About

zaal-occii-slider
 
OCCII has a long history of existing as a self-sustainable and autonomous independent venue. OCCII not only provides a stage for underground and radical music acts – it is also run almost entirely by volunteers. Every OCCII volunteer helps the venue in one way or another. Each individual has their own purpose, goal, way of operating, interests, level of input, quality of production … and (let’s not forget) characteristics. Those mechanics hold a charm, but maybe also a few weaknesses. It’s not always easy to arrange a night if you don’t know anybody. Our events are built on trust and not on payments … perhaps you understand that better now.
So how can you play at the OCCII? How can you organise your own event? We hear these questions often, but the answers to these questions are not always readily available. We’ve put together a Q & A in the hopes of answering some of your questions and offering a bit of underground inspiration.

About OCCII

OCCII stands for Independent Cultural Center In It and was founded 25 years ago (1992) by a number of enthusiastic theater and music lovers. What actually happens behind that beautifully restored façade on the Amstelveenseweg 134? Once it was a horse tram depot (1884-1904), now it is a venue for special arts, especially music. Our stage is located in the living and working complex De Binnenpret. Over the years, OCCII has developed into a widely appreciated and unique music stage / children’s theater. OCCII is a concert hall that focuses primarily on alternative music.

Low-key, culturally diverse, adventurous and dynamic are key. In addition, OCCII has been organizing a well-visited program for children aged between 2 and 12 under the name Kinderpret for more than 20 years, with theater and workshops in which children learn how to make (stage) art themselves. On average, we are open every year for around 160 performances and we have about 15,000 visitors on an annual basis. There is a fixed weekly program: every Wednesday afternoon a children’s performance, children’s disco or workshop and on Wednesday evening Open Bar Evening (free entrance). Furthermore, about 2 to 4 concerts in the evening per week (-end). Everything is possible in terms of music genres: Digi-Dub, Free-Jazz, D-Beat, Sound Poetry, Afro-Rave, No Wave, Doom Metal, Psych Rock, Performance Art …

OCCII is a voluntary organization. This means that the organization is run by volunteers. Only three people in OCCII are paid for their work. These are the business coordinator, the programming coordinator and the Kinderpret coordinator.
OCCII is a foundation and has a board. But there is no hierarchy within OCCII. Everyone has the same say, because everyone is equal.

“OCCII aims to create and maintain a multifunctional cultural meeting center for, in particular, less able persons and groups; to realize, support and stimulate innovative initiatives concerning socio-cultural activities and performing arts ”

DIY

Programming at OCCII is “Do It Yourself” (DIY)
This means that if you want to organize something, you have to arrange everything yourself. The band. the equipment, the food, a sleeping place. But also publicity, posters, flyers social media. A crew who runs the bar in the evening, and at the end of the evening everything is cleared away. If necessary, you will be accompanied by a volunteer from OCCII.

“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 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.”
Nikko Koulousios, rhiz.eu

Workers / volunteers

OCCII is a volunteer organization, mainly working in a DIY spirit, so everyone is responsible for OCCII and the course of the evenings. OCCII is a foundation with a board, paid employees (2,7 fte) in paid employment, + freelance for a few hours a year. In addition, there is a large indispensable group of unpaid employees (20-50).

In OCCII a lot is done by volunteers; this ensures variation and direct interaction with the public, because there is an important transition from public to volunteers. The OCCII offers space, possibilities and guidance for people who want to actively participate in organizing concerts in the broadest sense of the word. Volunteers and interns in OCCII stand behind the bar or at the door, do the sound, light, the production. They cook, receive the artists, DJs, count the cash register, settle payment with artists, clean and close. They learn this gradually, under guidance, from the employees and from each other, through preparation and in practice. In this way, OCCII is very local and bound to fanatical and creative Amsterdammers with vision and an opinionated taste. So learning volunteers in OCCII thus have a wide range of communicative and organizational skills, which they can also use elsewhere, professionally or otherwise. The fact that great bands play here is not dependent on one person, but always a joint effort.

We are here because we care for the OCCII. We know it needs volunteers to keep it alive and make the nights happen! But more hands and more input are always needed.
So please ask anyone behind the bar/door for a flyer or an e-mail address, and don’t be shy to get in touch, share your thoughts and ideas, and bring in an initiative. Anybody and every proposal are welcome! The basic and most important thing to remember is that you can really make it happen by Doing It Yourself (DIY)! Make it your home, care for it; cherish it, and help it grow! This is how we can each participate in sustaining Occ In it!

Do you also want to help as a volunteer at OCCII?
That can be in a number of functions; such as bartender, at the door, lighting or sound, but also helping with bookkeeping or making flyers. Can you do building work? There is plenty to do in OCCII. If you have a good idea how to apply your skills to the OCCII, we would love to hear it! Contact us at: volunteer @ occii.org

Internships

There are a number of internships

a) at the children’s theater and workshops (Kinderpret); helping with the kids activities by arranging workshops and the associated activities of promotion, preparation and giving the workshop.

b) Technical internship: Do you always comment on the sound at a concert? Or do you want to know how the lighting is done at a concert? OCCII offers you the opportunity to work as a light or sound technician..

c) Office internship / production / publicity / marketing internship: this involves helping the artistic and business coordinator in OCCII. You’ll assist and work in different areas for both functions.
General Production:
– contact artists and programmers: as assistant programmer: contact with bookers and bands concerning the shows.
– logistics and planning: tours, hotels and make time schedule
– assistant volunteers coordination: help with roster and planningof the volunteers for events. How many volunteers are needed for the events, what kind of qualities do the volunteers need for the event, for example sound or bar experience, from when till when are the volunteers needed.

PR / Marketing & Communication
– online promotion, social medai, relevant pages / websites etc. update Facebook & Twitter . Update website & online agenda on different websites
– compose press notices and send to the right places – how do you make sure your event is picked up by the nedia?
– target group analysis: who is the target group and what do they think of your events? Assist in making an analysis of the target group and / or visitor satisfaction survey (these are done every year)

Assisten business leadership
– paying the artists, negotiating guarantees and agreeing fees
– applying for funds, sponsorship: looking into possible applications
– committee meetings: attending these meetings (and possibly making the minutes)

School tasks and assignments:
You will of course be given the opportunity to work on your own learning goals / tasks and assignments from school.

An internship should be a win – win situation, that’s why OCCII asks interns to contribut their own ideas. OCCII is always looking for ways to improve efficiency and productivity, in ways that remain true to the low-threshold, independent and non-commercial character of OCCII. We are curious what possibilities you can suggest as an intern in the field of:
– information and communication systems (what do you use with your friends, and at school?)
– ways to raise new funds (crowdfunding, sponsors, project subsidies etc)
– team building: to increase engagement between volunteers and management in a constructive way. For example by organising a volunteers picnic or bingo evening?!
– Mapping the target group(s) of OCCII.
If you want and dare there is the possibility to set up your own event, the only framework within which you have to stay is the law and that it takes place in OCCII.

Profile intern
You are:
– able to take the initiative, you are alert to chances and growth opportunities for the OCCII and are not afraid to share your ideas and act accordingly.
– Independent, as an intern you represent OCCII, you are aware of what needs to be done and where your commitment is most needed. You are able to work independently. If necessary, a step-by-step plan will be drawn up per week, what is expected of you as a student that week (you can expect this for a level 4 student)
– Widely useful. Working hours at the OCCII vary, it is important that you are flexible in this. On some days you will be required during the day for office work (administration, production work, communication with other parties, etc.) while on other days you are needed in the evening or at night to coordinate a production from start to finish. Naturally, this will be discussed and depends on your age in connection with the CAO (certainly for minors). Finally, it is important that you have affinity with the ‘underground’ culture and the position of the OCCII in it.

What does OCCII offer:
What OCCII has to offer is a very broad development opportunity in a professional concert hall that has been an important pillar in the Amsterdam underground culture for more than 25 years. As an intern at OCCII you are not there to pour coffee at meetings and to transfer phone calls, but your own input and motivation is appreciated. The more you put in, the more you get out. You will be in the center of the OCCII and learn what is involved in running such a concert hall, from PR / marketing, production activities, contact with programmers and artists, to managing volunteers and making sure an event runs well. Your own drive and motivation regarding what you want to do and what you want to learn will play an important role in the activities and work that you will undertake as an intern at the OCCII.

For more information contact info @ occii.org stating ‘stage’ (Internship)

The building

Visitors of OCCII often ask about the story behind the venue’s decorated facade. The general story we always believed was that the front of the building was an example of “folly architecture,” which basically meant that it was made to look bizarre without a purpose. In the late 18th century it was fashionable to build follies, and on the Amstelveenseweg there were more examples, which have now all been demolished. The story goes that this ornate architecture was to please the “rich kids” of the day who where parading around the Vondelpark and chic south Amsterdam with their horse and carriages on Sundays.

Last year I stumbled upon a book on architecture by a local historian, Arjen Looyenga, which had an interesting chapter about “the old horse tram coach house on the Amstelveensweg.” The chapter explained that the two architects of the building, father and son Salm, were building more horse tram coach houses in Amsterdam because of their connections with one of the founders of the Amsterdam Omnibus Society (which exploited the horse trams). This guy was also the director of the Artis zoo, where Salm and son built the aquarium and library. Their architectural style was ecclectic, meaning that they picked and chose their inspiration from different traditions and countries.

Father and son Salm also had good connections with Russia, which later turned out to be the biggest influence on the look of the horse tram coach house which was built in 1883-1884. The Salms’ earlier buildings were noticed by some rich Russian folks, which resulted in several orders from Russia. Around that time the Russian traditional style of building from the 16th century was very popular with the Russian nationalist avant-garde. This style was also propagated by Viktor Hartmann, a Russian painter and architect. One of Hartmann’s creations was a design for a clock based on a popular folk legend: a story about Baba Yaga, a witch who lured people into her “hut on chicken legs” to eat them. If you take a look at the design of the clock (see picture) you can tell where the Salms got their inspiration from for modelling the facade of the OCCII building, swapping the chicken heads from the clock for those of horse heads on the roof.

Arjen Looyenga wrote his chapter on the old horse tram coach house in 1998 expressing his hope that this unique building with so many associations would be restored to its original glory. Unfortunately Looyenga passed away in 2007, three years before OCCII volunteers renovated the building and restoring much of its original façade in 2010. Thanks to Looyenga and his book for bringing us this story!
By Edwin de Jong
OCCII building, date undefined (source: Binnenpret archive):

ANBI

OCCII has an ANBI status
This means that the OCCII has been designated by the tax authorities as a ‘public benefit institution’. Gifts to OCCII are therefore tax deductible, for more information see website belastingdienst.

OCCII Basic details
Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In IT = OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
1075XL Amsterdam
020-6717778
info @ occii.org
www.occii.org
IBAN: Stiching In It NL17INGB0006547117
RSIN / ficscal nr: 8072,52,670
KVk nr: 41211866
BTWnr: 807252670b01

Goals of the foundation when founded in 1992:
I) Managing and maintaining the space in the Amstelveenseweg 134 plot
II) The creation and maintenance of, for less advantaged persons and groups, a multi-functional cultural meeting center.
III) Realizing, supporting and stimulating innovative initiatives of social cultural activities and performing arts.

Main features of the current policy plan

Below are the plans + objectives in short:

In the period 2017-2020, OCCII wants to focus on the quality and quantity of the program offering and on increasing it’s reach in Amsterdam. In addition, we strive for a better share of our own income. In the field of audience reach OCCII focuses on a number of objectives; increasing the audience reach, increasing the average spending per visitor, carrying out an annual target group and satisfaction survey among visitors, starting a promotional group (consisting of volunteers) and achieving more targeted promotion, aimed at various cultural communities and nationalities within Amsterdam. For example, OCCII wants to reach a significant new group of visitors.

Artistic content: lacks a clear vision in the business plan that gives an idea of the artistic-content developments that the organization aims for the future. (this still needs worked on).

Business quality: OCCII counts on an increase in its own income. (a step-by-step plan is needed for this)

Audience: OCCII is aware of its target groups that have been mapped out through a public survey. the research will be carried out annually in the coming period. + creating a social map of the area in order to reach a more culturally diverse audience, to conduct targeted research into the various communities and nationalities that are in the stag and whether they can be interested in the specific program.

Board members
Chairman: Edwin de Jong
Treasurer: Kristina Petrasova.
Secretary: Jos Kleij
General member: Julian Jansen
General member: Arnold de Boer.

Remuneration policy:
OCCII has an unpaid board, just like all the volunteers within the OCCII, it concerns the eternal fame, honor and thanks!

More information about ANBI and the yearly financial reports can be found here

Donate

If you would like to help OCCII with a donation you can pay with Paypal or otherwise make a bank payment to ‘Stichting In It’ NL17 INGB 0006 5471 17 and put the word ‘Donation’ in the comment.
OCCII uses money from donations to help pay for:
– new sound / lighting equipment – mics / stands / mixer / cables / speakers;
Donations are not used for:
– payment of staff;
– payment of bands;
If you would like more information please contact us via the contact page

Over OCCII

OCCII staat voor Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It en werd 25 jaar (1992) geleden opgezet door een aantal enthousiaste theater- en muziekliefhebbers. Achter die prachtige gerestaureerde gevel aan de Amstelveenseweg 134 wat gebeurd daar eigenlijk. Ooit was het een paardentramremise (1884-1904), nu is het een poppodium voor bijzondere kunsten en vooral muziek. Ons podium is gevestigd in het woon- en werkcomplex De Binnenpret. Door de jaren heen heeft OCCII zich ontwikkeld tot een breed gewaardeerd en uniek muziekpodium annex kindertheater. OCCII is een concertzaal dat voornamelijk alternatieve muziek centraal stelt.

Laagdrempelig, cultureel divers, avontuurlijk en dynamisch zijn de kernwoorden. Daarnaast organiseert OCCII onder de naam Kinderpret al ruim 20 jaar een goedbezochte programma voor kinderen van 2-12 jaar, met theater en workshops waarin kinderen zelf (podium-) kunst leren maken. Gemiddeld zijn we ieder jaar open voor om en nabij 160 voorstellingen en hebben we zo’n 15.000 bezoekers op jaarbasis. Er is een vast weekprogramma: elke woensdagmiddag een kindervoorstelling, kinderdisco of workshop en op woensdagavond Open Bar Avond (gratis entree). Verder zo’n 2 tot 4 concerten in de avond per week (-end). Alles is mogelijk qua muziekgenres: Digi-Dub, Free-Jazz, D-Beat, Sound Poetry, Afro-Rave, No Wave, Doom Metal, Psych Rock, Performance Art…

OCCII is een vrijwilligersorganisatie. Dit houd in dat de organisatie draait op vrijwilligers. Er worden maar drie mensen binnen OCCII betaald voor hun werkzaamheden. Dit zijn de zakelijk coördinator , de Programmering-coördinator en de Kinderpret-coördinator .
OCCII is een Stichting en heeft een bestuur. Maar er is geen hiërarchie binnen OCCII. Iedereen heeft evenveel zeggenschap want iedereen is gelijk.

“OCCII heeft als doel het creëren en in stand houden van een multifunctioneel cultureel ontmoetingscentrum voor met name minder draagkrachtige personen en groepen; het realiseren, ondersteunen en stimuleren van vernieuwende initiatieven betreffende sociaal-culturele activiteiten en podiumkunsten”

DIY

De programmering bij OCCII is “Do It Yourself” (DIY)
Dit houdt in dat als iemand iets wil organiseren, diegene alles zelf moet gaan regelen. De band. de appartuur, het eten, een slaap plek. Maar ook publiciteit posters flyers social media. Een crew team die op de avond zelf kassa draai de bar bemant en einde van de avond alles weer opruimd en spullen weg rijd. Mocht dat niet lukken, dan wordt je begeleid door vrijwilliger van OCCII.

“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 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.”
Nikko Koulousios, rhiz.eu

Medewerkers / Vrijwilligers

OCCII is een vrijwilligers organisatie, er wordt vooral vanuit de DIY gedachten gewerkt, waardoor iedereen zelf verantwoordelijk is voor OCCII en het verloop van de avonden. OCCII is een stichting met een bestuur, betaalde medewerkers (2,7 fte) in loondienst, + freelancen voor een paar uur per jaar. Daarnaast is er een grote onmisbare groep onbetaalde medewerkers (20-50).

In OCCII wordt dus veel gedaan door vrijwilligers; dat zorgt voor variatie en voor directe interactie met het publiek, er zit namelijk een belangrijke overloop van publiek naar vrijwilligers. De OCCII biedt ruimte, mogelijkheden en begeleiding voor mensen die actief willen meedoen in het organiseren van concerten in de breedste zin van het woord. Vrijwilligers en stagiaires staan in OCCII achter de bar of bij de deur, doen het geluid, licht, de productie. Ze koken, ontvangen de artiesten, DJ’en, tellen de kassa, rekenen af met artiesten, maken schoon en sluiten af. Dit leren ze gaandeweg en met begeleiding, van de medewerkers en van elkaar, door middel van voorbereiding en in de praktijk. Op die manier is OCCII zeer lokaal en gebonden aan fanatieke en creatieve Amsterdammers met visie en een eigenwijze smaak. Al doende leren vrijwilligers in OCCII dus velerlei communicatieve en organisatorische vaardigheden, die zij naderhand ook elders, al dan niet professioneel, weten toe te passen. Dat hier geweldige bands spelen is dus niet van één iemand afhankelijk, maar altijd een gezamenlijke inspanning.

We are here because we care for the OCCII. We know it needs volunteers to keep it alive and make the nights happen! But more hands and more input are always needed.
So please ask anyone behind the bar/door for a flyer or an e-mail address, and don’t be shy to get in touch, share your thoughts and ideas, and bring in an initiative. Anybody and every proposal are welcome! The basic and most important thing to remember is that you can really make it happen by Doing It Yourself (DIY)! Make it your home, care for it; cherish it, and help it grow! This is how we can each participate in sustaining Occ In it!

Wil jij ook komen helpen als vrijwilliger bij OCCII?
Dat kan in verschillende functies; zoals bardienst, gastvrouw/heer bij de deur, Achter de licht of geluidsknoppen, maar ook juist bij het helpen van de boekhouding of het maken van flyers? Hou je van klussen? Er is genoeg te doen in OCCII. Heb jij zelf een goed idee hoe jij jouw kwaliteiten kunt is zetten voor de OCCII, dan horen wij dit graag! Neem contact met ons op via: vrijwilliger @ occii.org

Stageplekken

Er zijn verschillende stage plekken

a) Kinderpret: kindertheater en workshops; helpen met de kinderactiviteiten door het bedenken van workshops met de bij behorende werkzaamheden van promotie voor bereiding en uitvoering.

b) Technic stage: Heb je altijd commentaar op het geluid bij een concert? Of wil je weten hoe het licht geregeld word bij een concert? OCCII bied je de mogelijkheid om stage te lopen als licht of geluidstechniek.

c) kantoor stage/ productie / publiciteit / marketing stage
Functie omschrijving:
De stagiaire zal assistent zijn van de Artistiek en Zakelijk coordinator binnen OCCII. De stagiaire zal assisteren en meewerken op verschillende vlakken van beide functies

Productie algemeen:
Contact artiesten en programmeurs: als Assistent programmeur: contact met boekers en bands over de optredens.
Logistiek en planning: tours, hotels en draaiboeken regelen invullen.
Assistent Vrijwilligers Coördinatie: mee – helpen met inroosteren en plannen van de vrijwilligers voor de evenementen. Hoeveel vrijwilligers zijn er nodig op het evenement, wat voor een kwaliteiten hebben de vrijwilligers nodige bijvoorbeeld, een geluidtechniek of bar ervaring. Van hoe laat tot hoe laat zijn de vrijwilligers nodig.

Pr/marketing & communicatie:
Online promotie, social media, relevante pagina’s, websites etc.: Facebook en Twitter bij houden. Aanpassen van website en online agenda op verschillende websites.
Persberichten opstellen en bij de juiste media krijgen: hoe zorg je dat jou evenement opgepikt wordt door de media?
Doelgroep analyse: Wie is je doelgroep en wat vinden ze van jou evenement. Assisteren bij het houden van een Doelgroep analyse en of tevredenheidsonderzoek. (deze worden jaarlijks gehouden)

Assistent zakelijke leiding:
Artiesten uitbetalen: Onderhandelen over garanties en gage afspraken
Fondsenwerving, sponsorwerving: het mee mogen kijken en denken bij eventuele aanvragen.
Bestuursvergaderingen: bij wonen van bestuur vergadering (indien nodig notuleren van de vergadering)

School taken en opdrachten:
Uiteraard krijg je gelegenheid om aan je eigen leerdoel / taken en opdracht vanuit school te werken.

Een stage dient een win – win situatie te zijn, daarom vraagt OCCII aan de stagiaire of er ideeën zijn. De OCCII is altijd op zoek naar manieren om efficiëntie en productiviteit te verhogen op een manier die trouw blijft aan het laagdrempelige, onafhankelijke en non-commerciële karakter van de OCCII. Wij zijn benieuwd wat voor mogelijkheden jij als stagiair kan onderzoeken op gebied van:
• Informatie en communicatie systemen. (wat gebruik jij zelf met vrienden? Hoe gaat het op school?)
• Manieren om nieuwe fondsen te werven (crowdfunding, sponsors, projectsubsidies etc.).
• Teambuilding, op een constructieve manier betrokkenheid tussen vrijwilligers en bestuur verhogen. Door bijvoorbeeld het organiseren van een vrijwilligers picknick, of bingo avond?!
• Het in kaart brengen van de doelgroep(en) van de OCCII.
Als je wilt en durft is er de mogelijkheid om je eigen evenement neer te zetten, het enige kader waar binnen je dient te blijven is de wet en dat het plaats- vindt in OCCII.

Profiel stagiair:
Je bent:
• Initiatiefrijk, je bent alert op kansen en groei mogelijkheden voor de OCCII en bent niet bang om je ideeën te delen en daarnaar te handelen.
• Zelfstandig, als stagiair vertegenwoordig je de OCCII, ben je er van bewust wat er moet gebeuren en waar jouw inzet het meest nodig is. Je bent daarbij in staat om zelfstandig te werken. In dien nodig zal er per week in samenspraak een stappenplan gemaakt worden, wat er die week van jou als student verwacht wordt (dit mag je wel verwachten dat een niveau 4 student)
• Breed inzetbaar. Werktijden bij de OCCII variëren, het is belangrijk dat je hierin flexibel ingesteld bent. Op sommige dagen zul je overdag nodig zijn voor kantoorwerkzaamheden (administratie, productie werkzaamheden, communicatie met andere partijen etc.) terwijl je op andere dagen ‘s avonds en ‘s nachts nodig bent om een productie te coördineren van begin tot eind. Uiteraard gaat dit in overleg en is afhankelijk van je leeftijd ivm de CAO (zeker voorminderjarige). Tenslotte is het belangrijk dat je affiniteit hebt met de ‘underground’ cultuur en de positie van de OCCII daarin.

Wat biedt de OCCII:
Wat de OCCII te bieden heeft is een zeer brede ontwikkelings – mogelijkheid in een professionele concertzaal die al meer dan 25 jaar een belangrijke pijler is in de Amsterdamse underground cultuur. Als stagiair bij de OCCII ben je er niet om koffie in te schenken bij vergaderingen en telefoontjes door te verbinden, maar wordt jouw eigen input en motivatie gewaardeerd. Zoveel als jij er in stopt haal je er ook uit. Je komt middenin de keuken van de OCCII en leert wat er allemaal komt kijken bij het runnen van een dergelijke concertzaal, van PR/marketing, productie werkzaamheden, contact met programmeurs en artiesten tot het aansturen van vrijwilligers en het in goede banen leiden van een evenement. Jouw eigen gedrevenheid en motivatie betreffende wat je wil doen en wat je wil leren zullen een belangrijke rol spelen in de invulling van de activiteiten en werkzaamheden die je als stagiair bij de OCCII zult ondernemen.

Voor meer informatie neem Contact op met info @ occii.org ovv: stage

Het gebouw / pand

Visitors of OCCII often ask about the story behind the venue’s decorated facade. The general story we always believed was that the front of the building was an example of “folly architecture,” which basically meant that it was made to look bizarre without a purpose. In the late 18th century it was fashionable to build follies, and on the Amstelveenseweg there were more examples, which have now all been demolished. The story goes that this ornate architecture was to please the “rich kids” of the day who where parading around the Vondelpark and chic south Amsterdam with their horse and carriages on Sundays.

Last year I stumbled upon a book on architecture by a local historian, Arjen Looyenga, which had an interesting chapter about “the old horse tram coach house on the Amstelveensweg.” The chapter explained that the two architects of the building, father and son Salm, were building more horse tram coach houses in Amsterdam because of their connections with one of the founders of the Amsterdam Omnibus Society (which exploited the horse trams). This guy was also the director of the Artis zoo, where Salm and son built the aquarium and library. Their architectural style was ecclectic, meaning that they picked and chose their inspiration from different traditions and countries.

Father and son Salm also had good connections with Russia, which later turned out to be the biggest influence on the look of the horse tram coach house which was built in 1883-1884. The Salms’ earlier buildings were noticed by some rich Russian folks, which resulted in several orders from Russia. Around that time the Russian traditional style of building from the 16th century was very popular with the Russian nationalist avant-garde. This style was also propagated by Viktor Hartmann, a Russian painter and architect. One of Hartmann’s creations was a design for a clock based on a popular folk legend: a story about Baba Yaga, a witch who lured people into her “hut on chicken legs” to eat them. If you take a look at the design of the clock (see picture) you can tell where the Salms got their inspiration from for modelling the facade of the OCCII building, swapping the chicken heads from the clock for those of horse heads on the roof.

Arjen Looyenga wrote his chapter on the old horse tram coach house in 1998 expressing his hope that this unique building with so many associations would be restored to its original glory. Unfortunately Looyenga passed away in 2007, three years before OCCII volunteers renovated the building and restoring much of its original façade in 2010. Thanks to Looyenga and his book for bringing us this story!
By Edwin de Jong
OCCII building, date undefined (source: Binnenpret archive):

ANBI

OCCII heeft een ANBI – Status
Dit wil zeggen, dat de OCCII door de Belastingdienst is aangemerkt als ‘algemeen nut beogende instelling’. Giften aan OCCII zijn hierdoor fiscaal aftrekbaar kijk voor meer info via website belastingdienst
OVER OCCII Basis gegevens:
Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In IT = OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
1075XL Amsterdam
020-6717778
info (ad) occii (punt) org
www.occii.org
IBAN: Stiching In It NL17INGB0006547117
RSIN / ficscaal nr: 8072,52,670
KVk nr: 41211866
BTWnr: 807252670b01

Doel van de stichting bij oprichting in 1992:
I)Het beheren en onderhouden van de ruimte in het perceel Amstelveenseweg 134
II) Het creëren en in stand houden van, voor met namen minder draagkrachtige personen en groepen een multi- functioneel cultureel ontmoetingscentrum.
III) Het realiseren, ondersteunen en stimuleren van vernieuwende initiatieven van sociaal culturele activiteiten en podiumkunsten.

Hoofdlijnen van het actuele beleidsplan
Hieronder beknopt de plannen + doelstellingen;
in de periode 2017-2020 wil OCCII inzetten op de kwaliteit en kwantiteit van het programma-aanbod en het vergroten van het bereik in Amsterdam. Daarnaast word gestreefd naar een beter aandeel eigen inkomsten. Op het gebied van publieksbereik richt OCCII zich op een aantal doelstellingen; het vergroten van het publieksbereik, de gemiddelde besteding per bezoeker verhogen, het uitvoeren van een jaarlijks doelgroep-en tevredenheidsonderzoek onder de bezoekers, het starten van een promotiegroep (bestaande uit vrijwilligers) en het realiseren van meer gerichte promotie uitingen, gericht op diverse culturele gemeenschappen en nationaliteiten binnen Amsterdam. Zo wil OCCII een aanzienlijke nieuwe groep bezoekers bereiken.
Artistiek inhoudelijk: mist in het ondernemingsplan een duidelijke visie die een beeld geeft van de artistiek- inhoudelijke ontwikkelingen, die de organisatie beoogt voor de toekomst. (hier moet dus aan gewerkt worden).
Zakelijke kwaliteit: OCCII rekent op een stijging van de eigen inkomsten. (hier moet een stappen plan voor komen)
Publiek: OCCII is zich bewust van haar doelgroepen die middels een publieksonderzoek in kaart zijn gebracht. het onderzoek zal in de komende periode jaarlijks opnieuw worden uitgevoerd. + het maken van een sociale kaart van de omgeving ivm bereiken van een meer cultureel divers publiek, gericht onderzoek doen naar war de diverse gemeenschappen en nationaliteiten die zich in de stag bevinden en of zij interesse kunnen hebben in de specifieke programma.

Bestuurssamenstelling
Voorzitter: Edwin de Jong
Penningmeester: Kristina Petrasova.
Secretaris: Jos Kleij
Algemeen lid: Julian Jansen
Algemeen lid: Arnold de Boer.

Beloningsbeleid:
OCCII heeft een onbezoldigd bestuur, net als alle vrijwilligers binnen de OCCII, gaat het om de eeuwige room, eer en dank!

Meer informatie over ANBI en de financiële jaarcijfers zijn hier te vinden

Donate

If you would like to help OCCII with a donation you can pay with Paypal or otherwise make a bank payment to ‘Stichting In It’ NL17 INGB 0006 5471 17 and put the word ‘Donation’ in the comment.
OCCII uses money from donations to help pay for:
– new sound / lighting equipment – mics / stands / mixer / cables / speakers;
Donations are not used for:
– payment of staff;
– payment of bands;
If you would like more information please contact us via the contact page

 
KinderPret = theater en workshops voor kids op de vrije woensdagmiddag
 

queue  occii4 occii5 occii9 occii2

“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 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.”

Nikko Koulousios, rhiz.eu