London is struggling—but these three cities are truly vibrant 24/7by Prospect Team / September 21, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in October 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
Amsterdam: The original 24-hour city
Amsterdam is widely seen as having elected the first ever formal “night mayor” when it appointed former club promoter Mirik Milan to the post in 2012, although the idea was first mooted as far back as 2002. Along with the late Amsterdam “day” mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, Milan managed to turn the capital’s popular nightlife scene from a source of nuisance, complaints and growing violence into a point of pride for the Dutch.
On top of finding ways to de-escalate hotspots such as Rembrandt Square, they also issued 24-hour licences to clubs outside the centre. This not only drew people away from areas already suffering from over-tourism, it also naturally staggered when partygoers left venues, reducing noise and other related problems.
Amsterdam now has around a dozen 24-hour clubs that attract world-class acts and regularly sell out, particularly during the yearly Amsterdam Dance Event, which includes a five- day festival and a major electronic music business conference.
The first-ever Night Mayor Summit in 2016 showed how global the concept now is, with similar posts being created in major cities around the world. But Amsterdam isn’t resting on its laurels: culture vulture Shamiro van der Geld took over earlier this year and wants to make the city’s nightlife more diverse and inclusive.
Paris: The diverse city