What started as a small initiative has now become a fetish community event. The Fetish Pride, organized in Amsterdam from Thursday May 12 till Sunday May 15, 2016, wants to promote collaboration in the scene and this collaboration has resulted in a full program. A highlight is the “Underground Fetish Party” on Friday.
But there is more, much more! From workshops to parties, Amsterdam Fetish Pride offers something for every fetish lover.
Initially, fetishism was mostly seen as a compulsive disorder, but nowadays the term is often used to indicate an often playful preference, ranging from the love of well-endowed men or beautifully shaped butts to men in certain sportswear, leather, rubber, you name it. Medical definitions limit fetishism to a preference for an object or a body part. In colloquial speech, it often includes sexual interests, such as spanking or bondage. Almost everyone has a fetish seen in this light, and the Amsterdam Fetish Pride offers a large diversity in activities with something for everyone.
This year, Amsterdam Fetish Pride starts on May 12, with from 16:00 to 20:00 a free drink for customers of Mister B, Warmoesstraat 89. Those who did not find the time, are now presented with a wonderful opportunity, however late, to congratulate the owner Wim Bos with the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the Antwerp Leather Pride in February. Afterwards, visitors can go to Dirty Dicks, Warmoesstraat 86, to participate in the “Fetish Pride Kick-Off” during “2 Euro Thursday,” from 20:00 to 03:00. Men who like a little variety can change location and go to The Eagle, Warmoesstraat 90, for “Fetish in the Mix” to dance, cruise or just have fun. This get-together starts at 22:00. As the name suggests, the evening does not have a strict dress code, but it is an opportunity to try out your favorite fetish wear. DJ Mally Clark is spinning. Lovers of more extravagance can visit Club Church, Kerkstraat 51, from 22:00 onwards for “Blue Fetish Dance,” Amsterdam’s most bizarre dance party with weird acts and wild and eccentric misfits. The dress code is all fetish wear.
To negate the negative energy of Friday the 13th, Mister B has organized a “Friday the 13th Your lucky day @ Mister B,” with all day a ten percent discount on leather jeans, which can be flaunted in various places later that day. From 20:00 onwards it is “Freaky Fetish Friday” in The Web, St. Jacobsstraat 6, with a happy hour from 21:00 to 22:00. In spite of the name, there is no dress code in The Web, but there is a DJ taking care of the music. This also holds true for the “Eagle’s Pride Night,” starting at 22:000 in the Warmoesstraat. These new leather pants will need to go off at “(Z)onderbroek” in Club Church, because here it is all about underwear. The club is open from 22:00 to 05.00.
In Akhnaton, Nieuwezijds Kolk 25, the “Underground Fetish Party” will start at 22:00, especially organized for Fetish Pride. The first edition last year was a great success. Hundreds of horny men in a steaming venue meant vulgar sex in an exciting dark room, with great DJs providing the hot soundtrack. This party goes on until 8:00 o’clock in the morning. Tickets can be bought online via www.underground-fetish.com, and at several points of sale in the city. Be quick, because Akhnaton can only accommodate 400 men. The music is by DJ Hansom, DJ Saeed Ali, DJ Nicolas Nucci, and DJ Benjamin.
Whether you are interested because fetish gear usually is not cheap or whether used items give that extra kick, second-hand articles are available on Saturday, May 14 from 13.00 to 18.00. You can buy, sell or swap on the “Fetish Flee Market” in The Web. Vendors should register with The Web before May 7. The “Shameless Fetish Night” will start at 20:00 at the same location, and without a dress code. Completely different is “Fist Farm,” starting at Club Church at 16:00. This new party every second Saturday of the month is catering to pigs that like to go deeper. Dress code: kinky, fetish, nude, or jockstrap. Entry fee: 10.00 Euros. “Fist Farm” is open until 20:00. At 22:00 at the same location, “Undercover” will start, a party for completely naked visitors who hide their identity behind a mask. That same night, visitors who don’t want to take anonymity to this level can go to the “Black Eagle” party in Amsterdam’s oldest fetish bar, The Eagle.
As if this is not enough, the party continues at 13:00 on Sunday with “Cheeky Leather” in The Web, with a DJ providing music. “Horsemen and Knights,” Amsterdam’s most famous safe sex party starts at 15:00 in The Eagle. The dress code is leather, rubber, sportswear, nude, or underwear. There is no dress code for “Spank!,” starting at 16:00 at Club Church. This party is for everyone who deserves or wants to give a spanking, whether that is with a whip or a cane, or simply using your hands with the naughty one over the knee.
At 22:00 it is time for the “Fetish Pride Farewell” in The Eagle. Fetish lovers and other visitors can unwind and reminisce on what hopefully was a wonderful Fetish Pride or engage in some last hurray fuck, accompanied by the uplifting beats of DJ Mally Clark.
Life is not just only about pleasure and entertainment, and that is why Amsterdam Fetish Pride offers some workshops that are organized by the Amsterdam Kink Academy. On Saturday May 14 at The Eagle, a workshop “Rope / Bondage” by Master Tim from London can be followed. At the same time, Dirty Dicks presents “Make him Squirm,” where beginners can discover the basics of our erogenous zones, simple knots, body language, the interaction between tops and bottoms, and safety protocols, through using hands-on examples, with a strong emphasis on keeping it fun! Both workshops are until 14:30, as at 15:00, the “Rubber Play” workshop at The Eagle starts. Rubber is a popular, but certainly new fetish in comparison with leather. There have not been many courses dedicated to rubber - until now! This workshop discusses everything a rubber fetishist would like to know, including enclosure, usage of toys, the right type of rope and of course – safety and handling of the magic material.