This is Ray with Unicorn Riot We are in Vondelpark in Amsterdam the Netherlands I heard there’s some kind of bunker around here A nuclear bunker where they’re holding an art space. We’re gonna see if we can find somebody who can let us in this bunker and show us around. Come with me. Hello? Okay… Hello? So this looks like a door to the bunker. What’s it say? I believe this is the door we knocked on
last time we were here and we were just like “let us in” but no one was there, no one answered. but we did find someone in the woods who knew these people, so we got a little in. okay, so we have found the Vondelbunker and we are gonna check it out. Some stairs here, this door… Antifascista Amsterdam stickers and I don’t, don’t speak Dutch. Sorta of like, posters all over, I think these are like events, maybe bands. No VIPs, no racism, no sexism, and no
assholes. okay we’re gonna go into this proper space of the bunker now. And there’s an art exhibit going on which is pretty cool. Panoramas here and prints
and sculptures. And then there’s kind of a drink bar here we could get coffee… this is all-volunteer? Yes Yep, so you just kind of walk in and you’re like I think I think I could do a shift here and just help out? Yea, it’s fun. Nice. You enjoy. There’s so many things happening here. From sixteenth century Vondel the Playwright reenactments here from a theater group that wants to do Vondel in Vondelpark or like a bondage group that’s doing a Valentine’s Day amateur night or like 16mm film screenings regular film screenings All right. So what are we doing here? Sp in case the bomb would drop two thousand people would be locked up in the bunker and then the door be closed so nobody could get any new fresh air but this machinery you see over there is a big ventilation system that should clean the air from the yeah nuclear bomb Radiation? Radiation. Yea. So you can all these pipelines come through here and then in case the electricity would go down we you still have these bikes who are supposed to keep the whole system running so So they’re five people, because of five bikes getting 2,000 people enough oxygen to live here for a few days Oh, just a few days? Yeah, well there’s no… I don’t know where they would store food and water so I guess after a few days You’d either have to eat each other or leave the bunker. Wow. So you have to know that this is in Dutch, which says war. So this has probably been a… switch to close the doors. and who knows if they’d work anymore You hopefully will never have to find out. People think it’s the safest place you can be that’s what we say a lot here but I think if the bomb will drop this bunker will be flat as everyone else. It’s so old, it’s like… Last time it was renovated for the Cold War. Before that it was a normal bunker and then they retrofitted it to a nuclear shelter For the people living around here. And there was one person that could open the door. We have a trained staff to help make your stay in this shelter livable for us all. and then also had how do you say the job of closing the door on time and keeping people out. So that’s a hard job and when do you close, you know? At a hundred? At a thousand? Yeah, how many people do fit? How many do you have so far? With your family 26. Check out these doors. Some heavy-duty doors. Look at them, they all look like this. And then there’s kind of a seal here too. There’s like an air lock, two doors here and then yet more doors. The more solid substance you can put between yourself and the fallout the better So if the bomb dropped you could go here for a couple of days and then be rescued or die. Geez, yeah. That’s the sound of trains going over the bunker, it’s pretty cool. finding shelter quickly may save your life there is a bright flash brighter than the Sun, brighter than anything you’ve ever seen It can smash in buildings and knock signboards over, break windows all over town. A serious fallout follows. You can’t hear, smell, taste, or see the radiation. It should be appreciated that
this maximum range extends across half Europe and it may well stretch as far
as Poland. There was no money for any social place for people to meet, to converse, to make art. We came out of the squatting environment for like eight years I think Our group squatted a place for social events only not for living most people did that for living and we tried to keep that vibe going here. It takes some time to get used to it. To have a space with rent and all the rules and everything and… That’s why squatting is so great, to… live outside of the bubble of what society wants of you. It’s a space where really anything can happen and I think for a lot of people that is so amazing to engage with. And I think spaces like this are very important like this autonomous free culture I think it’s nice to give people
the opportunity to do whatever, whatever they want. To experiment. It’s a beautiful little part of Vondelpark Thanks for joining us at the Vondelbunker. This has been Ray with Unicorn Riot and I hope you had an awesome time.