With just a few weeks to go before the opening of the World Architecture Festival (28-30 November), architects visiting the event in Amsterdam can look forward to a lively programme of associated fringe activities.
The fringe events will supplement the core WAF awards and talks programme, which this year is themed on the subject of identity. Visitors will have the opportunity to make new contacts as they enjoy a range of activities including architectural tours, an architecture-themed film festival and street takeover.
Highlights of the WAF fringe activities include:
- WAF Welcome Reception – All are welcome to attend this celebratory opening bash, which takes place on 27 November on the eve of the core WAF programme. Festivities kick off at 7pm in the Boast House, Strandzuid within the Amsterdam RAI.
- WAF Street Takeover – WAF 2018 is taking over Reguliersdwarsstraat (between Koningsplein – Vijzelstraat) for a night of festivities on 28 November. The street will be divided into two restaurant zones at either end with a network/party area in the middle. Visitors will receive special discounts in several bars and restaurants throughout the area.
- Architect Tours – Visitors can enjoy Amsterdam’s distinctive architectural identity from its magnificent historic heritage to the latest contemporary buildings. The bespoke five-day tour programme includes boat excursions as well as bus tours of the central waterfront, the Eastern and Western Docklands, and the Amsterdam School of architecture.
- Architecture Film Festival – WAF is presenting the four winning entries from the 2017 ArchFilmFest international film competition, which received more than 150 entries from around the world. The category winning films for Documentary Feature, Fiction Short, Experimental Short and “From Above” will be shown on 30 November from 10am in Crit Room 14. The bi-annual festival was founded in 2015 by architect Charlotte Skene Catling, and designer and producer Manuel Toledo Otaegui.
WAF’s sister event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will run alongside the architectural festival, showcasing 2018’s most innovative interiors projects from more than 500 award finalists. Together, the events will welcome more than 2000 delegates to the city from 28-30 November.
For more details on how to attend the World Architecture Festival, please visit www.worldarchitecturefestival.