Paradiso is a venue in a former church in the heart of Amsterdam which started as ‘Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso’ in 1968. The goal was to offer an open place for creative talent. From this day, the church building on Weteringschans was a place that attracted youngsters, audiences and artists from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. In the 40 years that followed, Paradiso has become a pop venue, a club and a cultural centre in one. Paradiso now has several locations around Amsterdam in which they showcase their programmes with more than a thousand events at several locations throughout the city, hosting over 600,000 people annually.