The OCCII (Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It) is a venue for alternative and independent music in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The organization is mostly run by volunteers and has its roots in the squatting movement; and is part of ‘Vereniging De Binnenpret’, the building was squatted in 1984 and “legalized” in 1989. Next to the concert hall, there’s also a , a restaurant (called MKZ), the Anarchist library, theatre for children (Kinderpret), a bike workshop, rehearsal studios, and a big courtyard with a garden.
The building the OCCII resides in was built as a horse tram garage with stables in 1883-84 by architect Abraham Salm (1857-1915), who also designed (together with his father G. B. Salm) the buildings where popular commercial venues Melkweg and Paradiso now operate. The buildings is now under construction. The facade will be reconstructed and the ‘old colours’ will be brought back to life.
The OCCII has no central programming, instead there are several programming groups that set the agenda. See groups
+ KinderPret = theater en workshops voor kids op de vrije woensdagmiddag
Kicking globalization in the nuts, the OCCII manages to bring together all the dissident voices of music from the four corners of the globe. The underground has never had a better venue.
OCCII has managed to secure its legal status and now runs as a perfectly legitimate squat with an extensive cultural community centre. But its squatty birthmark has sealed its underground, independent, free DNA for ever. OCCII is a success story of a squat, which, having fought with the (real estate) powers of modernity, made it through the wilderness of police brutality, only to prove that communal, social activity can produce something good, something that is not owned by anyone else but us, the people. Transmitting fierce music and art, the OCCII continues to break down rotten boundaries, for the sake of everyone.