About Melkweg

Melkweg stands for pop culture in the most broad of senses. Each year, hundreds of concerts, club nights, films and music films, theatre performances, expositions and multidisciplinary events together attract more than 400,000 visitors.

The venue is located in the only surviving factory building on the Amsterdam canal ring, a former sugar and, later, milk factory. This historical building houses two concert halls, a cinema, a theatre, and an exposition space, which each can be used separately or combined together.

In the Melkweg, established names can be seen alongside new talent and emerging styles get the chance to reach a broader audience. The diversity of its programming and visitors, together with its different spaces and special location, have for years made the Melkweg a unique place.

Take a look inside the building!

Since 1970

It all started in 1970, when a cultural youth project took residence in a vacant milk factory for the summer. Amsterdam at that time was considered a “cosmic centre” of the world. From all corners of the earth young people came together in this new cultural hub that from the start combined different art disciplines.

Melkweg has permanently been open as a cultural centre since 1973, seeing many changes over the last 40 years: the building was adapted to further suit its new function, a large concert hall was added, and programming became more important and professional.

Melkweg has always been a kind of biotope of a variety of subcultures: from hippies to punk, from grunge to hip hop. Its rich history has made Melkweg known across the globe as a venue where new artists and styles can take the stage and where world famous names performed before making their big breakthrough.

Programming

No other music venue offers such a diverse programming as Melkweg. In both concert halls - the Max and OZ - big international names perform alongside new home-grown talent. The club nights also represent a wide variety of music styles and audiences, bridging the gap between underground and the general public.

Depth is provided by the cinema programme, with its many music films, and by the expositions, which evoke people to think but can also surprise. Both disciplines have their own space: the Cinema on the top floor and the Expo on the Marnixstraat, which is connected to the Melkweg Café. The Upstairs, also situated on the top floor, serves as a platform for young makers to develop and create an own audience. Being able to interconnect all the different spaces makes the Melkweg highly suitable for festivals and larger events, often having a social character.   

Melkweg also programmes concerts and other events in the Rabozaal, the modern multi-functional venue shared by Stadsshouwburg and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, and in the Sugar Factory across the street.

Organization

Melkweg is a non-profit organization: a foundation with cultural and social objectives. The organization is led by general director Geert van Itallie, also executive manager. He manages a team of promoters, responsible for compiling the programme, and three managers responsible for operational management. The Supervisory Board of the Melkweg Foundation consists of: Gyuri Vergouw, Khalid Boutachekourt, Martij Plak, Dick Molenaar, Lara Ankersmit and Eva Schieveld. Here you'll find more information about the Supervisory Board (in Dutch). Melkweg has an annual budget of 12 million euro, of which 7% is subsidized, mainly from the Municipality of Amsterdam. More than 90% of the budget is generated by own income. Melkweg has more than 200 employees.

In 2016 750 activities took place in Melkweg and a total number of 436,448 visitors came to visit Melkweg.

Melkweg applies the Code Culturele Diversiteit and the Governance Code Cultuursector.

European Collaboration

Melkweg is a strong believer in international collaboration and therefore an active member of different networks and projects with cultural institutions from other countries in Europe.

Liveurope - the live music platform for new Europe talent.
Melkweg is a member of the Liveurope Platform, the first pan-European initiative to support music venues in promoting new European musical talent. Each year, Liveurope allows a large number of exciting new live acts from all over Europe to take the stage, helping them to build a fan base in the Netherlands. Melkweg is the first Dutch venue to join Liveurope, further members including Ancienne Belgique (Brussel), A38 (Budapest) and Vega (Copenhagen).
More info: liveurope.eu and facebook.com/liveurope      

Trans Europe Halles
Melkweg is one of the founders of Trans Europe Halles (TEH), a network of over 50 independent cultural centres throughout the whole of Europe. The network connects the many cultural centres, encouraging them to exchange ideas and experiences and develop projects together. From 2011 to 2014, Melkweg organized the Engine Room Europe project in collaboration with TEH and a large number of other members. Supported by the European Commission, this project was geared towards professional development of the cultural sector.  
More info: www.teh.net  and  facebook.com/transeuropehalles.


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About Melkweg

Melkweg stands for pop culture in the most broad of senses. Each year, hundreds of concerts, club nights, films and music films, theatre performances, expositions and multidisciplinary events together attract more than 400,000 visitors.

The venue is located in the only surviving factory building on the Amsterdam canal ring, a former sugar and, later, milk factory. This historical building houses two concert halls, a cinema, a theatre, and an exposition space, which each can be used separately or combined together.

In the Melkweg, established names can be seen alongside new talent and emerging styles get the chance to reach a broader audience. The diversity of its programming and visitors, together with its different spaces and special location, have for years made the Melkweg a unique place.

Take a look inside the building!

Since 1970

It all started in 1970, when a cultural youth project took residence in a vacant milk factory for the summer. Amsterdam at that time was considered a “cosmic centre” of the world. From all corners of the earth young people came together in this new cultural hub that from the start combined different art disciplines.

Melkweg has permanently been open as a cultural centre since 1973, seeing many changes over the last 40 years: the building was adapted to further suit its new function, a large concert hall was added, and programming became more important and professional.

Melkweg has always been a kind of biotope of a variety of subcultures: from hippies to punk, from grunge to hip hop. Its rich history has made Melkweg known across the globe as a venue where new artists and styles can take the stage and where world famous names performed before making their big breakthrough.

Programming

No other music venue offers such a diverse programming as Melkweg. In both concert halls - the Max and OZ - big international names perform alongside new home-grown talent. The club nights also represent a wide variety of music styles and audiences, bridging the gap between underground and the general public.

Depth is provided by the cinema programme, with its many music films, and by the expositions, which evoke people to think but can also surprise. Both disciplines have their own space: the Cinema on the top floor and the Expo on the Marnixstraat, which is connected to the Melkweg Café. The Upstairs, also situated on the top floor, serves as a platform for young makers to develop and create an own audience. Being able to interconnect all the different spaces makes the Melkweg highly suitable for festivals and larger events, often having a social character.   

Melkweg also programmes concerts and other events in the Rabozaal, the modern multi-functional venue shared by Stadsshouwburg and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, and in the Sugar Factory across the street.

Organization

Melkweg is a non-profit organization: a foundation with cultural and social objectives. The organization is led by general director Geert van Itallie, also executive manager. He manages a team of promoters, responsible for compiling the programme, and three managers responsible for operational management. The Supervisory Board of the Melkweg Foundation consists of: Gyuri Vergouw, Khalid Boutachekourt, Martij Plak, Dick Molenaar, Lara Ankersmit and Eva Schieveld. Here you'll find more information about the Supervisory Board (in Dutch). Melkweg has an annual budget of 12 million euro, of which 7% is subsidized, mainly from the Municipality of Amsterdam. More than 90% of the budget is generated by own income. Melkweg has more than 200 employees.

In 2016 750 activities took place in Melkweg and a total number of 436,448 visitors came to visit Melkweg.

Melkweg applies the Code Culturele Diversiteit and the Governance Code Cultuursector.

European Collaboration

Melkweg is a strong believer in international collaboration and therefore an active member of different networks and projects with cultural institutions from other countries in Europe.

Liveurope - the live music platform for new Europe talent.
Melkweg is a member of the Liveurope Platform, the first pan-European initiative to support music venues in promoting new European musical talent. Each year, Liveurope allows a large number of exciting new live acts from all over Europe to take the stage, helping them to build a fan base in the Netherlands. Melkweg is the first Dutch venue to join Liveurope, further members including Ancienne Belgique (Brussel), A38 (Budapest) and Vega (Copenhagen).
More info: liveurope.eu and facebook.com/liveurope      

Trans Europe Halles
Melkweg is one of the founders of Trans Europe Halles (TEH), a network of over 50 independent cultural centres throughout the whole of Europe. The network connects the many cultural centres, encouraging them to exchange ideas and experiences and develop projects together. From 2011 to 2014, Melkweg organized the Engine Room Europe project in collaboration with TEH and a large number of other members. Supported by the European Commission, this project was geared towards professional development of the cultural sector.  
More info: www.teh.net  and  facebook.com/transeuropehalles.