A new tradition is born! Write it down in your diary - on the second Saturday of September is the annual StreetHeart Festival! This new gender fluid event is the only public queer event in Amsterdam outside of Pride itself.
Launched by ChUrch (and held in front of ChUrch in the Kerkstraat) together with GALA Foundation, the idea behind the Festival is to “camp up the city” this time in pink and blue instead of rainbow colors.
This year saw the celebrity jury of Sipke Jan Bousema, Michiel van Erp and Irene Hemelaar choose Dynno Dada, Tish Bustillo and Anastasia Beaverhausen as the inaugural StreetHearts.
Jennifer Hopelezz, who initiated the Festival: “It was a fantastic kooky little street party, a perfect launch. We had some of the best queer performers and artists in the city working on the festival. People were a bit apprehensive at first that a gay fetish club was organizing a street party, but we expressly made the event open for everyone, especially kids. We had lots of little poodle balloons - who doesn’t love a pink poodle?”
Even the neighbors got into the mood. Spijker Bar held a StreetWhore Election and a group of residents took advantage of the closed-off street to throw a kids parties. “I hope that grows and next year the whole street takes part,” says Jennifer.
* The name of the festival is inspired by the new book “Amsterdam Streethearts” by American journalist and photographer Shirley Agudo.
The photos in the picture report below are made by Peter van Geest.