This festive season Scotch & Soda shine light on a special group of Amsterdammers; those who make a positive difference to city and in our world. What does this group celebrate at this time of year? What do they celebrate all year round? And, what sparked their initiatives to give back? Enjoy very festive story about giving more.

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Scotch & Soda - Our Very Festive Story

Hanna Verboom

“Human interaction should be by touch, not touch-screen”

Hanna Verboom is an actress, serial charity initiator and founder of and cinematic platform –

Safi Graauw

“Celebrate the bonds we’ve built, the progress we’ve made”

Safi Graauw is a filmmaker and earth scientist working with Justdiggit on programs that aim to cool down the planet faster than we are warming it.

Mirik Milan

“I truly believe that a rich, cultural offering in nightlife leads to more social and ethnic inclusion in cities.”

As Amsterdam’s night mayor, Mirik Milan brings all walks of life together – at festivals, clubs and events. His success means cities around the world now ask for his advice on how to introduce the role.

Anne Brugts

“those who stand out in how they present themselves externally, often have interesting views on their surroundings”

Anne Brugts is creator of the book ‘Amsterdam Characters’. A picture and word celebration of the freedom of expression found in Amsterdam.

Dennis van Leeuwen

“I try to be the person that I would have wanted to meet when I was a struggling musician”

Dennis van Leeuwen is a multi-award winning musician. He is also an ambassador for A’DAM Music School. The school’s motto: every child deserves an equal chance.