Amsterdam Light Festival

It’s getting dark early, the temperature has dropped – it’s the perfect time of the year to experience the magical Amsterdam Light Festival. We took a quick tour to bring some highlights.

For all the info about the festival, go to


Tonight’s So Dam Local …

VoltsJoin So Dam Local at 18:00 tonight for:

  • Writer-Director, Sam Morris: live interview ahead of this week’s performances at the Melkweg Theatre.
  • Smaakt naar Musiek: a live interview with the chef-composers and musicians behind the dining concept coming to Amsterdam very soon.
  • Film chat: Starred Up – a hard-hitting Brit prison drama, out in the Dutch cinemas from Thursday.

Watch on Salto 1 (UPC channel 32) or online at Salto.

Tonight on So Dam Local …

LuisterfinkJoin So Dam Local at 18:00 tonight for:

  • Amsterdam Kitchen: ‘Soil to Table’, the start of a mini food series featuring local farmer, Andre.
  • ACCESS, a live interview with Exec Director, Deobrah Valentine. We will talk about the support ACCESS gives to internationals in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam courses that are part of the ACCESS network, the approaching June issue of the ACCESS magazine and the new book, Ready Steady, Go Dutch.
  • Luisterfink Educational Garden, Part 1: Introducing the garden.
  • Taster for a new satirical news show from Greg Shapiro (launch 6 May).
  • Film chat: The Railway Man – out in the Dutch cinemas from Thursday.

Watch on Salto 1 (UPC channel 32) or online at Salto.

So Dam Local goes live

Some links from the first official So Dam Local …cathy & nic first show

  • Nic is inspired by a local lebanese chef, Michel Yammine, for our Amsterdam Kitchen spot (
  • local novelist Claudio Tapia talks with us live about Amsterdam as a writers’ hub and we’ll show some of his Lit-Cinema project (
  • we chat about The Grand Budapest Hotel – out in NL this week. Wes Anderson fans should wet their pants. Special party at the Kritierion to celebrate.
  • a report from the new Amsterdam Arrival event organised by the gemeente; internationals getting a warm welcome from the deputy mayor.
  • if you’re lucky, you might get a what’s on chaser …

Watch us live at 18:00-19:00 on Salto 1 (UPC channel 32) or online stream at (may need a plugin).

Pilot 2: So Dam Local

amsterdam kitchen nicola tordoffPresenters Cathy and Nic introduced the concept (with the mics off); a lifestyle show covering local food, film, culture and community. Nicola’s first ever Amsterdam Kitchen report took viewers behind the scenes on Restaurant Day in Amsterdam. Local band, Scarlet were a highlight. With their debut album release the next evening they gave us an acoustic song and chatted with Cathy in the studio about their saucy video, recording with Arctic Monkey’s producer, their half-Caribbean half Dutch origins and more.

First official TV broadcast 11 March

The first official live TV broadcast of SO DAM LOCAL will be on Tuesday 11 March 2014 from 18:00-19:00 on Salto 1.

What to expect?

  • we’ll introduce the concept, and get used to speaking to camera
  • brand new credit sequence unveiled
  • our Nic will present not one, but two local  food reports
  • we’ll interview a very special guest
  • Jeremy will show off his TV mixer skills
  • we’ll mull over the latest Wes Anderson movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel

See you there …