Amsterdam is an amazing city, brimming with quirkiness and creativity, and bursting with stories to tell. On this tour, we're telling the story of multiculturalism in the Netherlands, both historically and in present day, via the experiences of diverse Amsterdammers. Not only will you walk away from your day with an in-depth understanding of local culture (and multiculturalism) here in Amsterdam, but you'll also discover some hidden highlights and learn about the unique work being done by a local arts organization. Your tour will begin in front of the Tropen Museum, a poignant place to start our tour given that well be focusing on the cultural melting pot that is Amsterdam, and this space celebrates the people of the world and the wide-ranging cultures they have created.
Well make our way through the peace and quiet of Oosterpark and discuss why Amsterdam has always been such a popular choice of location in which for migrants to settle. The park is scattered with sculptures, several of which will directly relate to our conversation.The Shout,for example, is a memorial to filmmaker Theo van Gogh and serves as a symbol of the importance of freedom of speech in the city.
We will arrive at a popular local shopping street and head straight for the local market. On the way, youll get to try some Turkish desserts, a neighborhood must-have treat (and its on us!). We will then spend time exploring some of the most exciting and diverse shops in the area and meeting the vendors themselves, including a grocer from Iraq and an elaborate haberdasher from Morocco. At the market, ask your guide to point out where you can find thekibbelingstand. These Dutch snacks consist of battered chunks of deep-fried fish, served with garlic mayonnaise or tartar sauce. Next up, we walk through the trendy Indische Buurt neighborhood, before taking the tram toward our next stop. As we ride, we'll listen to some genuine tales from past and present migrants to the city, courtesy of our complimentary iPods.
To finish your Amsterdam tour, we will take a very special and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a local foundation, Ondertussen,that provides studio space for both refugee and non-refugee artists, to promote cross-cultural engagement. The organization's mission is to not only help bring artistic freedom to refugees, but to also include the refugee experience in the contemporary Dutch arts scene, and to encourage and embolden the cultural conversation in Amsterdam.
You will have the chance to hear personal stories from the artists themselves, who are using this historic space to produce and exhibit their art, helping them to make a life for themselves here in Amsterdam. The tour ends here but if you want to continue your immersion into Dutch multiculturalism, the new Holocaust museum is next door (entrance fees at your own cost). Alternatively, ask your in-the-know guide for tips on where to explore next.