Oct 182011

Tess Martin’s travel blog:

Groningen is a town about two and a half hours (by train) north of Amsterdam. I don’t know much about it, but it has a few big universities, nice traditional architecture downtown, and is home of VERA, a volunteer-run organization that has been around for years. They host 3 or 4 live music gigs a week, and once a week they have a film night. They have a big live music venue, but also a bar in the cellar, a cafe area upstairs for the staff, and a hotel or sorts at the back of the building for bands and itinerant film directors.
I arrived and was very nicely met at the station by David Raats, seasoned volunteer. After a tech check and dinner at a nearby organic restaurant it was time for the show! The volunteers transformed the empty live music room into a cinema by installing risers, chairs, curtains, projector and screen. They do that every week! That’s dedication. The 60 or so seats got pretty full, and the Inter-Action program was preceded by 30 minutes of animations from Groningen filmmakers. No serious technical difficulties, and some interesting questions and mingling in the bar afterwards. Success!┬áThank you to David, Rob and Matt for a fun evening!

Next up, the Amsterdam Part II event at the Eye Film Institute tonight!


VERA entrance - yes, that is a poster for the Inter-Action event you see in the lower right!

Our poster!

Cinema with program on the screen

Lovely accommodation - thanks Vera!

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