Amsterdam losing artists to Berlin

6th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

Artists are forsaking Amsterdam, and Berlin, which is far bigger and cheaper, is their preferred destination.

Amsterdam--"Creative? Go to Berlin" a recent headline in Dutch newspaper nrc.next tells us, explaining that Amsterdam is too expensive and less inspirational than in years gone by.

The Dutch capital's image as a global hotspot of bubbling creativity is disappearing fast, with artists demoting it to a mere holiday destination.

Artists are forsaking Amsterdam, the paper says, and Berlin, which is far bigger and cheaper, is their preferred destination. There, they can rent a studio and eat out twice a day for a fraction of the price in Amsterdam.

Nrc.next traces the path of Dutch webdesigner Edial Dekker from the Dutch to the German capital. He explains: "Amsterdam was too small, too easy. I was looking for adventure... a global metropolis, where I could build up a webdesign agency from nothing".

The paper, however, also lists attempts by Amsterdam City Council to stem the exodus of artistic talent. These include the Amsterdam Arts Fund which pumps some eight million euros a year into about 700 projects. The city's 'breeding ground'  policy also provides about 2500 workplaces for artists, craftspeople and what are termed cultural entrepreneurs.

 

Radio Netherlands

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