Category: Arts

Made in CREA
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Made in CREA

It’s not unusual for weekend evenings at CREA to involve some kind of performance. In the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to attend a plethora of concerts, dance shows, plays, and improv nights, most of which have even been enjoyable. 

CREA’s Orchestra: ‘It ends with a party!’
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CREA’s Orchestra: ‘It ends with a party!’

On the 25th of June CREA’s orchestra ended their tour in the Dominicuskerk. They played six overtures by Dvořák, Wagner, Wagenaar. And their performance ended with Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, resulting in a swinging party filled with happy faces.

CREA likes to move it!
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CREA likes to move it!

By now you probably noticed that there’s a CREA show going on about every week, whether it’s dancing, singing or comedy, the students of CREA courses get the chance to showcase their hard-earned skills in front of their loved ones, friends, family, and of course, one random YOUvA Today journalist: yours truly. After all, no true passion project is complete without the unsolicited judgment of strangers on the internet. So, without further ado, here are our thoughts on the 'Movement into focus' show at CREA this Saturday.

The sound of CREA
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The sound of CREA

Ready for some tunes? CREA sure was! After our dear friend COVID-19 once again ruined the last band evening, on the 17th of June it was finally possible for all bands stemming out of the CREA ‘pop course’ to perform… and perform they did!

Memes at the UvA
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Memes at the UvA

If you’ve found this article and are reading it from any device other than a fax machine you are probably aware of memes, and it would probably not be a stretch to assume that you’re also familiar with @uva_meme, @uva.memes.faculty, or any of the other active and inactive pages dedicated to immortalizing the struggles of Amsterdam student life. Separate faculties even have their own pages, like @uvaeconmemes and @uvapoliscimemes, where memes get even more specific, engaging students and faculty alike. 

UvA stand up nights
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UvA stand up nights

It’s happened to most of us international students, right? Your dutch friend is talking about this great show they went to, this brilliant performer they saw, and oh, if only they could have taken you along… except you don’t speak the language. Maybe you gave up trying to find some good -and affordable- English-language entertainment after the twenty-third google search, but for those still holding out hope so late in the year, one UvA student group was proud to present its first Stand Up Comedy Night on Thursday at the Boom Chicago bar. But was it worth the 8 euro ticket?

Unpacking the Wolfpack 
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Unpacking the Wolfpack 

In 2010 five teenagers look at the world outside their apartment for the very first time. Almost their entire lives up to had been spent confined within a three-bedroom New York apartment. A few years later the world will get to look back at them through "The Wolfpack", a documentary that recounts the incredible and disturbing story. This weekend at CREA cafe theatre group STA attempted to tell their story once again, only this time live and onstage.  

CREA: dare to dance!
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CREA: dare to dance!

Whether you’re the kind of person who lunges for the nearest table as soon as the beat drops, the kind of person whose wildest dance routine consists of a few timid head bobs, or anyone in between, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and watch the professionals do all the hard work. True, the dance crew at Saturday’s show may not be professionals -yet- but how did their performance hold up for a half-hour of almost non-stop dancing?

Amsterdam’s alternative nightlife
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Amsterdam’s alternative nightlife

For those of us for whom weekly borrels and nights in Disco Dolly don’t quite cut it, there is a plethora of underground and alternative nightlife and culture for students seeking everything outside of the ordinary. Whether it be live music, 12-hour raves or even arts and cinema, there is plenty going on. 

Party lights and dark themes mark STA’s new play
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Party lights and dark themes mark STA’s new play

When was the last time you genuinely answered the question: how are you? Most of the time, a simple good is fine, right? So do we truly communicate with each other? Student and director Kelly Heijmans was wondering this exact thing. As a result, the play Hoe Gaat Het? (How are you) was created and performed by the Student Association for Theatre (STA).