I cried when it was over

Aubert van Engelen (photo middle) was not directly involved in organising Gay Games Amsterdam 1998, but he has a great story. At the time, he worked at IDTV, which organised the opening and closing ceremonies in the Arena and the parties on Dam Square. Aubert occasionally attended the creative team’s brainstorming sessions, but he also… Continue reading I cried when it was over

Published
Categorised as Stories

Tears at the Choir Festival

One of the four festivals of the culture programme of Gay Games Amsterdam 1998 was the choir festival in which around 100 choirs participated. Highlight was a sold-out gala on August 7 in the Concertgebouw. The gala ended with the hymn ‘The Rhythm of the Rainbow’ by Alan Belk and Daniel Cohen, which was composed… Continue reading Tears at the Choir Festival

Published
Categorised as Stories

The final skiff

‘That whole week was incredible. The weather, the atmosphere in the city, being in the majority – these are things that probably everyone says. It was unprecedented and has never come back. At the opening, a lot of people were waiting outside, but it was all so peaceful, so convivial. I have never seen Amsterdam… Continue reading The final skiff

My friend Michael Bhola

Michael Bhola – pictured dressed as an angel during a Queen’s Day event – was a member of the Gay Games press team. In the week of August 1 to 8, 1998, his amazing organisational skills showed. In and around the Boekman Hall in the City Hall, where the international Gay Games press centre was… Continue reading My friend Michael Bhola

Published
Categorised as Stories