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Canal cruise

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


Amsterdam wouldn’t be Amsterdam without all its characteristic little canals. Renting a canal bike and get lost is great fun, but for you lazy guys out there, there are also guided tours on canal boats, most of which leave near the central train station, but also from the backside of the Paradiso, at the Singelgracht. A day pass gives you unlimited use of the canal bus and includes discounts on some attractions. Or if you’re in the party mood, go for the pub or cocktail cruise. Check some of these websites for more information:


The Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Since the opening in 1985 of the in Amsterdam, almost a million interested people have visited this permanent exhibition. Each year, some 95,000 visitors from all parts of the world come to this exceptional centre of culture and knowledge, located at 148 Oudezijds Achterburgwal in the heart of the Red-Light District. As its name suggests, the Museum is dedicated to the cannabis plant and its many uses. The Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum is unique in the world, and offers a true voyage of discovery – one that fits perfectly with any visit to Amsterdam.


Open all week from 10.00 until 22.00 hours.
Admission: € 5.70.
Groups, 10 persons or more € 3,85.
Free admission for children under 13 yrs. accompanied by adults.
Tram stop: De Dam.
5-minute walk from Central Station.


They have a small website which is to be found here

Museum of Photography Amsterdam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Foam (Photography Amsterdam) enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy photography, whether it’s at our museum in Amsterdam, on the website, via our internationally distributed magazine or in our Editions department.

Foam is for photographers, picture editors, designers and all those who have a passion for photography. We focus especially on exhibitions, publications, discussions and specific projects relevant to contemporary themes in this field. Of course, well known photographers and historical work has an important place on our agenda. But special attention in our exhibition programme and elsewhere is also given to nurturing upcoming artists.

The heart of the Foam organisation is in Amsterdam. From here we develop and produce our exhibitions programme. We manage print publications like Foam Magazine as well as all online content. Foam Editions also has its home here, offering a wide range of work for collectors.

Essential to Foam is our extensive international network of photography professionals and partners. They help to plan and develop new projects, ensuring that the largest audience possible can experience the power of photography.

Read more about FOAM and the current expo’s on their site.

A day out in the Amsterdam Zoo

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, shows its historical character even before you walk through the gates: two golden eagles are perched proudly atop the main entrance. People enjoy the 19th-century atmosphere of the gardens: the winding paths, majestic trees, the fascinating sculptures and the monumental historical buildings. Artis is a haven of peace and quiet right in the city centre of Amsterdam.
Artis is a fascinating zoo. In an area of 14 hectares around 700 species of animals provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom. Amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects… all are superbly represented. Artis’s renowned Aquarium brings you face to face with … the secret life of Amsterdam’s canals! Around the zoo you’ll find many more Dutch and European animal and plant species, as well as more exotic ones. You can also come to quench your thirst for knowledge at the Planetarium, the museums and all kinds of smaller exhibitions.

visit the Amsterdam Zoo website

Vondelpark Open Air theatre

Thursday, June 18th, 2009


This summer – Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday different kind of performances.  From Cabaret to Smooth Jazz to Popmusic… Free of charge!  Within walking distance from Leidse Square

Sunday Afternoon – World Music – Kara Dara
21 Juni – 15.00 hour

Kara Dara presenting the new Afro Beat from Suriname, South America.
Burning grooves, strong melodies and serene sounds…

Kara Dara is a Caribbean, Funky, Jazzy, Poppy celebration of African music

Kara Dara was founded in 2000 by Andro Biswane and presents a new fresh and yet honoring the Afro Diasporian culture. The name Kara Dara is found in the ancient Yoruba language from Nigeria and means flower garden. The Kara Dara philosophy: ‘it’s the different flowers that make the garden’.

Bandleader/guitarist Andro Biswane has collaborated over the past decades with artists like Toumani Diabate, Basekou Kouyate, Fra Fra Sound, Lester Bowie, David Murray, Karim Ziad Gnaoua Crossover Project, Billy Haynes (ex-bassist Tina Turner), Ray Appleton (former drummer John Coltrane).

The core members of Kara Dara are from Suriname descent but the origins of the other band members can be traced to Sene-Gambia, South America and the Caribbean Islands like Antilles and West-Indies.

 After almost ten years of preparation Kara Dara has created an unique blend of sounds inspired by styles like Kawina, Winti and Kaseko from Surinam, Mbalax from Senegal, JuJu and Assiko from Nigeria, Afro-Mandingue from Mali, the Funky and spiritual music from USA and the various Caribean styles like Rumba, Bomba, Afoche and Pambiche.

 Deep grooves will evoke you spirit, spectacular percussion and dance performance will fascinate you and the groovy Afro-Funk rhythms and melodies will make you sing and dance with joy.

 This stage experience is called… Kara Dara!

Madame Tussauds!

Friday, September 12th, 2008

pirates in the madame tussaudAlmost everybody knows Madame Tussauds, but have you ever been to one?
In Amsterdam we have one where you can look at your favorite wax celebs!

Daly open from 10.00-18.30.

price: 21 euro’s!

Location: Amsterdam damsquare

To get there: take tram 1,2 or 5 and get out at Damsquare!

check the website

Theatre Festival

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

TF, the Theatre Festival of the Netherlands and Flanders, marks the end of the old and the beginning of the new theatre season.

The festival will take place in Amsterdam from 4 until 14 September. In a prestigious programme composed by a special jury the festival will review the past year. The jury will select ten productions from the overall programme which it considers interesting enough to warrant a repeat performance: a representative review at the end of the theatre season.
The ten-day theatrical event will introduce the new season with a varied programme of performances, workshops, parties, lectures and talks. In the presence of actors and theatre makers it will present a preview of the new season. TF is quite unique as an event revolving around reflection and views on Dutch and Flemish theatre. A real treat will be the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (TF-2), featuring raw, untamed theatre at a wide range of venues. Tickets will be on sale online as from 2 June.