Festival Aangeschoten Wild 2018

The AW Café from a technical point of view

"Music, art and culture: those kind of soft subjects are at the center of attention at Festival Aangeschoten Wild. However, we are from Delft, so very regularly, we look at the festival from a technical point of view. Evaluating previous results, small changes, a new iteration every year, that kind of stuff.” Speaking here is Sanne, who will be responsible for the layout and the styling of the festival terrain this year. She has very ambitious plans: “This year we will tackle the Boiler: the space at Lijm & Cultuur that gets turned into the AW Café every year. It's a large room with a high ceiling, and the upper half of the walls consist of large windows that let a lot of light in the room. Very good-looking, but every year it's a challenge to fill the room out. Although a lot of effort is put into it and there is a large budget for the decor, I had the feeling that the room was missing a general theme.”

2 October 2016 | Newsletter | Bram

Time to change that. Sanne gave Laurens a call, who is responsible for the cultural acts, and perhaps more relevant, has just finished his bachelor in architecture, so he is very creative. Together, they made a very thorough analysis of the Boiler room.

Laurens used his background to see what happened last year, and how the layout of the Boiler can change. “What do I like about it? What do I dislike about it? What could be better, and what could be worse?” Laurens: “You want more cohesiveness, but on the other side, you want to keep the versatility of the AW Café, and that is a difficulty we are facing.”

The second part of the analysis was the architectural approach to laying out a room. Together with Anne, who has been a part of the organisation for longer, they tried to define several different atmospheres for the room. In the end, there were ‘having a drink’, ‘acts’, ‘lounge’, ‘party’, and ‘workshops’ as basic atmospheres. Laurens: “The AW Café is a place where there are different scenes and different atmospheres at different times and different places. The layout of the room has to support that as well as possible.” As an example, Laurens names the lounge: “If you want a cozy space there, you want a low ceiling and a high floor, because you want those to be close to each other. You want there to be soft textures in that area, because that reflects the atmosphere we want to create.”

In the end, this is just one of the possibilities, and the final verdict is up to Sanne. “The AW Café is has the most variables of the whole terrain, so you can do the most different things with it,” says Sanne. “That’s why I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to come up with a solution for it,” she adds while blushing.