Ruigoord is a former island and a village with the same name in one of the outskirts of Amsterdam. The village is known as an artists’ colony because vacant homes in the 1970s were taken by artists to use. Nowadays there are workshops around a wide range of ecological, political and corporate social topics and cultural activities organized around the former church building. Everything depends on the effort and commitment of the devoted volunteers.
When walking around the area you feel a bit of an alien atmosphere, with gardens full of mannequins and graffiti walls expressing anti-semitic spells. However, the people you meet while visiting markets or other cultural events that are being organized year round are very nice and down to earth. It’s definitely a step outside the comfort zone (and city, because it’s a bit of a drive) but they’re absolutely worthwhile! Come here also for extraterrestrial parties and festivals.