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Westergasfabriek

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Westergasfabriek

The Westergasfabriek is a former gasworks that is now used as a cultural and recreational destination. The Westergasfabriek was built in 1883 and supplied Amsterdam with coal gas. The gas was mainly used to illuminate buildings and streets. Plans were made in the nineties to design the site as a park. These plans were a candidate for the Floriade of 2002, eventually a location in the Haarlemmermeer was chosen. The city of Amsterdam has implemented the plans in a simplified form. The historical buildings on the site have been renovated and are now used by cultural and creative entrepreneurs. Various events are taking place on the Westergasfabriek site, such as Amsterdam International Fashion Week, Awakenings, Cinekid and Holland Festival. In addition, programmes such as De Wereld Draait Door, Pauw and Jinek are included in the Westergasfabriek.