Events in Amsterdam

AIDS histories & cultures events will be taking place in July in Amsterdam as well, coinciding with the International AIDS Conference. For enquiries about these events, please contact Dr Manon Parry (m.s.parry AT

Monday 23 July

Voices of the Epidemic: premiere
This short film features interviews with a range of people about the early years of AIDS in the Netherlands and its ongoing legacies. The goal is to diversify our histories of this period by gathering perspectives that have not often been collected, including the stories of people with HIV and hemophilia, nurses on the first AIDS wards in the country, and Deaf LGBTQ individuals. The film will be subtitled in English. Voices of the Epidemic will premiere at the Amsterdam Museum on Monday 23 July and will show there continuously for the rest of the week, through the weekend of Amsterdam Pride, closing on Sunday July 29. The film will also be shown in the Global Village of the IAS conference and at other locations across the city, including hospitals and cultural venues. After the conference ends, the film will remain available online.

Thursday 26 July

Recollections: AIDS Objects in Archives and Museums, workshop at Amsterdam Museum/University of Amsterdam
The Recollections workshop will bring together curators and public historians to discuss the characteristics of their collections and to identify priorities for research and accession. The one-day workshop will be hosted by the Amsterdam Museum in the center of the city. The day will begin with a ceremonial unfolding of the AIDS memorial quilt, followed by panel and discussion sessions, concluding with a group dinner. Attendees will also be welcome to visit the Global Village at the International AIDS Society conference where there will be an array of activities related to HIV education and activism, as well as a range of associated cultural events at other archives, museums, and public venues.

Throughout the week: 23-27 July

AIDS Objects
The AIDS Objects team at the University of Amsterdam is asking attendees at the conference to share their ideas for objects that tell stories – about individual experiences, events, groups, or organisations. We are especially interested in objects that can be used to illustrate perspectives that are underrepresented in standard histories of the pandemic. The suggestions will be used to create a freely-accessible online gallery of images and their associated stories, and for research on strategies to expand museum collecting on this topic. You can send a photo of your object and a few sentences about the story it represents to the project curator, Dr. Manon Parry, at or come and talk to her and the team at the Amsterdam Pavilion of the Global Village. The team will use Twitter and Instagram to reach out to conference delegates for their suggestions and to share the results.