ZID Theater – City Art & Performance Center is a cultural organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ZID produces the annual ExploreZ festival, multidisciplinary performances and realizes projects together with art professionals, urban talents and city dwellers. ZID works in an urban, national and international way. ZID is a workplace, urban talents “development site”, a stage and connector!

The stories of the residents of the city form the source of inspiration and the starting point of our productions.

Our Director Karolina Spaic was appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau on 24 April 2020. The Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, said during the ceremony: “Demolishing walls and building bridges: this is how you contribute to a colorful and artistic Kolenkit, a tolerant city and a better world“. See the latest news below.


Welcome to the International ExploreZ Festival 2021!

From September 17 to October 10 you can immerse yourself in a program of fifteen performances at various locations in Amsterdam. ZID Theater produces the festival and also uses its own theater as a festival location. Click here to find out more.

Historia @ FRINGE festival 2021

The solo by ZID performer Issam Zemmouri will premiere this fall during FRINGE at ZID!  Buy your tickets here.

COVID 19 Safety Precautions

We would like to inform you about our safety measures prior to your visit to the ZID Theater.

Article NRC

Read here the article about the dance performance HISTORIA by Issam Zemmouri that can be seen at Amsterdam Fringe Festival and ExploreZ festival in September 2021.

Don’t Leave me Alone | Daan Bosch & Theaterstraat

Sunday 10 October | 16.00 | Ru Paré

Sir Dim | Forjat El Bahja ensemble

Saturday 17 & sunday 18 September | 20.00 | ZID Theater

The real chance 2# | International Inspiration Meeting

Thursday 23 September 2021 | 16.00 | online event

HISTORIA | Issam Zemmouri

Friday 24 September | 20.00 | ZID Theater

Indigenous Heritage | Eva Geia Huisman

Saturday 25 September | 20.00 | ZID Theater

The Eternal Feminine | Emily Bannister

Saturday 25 September | 21.00 | ZID Theater

Best of ExploreZ 2021 & The Alfabet of uncertain times

Thursday 30 September | 20.00 | location: Podium Mozaïek

Rebel | Naïma Baraka

Saturday 2 October | 20.00 | ZID Theater

One City, Many Faces | Daan Bosch & ZID

Sunday 3 October | 17.00 & 20:00 | Public Library Amsterdam

The Alfabet of Uncertain Times | Zid Theater

Friday 8 October | 20.00| Vondelkerk |

The Art of Hope | open stage FATE & Artez

Saturday 9 October | 20.00 | ZID Theater

Looking for: Physical actors/dancers m/f

In-company year programme 2021- 2022 for up-and-coming talents to gain a lot of experience and offers opportunities for further development.

Online Liberation -Stage

On May 5th, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, we organize an interactive, diverse online program around the theme of Freedom. Folow the program here.

Please read the latest blog from our director Karolina Spaic.

In her latest blog, 'Theater of the future - after the crisis', Spaic describes how art changes in times of crisis. She expresses her hope that the role of the spectator will soon change.


January 6, 2021 at 7 pm, ZID Theater will present a special version of the Here We Are program via a YouTube link.

Corona measures at ZID Theater

We do our best to ensure that your visit to ZID Theater is as safe as possible.


Karolina Spaić appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau

Karolina Spaić was appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau on 24 April 2020.

Article about Odin Teatret and ZID Theater

In the Theaterkrant ( Theater journal) of July 2019, Emile Schra's article about the famous Odin Teatret from Denmark was published.

Creativity Training for Europe, Erasmus+ project

Following an invite from the Foundation Amsterdam European Mobility, ZID will participate in the Creativity Training for Europe (CT+).

Here we are - Freedom

ZID Theater’s new programme Here We Are – Freedom will be presented in the ITA – International Theatre Amsterdam on Sunday 13 January  2019 at 15.30.

Art & Society for the New Generations

Caravan Next Conference Morocco organized by ZID Theater Nov. 30 en Dec. 1 2018

Review Theaterkrant Odin Teatret

Theaterkrant headlines with 'Sublime revival of Brecht's theatrical legacy' about The Great Cities under the Moon by Odin Teatret during the Explorez Festival.

Interview ExploreZ

Karolina Spaic, director and artistic leader of ZID Theater and curator of the ExploreZ Festival tells about the  background of ExploreZ 2018 that starts the 22th of september.

ZID Theater receives the Golden Kaleidoscope award

On Tuesday 3 July, ZID Theater was happy to receive the Golden Kaleidoscope award from the Fund for Cultural Participation.

FATE 2020 - 2022

Future Academy on Tour in Europe, received European subsidy from Creative Europe and starts in september 2020


A board game and method that allows you to ‘catch stories’ and share them with each other.

Order the game here.