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Lots of Praise for New Church

by Editorial Staff in Nightlife & Reports , 13 oktober 2008

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The paint was hardly dry when the brand new “cruise club” Church threw open its doors just in time for Gay Pride at the beginning of August. After years of seeing one club close after another (think iT, Roxy, Mazzo) finally Amsterdam could boast a new venue, and what’s more, on the Kerkstraat, the original gay street of Amsterdam. Behind the new club is the GALA foundation, more than fifteen years active in promoting gay Amsterdam and well known for, amongst others, its non-profit parties on the Homomonument.

Comprised of an eclectic group of volunteers, GALA is one group that’s hard to categorize.
Richard Keldoulis from Gala: “We have a core group of about eighteen volunteers who range from creative to technical types, from fisters to fairies. So the club reflects a bit of everyone, it’s hard to pigeonhole. It’s not a leather club like you would find on Warmoesstraat, and it’s not a regular dance club. We focus on the cruise crowd, but we have parties like the Hoerenbal (Hooker’s Ball) which is open to everyone and attracts lots of drag queens, sportswear parties, and later in the year we are going to start dyke parties. We’re in discussion with friends to start Turkish and Arabic gay parties as well.”

“Basically almost everyone has been positive about the club. We offer lots of services that other clubs don’t and because a lot of the work is done by volunteers, everyone is friendly and enthusiastic, which you don’t find everywhere in Amsterdam.”

“There was one other gay business owner – whose name I won’t mention - who called us and screamed at us for daring to open a new venue. He felt that we were competition for him. He then proceeded to call every department in City Hall that he knew and tried to shut us down before we even opened. It’s pretty sad and disappointing but we’re determined to do what we want to and know that this kind of club is exactly what Amsterdam needs to get its crown of Gay Capital back.”

With the whole club being reinvented in just six weeks there wasn’t time for a complete make-over. “We left the basics of the club as it was and built just what was necessary, like a smokers area, a few cabins and lots of little extras. It’s quirky, with features like an upstairs fly-over area balancing on a tree trunk and the chandeliers - but that fits our team. We wanted something with a twist, we weren’t interested to just make a clone of other clubs.”
So make sure you drop by Church and see what all the fuss is about.

Kerkstraat 52 (near Leidsestraat), Amsterdam,

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.: Naked Bar
Thursdays, 8 p.m.: Mr B Heaven kinky Night
Fridays, 10 p.m.: P.O.P Pants Only Party
Every second and Last Saturday afternoon of the month: (Z)onderbroek underwear parties
Saturdays, 10 p.m.: 1st Saturday, Perverts; 2nd, Military Action; 3rd, Hoerenbal; last Saturday of even months, Ladz



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