Future Cities

Hear the city. Meet the people. Feel the energy.

Expo Future Cities 

An exhibition that will take you to the urban heart of five of the world’s most exciting emerging cities: Kinshasa, Lima, Yangon, Medellín and Addis Ababa.  

Tuesday 18 June – Thursday 22 August, every day 10.00 hrs – 22.00 hrs. Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), Oosterdokskade 143, first floor. Free entrance
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Grand Celebration night 

During the Grand Celebration Night five protagonists from the awarded Future Cities project take you on a journey around the world to the next generation of cities. From the booming fashion scene of Kinshasa to the Silicon Valley of Latin America and the art scene of Yangon. What do they need to propel their city forward? And what can we learn from that?

Friday 21 June, 20.00 hrs – 22.00 hrs. 
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam 
Free entrance 
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Meet the protagonists – informal meet-ups

Meet, greet and ask all your questions to the Future Cities protagonists. During informal meet-ups on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, they will tell in their own way about the development in their city. 

Aung Soe Min (Yangon) explains why art is a more important basis for the new society than the emerging capitalism in Myanmar. Saturday 22 June, 13.00 – 13.45 hrs.

Haddis Alemayehu (Addis Ababa) wants to conquer the world with his masinqo. During this meet-up he introduces several traditional instruments from Ethiopia and tells about his dream. Saturday 22 June, 14.00 – 14.45 hrs.

Elsa Casimiro and Jocelyn Paz Delgado (Lima) will tell their personal story while cooking their favorite Peruvian dish. How did the current gastro boom in Peru change their lives? Sunday 23 June, 13.00 – 13.45 hrs. 

Carlos Alvarez (Medellín) will share his personal success story: what was needed to make it as a tech entrepreneur in Medellín, the city once known as the most dangerous place on earth. And how does he involve others in his success? Sunday 23 June, 14.00 – 14.45 hrs. 

Meet-ups, Speakers Corner Expo Future Cities Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), Oosterdokskade 143, first floor 
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Expo ‘New Beginnings’
Future Cities & We make M-ode 

The exhibition gives a platform to researchers, designers and developers to show their vision on a healthy future for the fashion industry; dresses made of seaweed, circular collections of textile waste and clothes made of seeds by ‘sapeurs’ from Kinshasa. The Future Cities photo series ‘La Future of Sape’ is part of the exhibition. 

Tuesday 18 – 21 June, 15 – 21 hrs. 
Marineterrein Amsterdam, building nr. 027 K+L, Kattenburgerstraat 5
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Talks & performances 

  • Performance: Haddis Alemayehu introduces the Ethiopian swing at the WeMakeThe.City official opening night (on invitation only). Monday 17 June, 19.00 hrs, Theater Amsterdam.
  • Talk: social impact on the local fashion industry with Louison Mbeya and Carmen Hogg. Thursday 20 June, 17.00 hrs., Clubhouse, building 027 E, Kattenburgerstraat 5, Amsterdam. 
  • Talk: the importance of art in a public space with Cintha van Heeswijk, director ArtZuid and Aung Soe Min. Wednesday 19 June, 16.30hrs, Circl, Gustav Mahlerplein 1B, Amsterdam
  • Talk & walk Sloterdijk: Cecile Mullens, director Get Lost, introduces the new art initiative Playstation Sloterdijk and talks with Aung Soe Min, cultural entrepreneur from Yangon, about the role of art in cities.  Friday 21 June, 15.30 hrs, ISO Amsterdam, Isolatorweg 17, Amsterdam. 
  • Raft Jam with Haddis Alemayehu (Addis Ababa) and Imaginary Millions (London). A special edition of the Ceuvel Sessions on a floating raft outside. Nothing is planned, everything is perfect. All we ask: ‘What is possible from here?’ Saturday 22 June, 19.30 – 22.00 hrs, De Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 4, Amsterdam. Free entrance. 
  • Lima Limo Live: a jam session with Haddis Alemayehu and Amsterdam based musicians. Sunday 23 June, 15.00 hrs., Ruyschkamer, Ruyschstraat 34, Amsterdam. 

Participants Future Cities program: 

Stephanie Bakker, journalist and documentary filmmaker, founder of Future Cities and Laika Productions, Aung Soe Min, artist and cultural pioneer from Yangon, Myanmar, Carlos Alvarez, digital entrepreneur and founder of Workep from Medellín, Colombi, Elsa Casimiro, Peruvian chef, Peruvian chef and student of Gaston Acurio’s social cooking school. Yocelyn Paz Delgado, Peruvian chef and student of Gaston Acurio’s social cooking school.  Louison Mbeya, stylist and fashion designer from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Congo. Haddis Alemayehu, masinqo rockstar and jazz musician from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  


  • Pakhuis de Zwijger
  • AFK
  • Stimuleringsfonds
  • Prince Claus Fund
  • OBA