Several days ago, I was part of the Festival 316 video crew. Me and seven team members were responsible for the live video broadcast of this great event. The thing I love most about this particular festival is the contrast between the ‘day before’ and the show itself.
Check out the two images below. The first one shows the empty tent which we filled with lots and lots of technology including five camera’s and a fully equipped control room. This all happened on the day before the actual show took place. The second image (a still image from this video - not our broadcast) shows the same tent, during the final hour of the show, with 4000 people going crazy. And the remarkable thing, less then two hours later, the entire tent was completely empty again. Oh boy, I had a great time!
On April 30, 2013, I was one of the tens of thousands of people who stood outside the royal palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Via huge screens, we watched Queen Beatrix end her 33-year reign with the stroke of a pen, signing the act of abdication in the palace. Doing so, she transferred power to her son, the Prince of Orange who’ll be the first king in 123 years. It was a historic moment for sure!
After a short wait, the new king, queen and their three daughters emerged on a balcony above the square. It was great to see King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane from this close (see my photo above).
Any rational person would say a monarchy is nonsense and we should get rid of it. However, I just think we’re very lucky to have Willem-Alexander and Maxima as our new king and queen. I wish them all the best!
Several years ago I started my architectural studies in the Netherlands. Since then, my life accelerated. I lived in five different countries, biked all across the Netherlands, designed a mega church and started working as director. Oh, I also co-founded a company. And I feel like I’m just warming up!