On Saturday 6th June, was held the 30th edition of the Amsterdam Dinner, a charity event collecting funds for the fight against AIDS/HIV. Scientists, celebrities from the art and media world, engaged politicians and members of the Royal House were gathered for this special night. Following the theme “Face the Future”, the 1000 guests witnessed powerful speeches and prestations that shed light on a very actual issue. 

An auction was conducted during the evening, raising 1.200.000€. The proceeds will be distributed to young people who suffer from stigma and AIDS/HIV negative physical and mental consequences. The Netherlands is not the only country to beneficiate from this money, people in Uganda, Kenya and Indonesia will also receive a share of it, in an intent to better their life conditions and improve HIV care all over the world. 

The biggest gala of the country, presented by Marlijn Weerdenburg and Splinter Chabot, has seen many musical performances by Davina Michelle, April Darby, Jamai Loman, Kriss Kross Amsterdam and many more. Martha and Max, respectively the daughter and son of the late doctor Joep Lange attended the gala to accept the Amsterdam Dinner award on his behalf, to honor his devotion in conducting groundbreaking research to fight the virus. 

The highlight of the night was definitely Zaire Krieger’s extremely touching spoken word act, where she gathered testimonies of young people and parents impacted by the disease. This heartwarming moment showed the importance of the theme “Face the Future”, by acknowledging that the fight is never over. 

Learn more about Amsterdam Dinner Foundation’s amazing work here.