If you’re homosexual, you keep it a secret.” Or you move to a more liberal country, as Salib did in 1982, when he emigrated to the Netherlands. Hatim, a 28-year-old Moroccan from Amsterdam, is unusually open about his homosexuality.“Precisely because it’s such a big taboo, there are actually many more gays and lesbians than we think,” he says.Gays and lesbians aren’t the only people to see the closure as a major loss for open-minded Amsterdam.Heterosexual Moroccan girls are also drawn to the bar’s dance nights, where they feel free and can be themselves, without worrying about brothers, neighbours or cousins discovering they are out dancing.Standing with friends outside a cannabis ‘coffeeshop’, he lights up a cigarette.“They should burn a bar like that down with all the gays in it. I don’t want to know these gays, and if you’re one of them, stay out of my way.” Asked how he would feel if one of his friends turned out to be gay, Mohamed thinks for a moment. Saturday 2 March is the last evening in Habibi Ana.In Amsterdam you can go to concerts, events or festivals almost every day.Amsterdam offers a diverse array of world-class entertainment.
Who didn’t like it as a child to be swirled around in a carousel or to get sticky from some cotton candy.‘Haraam is haraam’ But if you ask around in the multicultural neighbourhood of Slotervaart-Overtoomse Veld in Amsterdam, it soon becomes clear that not everyone is keen on a bar like Habibi Ana.“Being gay is forbidden and it’s a disease,” says Mohamed, a resident of this much-discussed suburb.There are extra activities such as workshops, guided tours, tastings, children's treasure hunts, musical performances and the possibility to dress up.
This year's theme is: "Let yourself be mesmerized by a museum piece." More information is officially the national celebration of the birthday of the King, but this in reality is only an excuse to party hard.
In Amsterdam it is still possible twice a year at the Westerpark.