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About us

COC’s Shakespeare Club is a co-creation between COC Amsterdam e.o. and the Amsterdam Museum. In recent months, we have worked hard to create a program that is as diverse and interesting as possible for and by the lhbti + community.


COC’s Shakespeare Club aims to increase the visibility and acceptance of the lhbti + community in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. That’s why we bring the super diverse lhbti + community and our “allies” together in a safe environment to talk about what we can learn from each other and what connects us. Due to the central location of the Amsterdam Museum in the city center, we are open to a diverse audience of Amsterdammers and (international) visitors.


COC’s Shakespeare Club
The Shakespeare Club was founded in 1946. The very first meeting with an attendance of 150 people was a first for the Netherlands. Before that time, so many pink men and women had never met in the Netherlands. The name has since been changed to COC (Cultuur- en Ontspannings Centrum). The Shakespeare Club has been revived since Europride in 2016 during the cultural program of Amsterdam Pride, in the form of the event COC’s Shakespeare Club.


COC Amsterdam et al. focuses on personal empowerment, connection and mobilization around sexual orientation, gender identity & expression and gender characteristics, summarized by us in the term “sexual and gender diversity”. COC Amsterdam et al. is part of a broad social movement where change comes primarily from (jointly) doing. Within COC Amsterdam et al. personal initiative, motivation and respect for each other are central. Our core values ​​are: initiative, visible, together and grounded. COC Amsterdam et al. is an association with 1700 members and 120 volunteers active within the municipalities: Aalsmeer, Almere, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Diemen, Landsmeer, Ouder-Amstel, Purmerend, Uithoorn and Waterland.



The Amsterdam Museum is the place to get to know Amsterdam – for both residents and visitors who want to know more about the Dutch capital and its history. The city of Johan Cruijff, Rembrandt, Ajax, the Red Light District, the Dutch East India Company and marijuana. The city where the first “gay” marriages were concluded. A trading city that is a thousand years old and has a special relationship with water, entrepreneurs, creative people and free-thinkers. From the monumental building on Kalverstraat, the Amsterdam Museum brings the city to life for everyone.