Joe's Garage 18th birthday, 18 years Pretoriusstraat 43

Saturday, 16 September to Sunday, 17 September

Joe's Garage 18th birthday, 18 years Pretoriusstraat 43

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On September 16th 2023, we celebrate Joe’s 18th birthday on the Steve Bikoplein and at Joe’s Garage.

Joe’s Garage on Pretoriusstraat 43 has been squatted for 18 years since June 2023. Join us this Saturday, September 16th, for performances, music, coffee and cakes, food and more… Bring your friends & comrades and spread the word around your squats and further! Starting at 2pm/14:00 hrs. Interested in helping out? Send an email! PROGRAMME below.




Bas Punkt & Tijdelijke Toon

Jan Modaal

Big Future Raffle with Prizes! 

Bleeding Eye Cabaret by Bloody Vag (18+)

DJ Trashy Lords, Van Kulo & Molok, Vudopia, Dj Matters, CnB, Bloody Hool, Bass Punk, Loosen Skroo rec.

and more.......

18 years Pretoriusstraat 43 / Joe’s Garage in the East of Amsterdam.

On September 25, 2005, Pretoriusstraat 43 was squatted by the Amsterdam-Oost squatting group as a protest against long-term vacancy, criminal money laundering practices and real estate speculation.
For 18 years the house has been a place for a living group on the upper floors, and in 2008, after 3 years of residence and the eviction of Pretoriusstraat 28, Joe’s Garage moved to the Pretoriusstraat 43 ground floor.
The Amsterdam-Oost squatting group has now been present in the Pretoriusstraat for more than 20 years. Joe’s Garage is a political / social center, run by a broad volunteer collective. Independent, in solidarity and non-profit. A place where the ‘cold wind from the market’ does not blow, a meeting place for many.
Joe’s is also 18 years old, with more than 1800 (people’s) kitchens (Voku’s), more than 1000 openings of the give-away shop, countless film evenings, music performances, language cafes, the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and of course, every Tuesday evening for 18 years, the housing / squatting assistance hour (KSU Oost) for help & info.

18 years squatted, 18 years precarity!

Now that we are coming of age, it’s time to say: This property, this place will & can never again appear on the speculative real estate market. Pretoriusstraat 43 deserves a stable future after 18 years!
We as residents and the Joe’s Garage collective will do everything we can to claim this future !
We cannot do this without your support & solidarity to achieve this. Don’t leave PS43 to the market, but to our community of solidarity !


Solidarity and greetings,
Residents & Joe’s Garage collective

Date & Time: 

Saturday, 16 September, 2023 - 14:00 to Sunday, 17 September, 2023 - 00:00


  • action/protest/camp
  • food
  • (free) shop/market
  • music/concert
  • party


  • by donation
Joe's Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43
1092 EZ Amsterdam


Train station Amsterdam Muiderpoort, 10 minutes walk --- Metro station Wibaustraat, 15 minutes walk --- Tram 19 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Oostpoort, 1 minute walk


Presently squatted

Since June 2005, Joe's Garage is an autonomous squatted political social center, a meeting place in the Transvaal neighborhood for squatters and non-squatters, subsidy free, not for profit, self-organized and entirely run by volunteers.


  • advice/help/office hours / book shop/info shop/library / course/workshop / discussion/presentation / exhibition / film / food / (free) shop/market / meeting / music/concert / theater

opening times: 

(September 2023):
Monday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Tuesday: 19-20:30, Kraakspreekuur Oost
Wednesday: 18:00 Esperanto Workshop or Proxy Cafe *
Thursday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu **
Saturday: 14-18, Give Away Shop
Sunday: 16-18, Language Cafe *
Sunday: 18-20, Radical Sunday School
Sunday: 20:30, Movie night *
Every 2nd sunday of the month, 18:00-19:30, Joe’s Garage open assembly
(*) irregular event
(**) if you are volunteering to cook