Castrum Peregrini was a hiding place at the Amsterdam Herengracht during the occupation of the Netherlands. Art and poetry were key to the survival of the group of young hiders. After the war the house became a meeting point for artists, writers and thinkers, an artistic community publishing a magazine and organizing cultural events. With a reference to history the current activities of Castrum Peregrini relate to its core values freedom, friendship and culture. Thematic and multidisciplinary activities around these values are realized in local, national and international partnerships. The historic building of Castrum Peregrini houses the original hiding floor, living spaces, Gisèles’ studio, library, archive and gallery space for exhibitions and events.
Castrum Peregrini is a foundation with a board of directors and a programme advisory group, 3 fte staff, plus free lance project workers, teachers and trainers. A pool of volunteers contributes to the everyday running of the organisation.
The executive director, the programme manager and the communcation/marketing-manager work as a team to devleop the foundations policies, initiate and manage projects and to sustain the foundations heritage.
Michael Defuster – executive director
Lars Ebert – programme manager
Frans Damman – communication and marketing manager
Programme Advisory Group:
Anneke Jansen - Fringe Festival
Jan Baeke – Poetry International
Truus Ophuysen – ELIA
Michiel van Iersel – Non-Fiction
Chris Julien – SSBA Salon
Iris van de Tuin – Univeristeit van Utrecht
Joachim Umlauf – Goethe Institut Parijs
Alfred Marseille – Zeezeilen
Eric Wie - COBRA Museum
Castrum Peregrini works in partnership with local and international partners.
Stichting Castrum Peregrini is a Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI).