As a pop venue, Tivoli at the Oudegracht has been a household name in the Netherlands for over 30 years. Tivoli is a listed heritage building with a long and rich history. It is an amalgamation of several buildings, and the several building components have been used as convent, orphanage, trade union house and chapel. The oldest remains date back to the Middle Ages, and in the course of the centuries parts of the building were renovated, broken down and extensions were built. The result is an interesting building, yet with a complicated character and inconveniently arranged. Moreover, by using it as a pop venue it has overdue maintenance.
The next two years musician Kyteman (Colin Benders) will occupy the building with his Kytopia. It has become a multi-tenanted building – for musical talent but also for known names such as Kensington and Kyteman himself – where recording studios, rehearsal rooms and meeting places were created. Also after these two years Kytopia wants to stay, and that is why we are developing plans together with them to renovate the building for further use, possibly uncover a roofed courtyard and reorganise and improve the labyrinthine character of the building.