Ruigoord is a magical, one of a kind village. The squatted community is a completely unique area; a place that helps keep our world balanced and provides the city of Amsterdam with much needed spirituality and creativity. We organised this Manifesto to celebrate Ruigoord - to honour it and to maintain it for future generations. A collective of communities tied to Ruigoord have come together to organise this festival. Their goal is to get everything that is important to Ruigoord a on stage to be celebrated. Expect an adventurous mix of music, theatre, visual arts and other acts for all ages.
Ruigoord is a unique place with a unique history. Once an island, later an agricultural village and now an artistic community. During the squatting of Ruigoord in 1973, Amsterdam's politicians were focused on developing a new industrial port district in the west of the city. The old port had become too small and Ruigoord had to make way.. but this idealistic and idyllic place full of artists stood its ground, and Ruigoord still stands today.
'A different world, a magical oasis, a safe haven, a small area with big support, a home of creation, a hidden pearl, a brave village with a special drink, a chicken- and egg location, a junction, a flower with a hard edge..'
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