News — 29 Aug 2012

The free, live DJ performance by Innervisions and Geráld van der Kaap that was planned for September 9, inspired an overwhelming response: more than 6000 people said they would attend via Facebook and other social media. The square under the canopy of the new Stedelijk however does not allow for that many visitors. In order to prevent a dangerous situation, the initiators, the Stedelijk Museum and TrouwAmsterdam, in conjunction with the City of Amsterdam and other involved parties, have decided to postpone the performance.

Hendrik Folkerts, curator Public Program at the Stedelijk Museum, who together with TrouwAmsterdam organizes the event: “It is a pity, you could say that this event is a victim of its own success. We never expected such an amount of enthusiastic people. We have to be realistic: it is very likely that 6000 people would actually attend as they usually come with friends– and the reactions are still coming in. And not everyone reacts through Facebook. That is too many people to guarantee the safety. After consulting all parties, we will do our best to make this happen next year. We will keep you posted of a new date for the Innervisions performance, and in the meantime there will be many other events to attend!”

The Stedelijk Museum is looking into possibilities of programming a different event under the canopy on Sunday, September 9 and is talking with several partners.

Before the grand reopening of the museum on September 23, the program Stedelijk@Stedelijk continues with two large performances, which are freely accessible.