Richard Zijlma

Former Director
Amsterdam Dance Event

Richard is the former Director of ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) - world's leading gathering for electronic music culturele which is a five-day electronic music conference and festival held annually in mid-October. The event is organized by The Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation and offers a full program of daytime conferences at ADE Pro, ADE Tech, ADE University, ADE Beamlab, ADE Green, ADE Sound Lab and ADE Beats alongside the ADE By Day festival program and the nighttime ADE Festival, which features over 1,000 events and 2,500 artists over five days in 200 clubs and venues. ADE attracts over 400,000 people from all over the world to the city, making Amsterdam one of the busiest clubbing cities in the world. The event starts off on Wednesday with the daytime conferences and the extensive festival (day and night) program and ends on Monday morning.

Richard is also the prominent artistic leader of Conservatory Haarlem for pop and electronic music.