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Organizing your event

Do you want to organize an event but don't know where to start? Check out the answers to our most common questions to help you get started.

What is the size and capacity of the space?

We have a 200m2 terrace and 300m2 inside. Of this space, approximately 112m2 is used by the bar, kitchen, and toilets. This leaves 188m2 for dining, dancing, drinking, meeting, and performing. The space and kitchen are completely open. The only kind of separation that can be created is through the use of large curtains. These curtains are not soundproof.

We divide the space into three zones:

  • Zone 1 - 54m2, seats a maximum of 50 guests: this space is used for movie screenings, music events, lectures, and meetings. It can be closed off easily with curtains. 

  • Zone 2 - 45m2, seats a maximum of 40 guests: this space is used for restaurant pop-ups and in combination with zone 1 for music/dance events of up to 200 guests. For large dance/music events for up to 300 guests, we combine zone 2 and 3.

  • Zone 3 - 65m2, seats a maximum of 65 guests: this is our primary dining space. Here TestTafel serves its 7-course dinners and the De Sering community kitchen is here. Our bar is also here.

What does the space cost to rent?

We rarely ask for rent and rely more on the income from our bar and food. We do occasionally request rent for day events. Events that are non-profit, activist, and socially beneficial are excluded from this.

 

What food is available?

We have a variety of options which vary depending on the day of the week of your event. Contact us to confirm which offer is best suited to you. Examples would be: 

  • Our specialty - 7 courses for a donation between 25- and 55-. For groups larger than 10 we ask a minimum contribution of 35-.

  • 3 courses for 25- to 35-. For groups larger than 10 we ask a minimum contribution of 30-.

  • 2 courses for 5-. Activist organizations can get a special deal for a donation between 2,50- and 5-.

  • Borrel snacks are 3,50- per portion. One portion is roughly the equivalent of 4 bitterballen.

  • Buffet of two soups, two mains, two desserts, homemade bread, and dips: 30-.

 

Is there a sample menu?

Our menu is constantly growing and changing. Please see our social media for examples of what we have to offer: @testtafel and @de_sering .

 

Are drinks available? Can we have a bar tab?

Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Tabs can be requested, contact us to set a limit. We often ask for a bar guarantee if we feel that a target cannot be met through selling drinks or food. This way we can avoid asking for rent. The bar guarantee is based on whether or not the event conflicts with our usual activities that bring in money. If it does, we ask for a bar guarantee for the income we would miss. If we only miss part of the income we only ask for that part as a guarantee, for example, if you take up half of the space.

What are the opening hours?

We are open from 9:00 am almost every day of the week, see here for the full details. When hosting night events, we close by 03:00 am.

 

What equipment is available?

Sound equipment. This equipment can be rented for 100-. For non-profit and public events we can offer it for free. The DJ deck can be rented from Subcult through us for 100-. Available equipment includes: 

  • Subs: Acoustic Line b1202 sub, 2 in total

  • Speakers: Acoustic Line TK112

  • Active speakers, 4 in total

  • Amps: Behringer Inuke 4-6000, Behringer Inuke 6000 proccessor

  • Mixers: Soundcraft mixer, Yamaha mixer MG16xu in taperack, Klark teknik SQ1 graf eq ex SSV

  • FOH rack: 13HE

  • Numark Taperack with CD player

  • Microphone

  • DJ deck: CDJ 2000 and DJM 800

Presentation equipment. For speakers and presentations, we also offer the necessary tools:

  • Beamer and screen: 100-

  • Speaker and microphone: 50-

 

Is there a cloakroom?

We have a small space to hang jackets and coats, 'cloakroom' is a generous term.

 

Is there heating?

We have heating in the building but not outside.

 

Is there an outside space?

There is a small outside space covered by an awning.

Do I need security?

When an event has more than 120 people attending, it is necessary to hire security. We do not provide security, soliciting this service is up to the event organizer, but we can make suggestions if need be.

 

Who is responsible for the decoration and cleanup?

We have set decorations for the space we regularly use, e.g. white tablecloths, candles, and napkins, but do not provide anything further. Decorations are up to the event organizer and we also ask that the organizer removes everything they have brought with them at the end of the event. Our space is constantly in use and we hope to maintain the area fairly for everyone that uses it, thus please be respectful of the space.

Do you still have questions?

We are happy to answer them, feel free to email info@testtafel.nl or info@desering.org or fill out the contact form .

A public space, community kitchen, and host to your initiatives. 

The beating heart of De Sering. A community kitchen that serves two courses and homemade bread for 2.50,-

The in house coffee pop-up of De Sering. The best coffee in Amsterdam for the best price. 

The experimental  restaurant of De Sering. A weekly changing three or seven course menu, natural wines and cocktails

De Sering is host to a great scala of events and initiatives. Check here to find out what's going on and how your idea can be among the list!

Both De Sering & TestTafel are available for catering. From intimate ten courses at home to thousands of meals on the barricades.

I want to use the space!
Help us out by sending your request through this form.
You will receive an answer as soon as possible!

 

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