OT 301

Back in the good old days Amsterdam had quite a big squatting movement with a dramatic climax- the wedding of Queen Beatrix to her consort, Claus. Most of the squats have either been evacuated by the ME ( riot police ) or have obtained legal status. OT 301 ( Overtoom 301 ), squatted in 1999, is one of latter and gives the city of Amsterdam that more-than-welcome alternative to all the smooth, fashionable and expensive places Amsterdam seems to be spawning the last decade. OT 301 offers live music, performances, exhibitions, a vegan organic kitchen, a cinema, a small independent bookstore and other (sub)cultural activities. Oh, and a bottle of beer for a measly €2.50!

squatters in action: