Herstory

A brief history of Suwanne's Clit-Club:

2007:

The Clit-Club opened for the first time in September 2007 during Robodock as the "official" worker's bar in a basement situated under the Y-ramp of the former shipbuilding yard of the NDSM in the north of Amsterdam. All in all the Clit-Club was open for 3 weeks straight!


Photo's can be viewed here

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After that she was invited by Jim Whiting to partake in the very last rendition of his BimboTown in Leipzig (Germany) This was during one weekend in November

View some photo's here

2008:

The next year the Clit-Club was erected in spring during the DragonFest in the south of Spain, halfway up a mountain, in a discarded water catchment, overlooking the festival. This was the first time the Clit-Club served cocktails with fair-trade spirits and was on top of that recognized as a genderqueer hang-out!

View a photo-set here

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In the summer of 2008 the Clit-Club was assembled onto a flat-bed trailer, which had to be towed by a tractor and premiered at the DorpsJuweelFest at Ruigoord (near Amsterdam) in the month of August.

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Later that same year she opened once more during the ADM-AirFest (Her home base in Amsterdam) 

Some photo's can be viewed here

Below is a little video-clip, with footage captured by Angie on Sunday morning

2009:

During the winter of 2008 and throughout the summer of 2009 the Clit-Club trailer/bar was rebuild (and beautified) on the ADM terrain so that she's easier to set up. Due to that fact the Clit-Club only opened once in 2009, during the ADM-EarthFest, in August

We were honored with a special performance by Fya Mrya on our little stage, which you can watch below:

View some photo's here

2010:

In 2010 the Clit-Club opened many times!

She opened for the first time in the new year during the very first Homogenic queer party in Ruigoord Church on February 13th. Because it was freezing cold she was set up (in less than 3 hours!) in the vestry (of the parsonage) adjacent to the Church.

You can view a photo-set here

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She opened also during the 2nd edition of Homogenic with a very fancy cocktail-bar right in the middle of the Church

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The first time she opened on the ADM that year was during the Bakbrommer races in the newly build Tower of Pizza (at the Helicopter-field), around Easter

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Furthermore she opened several times on her new (not so) secret location for the bar trailer, which was initially created for the BliksemFestival (beginning of September)
View a photo-set here

2011:

In 2011 the Clit-Club's first stint was doing a collaboration with the Café Flambé organization at their venue Zaal100 in Amsterdam on March 4th.

As a result there was a Mexican dinner served that night and also a live set of Lily Kiara besides the usual Clit-Club ingredients...

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One week later the Clit-Club opened her doors again at Ruigoord, this time in De Stal from midnight onwards, during the 4th Homogenic (queer) party.

So far this has been the most successful location for the Clit-Club during this kind of parties, because we have full control over the music now as well!

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In August the Clit-Club opened 3 times; First during LandJuweel in Ruigoord (August 12- 14), where we teamed up with the Ruigoord Rebels and had a wonderful little bar, which we nick-named "La Garage", a party-tent and a stage. We also served food!

You can view a photo-set here

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After this, the Clit-Club opened during Homogenic #5 (August 20th) in yet another new location in Ruigoord, this time the former bami-kitchen, next door to the "Kabouter-huis"

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The Clit-Club opened once more this year in Ruigoord, at her new home-base there, La Garage, for the birthday celebration of Carlos and Barbara.

It was the busiest night ever (in Ruigoord) and the coolest thing was that we had so many peoples dancing in the street ;-)

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Next, the Clit-Club was open for 3 nights in a row at her home-base at the ADM during the Ruimte festival (26 - 28 August). The bar was totally refurbished for this occasion and loads of new things were built.

Every night we had excellent DJ's / DJane's and on Saturday there was even live music!

Below is a little video (by Milad Zardeh) about the build-up;
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In the fall of 2011 the Clit-Club was set-up in the ADM bar during every 1st. Friday of the month.

It was done 3 times in total.

The most memorable night was on December 2nd, when it was also Suwanne's birthday at midnight.

View a photo-set here

All in all 2011 was yet another great year for the Clit-Club, with around 12 events throughout the year!

2012:

The Clit-Club started 2012 with a blast during the new queer party Cirkus Klauterwerck in Ruigoord on March 3rd.

We had for the first time our own tent adjacent to the church, where we created the Clit-Club side-show with some wonderful performances.

Of course we had also a nice cocktail-bar and a giant video-screen, where we screened video-clips from our ever expanding archives

So far the best Clit-Club in Ruigoord!

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The 2nd time the Clit-Club opened was on May 16th in Suwanne's Space @ ADM. We had a nice BBQ and live music by Ruigoord Rebels and Zorras

Also a new gazebo-structure was built on top of our hexagonal stage, entirely from silver-birches

Furthermore our new citrus-fruit squeezer/sculpture, called Juicy Lucy premiered

On top of that, the bar was entirely operated on peddle power energy for the first time!

Despite the cold, an amazing amount of people came out

You can view some photo's here

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Next, the Clit-Club opened several nights around the last-ever Robodock-event that was held on the ADM (June 6th - 9th)

We did a special welcome night for the Charron-wheel-crew and also one for the  Flaming Lotus Girls-crew, before Robodock kicked off

In the build-up period of  Robodock the Clit-Club opened irregularly as the renegade worker's bar, in the back-stage area.

On two occasions the Clit-Club was hosting the Robodock-after-party ;-)

During the opening night of Robodock we staged an intimate performance featuring Suwanne's Clit...

Also our new bike-blender premiered, which turned out to be an instant success!!!

You can view a photo-set here

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On July 21st. the Clit-Club opened for the second time this year at Cirkus Klauterwerck, "brot und spiele"-edition in Ruigoord.

Once again we put up a circus-tent, but this time a little bit further away from the church, so we were more able to create our own atmosphere, especially sound-wise ;-)

Besides the Clit-Club cocktail-bar, we hosted also the Katouma-bar, from Berlin

The Clit-Club was busy and rocking all night and we felt really honored to welcome Bo Irion and Chelsea Girls at our decks. They were originally booked for the last DJ-set in the church, but preferred to hang-out and spin in the Clit-Club instead, thanx guys!

Photo's are here

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The Clit-Club on the ADM opened also this year for ADM's own (Indian) summer festival, which had this year "Tijd" (=time) as it's main theme

A really nice surprise was the donation of a beamer, so several VJ's did put up interesting images, Thanx Erik!

The most memorable event was the performance on and off stage by the ladies of Snowapple!

Also the Ruigoord Rebels performed on stage, plus several musicians from Antwerp and Doel, who all jammed beautifully together around the camp fire later that night

Last, but not least, was a combined DJ- and VJ-set by the girls from the Budapest Delight collective

Photo's of this event can be found here

Thank you all!!!

2013:

The first Clit-Club of this year was during the "Burn da Babylon" reggae festival at the ADM (July 6-7)

The Clit-Club was really laid back this time and had some interesting other functions, like the introduction course to tantra on Saturday (early) evening and a tantric massage parlor on Sunday afternoon. Definitely appreciated by a lot of people and to be continued in the future, thanx guys!

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On Wednesday, July 10th, the Clit-Club opened impromptu, as the after-party for the Burn da Babylon festival crew and also for the crowd that came out this particular night to the ADM for the concert in the main bar of Keko Yoma and Catarro. All in all it was quite a blast, which we really enjoyed!

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Next opening was a stint of 6 days during the LandJuweel festival in Ruigoord (July 24 - 28). Once again we created our own little bubble in and around our home-base "La Garage" in Ruigoord, with a late night cocktail-bar, serving food in the day-time, creating a wonderful Tableaux Vivant for the statue-parade on Saturday night and had many planned and impromptu concerts.

Totally awesome team-work!

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On August 8th. we prepared cocktails at Janneke's "Century 3000 catering" performance project in Berlin.

More info here

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We opened once more at La Garage during one weekend in September for the open atelier days in Ruigoord and had an extra special night on the 13th, when we celebrated the birthdays of Barbara and Carlos.

Since it was already quite cold that night we squatted the adjacent house (which was being refurbished) and created an awesome discotheque and we also projected video-clips from our ever expanding archive on the newly white-washed walls ;-)

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On Saturday November 2nd. we were asked to give a presentation about the Clit-Club during the Wild Berry Waterland Salon Dinner, hosted by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy & Natsuko Uchino as part of the "Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home" event.

It was also the final night of the Keramikos event tour. (Keramikos is an inclusive, event based itinerant platform that is comprised of a banquet ceramics set and a silk-screened table cloth)

Matthew and Natsuko attended the 2nd. Clit-Club in 2012 when they needed a break from creating the Keramikos ceramics and got really inspired by us ;-)

We choose to create a promo-video for the presentation

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On Saturday November 16th. the Clit-Club was truly mobile, because we teamed up with the Artimobiel non-profit coach company and converted the shuttle-bus for Cirkus Klauterwerck#7 into a (cocktail)bar and discotheque

All involved enjoyed themselves tremendously and we'll collaborate definitely again in the future!

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The last Clit-Club of 2013 was on Friday December 6th. The original plan was that it was the celebration of Suwanne's birthday, but on Tuesday we received the tragic news that the warehouse of Theaterstraat had burned down, so we quickly changed this night into a "Benefit for Theaterstraat"


Theaterstraat is already for a really long time a non-profit, volunteer based, collective that facilitates actions and initiatives in the alternative scene.

When the Clit-Club does the shuttle-service bus parties for Cirkus Klauterwerck (in collaboration with Artimobiel) we get our shuttle-bus for the night through Theaterstraat

The Ruigoord Rebels did a nice set on the new ADM stage that night. We also had a DIY cocktail-bar for donations and in the end we raised €60,- for Theaterstraat


2014:


The first Clit-Club endeavor of 2014 was doing once again a (cocktail)bar and discotheque in the shuttle-bus for Cirkus Klauterwerck ("analog wedding")

Some photo's are here

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The second time the Clit-Club opened was during LandJuweel in Ruigoord (August 6-10) in "La Garage"

This time we were offered help by Willem, who build us a wonderful new permanent stage from an old oak-wood floor, a sturdy projection box and a new boob-shaped table. He also fixed hooks to the facade of the house for our new awning. All of these things were really helpful! Thank you!!!

We asked Paul van Dijk to program the bands together with Carlos Manso and between them they came up with a really great line-up of some 20 (!) bands.

On top of La Garage we had a new big red neon-sign  which simply read "BAR" These letters were taken from 2 old / partly broken neon-signs that originally read "LE BARON", which were donated to us by Hans van Dijk of Q-Neon in Rotterdam. Thanx!

Prior to this LandJuweel edition we build 2 silkscreen frames on which we managed to transfer 4 different versions of the Clit-Club logo.

We enticed people to give us a piece of clothing, on which we printed on overnight, either in black- or white environment-friendly ink. This concept worked really well and created a nice buzz ;-)

A special thank you to Babsz and Thekla of the ADM, who gave us a crash-course in silk-screen printing!

On Saturday night we created once again totally organic and spontaneous a gorgeous Tableaux Vivant for the statue parade ("beelden-route")
We also pimped the bar and served drinks in our costumes ;-)

Last but not least we introduced healthy smoothies in the morning with additions like barley grass and spirulina

All in all the biggest and most successful Clit-Club operation in Ruigoord ever. Thank you so much to all who helped out and to all who came out to enjoy with us!!!

Photo's are here

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Directly after the LandJuweel festival we put a lot of effort in getting the Clit-Club at the ADM cleaned and ready, since she hadn't been open since almost one year.

We decided to do a try-out for friends and neighbors on Friday, September 19th.

It turned out to be a gorgeous weekend (weather wise) and since we were ahead of schedule we already opened on Thursday night and in the end were also open on Saturday night ;-)

Because we didn't program any bands to perform on stage, we invited Tanja Henn instead to create a light sculpture, which turned out to be breath-taking!
On Friday night we premiered the new Karaoke set-up, which went down rather well ;-)

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The Clit-Club at the ADM opened once again during our 17th. Birthday Festival, which was celebrated officially on Friday, October 10th. and Saturday, October 11th.

We opened already on Wednesday- and Thursday night and didn't open on Friday night.

On Saturday afternoon we hosted a tantra workshop on our stage.

Saturday night between 19.00 and midnight we had 4 bands playing, including our personal favorite; "De Ruigoord Rebels", who gave an epic concert ;-)

 We opened once again on Saturday night around 3 AM and stayed open till 2 AM. It was so much fun!

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On Saturday, November 15th. The Clit-Club collaborated once again with the Artimobiel organization in order to provide an all night shuttle-bus service between Sloterdijk train-station and two queer-parties; "Spellbound" (in OCCII) and "Cirkus Klauterwerck" (in Ruigoord)

This time around we rented the blue "media-center" coach from Theaterstraat

We taped black theater curtain over all the windows and installed lots of LED lights and even managed to create a really nice impromptu karaoke set-up, which was great fun all the way through the night ;-)

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The last Clit-Club of 2014 was Suwanne's birthday party in the ADM-bar, on Friday, December 5th.

We created an excellent karaoke set-up and collected donations for a new custom-build, state-of-the-art record player, which was delivered in February 2015

There was also super-nice Mexican food by Lizet and Jente as well as a D.I.Y. cocktail-bar

Like always it was a crazy night and we had lots of fun!
2015:

The first Clit-Club of 2015 was a pop-up bar on the 3rd. floor landing of the former office building at the ADM, next door to the former workers' canteen, where the main party for the 8th. WinterGames was held, on Sunday, March 1st.

This time around it was the premiere of the 300 (!) karaoke clips, that were specially edited for the Clit-Club, during the winter of 2014/2015
View the complete list here

We handed out chocolate "gold" medals to anyone who sang a karaoke song

The Clit-Club opened around 1 AM and stayed open till the early morning

The ADM WinterGames and this particular Clit-Club were both totally awesome!

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On Friday, March 27th, we did a Clit-Club benefit in the ADM-bar, because we want to purchase our own wireless microphones

Unfortunately not that many people showed up, but we had a fun night anyways ;-)

We started the evening off with nice vegan food by Bassie and Adam and played 45's on our new record player

Around 11 o'clock the Ruigoord Rebels played on stage and after that we did karaoke till we were asked to stop by the upstairs neighbors (around 4 o' clock)

A special shout out to Jente and Lizet, who created a fantastic cocktail-bar experience!

In the end we had around €100,- profit, of which we'll donate half to Gabriel Van Jones, who's trailer at the RijksHemelVaart burned down to the ground, just days before this benefit night. Gabriel has played many times in the past on the Clit-Club stage
More info and donations:
http://www.dreamordonate.nl/1576-rebuilding-the-van-jones-mus
Thank you all!

We'll be organizing more "microphone benefits" in the near future, since we intend to raise around €300,-

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The Clit-Club in the ADM forest opened for a spring celebration on Friday, April 10th.
The decision to do this event was made the night before and it was a great incentive to repair all the damage caused during the winter and have the bar ready to rock for the season
The sun was shining during the build-up and it was over 20 degrees Celcius, for the first time this year ;-)
It was a sweet and intimate party with friends and neighbors, which we really enjoyed!

Thank you Nathalie, Berk, Thekla and Hans for helping out!!!

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On Thursday, April 23rd. we played and filmed from 18.00 till 02.30 around the Clit-Club in the ADM' forest in order to create a video-clip for Izabella and also in support of the ADM, since we received a couple of days earlier a summoning to appear in court about the eviction of the ADM
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On June 6th. we premiered our 2 new Shure SM58 microphones and also our new matching ADM MediaTeam jumpsuits at our Clit-Club karaoke lounge, during Queerklub#2, organized by Cirkus Klauterwerck (at the Radion in Amsterdam)

We made also a video compilation:
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On July 11th. we did a silkscreen-printing session around the Clit-Club in the ADM forest. It was scorching hot that day, so not that many objects got printed because the ink dried up so fast on the screens...
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On July 21st. we organized a combined little "live" music & poetry festival at the Clit-Club in the ADM forest.. It was in retrospect the most beautiful day (and night!) of the year. All in all around 150 people showed up. A truly magical experience!
The next day we did an impromptu photo-shoot for Janneke's new kimono collection (made from old towels), which was fun too ;-)
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A couple of days later a very rare summer storm raged over the ADM and damaged many trees. One did fall on the Clit-Club...

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On Friday August 21st, we did yet another karaoke lounge in the Radion (in Amsterdam), this time for the ADM benefit. Athena was our extra special singer / hostess this night;-)

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On Saturday, September 19th we were again present in the Radion with a Clit-Club karaoke lounge, this time for QueerKlub#3, organized by Cirkus Klauterwerck. Special hostess of this night was Miss Katzi.
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On Saturday, September 26th. we opened the Clit-Club in the ADM woods for the birthday celebration of our Greek human rights lawyer Electra Leda Koutra
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Of course we opened also during ADM's 18th. Birthday Festival (October 9-11).
For this occasion we build a new permanent dance floor. On the gazebo stage Janneke's 'Desert Lotus Shelter Cinema' was on display. We also commissioned Ayla to (re)build old glass stained windows for a new backdrop.
Friday night the Clit-Club was really queer and rocking and was open from 3 AM till 2 PM ;-)
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On Saturday, November 16th. we once again teamed up with the Artimobiel organization to do an all night shuttle-bus service between Sloterdijk station and Ruigoord for the Cirkus Klauterwerck 'Bal MasGAY #2' party
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On Wednesday, December 2nd. the Clit-Club was held in the ADM-bar for Suwanne's 50th. Birthday (at midnight). A scrumptious Thai dinner was cooked by (French) Julie and Rosalie. Records were spun on the new turntable and of course there was video-disco and karaoke ;-)
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So, all in all 11 (official) Clit-Club's in 2015, not bad at all ;-)
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