The team aims to do this by preparing to facilitate an informational visitor centre and by giving various educational programmes in and about the city.
Visit www.lookup.amsterdam for the project website.
The starting point will be a centrally located open place that will convey the story of Amsterdam through digital touchscreens and human interaction. To then go deeper, the visitor will be invited to come along on a educational day or have other spots in the cities recommended.
Bookstore & Art Gallery
Amsterdam is a city of contrasts which play out through our art, music, architecture, history, social structures and our legal choices. Above and beyond them all lie sets of alternative ideas. Ideas of spirituality and rationality, greed and generosity, philosophy and faith, hope and despair, tolerance and love..
Our bookstore and art gallery cover all these Amsterdam themes and have made the decision to be an ethical store promoting locally produced and fairly traded products.
As has been the case for generations we continue to operate as an Amsterdam Christian bookstore and we have added to this a particular focus on art, history and philosophy. Our art gallery has a rolling set of exhibitions and in between these features works by artist Arjan Dijksma and photographer Heleen Van De Veen.
Events and Education - Lectures, guided boat trips and city walks.
Set on the site of an ancient gateway into this wonderful pilgrim city, we stand a stone's throw away from the founding place of the world's first multinational, a short stroll from first stock exchange and within easy walking distance of the former homes of artists Rembrandt and Van Gogh and philosophers Spinoza, Descartes and Locke.
Given this diverse inspirational surrounding, we also hope to be a gateway for our neighbours and visitors to investigate how this city made the modern world.
Inside our store we run history and culture events such as lectures and open mic nights for local singers poets and story tellers and we partner with our friends upstairs in the "Upper Room".
The topics our team regularly cover through events, trips and walks are:
"Amsterdam - The Ideas that Made the Modern World"
"Amsterdam and the Birth of Capitalism - A Business Guide"
"Amsterdam - A Christian History"
"Amsterdam - Free City | Slave City"
"Amsterdam - An Art Guide"
"Beyond the Red Lights - Amsterdam and the Sex Industry."