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Arty Party

Cinema Expo Max MILK OZ Upstairs Upstairs Bar

Please note: this event has already taken place

  • Price:
  • € 7,50
  • Free for We Are Public

17:00 - 01:00

Melkweg invites you to officially kick off its new season at Arty Party! During this multidisciplinary festival, the entire Melkweg will be dedicated to art in all its forms. All rooms, corridors, and corners of the building will be utilized to fully immerse you in the future of the Dutch art scene.

For this fifth edition of this evening art festival, the Melkweg Expo team and various scouts from the art field have set out to scout freshly graduated talent from art and music academies across the country. A small reflection of this will be on display this evening. Visitors are thus introduced to the art of the future in a non-traditional way. In this way, we unite young art professionals, recently graduated and self taught artists, visitors and music lovers. We serve them a stimulating combination of art presentations, performances, speed dates with talent scouts, fascinating talks and music. We will close off the evening with a party in the OZ with various live performances and DJs. In short, it will be an evening brimming with art that opens the artistic horizons wide, both for artists and the audience.


During Arty Party on 7 September, the following artists will be exhibiting their work:

  • An Kuper
  • Astrid Ardagh
  • Chelsea van der Bend
  • Christian Schwarz
  • Clim Stoopen
  • Danute Līva
  • Danya Jetty
  • Elle van Baaren
  • Faria van Creij-Callender
  • Jeanne Gironde
  • Ignacy Radtke
  • Kiriko Mechanicus
  • Koenraad Wiering
  • Lucas Huikeshoven
  • Mikelis Murnieks
  • Mila Narjollet
  • Myra-Ida van der Veen
  • Nelly Dansen
  • Paloma Jet Plantenga
  • Renee Schrader
  • Senne Roeper
  • Taco Stud
  • Tekkons
  • Vera-Linde Jelsma


Our Arty Party scouts - art professionals from the photography and contemporary art world - have each selected these photographers from the pool of talented graduates from all over the Netherlands. So don't worry if you missed the graduation shows, because during the Arty Party, the group exhibition 'Arty Party: Photography Graduates 2023' will open, and it will be on display for a month thereafter. Discover the most exceptional, surprising, and fresh photographic work all in one space!

Participating photographers: 

  • Aaryan Sinha (KABK)
  • Flora Madu (KABK)
  • Heleen Kosse (Rietveld Academie)
  • MAryam Touzani (KABK)
  • Rowan Moonlion (KABK)
  • Sacha Hoebergen (KABK)
  • Sylvia van der Reijken (HKU)
  • Vincent Zanni (WDKA)


Klankspoor is a modular techno project created by a The Hague-based musician, Quinten de Jongh, who recently graduated from studying Pop Music at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (Conservatorium van Amsterdam). With a passion for live performance, Klankspoor brings together a unique blend of modular synthesis and live instrumentation to create a mesmerizing, immersive musical experience. Klankspoor's sound is a dynamic fusion of deep basslines, hypnotic rhythms, and repetitive yet evolving melodies, all woven together with intricate modular synthesis.


Yaro Mila is avant-garde pop. Loud, rebellious, fierce and at the same time sugary sweet hyperpop music. Fusing together punk guitars with hammering beats and digital synths to escape together to an empowering pixelated new age land. In Yaro's musical candy store you can taste the unapologetic sweet flavours of Britney Spears, the sourness of mother Gaga's early work and Ashnikko's and Dorian Electra's dirty and confusing aftertaste. 


Jaïr Darnoud started as a DJ at the age of 9 and decided at 13 that production would become his true passion, and he would only return to the decks once he could create music himself. 11 years later, he has performed in almost every venue in the Netherlands with multiple acts, and he can now call himself a multidisciplinary electronic artist with a conservatory degree.



Keely Westwood is a versatile multi media artist and creative director, known for her unique and experimental work. She studied electronic music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Inspired by musicians such as Thom Yorke, PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, her music style is eclectic, combining electronic and orchestral music with haunting vocals and a cinematic, melancholic feel. Alongside her music studies, she taught herself how to make films and visualisers, and soon started collaborating with other artists to create multi-media works that went beyond traditional boundaries.



SKINC is a group of four rappers/producers who tossed all electronic styles into a blender, resulting in a highly remarkable smoothie. Winning the Nobel Award in 2022 was a first significant step in the right direction for the guys. With their 2nd EP 'In Het Rood' (In The Red), they challenged themselves to turn up the energy even more. By uniquely tapping into their own experiences within student life, SKINC creates a musical realm that resonates with the majority of the youth.


Rietveld Mulch is a pilot program of The Rietveld Society that focuses on life after graduation. We aim to communally explore and share tools of support for developing artistic practices for and with alums. In this talk Rietveld Mulch and moderator Luuk Heezen will explore the does and don’ts with alumni from Rietveld. Everyone who recently graduated in the arts is welcome to get some practical tips, share thoughts and needs and help each other out! Stay tuned for the complete line up and time table.

"In a garden, mulch is used as a layer of material to cover, protect and feed the soil. For us Mulch stands for the many interconnected layers that support the development of an art and design practice. While each Mulch is unique, we aim to collectively explore and uncover these foundations to inspire and support new graduates on this journey.

Moderator: Luuk Heezen 

Speakers: Mayis Rukel, senakirfa A., Mica Pan





In the past six months, de Brakke Grond and Mister Motley have made the podcast Kan niet bestaat niet ('Can't doesn't exist') about works of art that do not exist. Maurits de Bruijn and Lieneke Hulshof interviewed twenty Dutch and Flemish artists about works of art that were never made, and the ideas and dreams that preceded those plans. As a result, the conversations also turned to the meaning of success and failure. In this conversation, Lieneke Hulshof talks to two artists from the podcast series. Through these discussions, they share insights into their struggles, often humorous failures, and dreams that turned out to be too ambitious.

Moderator: Lieneke Hulshof

Speakers: Brahim Tall, Danielle van Ark


Arty Party wouldn't be complete without organizing our captivating speed dates with some of the finest experts in the arts. You are more than welcome to join us and bring your portfolio to the table, where you can receive valuable feedback on your work. The speed dates are open to everyone, whether you are self-taught, still studying, or have already graduated. The only requirement is to secure a ticket to Arty Party, so make sure to grab yours now! Please note that the speed dates operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive on time. The full timetable will be announced soon.

We are pleased to announce the following experts will be participating in the speed dates:

  • Willemijn van der Zwaan - Fotomuseum Den Haag
  • Lisanne van Happen - FOTODOK
  • Jacquill G. Basdew  - Young Stedelijk
  • Lih-Lan Wong - Mo Man's Art Gallery
  • Ellis Kat - Nieuw Dakota
  • Nina Hama - Hama Gallery
  • Madelon van Schie - Rozenstraat
  • Annemarijn Bulsink - SALWA
  • Bebe Blanco Agterberg - De Correspondent
  • Zalán Szacáks - Independent artist


We're excited to announce that we'll be organizing meet & greets with inspirational cultural organisations at Arty Party! 

Als an artist, it's important to ensure a sustainable livelihood in the future. There are various approaches to organizing and achieving this. For instance, seeking funding, setting up a crowdfunding campaign, mastering the intricacies of image rights, or even considering supplementary employment can all be viable options.

Assuming you already possess a foundation of knowledge in this area, gained during your education, it remains valuable to receive tailored advice and connect with the individuals behind these support systems. Engaging in dialogue, asking questions, and seeking personalized guidance can be tremendously advantageous. Remember, every conversation holds value, so feel at ease – no question is too unconventional, and every topic holds relevance! This is your opportunity to meet these professional organisations in an informal setting and ask them anything that crosses your mind. 

We are pleased to announce the following organisations will be participating in the meet & greets:

  • AFK
  • DuPho en SO Award
  • Cultuur+Ondernemen
  • Dutch Culture
  • Pictoright
  • Mondriaan Fonds
  • Voor de Kunst
  • Kees de Boekhouder


EXPO (17:00 – 01:00)

Opening Arty Party Photography Graduates

Rowan Moonlion, Aaryan Sinha, Heleen Kosse, Vincent Zanni, Flora Madu, MAryam Touzani, Sacha Hoebergen and Sylvia van der Reijken.                   

MILK - FOOD, DRINKS & ART (17:00 – 01:00)

Food available

Graduation work on view by: Faria van Creij and Elle van Baaren

OZ – MUSIC & ART (17:00 – 01:00)

Graduation work on view by: Chelsea van der Bend

18:00: Official opening with Marwan Magroun (Fotograaf des Vaderlands) and a performance 'A misguided belief' by An Kuper                                                                             

19.00 – 19.30: Keely Westwood

20.00 – 20.30: Yaro Mila

21.00 – 21.45: SKINC

22.15 – 23.00: Klankspoor

23.30 – 00.45: Groove God Jaïr Darnoud

MAX – ART TO THE MAX (17:00 – 01:00)

Art installations on view by:

Lucas Huikeshoven, Christian Schwarz, Sophie van den Berg, Zhana Assaad, Veralinde Jelsma, Mila Narjollet, Tarn Joosting Bunk and Myra–Ida van der Veen.                                                            

UPSTAIRS BAR – MEET & GREET (19:00 - 23:00)                          

Participating organisations:

AFK, DuPho and SO Award, Cultuur+Ondernemen, Dutch Culture, Kees de Boekhouder, Pictoright, Mondriaan Fonds and Voordekunst.


18:45 - 20:15: Speeddates/portfolio reviews 

20:30 – 21:15:  Talk 1: Rietveld Mulch

21:30- 22:15: Talk 2: ‘Kan niet bestaat niet’ by de Brakke Grond and Mister Motley

22:25 – 22:45: Performance An Kuper: ‘A misguided belief’

CINEMA – SCREENINGS (17:00 – 01:00) 

With works on view by:
Tekkons, Renee Schräder, Astrid Ardagh and Kiriko Mechanicus.

Continuous art programme throughout the building:
Nelly Dansen, Paloma Jet Plantenga, Ignacy Radtke, Koenraad Wiering, Danya Jetty, Ster Borgman, Mikelis Murnieks and Clim Stoopen.