The OT301 is a non-profit cultural centre which grew out of the late 1990's squatter scene and is currently led by an artists collective. It is located on the Overtoom 301 in Amsterdam-West, which address is also the inspiration for it's name.
OT301 features several studios where concerts, parties, and all sorts of artistic performances are staged. Additionally OT301 has an art gallery for exhibitions, a cinema for film screenings, a vegan organic kitchen (Peper), several sound studios, a health studio and several spaces for artistic work and workshops.
The OT301 is located in the building of the former Amsterdam Film Academy, which was squatted in 1999 by a collective known as the EHBK. The dilapidated building was subsequently turned into a non-profit platform "for artists to live and work together ... to offer a stage to ‘experimental’, ‘new’, ‘alternative’ art, music, film, dance, theatre, workshops and other sorts of performances".
The artistic squatter collective were lucky enough to quickly have their activities recognised and accepted by the Amsterdam municipality, which made it possible for them to continue with financial support that was sometimes awarded in the late nineties to "artistic incubator projects" (in Dutch: broedplaatsen).
The former squatters collective first became legal renters and eventually bought the location in 2007 securing the continuity of the OT301 for years to come.