Type of Place: Art & Cultural Events Venue
Location: Lage Kanaaldijk 112-113; 6212NA Maastricht
On the edge of Maastricht the imposing and altogether unexpected Art Industry Nature Society Innovation (AINSI) building poses as the factory building it use to be. Although it has only been open for use for about a year, many artistic and cultural events are held there, making it an important location to keep on your radar.
The AINSI building is rented out to independent organizations and groups to host their cultural and artistic events. I’ve attended two events there. The first was a community fair, which was mostly held outside, and the second was Pecha Cucha, which was held in their theater/lecture hall. The lounge space on the first floor is also very nice with non-matching antique furniture and strange machines left over from the building’s previous cement making purpose. The building is not being completely utilized yet, but I imagine more space and rooms with be opened up. There is also a little office space in the AINSI building; for example the Maastricht Region organization keeps an office there.
I find the grungy, factory style of the AINSI building to be very appealing for a variety of casual and more formal, artistic events and I’m generally happy to head down for a large enough activity. The building’s value as a venue is unfortunately hampered by the lack of public transportation (Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either). While the distance isn’t bad by bike, maybe 15 minutes from the Vrijthof and about 30 minutes from my home, it is a bit far to walk. If you want to attend an evening event, I recommend trying to find a carpool.
The AINSI building is very near the Grotten Zonneburg, so I hope Maastricht or someone starts running a bus out this direction soon. It would be a pity to miss one of the events held here because of something as common as a thunderstorm.