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ADE 2016: Get on the ADE Playground Art route

This year will see the biggest and most diverse program ever, covering many interactive exhibitions, performances and events across some of the city’s most illustrious and classical venues.

After recent announcements about ADE Next and the Urbanears Hideout, it is now time to focus on the 2016 ADE Playground art route.

An integral part of ADE Playground, the art route has established itself as one of the more creative aspects of the multi-disciplinary, conference element that ties together so many elements of electronic music culture. 

If you plan on visiting ADE’s Festival or Playground make sure to grab the annual ADE Card, which gives you tons of advantages instantly and free entrance to the exhibitions listed.

A new addition to ADE is Doka, perched beneath the Volkshotel, while other exciting new additions to this year’s route include the Bijbels Museum (the Bible Museum), Q Factory and De Plaatsmakerij. Rembrandt House, which saw Jeff Mills creative an interpretive musical piece based on the surrounding art, will this year host a one-off installation by Heleen Blanken in collaboration with producer Peter van Hoesen. Here’s a pick of some the Art Route stops you should pay attention to:

Felix Meritis | Keizersgracht 324
19-23.10  / 3.30 – 5 PM
The best way to get a grip with Amsterdam’s artistic output and cultural goings on is this street tour, provided everyday by local organization Urban Art Now. The guide will focus on cutting-edge street art, countercultural narratives, trendsetting galleries and noteworthy nightspots. The perfect introduction to the Dutch capital.

Rembrandthuis, Jodenbreestraat 4
19-23.10 / 10 AM – 6 PM
Acclaimed audio visual designer and VJ Heleen Blanken will present her first ever art installation inspired by Hercules Segers –whose work inspired Rembrandt and is currently on display in the exhibition space. Experimental producer Peter van Hoesen has also provided audio interpretations of the work, which can listened to on headphones.

Melkweg Expo, Lijnbaansgracht 234 /A
19 – 23.10 / 9 AM – 9 PM (free entrance)
Campert has firmly established herself as one of the leading photographers within the Netherland’s ever-evolving electronic music scene. During ADE in Melkweg’s gallery space, you will have the opportunity to view some of her more invigorating festival pieces, taken from her new book Festivalland – for a which a launch ceremony will take place on the 20th with an exclusive DJ-set by Joost van Bellen.

De Plaatsmakerij (Former ING/Postbank Building), Haarlemmerweg 514
20.10 / 12 PM – 12 AM
Combining techno’s Detroit legacy with some of the city’s iconic artwork has been made possible thanks to renowned artists Abdul Haqq & Alan Oldham. Haqq’s work is often associated with the likes of Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Metroplex Records and UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE while Oldham’s familiar style of comic-book, futurism with Transmat, +8 Records and Astralwerks. This is the first time the duo have brought their interpretation of their ‘Return to the Future’ exhibit to the Dutch capital and is a rare opportunity to view their unique, cult output.

Doka, Wibautstraat 150
22.10 / 9 PM – 11 PM
Dutch theater hacks Nineties Productions have teamed up to produce a Bukowski musical and stage performance, celebrating his life and his loves with wistful lyricism and soulful beats. For something that little bit different, Doka is the place to be.

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