The government's reporting on the prohibition of certain gatherings of more than 50 people, or a notification requirement for other gatherings of more than 50 people, raises questions about what this means for events in the Beurs van Berlage. The gatherings mentioned do not include the events that usually take place in a conference centre such as the Beurs van Berlage. The government's reporting on the prohibition of certain gatherings of more than 50 people, or a notification requirement for other gatherings of more than 50 people, raises questions about what this means for events in the Beurs van Berlage. The gatherings mentioned do not include the events that usually take place in a conference centre such as the Beurs van Berlage. We have taken a large number of measures to ensure that an event can take place safely and in accordance with the RIVM measures. The one and a half meter standard can be guaranteed thanks to adapted room set ups and the available space. Meetings such as congresses, meetings, presentations with more than 50 people can take place in the Beurs van Berlage as usual. According to the latest information we receive from the municipality, there is a duty to report, but of course we will take care of this in consultation with our customer.
Corona update: Events in the Beurs van Berlage after the press conference and reporting about Corona on September 18th, 2020
The government's reporting on the prohibition of certain gatherings of more than 50 people, or a notification requirement for other gatherings of more than 50 people, raises questions about what this means for events in the Beurs van Berlage.
The gatherings mentioned do not include the events that usually take place in a conference centre such as the Beurs van Berlage.
We have taken a large number of measures to ensure that an event can take place safely and in accordance with the RIVM measures. The one and a half meter standard can be guaranteed thanks to adapted room set ups and the available space. Meetings such as congresses, meetings, presentations with more than 50 people can take place in the Beurs van Berlage as usual.
According to the latest information we receive from the municipality, there is a duty to report, but of course we will take care of this in consultation with our customer.
The events industry has faced major challenges recently. From one day to the next, the doors of nearly all event venues in the country were closed.
The events industry has faced major challenges recently. From one day to the next, the doors of nearly all event venues in the country were closed. This also applied to the Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage, situated in the historic city centre of Amsterdam. For more than two months it was deafeningly silent in the monumental halls of the normally bustling and lively event location. To be able to host safe events again, the event location focuses on innovation by means of various Safe Meeting concepts.
Just like the entire industry, the Beurs van Berlage has also fully responded to the developments surrounding the corona virus. Although it was quiet in our halls, we and our partners worked hard on new guidelines and technological developments. Together we remain committed to organising events with the same luxurious appearance as before. We remain convinced that we will continue to make an important contribution to facilitating personal meetings in the city of Amsterdam.
Most importantly, these meetings must take place safely and responsibly. Keeping sufficient distance is paramount. The space we can offer at the Beurs van Berlage is unique in the centre of the capital. For example, our Grote Zaal is the largest in terms of area in the city centre and a total of 16.000 m2 of hall space is available in the Beurs van Berlage. This makes it possible to safely receive larger groups for Safe Meetings and Safe Dinners.
The ability to facilitate meetings in a safe way is further supported by a new app we are developing. This app will inform guests about the best route to the Beurs, which entrance to take at what time, where to have lunch, which places in the Beurs to avoid if it gets too busy, how to safely go from one session to the next, and even provide the ability to virtually participate in an event when a session is too full.
With the new concept Beurs van Berlage Virtual Live Events we also offer the possibility to expand live events with a virtual experience. During this hybrid event, guests will virtually visit the Beurs, designed by master architect Berlage. During his virtual visit, every guest will of course also receive the 5-star service for which the Beurs van Berlage is known.
Although the corona crisis has hit the events sector hard, this crisis also shows that the sector is innovative and is responding quickly to rapidly changing measures and guidelines.
Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage has an internet infrastructure that can be used for events for guests. This infrastructure has been implemented twice, provided with professional active components (router, firewall, switches) and connected to two fiber optic networks, so that the speed and reliability are at a high level.
Switches and Routers form the backbone of the network. They are continuously monitored and configurations can be made remotely or locally. Routers ensure the (secure) connection between the network at the Beurs and the Internet.
The network runs throughout the entire building and provides almost all halls and spaces with fixed connections. This network forms the basis of the digital facilities, such as internet (wiring and wireless) via fixed (UTP) connections, possibly telephony and special networks. In addition, professional wireless transmitters have been installed at various locations that can be used for events on request. These wireless features can handle large numbers of users at the same time.
The channels can be customized by us and adjusted to your wishes, so that we can serve every event in terms of internet. The internet provider is Signet and Eurofiber.
A fixed internet connection can be realized in almost every room in the Beurs van Berlage. The fixed connection provides security in use with a constant bandwidth of 10, 100 or even more than 100 Mbit / s full duplex (up / download speed equal). This makes it possible to create your own network.
Livestream is also possible with this, and a dedicated line can be installed in a stand or demo room for very high operational reliability.
WiFi access points / dishes provide wireless access to a fixed Ethernet network for users. Access points are connected to a switch and send wireless signals. Own secure WiFi cloud with user name and password to choose.
For the fixed lines as well as for WiFi a maximum joint bandwidth of 700 Mbit / s applies, on request (at least 4 weeks in advance) bandwidths up to 2Gb / s are possible.
Different networks can be run or defined on the Beurs van Berlage infrastructure at the same time. In this way, individual services within an event (press, counter, production, sponsors) can be connected separately, which ensures extra security, less disruption and a smoother faster flow of (internet) data.
The fiber optic (or a part of it) can be configured for Live TV / Radio broadcasts. A direct connection to the Media Gateway and Master Control room (= live TV switching center) in Hilversum is possible.
Also a live TV broadcast in another country or continent or the Live streaming to (a) YouTube (channel) are possible.
A second fiber optic connection comes in via another provider and has a standard bandwidth of 400 Mbit/s. This bandwidth is currently used for the breakout rooms and part of the fixed lines that are requested at an event. This bandwidth per month can be increased or decreased. This connection has two routes. One goes towards the internet and the other directly (outside the internet) to the MediaGateway in Hilversum.
A large conference often goes hand in hand with an exhibition. When it comes to building exhibition stands, many things are possible in Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage. Whether it is an ordinary stand construction, exceptionally large and tall stands, or anything in between, we have seen it all. We would love to share our expertise in this, in order to let the organisation of your event run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage co-operates with Gielissen. This company manages the entire stand construction and exhibitions process. Stand construction large or small, the entire exhibition process or only a part of it, mobile presentations, profit calculation, whatever you need: Gielissen is ready to help you out.
Gielissen knows exactly how exchange communication works. What instruments are most effective, how a stand stopping is powered, how your exhibition receives maximum exposure. They develop pre- and postprocesses and entire exchange participation campaigns.
They possess the technology, audiovisual media and a large range of options to design stands. On the day of the event, they will be there to supervise the construction and make sure everything is in order.
Beurs van Berlage has started a co-operation with Gielissen in which packages have been compiled, so that it is easy for you to make an order or to let the exhibitors themselves make an order. In a specially developed web shop, you can choose from various stands or furniture packages, of which even the colours and their design have been based on Beurs van Berlage so that the entire picture looks great.
If you wish to use this service, please contact your Event Manager. He or she will make sure that you are immediately contacted on behalf of Gielissen.
Loading and unloading takes place via the special entrances on the Beursstraat. To get to the Beursstraat, first drive towards the “Bijenkorf parking garage”. Drive to the entrance of the parking garage and then turn left into Beursstraat.
We would like to point out that it is forbidden to drive into the Beursstraat with lorries larger than seven tons. You can request an exemption for this. It is not possible to leave Beursstraat with trucks longer than 12 meters, reversing backwards is the only way.
The loading and unloading areas in the Beursstraat are not only of the Beurs van Berlage, but of all companies located in this street. A permit can be requested from the municipality, whereby the loading and unloading areas are insured. Parking is not permitted in the loading and unloading areas. Beurs van Berlage is not liable for any fines.
With a lot of loading and unloading, you will receive a loading and unloading schedule through our event manager. During loading and unloading, a doorman will always be available to operate the lift.
Your event manager will tell you where to load and unload for your event.
Due to the many activities in the city centre, the approach routes to the Beurs van Berlage are constantly changing.
For current information on routes for freight traffic, please refer to the Amsterdam Municipality website.
Please also refer to this website for further information about parking trucks as there is no parking around the Beurs van Berlage for trucks or vans.
Thanks to our digital signage, it is possible to properly welcome your guests. During your event you can refer your guests to the appropriate room or breakout session, at any time of the day.
The digital signage starts outside our beautiful monument with two LED screens, inside our reception area there are two TV screens and thoughout the building you can find fully integrated screens, which are located at every crossing in Berlage’s monument. Finally, there are small screens outside each break-out room where the programme that takes place in that particular room, can be displayed.
Does the presentation take longer then anticipated? Has the session moved to another break-out room? Thanks to the internet application, the WiFi-controlled screens can be adjusted by your Event Manager at any time.
Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage is located in the centre of Amsterdam, on the Damrak, Oude Brugsteeg and Beursstraat, directly facing Amsterdam Central Station, at a short distance of highways and Schiphol airport. The Damrak forms part of a route that gives a visitor to the city a first impression, after leaving the central station. This route, which is called 'the Red Carpet', goes from the Central Station along the Rokin, the Muntplein, the Vijzelstraat/-gracht to the Weteringcircuit.
From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you can reach Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage by train or taxi. If you are travelling by train, you can buy a ticket to Amsterdam Centraal Station in the Arrivals Hall of Schiphol. The trains leave four times every hour and the journey takes about fifteen minutes. If you take a taxi, you can state “Beurs van Berlage” as your destination. The address is: Damrak 243. The drive takes about twenty-five minutes.
When you arrive at Amsterdam Centraal Station by train or by tram, Beurs van Berlage is 300 metres away, about a five minute walk. You can see Beurs van Berlage on the Damrak in front of you when you leave the Central Station along the Stationsplein (Station square) and head out towards the Dam from there.
When you decide to take the tram or bus, several tram and bus stops can be found within 5 minutes walking distance, on the Dam (Bijenkorf or Magnaplaza) and Dam/Raadhuisstraat.
Check the GVB website for the current timetable via the button below.
In the immediate surroundings of Beurs van Berlage, there are a large number of carparks. In the event of a conference or event, it is possible to order various types of exit tickets for your guests, in the Q-park carpark in the Bijenkorf and the Oosterdok carpark. Five days before the start of your event at the latest, you can notify us of the number of exit tickets you wish to order.
Because of the many road works in the city center, the approach routes to the Beurs van Berlage by car change continuously. We recommend that you use the website of the municipality of Amsterdam when you travel by car.
We recognise the importance of event promotion. We therefor offer our support with your marketing and promotional needs. Together we can reach a wide audience to make sure your event will become successful.
On our website we publish a calendar, on which we can announce your event. This page is easily found from the homepage.
For your event, we will make:
We will take the information from your event website. If you would like to adapt the information, you can send the information you would like to see on our website to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can reach your audience via our social media channels. You can send the messages that you would like to share to our marketing department. We will ensure you that your message will be posted at a time that the message will receive many views.
You can also tag Beurs van Berlage or use our name in a hashtag (#). We will then share your message within 24 hours in our own network. We use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for our social media communication. You can also share your (after) movie which we can place on our YourTube channel.
We would like to keep informed about your event so that we can share your knowledge and keep our network up to date. Share your press release with us and we will ensure that the content gets sent to our press contacts.
Please take care of each other and of yourself!
The developments around the coronavirus are creating surreal scenes. The streets of Amsterdam are empty, and there’s hardly a soul to be seen on the Damrak. The same goes for the conference halls, break-out rooms, offices and kitchens in the Beurs van Berlage. In the Beurs, normally a bustling venue, hotspot and meeting place in the heart of Amsterdam, things suddenly went quiet from one day to the next. This is a situation that stands in stark contrast to our hospitality nature.
The measures taken by the government to control the effects of the coronavirus are rigorous, but necessary. They give us hope that as few people as possible will get sick, until such times as a vaccine against the virus is found, and the sun literally shines again. Until then, every industry, like the events industry, will be at the mercy of the unpredictable developments surrounding the coronavirus.
Unfortunately, we have seen some events cancelled due to the current developments, but many more have been moved to a later date. We are grateful for that, since it ensures that we can look forward to the future with confidence.
On Tuesday April 21, Prime Minister Rutte held a press conference. The new measures have some consequences with regard to the events taking place in the Beurs van Berlage. These are generally Private (B2B) events that are not freely accessible to the public. This includes corporate parties, meetings for invitees, congresses for a specific group of people. The following guidelines now apply to events in the Beurs van Berlage:
Private (B2B) events that take place between April 21, 2020 and May 20, 2020
Organizers of events that take place between April 21, 2020 and May 20, 2020 may invoke legal force majeure when the event is cancelled after April 21, 2020. The organizer is not required to pay a cancellation fee, but is a down payment is, in these cases, not refunded.
Private (B2B) events that take place after May 20, 2020
For organizers of events that take place after May 20, 2020, the normal cancellation scheme applies. The difference between the cancellation fee and any down payment will be charged to the organizer.
If you have any questions about reservations, events, contracts or availability, please contact us. You can call or email your regular contact. We can also be reached on our office number: +31 (0)20 – 531 3355 (on weekdays between 09:00 and 18:00 hrs).
For more information and developments surrounding the Corona Virus in Amsterdam, please check the RIVM website.
These are surreal times, in every way. We are speaking from a distance at the moment, but we hope to meet you again soon.
On behalf of the Beurs van Berlage team, take care of each other and of yourself!
Marcel C.B. Schonenberg
Beurs van Berlage