In 3 halls, on an almost daily basis, debates, seminars and theatre and film performances take place regarding cultural, social and political issues, right in the middle of one of the most touristy squares in Amsterdam.
De Balie was founded in 1982 by Felix Rottenberg and is situated in the previous District Court (a real 'balie'), dating back to the 19th century, in the city centre near the Leidseplein.
He wanted to provide an informal atmosphere for public debates on current issues - and this is exactly what De Balie has been doing ever since.
Convivial and accessible
Most visitors actually come to De Balie for the atmosphere. The café has an inviting vibe, with its tall ceilings and windows, wide rooms and ever-changing photographic exhibitions reflecting cultural and social atmosphere it decorates.
Popular meeting place
The café is a popular meeting place to meet up with a friend before the film, read a newspaper, eat a sandwich or salad, or join in a discussion on a current topic with the table next to you.
And these discussions intensify in the evenings, when coffees are joined by beer, wine & cocktails and the normal sounds of chit-chat become music to your ears.