Love? Have you got enough?

14 Sep



Love Quota House Concerts

20th September 2012

Amstelveenseweg 324-1 1076CS

Another fabulous evening of music, movement, words and images


Esther Scheller – dance
Lennie St Luce – spoken word
Marko Bonarius – double bass
Naomi Noemin, Bree van de Zuidenwind, Rose Sarpong- music
Marloes van Doorn – images

+ surprise performance(s)

19:00 dinner – please book – €7.50 main €1.50 dessert
entry price max €10

Reductions for groups, previous supporters, natural red heads, the hard up and the tight

Please mail for discount info and for dinner.Love


Are you looking for some love? Another great set up initiative in Amsterdam, supporting and reaching out to creative people who simply want to share and be involved and to work and be inspired by each other, is LOVE QUOTA. It sounds like the MAKE mantra. Which is why I wanted to tell you about Lennie and Love Quota.

Lennie is what I like to call a friendly “pass along”, call it what you want 7 degrees of separation  (now 3 degrees thanks to face book), via via, a friend of a friend, by chance, by fate. We met. And I love her company and passion. We always have fun, and inevitably at some point there is always some discussion on creativity or performance involved. So if you are looking for some love via some creativity, I recommend you head along to the next love quota.




Quota started as an initiative, to support some special charities and to create an ideal performing sphere for Lennie and others.

Love Quota is a mixed media event, with the goal of bringing people together for an afternoon of entertainment, interactive consumption. ‘Enjoying while decreasing the ‘degrees of separation’’*!

Working on the five senses, LQ is music, film, spoken word , information poetry to a mixed audience.

The afternoon/evening normally consists with food of some description, for example a warm bowl of soup and ‘speed meeting’ to break the ice. Eating and talking bring people into contact to create an informal and friendly sphere.

Each edition introduces and donates to self help initiatives by or/and for women. Further it has performances by the LQ band, film by new filmmakers, poetry by Lennie St Luce, physical performer – e.g. gymnast, dancer, a spoken word spot and four musical performances one is established, two are new and one is an emerging talent.  Each month has a theme for example January; strings and things, February; beat to the rhythm, March; women with horny horns. The evening begins with the possibility of a delicious dinner by the resident chef. The performers receive some drinks and dinner. It’s a full, varied program to keep the guests sharp and on their toes.


Originally it was 3 Sundays on 3 consecutive months. The first 3 years it was in the Cafe Wilhelmina Pakhuis but that didn’t work. In good weather everyone went outside on the water and in bad weather lots of people found it too far/inaccessible. Also the only thing that earns any money is the bar. Lennie wanted to treat performers and workers the way she wanted to be treated so even if there’s no money there is drink and food. So now LQ is hosted by equally passionate people in interesting locations and homes.



The next one will be held in Amstelveenseweg 324-1 1076CS, and if that is too far for you, why don’t you get in touch with Lennie, open your home and heart to some creativity and become a host.

Contact Lennie:

POETRY BY LENNIE (or should I say some word mongering)

Growing up means no more temper tantrums
Growing up means thinking about the consequences of your actions
Growing up isn’t always growing older
Growing up isn’t necessarily getting to be bolder
Growing up learning to deal with pain
Growing up is knowing shit happens but in essence things remain the same
Growing up is loosing your youthful looks
Growing up is starting to or wishing that you read books
Growing up is facing the fact that maybe you’ll never find true love
Growing up is having a personal inner certainty of what’s deep inside, all around, down below and up above
Growing up is seeing cycles repeat
Growing up is a preference for being on your belly, arse or back instead of your feet
Growing up can be growing together
Growing up is the realization there is no forever
Growing up can hurt it is also a joy
Growing up is leaving behind the things of girls and boys
Growing up is when you find you’re no longer naive
Growing up is when seeing that you know how to grieve and an inner certainty tells you when it’s time to leave
(even if you ignore it)
Growing up is growing to love self
or find you have to work hard to get self off the shelf
Growing up is finding you have a distinct circle of friends
Growing up is loosing track of the latest trends,
but not caring because you know that ‘life’ never ends
Growing up is being at ease in many different places
Growing up is a heart that’s scarred and the memory of too many faces
Is growing up is accepting that maybe you’ll never get where you always dreamed you’d be?
No, growing up is the knowledge that I am my life,
that you and your life, that we and our lives are as we choose them to be
and the acceptance of that knowledge is the power that will set us all free

May ’96 A’dam © Lennie St Luce


Lennie St Luce – born and raised in the UK.
“I thought I wrote poetry, it’s been called doggerel, spoken word and a whole heap of other negatives which may all be true – some people like it. I call myself a word monger” Lennie


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