Secrets of the Canals

This unique walk takes you on an 93 minute journey through past, present and future of the world famous piece of Amsterdam (UNESCO world heritage list) that is the Grachtengordel.
Soundwalk, English.
5 km, ± 93 min. Amsterdam.

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A soundwalk designed around the stories that echo over the canals of the capital of Holland. Mysterious sounds from around and under the water are weaved together with remarkable eye- witness-reports of the inhabitants. You can hear recollections of ex-squatters from the infamous building De Groote Keyser, poetic observations on the Elm, the canal-tree par excellence, and critical comments on Amsterdam’s slave-trade past. An urban biologist shares surprising facts about the fauna and flora of the waterways and a writer sketches the future of the Grachtengordel.

From Museum Geelvinck on the Keizersgracht to the intimate Herenmarkt close to the Brouwersgracht. The tour brings together sound design, documentary reporting and your own fantasy to totally change your view of the canals of Amsterdam.

Museum Geelvinck
Keizersgracht 633
1017 DS, Amsterdam
Noord-Holland, NL


Track 1. Museum Geelvinck
Track 2. At the Amstel
Track 3. Corner Keizersgracht/Berenstraat
Track 4. Corner Reestraat/Prinsengracht
Track 5. Corner Keizersgracht/Leliegracht

Created in 2013 by sound artist Justin Bennett and theatre-maker Renate Zentschnig.