Under our pseudonym ‘A BAR Affair’ we host events at our studio in the heart of Amsterdam. Our aim is to bring people and networks together organically, through cultural initiatives and collaborative gatherings.
When possible, we seize the opportunity to design and produce a poster celebrating each BAR Affair. The wide range of topics and events has allowed us to play around with typography, illustration, photography and even collaging away with paper and glue in one particular case. You might also say we are expanding our knowledge in the field of event production too!
We’re sure you’ll be glad to know that the posters are all for sale here. Printed at our favourite print shop Ruijgrok Piezografie, they usually adorn the studio walls should you want to inspect them closer before buying them all.
Check out past and any upcoming BAR Affairs on our News page.
The idea to host free and accessible events came to us fairly naturally after setting up the studio – who doesn’t start to harbour thoughts of grandeur in a 100m2 space like this in the centre of Amsterdam? BAR Affairs fast became a way for a us to introduce ourselves, create a network and promote the studio, all with a few beers provided by our BAR Affair sponsor, VEDETT, who we have partnered with since day one.
At first we hosted a wide variety of events and gatherings, experimenting with formats and topics. We’ve had concerts, hosted lectures on typography and Arabic digital language, held a mini-golf tournament, hosted a live podcast and invited a selection of Holland’s top micro breweries over to present their beer labels.
We have really enjoyed hosting affairs, however, as the studio is expanding and getting busier, our new strategy is to host fewer Affairs per year, and to strengthen the connection between them and our passion for graphic communication. We’ve therefore decided to host fewer events, but make them extra amazing.
We post upcoming BAR Affairs on our Facebook page and try to do so about a about a month in advance, so go to there and keep an eye on us if you’re interested in coming along. You really should. They are lots of fun. And cheap as chips.