Detail Summary
Date 14 November 2019
Time 18:30 -22:00
Still from Beats

Prior to the commercialization of the rave scene, when large legal venues became the norm, the location of a rave was kept secret until the night of the event, usually being communicated through answering machine messages, mobile messaging, secret flyers, and websites. The heyday of the scene was in the early 1990s, when genres such as acid, breakbeat hardcore, hardcore, happy hardcore, gabber, post-industrial and electronica were the music of choice during events where thousands of people gathered. The level of secrecy, necessary for avoiding any interference by the police, enabled ravers to use locations they could stay in for a prolonged period of time. It promoted a sense of deviance and removal from social control, and thus created a lively and somewhat secretive and mysterious subculture.

Nowadays the commodification of raves and touristification of Amsterdam's nightlife seems to have curtailed the scene, although 'illegal' gatherings still take place. In the framework of her master course 'De naakte stad. Geschiedenis van het nachtleven in Amsterdam en andere metropolen', Claartje Rasterhoff will discuss the rise and presumed fall of raving in Amsterdam. With the screening of 'Beats', we hope to encourage a discussion amongst students about the necessity of cultural free spaces in a city that is increasingly becoming a victim of its own success.

We gather at 18:30 at the Oost-Indisch Huis inner court yard, Oude Hoogstraat 24, after which the organisers will take you to the exact location. The event will be held in Dutch, and is now fully booked. For those who are coming: dress warm!

C. (Claartje) Rasterhoff

Faculty of Humanities

History, Archeology and Region Studies

T. (Tim) Verlaan

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis