Infonight and Food – Housing for all//Cologne + KoZe//Hamburg

20161029_Infonight_Housing_for_all_KoZeSaturday 29th of October 2016 – 7pm @ Joe’s Garage
Infonight and Food – Housing for all//Cologne + KoZe//Hamburg

At the end of October, two collectives from Cologne and Hamburg will be in Amsterdam in order to exchange ideas and experiences about the local struggles for housing and the establishment of solidary structures in our cities and beyond its limits.

Housing for All is a recent movement in Cologne that suggests practical ways of re-appropriating real estate properties in word and action. We are happy to visit our friends at Joe’s and meeting people from KoZe as well! Looking forward to it 🙂

Koze is the ‘Collective Center/Kollektives Zentrum’ in Hamburg, that was founded through a squatting action in 2014 and is currently under thread of eviction.


Doors open at 18:30h
Food around 19:00h
Info talk and short videos around 20:00h


‘Housing for All’ / ‘Wohnraum für Alle’ is active since 2013. Since September 2015, the collective transformed into a small movement putting a row of focused actions in place to inform the public about particular cases of displacement and to directly re-appropriate empty/emptied housing properties for their very social meaning, being a place to live, accessible for all.

Three houses have been squatted since October 2015; a ‘Housing Speculator Tour’ was conducted; a ‘Wicked Rent Party’ was hold during the visit of an overpriced apartment; a street theater was performed in front of one of the squatted but then evicted and demolished houses; the same construction side was occupied for one day….

In contrast to previous squatting actions in Cologne, the most recent occupation of ‘Zülpi 290’ turned out to last for seven month and resulted in its legalization in July 2016. The two squatted houses are rented now by the city of Cologne for the next 30 years and are going to be renovated by the owner. After the renovation, the larger one of the two houses is used by the city to provide social rent apartments for refugees while the smaller one will become a self-organized housing project, run by people from the former squat.

As the housing situation in the city is out of control anyways, there is room for putting squatting back on the table

Usually, squatting actions in Germany do only last for a few days, it not a few hours at all. Private property is highly protected by law, thus owners can easily demand an eviction by the police. Several cities apply special police laws that give the police the power to evict squatted houses without the consultation of the owner.

Taking back space for living or resisting to leave will almost always be repressed in the first place. But this is also not always the case, as we will see during the evening. Often a good political strategy proofs to be helpful. Since quite some years there exists also a broad and diverse movement regarding a general “Right to the city” in many larger and smaller cities.

In Cologne, the last larger period of the city’s squatting movement ended in the begin of the 90ties, while many of the following actions where often isolated projects and rarely embedded in a larger or constant campaign. Especially squatting for living is very rare. There are more attempts to squat for social or autonomous centers or more recently, to prevent forced evictions of tenants. In Cologne, the campaign for an autonomous social center, that already started around 2006 with the ‘Pingotopia’ squat, was finally successful in 2010, also with a big squatting action.

Having this in mind, it was a little “surprise” that two of our squatting actions lasted for one month at ‘Kati14’and seven month at ‘Zülpi290’ respectively.

The relatively long period of squatting opened up many new perspectives, not always those that we like

When squatting ‘Zülpi290’, we realized that the daily life in organizing a political squatting action is as important as the overall objectives of the action (some of those that we mentioned above). This daily life was the one factor where we constantly reached or outrun our personal and collective limits, while approaching the overall objectives was quite isolated from it and seemed more easily achievable. At the same time, the daily life is not mentioned at all in our own outside representation.

During the evening we will dig a bit deeper into that. Two of those many related aspects is the social interaction among us and a trait special for the german situation: the existence of the initial group that squatted and occupied the building in the beginning in order to work out their political strategy, but that would not live there permanently as they already have a place they need to keep due to the immanent thread of an eviction, while, on the other hand, different people will join the squatting action afterwards and intend to live there.

This causes a lot of frictions. Those frictions severely feed back into many of our relationships and we learned the hard way, that the social individualization and diffusion of companionship caused by the ever-present neo-liberal way of life/system shaped and diminished our abilities for gracious social interaction to a larger or lesser extend. So we failed often and had many chances to learn… 🙂

Condensed perception

As the city is the place of condensed dissimilarities of its inhabitants, we could consider our actual squatted houses and it surroundings as places where the thematic diversity of political and social movements do converge, where we can relate and incorporate many singular issues to our practices, in those very places we squatted.

We could also see the possibilities beyond our own focus on housing. That is strengthening of existing and the establishment of new solidarity and self-organized structures among us, the neighborhood, our city, to overcome the system of exploitation, control and authority we live in ( on a sunny day, of course ).



PazALaCalle en Amsterdam: Es la paz posible en Colombia?

Thursday October 27th 2916, PazALaCalle en Amsterdam: Es la paz posible en Colombia? Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Invitación a todo el público interesado en apoyar la Paz en Colombia a conversar.
Ven a charlar!
Menú Colombiano!

Context: In October 9th of 2016 the Colombian community in the Netherlands gathered in the first Assambly of PazAlaCallein this country, an initiative to mobilize citizens (Colombians and non-Colombians) who seek the end of the armed conflict between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government, defending the Peace Agreements formulated in La Habana, Cuba. The people who participated want to create an agenda for the defense of the Peace Agreements through social mobilization and participation.

In this context was born the idea of doing an event (Conversatorio/Open dialogue) to discuss the current scenario through the participation of the attendants and make interventions in the public sphere to create consciousness about the situation. […Lees verder]

October 2016 at Joe’s Garage


Show with Ronley Teper, Pit Hermans and Tim Postage

Ronley_Teper_fall_tour_2016Monday November 21st 2016, Show with Ronley Teper (guitar and voice), Pit Hermans (cymbala and percussion) and Tim Postage (banjo). Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm.

In August 2016, Ronley Teper performed an hilarious set with Pit Hermans at Joe’s garage. Great sense of humor and improvisation on stage. A few days later, she was telling about her plans in an interview: I’m checking out the scenes, making new friends and contacts, picking up last minute shows, i’m writing like a fiend and meeting improvisers from all over and starting to make the Lipliners a more international project. The idea is to have musicians from different countries joining me when i play in different countries. Right now i’m in Amsterdam, and have my second show here next week with Pit Hermans a multi instrumentalist from Amsterdam. I’ve got a show in Prague supporting Mark Steiner a great eclectic songwriter based out of Norway in early September, and will be on tour from the middle of November for two weeks with shows tba, touring with Pavel Cingl a violinist and producer from Prague. Some other guests will join as we get closer to the tour like Tim Postage – guitarist & banjo. We’ll be back in Toronto and parts of Ontario for a couple of weeks in December for some full on Lipliners stuff as well. From there we will have to see what happens. […Lees verder]

Movie night: The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Broken_Circle_BreakdownSunday November 20th 2016, Movie night: The Broken Circle Breakdown by Felix Van Groeningen, 2012, 111 minutes. In Flemish with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

The Broken Circle Breakdown is a portrait of the great love affair between tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens) and bluegrass musician Didier (Johan Heldenbergh). After bonding over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, they dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage – but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is put to the test. […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Fuckoffguysgoodday (1992)

fuck_off_guysSunday November 13th 2016, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Fuckoffguysgoodday (1992).
(Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntág). Directed by Věra Chytilová, 120 minutes, In Czech with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

After the so-called velvet revolution, when Czechoslovakia made a transition from Communism to American-style capitalism, many of the rebellious filmmakers who had caused a stir under the old regime became softies and lost all of their critical edge. But two directors didn’t… Věra Chytilová (Daisies) and the animator Jan Švankmajer.

This was Věra Chytilová’s first film after the revolution and its a sharp critique of the blossoming of consumer capitalism. In this film the wild actor Bolek Polívka portrays a young Moravian villager who suddenly becomes a millionaire overnight from a mysterious inheritance. He’s brilliant in the role. In this black comedy we watch as he is transformed from a lazy countryside simpleton into an outright asshole because of his newly acquired wealth and power.

Fuckoffguysgoodday was received with a storm and has remained one of the most popular Czech comedies of all time. It was able to dig deep down and touch the poetic Czech soul, and many people still recite lines from it 20 years later. A fantastic dark comedy, with a biting message that is more important today than ever. It has basically never been shown in the west, so this is yet another extraordinarily rare screening!

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Movie night: Los Viajes del Viento (2009)

Sunday October 30th 2016, Movie night: Los Viajes del Viento / The Wind Journeys. Directed by Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 2009. 117 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Door opens at 20:00. Film starts at 21:00. Free admission.

Los Viajes del Viento (The Wind Journeys), written and directed by young Colombian director Ciro Guerra (1981), it’s a donkey road movie where music and folk traditions show the rugged majesty of the Colombian Caribbean landscape. Ignacio Carrillo, a famous juggler, (traveling musician) whose accordion is rumored to have belonged to the devil, is making a long journey to return the instrument to his master. A young man named Fermin, who admires Ignacio and wishes to become a juggler like him, chases after him and asks Ignacio to teach him to play. Ignacio refuses, but Fermin follows anyway.The pair travels across fields, plains, deserts, mountains, and water. The music (vallenato) is what drives the characters from stop to stop along the journey.
In this film, Ciro Guerra makes an attempt to capture the magic of unknown areas of the Colombia countryside. He has created pure filmic poetry through the characters discovering, rediscovering and embracing various cultural sights and sounds of the region.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Movie night: The Last Supper (1976)

The_Last_SupperSunday October 23rd 2016, The Last Supper. Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1976. 120 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Film starts at 21:00. Free admission

The past might have a way to help make sense about understanding the present and the future. The Last Supper is a film that does this. If you want to understand why total insurrection against prison society, industrialism and the state is not to be seen in the immediate future, this film can provide some anecdotal understandings. Likewise, a close and inquisitive eye might see affinity between a slave plantation and society/state, even locate yourself or how you want to be on the plantation, which might mean reflecting on your everyday choices. Besides highly recommending this film to all to see, even if it might not be for you, the one hint I give the viewer is to watch and listen closely to the conversations and dialogues at the dinner table.
The film tells the story of a pious plantation owner during Cuba’s Spanish colonial period. The plantation owner decides to recreate the Biblical Last Supper using twelve of the slaves working in his sugarcane fields, hoping to thus teach the slaves about Christianity. […Lees verder]

Anti-Fascistische Actie Benefit. Show with Slack Bird (Finland) and Fabian Maddison (Uk)

20161020_AFA_benefit_Slack_Bird_Fabian_MaddisonThursday October 20th 2016, Anti-Fascistische Actie (AFA) Benefit. Show with Slack Bird (Finland) and Fabian Maddison (Uk). Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm, music at 8:30.

Slack Bird is a folk punk act from Jyvskyl, Central Finland consisting of one man, Dave Klas, with a 5-string banjo or more people with other noisy instruments, depending on the occasion. Two years ago, during his first tour in the Netherlands, Dave had performed at Joe’s Garage. Since then, Slack Bird has crossed oceans, performed with bands such as Efa Supertramp, Giz Medium, Tim Holehouse, Johnny Campbell, who also performed here at Joe’s. Many of these musicians are to be found on Folk Off, the Bulgarian Prisoners Association Benefit Compilation released by Autonomia Promotions. Slack Bird is back in town, no doubt the humor and antifascist songs are still around, this time with a debut album, Let’s Start Wearing Capes and as a duo piece with an awesome accordion player.
Parta Records:

Slack Bird is touring with Fabian Maddison. With his recent debut solo album release and European tour, Fabian is quickly making a name for himself. Having spent 6 years fronting Dorset folk punk band “The Jack Ratts” and a side project “The Maddison Tarheels” he now playes old time appilacian and bluegrass songs with an authentic charm! […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Toxic Love

Amore_TossicoSunday October 9th 2016, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: AMORE TOSSICO 1983 (Toxic Love). Directed by Claudio Caligari. 90 minutes. In Italian with English subtitles. Film starts @ 21:00. Free admission

This will be a rare screening of an Italian flick from the 80s that has a haunting reputation in its own country, but has rarely been screened anywhere else, except in festivals. Like I have recently noted, here in Europe in the 80s there was an explosion of movies that dealt with teenagers and drugs, and specifically heroin. Since the 80s these films have pretty much been buried and forgotten, because the topic is considered too dark. Amore Tossico is one of the best movies from this genre, and in Italy it’s considered a masterpiece.

Many of the drug-related films in the 80s were exploitation movies, made with low budgets and low ideals. But this one is different, with early Pier Paolo Pasolini films being a major influence. Like Pasolini, director Claudio Caligari filmed this movie in Ostia, a bleak seaside suburb of Rome. And like Pasolini this movie takes its cast off the city streets… so most of the “actors” in Amore Tossico are real-life junkies or former junkies, giving the movie a beautiful edge of authenticity. It’s not glamorous in any way, nor is it spectacular… instead its deeply human. Many of the actors would die by heroin or aids within a few years after this movie was made, so as we watch this film we are also watching a fleeting moment that would soon be extinguished.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Benefit for No Border Kitchen Lesvos

2161003_Benefit_No_Border_Kitchen_LesvosMonday October 3rd 2016, Benefit for No Border Kitchen Lesvos, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

CALL FOR SUPPORT!  No Border Kitchen Lesvos is up and running. Again! After we have been evicted from our camp on Tsamakia Beach it took us some weeks to reorganise our work. Finally, we found a new place to cook. Since the eviction and police repression costed us parts of our equipment and some of our team members, we’re now calling out for support. We are in heavy need for people who want to cook, deliver food and organise general issues on the island and – of course – we are in need for financial support. If you would like to join us, it would be nice if you could tell us a little ahead when you want to join. We are especially happy about activists who want to stay with us a little longer.

The situation on the islands is still difficult. Thousands are trapped here on their way to the European mainland. Meanwhile, the conditions in the infamous detention prison in Moria are horrible: People are lacking basic supplies like food and shelter and are object of (police-)violence on a daily basis. As almost all NGOs have left the island or are gone on “standby”, there are only few support structures left, especially for those refusing to live in a prison and stand the conditions in Moria.

We need your help! If you want to support us financially, please use the following bank details:

Rote Hilfe OG Salzwedel
IBAN: DE93 4306 0967 4007 2383 12
Comment: NBK Lesvos

Please share this call out via other mailing lists and individuals interested and contact us, if you are planning to come to the island. For up to date information, check our blog []. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us.

The No Border Crew

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, 7pm, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Movie night: Amsterdamned

AmsterdamnedSunday October 2nd 2016, Movie night: Amsterdamned by Dick Maas, 1988, 105 minutes, in Dutch with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

Dick Maas is mainly known for his films and series about the Flodder family; known to all who were raised here. This film features many of the original Flodder cast and shares with it Maas’s typical fast paced action scenes, too-easy sense of humor and terrible puns. Amsterdamned shows the chase of a killer who strikes the unexpecting from the depths of the Amsterdam canals, only to retreat into his lair in the no-go areas of late 80’s Amsterdam.
A womanizing and rebellious police investigator -played by Huub Stapel- is asked to take care of the murder wave that is starting to hurt Amsterdam’s reputation and has become a major headache for the city’s bureaucracy.
Amsterdamned provides lots of footage of 1980’s Amsterdam and, for a ‘horror film’, the best laugh you’ll find.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Subtitling workshop

flyer_subtitling_workshop_2Sunday September 25th 2016, Subtitling workshop, from 12:00 till 18:00.

Learn to subtitle your own videos. Or those movies that were never released outside your home country and you would like all your friends to watch. Here are some of the things we’ll look at:

* How many characters per second can a human being comfortably read on a movie screen? Is this the same for a youtube clip watched on a handheld device?
* Is the average reading speed the same for all languages? Can you just use the timecodes from the Dutch subtitles to translate the dialogue into English?
* How do we deal with two actors speaking over one another? Do we really care what that unknown soldier behind the helicopter explosion is screaming about?
* What does “frames per second” mean and why should I care? Which software programmes help? and which don’t?
* Once you have your subtitles ready, how do you go about publishing your videos with them?
* Is subtitling all about technique? What aesthetic and political considerations demand careful attention?

We have answers for some of these questions. Others we will just have to research and discuss together. Bring your own laptop and headphones. If you have specific films you want to work on, bring them too.