The idea to write blogs came to my mind when I was working in the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy ( Amsterdam), back in 2015.

The Cultural Embassy ( 2004 – 2018) – a foundation in the Lloyd hotel which purpose was cultural exchange- had many members. Cultural organisations from all over the world accomodating artists, art students, designers, musicians or cultural entrepreneurs; a dynamic mix of guests.

Being passionate about art and culture, whilst working as a designer for my own bag label http://www.buddhi.nl, I connected with guests from various, interesting backgrounds. Spontaneous conversations with guests often lead to  fascinating stories. What brought them to Amsterdam?

In collaboration with the Cultural Embassy I did short interviews with guests called the ‘Elevator Stories’. Some interviews were published on the website of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, but are no longer online. Since 2018 the hotel has new owners and the Cultural Embassy is no longer part of the hotel. The content of the interviews does not expire; they now live on as a memory of meetings with inspiring guests.

The blog will move on as does my fascination to share interesting happenings in the world of art and culture. In future I will add more posts of interesting stories or artistic expressions that cross my path in Amsterdam or somewhere else.

The events I organised in collaboration with the Cultural Embassy you can see in my portfolio.

Happy reading!