“Lik” doesn’t only refer to the Amsterdam slang for prison, but also to “a stroke of paint”. Everyone in Lola Lik is encouraged to add their own “lik” and to add their craft, ideas or network to the hub. The 9000m² of available space is used by creative professionals, social enterprises, craftspeople and program developers. Many of them co-create with the inhabitants of the refugee centre or offer vocational training. Lola Lik is a public space, which means that the doors are open and all the inhabitants of Amsterdam are welcome for a cup of coffee in the Refugee Company café.
Lola Lik fits within the framework of de “Amsterdamse aanpak” (the “Amsterdam approach”), which is the City of Amsterdam’s policy to encourage activities aimed at the accelerated integration of refugees. Together with 40 professional partners, Gemeente Amsterdam has signed the “Amsterdam werkt voor iedereen” (“Amsterdam works for everyone”) agreement, which is a pledge to help guide refugees towards work, education and entrepreneurship.
LOLA (leegstandoplossers Amsterdam) has been commissioned by Gemeente Amsterdam to create this hub. LOLA provides a framework where energy can nestle and bloom and where development is flexible and organic with a focus on the process and not the result. It is about facilitating energy, making connections en reserving space for spontaneous developments and new opportunities.
The Lola Lik identity, design and website implementation have been realised by The Visual Theatre.
Pictures by Philippe Bro Photography & Me_Marie