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Community Living Lab is Open!


Discover the pulsating heart of Dichtersbuurt: The Community Living Lab. Step into a place where creativity knows no bounds, connections flourish, and community spirit is palpable. We are thrilled to introduce Dichtersbuurt's Community Living Lab, a dynamic space dedicated to innovation and fostering meaningful connections in Amsterdam Nieuw-West.




What is the SAMA's Community Living Lab?

SAMA's Community Lab is a dynamic center of innovation and collaboration. It is more than just a physical space: it is an ecosystem where residents come together over coffee to appreciate proposed cultural projects and co-create inclusive experiences for the neighborhood itself. With a welcoming atmosphere, the Community Living Lab allows individuals to unleash their creativity, explore new ideas, and make a tangible impact on their community. Whether you are a student, citizen, or expat, we provide a platform for meaningful engagement, learning, and growth both socially and culturally. Join us in shaping the future of our community, one project at a time.

The Grand Opening - 5 May with the Freedom Party

Our grand opening event was nothing short of spectacular. It took place under clear blue skies and attracted a diverse crowd. Our doors swung open wide on Thursday, May 5, during Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag), inviting everyone to enjoy a free barbecue while immersing themselves in a rich tapestry of cultural and artistic activities. It was a celebration of local and community spirit, a testament to the vibrant soul of Dichtersbuurt.

Introducing Beauty Monday: Where Everyone Shines

Embark on a journey of self-care and community connection with “Beauty Monday,” a weekly beauty salon orchestrated by our beloved local Moroccan mothers. Starting May 27, this inclusive initiative offers a refuge for those of limited means to indulge in beauty services, promoting not only outward splendor but also inner confidence and camaraderie.

Planting seeds of growth: Inauguration of the community garden

Mark your calendars for June 4, when we will inaugurate our community garden, a green oasis guided by the Vrije Universiteit's expertise. Join other residents in a public planting event to sow the seeds of a greener, more sustainable Dichtersbuurt. As you work the soil, enjoy delicious snacks and refreshing drinks, enriching your body and soul in harmony with nature.


Not just a physical place: a beacon of community spirit

The Community Living Lab transcends physical boundaries, embodying the essence of collective empowerment and social cohesion. Our mission? To combat isolation, cultivate curiosity, and foster authentic connections among neighbors of all ages and backgrounds. It's a meeting place where you can come for coffee all the way to organizing specific workshops, film clubs, art exhibitions, and live performances that will make us think. There is something for everyone within these walls. Keep an eye on our program to learn more, and remember that every Wednesday and Saturday, our doors are open for you from 10 am to 6 pm.

Join the movement

We extend a warm invitation to all residents to immerse themselves in the myriad opportunities offered by the Community Living Lab. Here, connections are made, dreams take flight, and every voice finds resonance. Together, we sculpt a future where inclusion thrives and community bonds are strong. Keep up to date on upcoming events and initiatives by following our website and social media channels. The journey ahead is full of possibilities, and we look forward to embarking on it together.


Let's Illuminate Dichtersbuurt: Where Creativity Blooms and Connections Blossom. See you soon at the Community Living Lab!

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