The Night Mayor is an important sounding board and active partner in discussion for all participants in the night; this includes the City Council, entrepreneurs and local residents. The Night Mayor is a thorn in the side of the City Council, but is also someone who can strike the right tone in order to accomplish set goals. By creating a mutual understanding, the Night Mayor changes the game.

Shamiro van der Geld is the current Night Mayor of Amsterdam. He was elected in 2018 by a combined vote of a professional jury and the general public. He will hold this position until 2020.

The office of Night Mayor was institutionalised in 2014 by connecting it to the chairmanship of Stichting N8BM A’DAM (NGO Night Mayor Foundation).

Stichting N8BM A’DAM is an independent foundation that is dedicated to a lively, diverse and inclusive nightlife. We commit ourselves to this goal by connecting people and organisations. As well as this, we keep a close eye on emerging social trends within night culture, and if necessary we take the lead on these developments.

The foundation’s main goals are to put nightlife on the agenda of our politicians and society at large, stimulate subculture and contribute to a diverse, social and ethnically inclusive night for all the people of Amsterdam to enjoy.

The foundation’s work is important for the night, and because of that, important for the city of Amsterdam. The social, cultural and economic features of the night lead to a city that is innovative, lively and accommodating.

Both on request and on its own initiative, Stichting N8BM A’DAM advises the Mayor, City Council and the creative sector of the night. We have been a sounding board during the development of the new policies concerning festivals and an important party in the creation of the pilot for the Rembrandtplein Gastvrij (Hospitable Rembrandt Square) project, as well as meeting with the mayor of Amsterdam several times a year.

Because of its pioneering character, the foundation is requested on a regular basis to share its expertise. Following Amsterdam’s example, London, Paris, Zurich, New York and Tokyo are among the cities in various stages of appointing their own Night Mayor.