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XXXLeather – Ten Years of Parties Organized by Volunteers

by Redaktie in Events & Agenda , 09 December 2015

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Over ten years ago, a group of men arose from the team of volunteers for the COC leather parties, a group that wanted to continue the long tradition of successful leather parties after the COC had decided to discontinue them. It was October 2004. Jan-Willem, Johan, Bernie, and five others, got together and founded the FuckFloor Foundation in December 2004.

The first party took place in March 2005. After the first board meeting of the group of volunteers, the name of the party was decided on while riding their bicycles: XXXLeather, also called Triple-X-Leather. Triple X for Amsterdam’s three Andreas crosses, and as a reference to an Adult party. Leather because it is the most appealing fetish, but rubber, army and skin are also welcomed. Partly because of sponsoring, but also because of the investment of own funds, the party instantly became a huge success.

This is remarkable, as the name XXXL was unknown, and the location was a huge party center in the middle of the Westzaan meadows. Even so, 700 men gathered there, traveling by car or via shuttle bus between Amsterdam Central Station and the Lexion, organized by the men themselves. With 1,300 men, the Mr. Leather Europe edition was the highlight of these parties in Westzaan.

A financial crisis at Lexion forced XXXL to find another venue, such as, successively, Club More, the Exit, and the Jan van Galencentrum. This last venue was the biggest challenge in getting the party organized. Unreliability in arrangements with management and not being able to afford damage insurance forced the men - now Foundation Gents - to seek financial support.

They found it at Foundation Gala. Wim Peeks and Richard Keldoulis offered the floating XXXL permanent shelter in Club Church. By now, it is 2015. For more than ten years, the volunteers have organized the non-commercial XXXLeather fetish parties: Leather-fetish dance, drink & play - all for the community. Time for a ten year anniversary party!
Saturday, December 12, 22:00-05:00, Club Church, 52 Kerkstraat, Amsterdam. Line-up: Mo’Cum (for the past years and still going strong!), and HanSome.

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