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Bonfire Night Promotional Material


Bonfire Night Promotional Material

Help us to promote Bonfire Night 2014 with these colourful posters and banners.

See below for all the different versions: website, normal print and professional digital printer versions.



Digital Web versions

Download A4 web version here

Download Large Horizontal banner  Size 1390 x 328

Square Banner: 480 x 328

Please point your banner to the following URL:

Digital print versions, ideal for small printers. 

Download A3 version here   Size: 29.7 x 42 cm or 11.69 x 16.53 inches

 Download  A4 version here    Size: 21  × 28 cm or 8.27 in × 11.02 in

 Download  A5 version here   Size: 14.8 x 21 cm or 5.8 x 8.3 in

Professional print versions with crop marks

Download quality A3 version here  

 Download high quality A4 version here

 Download high quality A5 version here


An Entertainment – A British Curiosity

An Entertainment – A British Curiosity

In the early 1920s a fresh-faced young composer joined forces with an eccentric upper-class poetess to produce a work which went on to become a stalwart of the British musical repertoire: Façade, a setting by William Walton of poems (recited, not sung) by Edith Sitwell. The texts are exotic, witty, and sometimes frustratingly obscure, but they always appeal to the ear and the imagination.

The music runs the whole gamut of styles from classical to dance-hall, and includes a hornpipe, tarantella, foxtrot and march, as well as some melancholy, quasi-blues numbers. Someone once described Sitwell as ‘the original rapper’, which may go too far, but given the combination of rhyme-inspired lyrics and often driving rhythms there is some truth in this. Walton went on to become a leading British composer, probably best-known for his Crown Imperial march.

This curious and fascinating work, subtitled ‘An Entertainment’ and written for reciter and 6 instruments, can be heard on:

September 28 in the Rode Zaal, Hogeschool Helicon, Den Haag, at 15.00

October 11 in the Synagogue in Delft at 20.15

October 19 in De Toonzaal in Den Bosch at 16.30 (Cocktail Concert!)

performed by the Ebony Ensemble and their conductor Michel Havenith, with Robert Coupe (former member of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, but British to the core!) doing the reciting.

Tickets can be ordered (and a flyer with more details viewed) via the Ebony Ensemble’s website:

Hope to see you there!

The next concerts of the Ebony Ensemble


Concerts in 2014:

Sunday, September 28, 2014, The Hague
Location: Red hall, Helicon University
Address: Riouwstraat 1, The Hague
Time: 15:00.
Programme: William Walton – ‘Façade, an Entertainment’
Details: concert house.
Tickets: click here .

Saturday, October 11, 2014, Delft
Location: Synagogue
Address: Koornmarkt 12, Delft
Start: 20:15 am
Program: William Walton – ‘Façade, an Entertainment’
Details: concert house.
Tickets: click here .

Sunday, October 19, 2014, Den Bosch
Location: The Showroom, Den Bosch |
Address: Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, 5211 HE, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Time: 16:30 am
Program: William Walton – ‘Façade, an entertainment
Tickets: click here .



One Minute Travel Stories: China

My experience of trying to explain what I did for a living to a Chinese man on a flight between Beijing and Shanghai.


Freaking awesome Amsterdam sunset

What a breathtaking welcome back to Amsterdam.

After a short weekend in the UK, I flew back to Amsterdam on Sunday night to be welcomed back by this gorgeous sunset.



Arkwright’s Amsterdam

British Food Store Arkwright’s Amsterdam has a new owner.

10367158_249826115219179_2020691359776904896_nArkwright’s is your true home from home, among its collection of goods, Arkwright’s offers Colman’s mustard, Aunt Bessie’s baking products, Cadbury’s Chocolates, Cheerios, Shreddies, Crunchy Nut corn flakes, HP sauce, Branston pickles, Irn-Bru and much more. They also stock premium Clonakilty Irish sausages and different types of bacon for those who crave an English breakfast. It is fully stocked with Christmas goodies, including Christmas Cakes, puddings, Brandy sauce, double and clotted cream, Christmas crackers, selection boxes, and more. The shop originally opened in 2001, but on 2013 changed ownership and has been rennovated and is now better than ever. Arkwright’s is conveniently located on the Rozengracht #13 – only 500m from Dam Square, and only 2 mins walk from the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House.

Find us on Facebook @ ArkwrightsAmsterdam and on our webshop at

Summer for kids 6 - 16

Summer Club for kids 6-16 years



Our new courses just started, below you’ll find the lesson schedule. It’s still possible to join the course and you can always try the first lesson for free to see if you like it. You can email us for more information at

Summer Club summer-kids
Ages 6-16
July 14 – 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Costs: 225,- 200,- if you register before July 1st.
Location: Huis van de wijk Lydia, Amsterdam-Zuid. Entrance at Bronckhorststraat 3.

Summer holidays long and boring? Not this year! Artifact organizes a Summer Club from July 14 to July 18. Everyday from 10am until 3pm we’ll do fun and energetic drama games and we’ll work towards a play!
The Summer Club is for kids aged 6 and up.

Register before July 1st and receive an early bird discount!

Register by clicking this link. 


Alvin and the Queen

Performance of our Drama Rocks group

The teenagers of our Drama Rocks group will perform the play ‘Alvin and the Queen’ for you
on Wednesday June 25th at 8pm.

Alvin and the Queen

The play is about Alvin the nerd who’s in love with Barbara, the prettiest girl in school. Everyday he sees her at the Kozy Korner snack shop working up the courage to talk to her. Will Alvin and Barbara find their happily-ever-after?

Come and find out! The address is Bronckhorststraat 3 in Amsterdam. Admission is free.


Muddy Mates

Everything you need to know to survive a fun day running in the mud

Muddy Mates invites everyone to grab a mate and get training!

On Saturday the 19th of April Muddy Mates presents their 2nd edition of Mud Runs at the specially designed parcours at Spaarnwoude in Velsen (near Amsterdam). Mud Runs are increasingly becoming more popular and Muddy Mates knows what it takes to survive your mud-filled day out. Muddy Mates is one of the most approachable mud runs in The Netherlands and they want to let people know there are only a few things you need to have a great time: a team of mates, a fun attitude, a creative outfit (fancy dress is optional) and a pair of really old trainers. The Muddy Mates adventure challenge invites teams of two (or more) to navigate a 5km mud-filled parcours made up of 12 specially designed obstacles. Their objective is to promote a fun, healthy and active lifestyle. Therefore the fastest time is not the goal, just muddy fun!

Jeff Povlo, the American founder of Muddy Mates who is now based in Amsterdam says: “We really want to create a great outdoor festival atmosphere. So it’s going to have food, it’s going to have beer, it’s going to have music and of course a lot of mud! You do not have to be a seasoned athlete to join in, all you need is a mate and a sense of humor, adventure and you need to be ready for the muddiest experience of a lifetime.  It’s a great opportunity to get fit while having fun.”

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 12.12.59Muddy Mates is an event for all ages and sexes with even a family-friendly 500m Mini Muddy Course for the ages 4-11 (accompanied by a parent) with mini-sized obstacles so kids can slither through the mud and have fun just like the adults.  The festival will be going all day long, with live music, food and fun while Muddy Mates run.  Spectators get in free.

Muddy Mates is a one-day event on Saturday 19th of April from 11.00 to 22.00 at Spaarnwoude in Velsen (near Amsterdam).

Tickets prices (includes free t-shirt and medal):

Adults: €32.50

Kids €12 (parents free)

Team and family discounts are available

Register NOW for your chance to get 50% off with the Early bird special

For more information and to register, go to

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