The World Aids conference is one of the biggest events for health professionals, volunteers and patients. Under the name AIDS 2018 it will be held on 23-28 July 2018 in Amsterdam. The registration period for the conference is closed, the papers have been submitted and the speeches are being prepared (see the conference website for more details). But an event like this is more than just a scientific, professional conference. Throughout the city lots of events around the conference are organized. They are well worth the visit also if you are not attending the conference itself.
Protest March to kick everything off
On 23 July 2018, thousands of HIV and AIDS activists from all over the world will hold a protest march. They will have come together because of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Leading up to the official opening of the conference, diverse communities will make their voices heard. They will raise awareness for topics from human rights and access to medicines, to political support and funding for the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Do you want to join in the protest march, to make your voice heard and fight together with other HIV activists for a better quality of life for all who live with HIV? The march starts at 1PM at the Amstelveld in the city centre and ends at the conference hall RAI at 4PM.
Do you want to contribute ideas for the protest march? Send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poz Paradise – a play
What do you do when you live last longer than you expected? That is the basic premise of a new, wry comedy which will premiere during the World AIDS conference. The play by Daniel Cohen tells the story of three friends in their fifties. In the beginning of the nineties each of them found out that they were hiv positive. At that time an almost certain death sentence. Thanks to medicine they survived, but as they come together at a holiday home they explore the possibilities of having a future.
The play is partly community funded and will play at the Stadsschouwburg theatre between 23rd of July and the 5th of August. The play is in Dutch, but English subtitles are available. You can buy tickets at €20 and €25 here.
Exhibitions, debates and movies
Several exhibitions are being put on around the city around the Aids 2018.
Atlas 2018, more than a exhibition
Right in the historic centre of Amsterdam, Atlas2018 will present a unique exhibition with hundreds of films, photos and written stories of men and women who are living with HIV or AIDS. ATLAS2018 visited all six continents to portray sex workers, gay men, transgenders, long-term survivors and many more, to let them speak in their own words. For two weeks ATLAS2018 will host speakers, talk shows, discussions, live recordings, parties and ATLAS2018 will be screening the documentary “I will speak, I will speak’. See for a preview at the bottom of this article.
The event will take place at the historic Beurs van Berlage in the centre of the city. The program is different every day and starts mostly around lunch time and last into the evening.
The history of Aids in Amsterdam
The exhibition Aids in Amsterdam in the Amsterdam City Archive (Stadsarchief Amsterdam) shows how this diseases ran through the city like a predator. It is also the time when the buddy system was set up for the patients, when quilts were made to commemorate the victims and when large memorials were organized such as the Aids Memorial Day. With pictures this exhibition will bring back the fear and sorrow, but also the love and the will to live.
The exhibition is free to visit at the central hall of the archive:
- Tuesday till Friday from 10AM till 5PM,
- Saturday and Sunday from 12PM till 5PM.
Melange giving a face to Aids activisme around the world
Melange is an exhibition about Aids activisme and activist. It is a joint exhibition by Ajamu (Londen) en Pato Hebert (New York en Los Angeles), who both show for the first time in Amsterdam. Since 2016 these two artists are in a continuous dialogue with each other and Melange is an exhibition of photographs which were the result of this dialogue.
In three different parts, Melange shows you the different faces of the world of Aids: the Aid activist in a series of portraits by Ajamu, the conference delegates of the Durban Aids conference by Pato Herbert and a reportage about the dance event Ataque in São Paulo, Brasil, by Herbert. Together these three parts form a tryptic of the varied world of Aids around the world.
The exhibition is on between 26th of July and 26th of September and is free entrance. The Delegates part of the exhibition is shown on the ground floor of the public library, the other two parts are shown at the IHLIA space on the 3rd floor of the library.
The opening times are daily from 10AM till 10PM at the Public Library (OBA) at the Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam.
The Power of Love – keeping up to date
Now all these events listed up to now focus mostly on the lives and history of people living with HIV/Aids around the world. But meanwhile the conference is going on and you might want to keep up to date, but don’t have the time or energy to follow the 5 full days of conference. That is why a separate event is organized during the run of the conference, called: The Power of Love.
On the 25th of July, from 7.30PM two hiv specialists and a hiv nurse will explain in laymen’s terms the latest developments during the conference. That can be of course very intensive to listen to, so the program is broken up with entertainment segments and short documentaries.
Tickets for the event cost €12,- and can be bought here. The event takes place in the DeLaMar Theatre in the centre of the city.