What’s on at ABC’s Birthday Party

Guess what? We turn FORTY this year! We’re throwing a big birthday party in Amsterdam from 11am to 3pm on June 9th. You’re invited to join in and celebrate with us!

Our bookstore is a constantly moving feast of ideas, a buffet for the mind, a warm place for souls. So we celebrate with cake and books and community. Come sing us Happy Birthday, bring along some cookies to share, and give your old books a new life as part of our “edible” book sculpture. When it’s finished, everyone can take books from the sculpture home or give them to others. Together, we keep the book feast moving.

As well as a birthday cake competition (have you entered yet?) and a charity bake sale in aid of of our neighbors De Open Deur, we’ll keep you entertained with these great activities. We’re still finalizing the finer details, so watch the blog closer to the big day to find out more.

The Rietveld Academy’s “Edible” Book Sculpture
Students from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy‘s Department of Architectural Design will be building an enormous sculpture made of books outside our store – hopefully a bit like these ones. 🙂

We’ll be donating the materials, but we also invite you to bring along your own old books too, and have them added to this unique work of art. When the sculpture is complete, you can take a piece of the cake home with you for free!

Live artwork with Ottograph
Large-scale muralist Ottograph will be creating an original work of art on the front of our Amsterdam store, live at the party. Ottograph has been slinging paint since the age of ten, and has become an internationally sought after artist in the global street and graffiti art movement. Simultaneously though, Ottograph has bridged the fine art gap with his work: The Modern Art Museum of Antwerpen (Belgium) is home to a giant Ottograph mural. Otto has also painted murals in Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin New York and San Fancisco.

Tarot Reader
Tarot card readings are known as ‘truth saying’. Anna Philipsen will help you to become aware of your own truths – which are often different from what you think. 2012 is the year of healing whereby you start with yourself and therefore heal everything around you. The cards you choose will guide you along the way. For a small fee, Anna will give you a short reading about your qualities and current situation, or help you discover the answer to a burning question.

Palm Reader
Brigitte Hanemann has been reading fortunes for more than twenty years. She says, “the palm of the hand clearly shows a person’s life path. The lines may vary during life, when a person changes. After all, everyone has their own will.” In just ten minutes, Brigitte can tell you about your qualities, how you can grow personally and how your life path will unfold. Cross her palm with a few Euros at our birthday party and she will reveal all!

A taste explosion in a stunning vintage Volkswagen. The Smaakbus will be at ABC Amsterdam to provide the refreshments at our party. Enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee with your birthday cake! Or choose from loads of flavors of tea, or try the signature Smaakbus hot chocolate! A taste explosion in a stunning vintage Volkswagen, The Smaakbus stands for taste and quality: Pure flavors, ethically and organically produced.

Kid’s Yoga
Steryoga will take children on a seaside adventure with their specially themed yoga sessions for children. Several free half hour yoga sessions will take place during the birthday party at 11.30, 12.30, 13.30 and 14.30.You can reserve a spot by sending an e-mail to info@steryoga.nl.

If you can’t join us for the big celebration in Amsterdam do drop by our store in The Hague for balloons, cupcakes from The American Baking Company and drinks for all our customers on June 9. We’ll be playing music from 1972 all day and you are invited to sing and play along!