About idd

Friday | April 6 | 17.00 - 03.00
Saturday | April 7 | 13.00 - 23.00


In 2000 was the first cultural festival organised by and for students of the University of Amsterdam (UvA)  and the Hogeschool of Amsterdam (HvA). It started with the name ‘UvA Cultureel Festival’ (UCF). The festival took place on different locations throughout Amsterdam. It changed its name for the fifth edition in 2005 to ‘Amsterdams Studenten Festival’ (ASF). A lot of people still know the festival under this name.

In 2012 CREA - the cultural student centre of the UvA and HvA - moved to its current location on the Roeterseiland Campus. The building of CREA used to be a diamond factory so in 2016 they decided to change the festival’s name to In De Diamantfabriek. This is Dutch for In The Diamond factory. The goal of this name change was to introduce a new festival identity and to attract a wider and larger audience.

About the Festival

Idd offers young talent from in and around Amsterdam a place, the time and the means to showcase their talent. The festival offers different areas for participants to apply: dance, theatre, music, comedy, visual arts and spoken word. The participants apply online and after different forms of auditions the final participants are selected. These participants will fill the largest part of the festival programme. In each area a luminary is chosen who shows the most promise for the future. There are different appreciation packages attached to each category given to the luminary of that area. The packages exist as stepping stones that will help the young talent to improve their career.

Another part of the festival programme consists of guest performances. The guest artists of this year will be exposed to you in the near future. By combining the raw talent with experienced artists, we try create a diverse programme, which will attract a diverse public. Next to the music programme, there will a different range of activities such as theatre and visual arts.


CREA is the cultural organization of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam School of Higher Education (HvA). They organize a wide range of cultural activities and support students wherever they can. CREA organizes classes and workshops in the field of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, video, photography and literature. They even offer some courses especially for non Dutch speakers. We are really honoured that CREA is hosting our festival, because the building is beautiful and because it is the centre for cultural student activity.