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Grachten Festival (Canal Festival)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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The Grachtenfestival 2012 takes place from 10 – 19 August

If you are into classical music than you must not miss this. The Canal Festival (Grachtenfestival) is a summer spectacle which will fill the Amsterdam summer evenings with classical music. The free concerts are held at special locations like houses and gardens of locals, concert halls, historic buildings, museums and the area around the Prinsengracht. Check here for more information:

Roots festival Sunday July 5 – 8

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

This edition of the Amsterdam Roots Festival takes place from Thursday July 5 till Sunday July 8. Four days of music from every corner of the world, at five different locations in Amsterdam, bring the roots of music from every culture to one Festival.


Roots Indoor starts off the Festival at the best venues in Amsterdam: Melkweg, Paradiso, Tropentheater and the Sugar Factory. Trendsetters from  the world music scene guarantee an adventurous musical program. The full program is available online from mid April at this website, Facebook and Twitter.

Roots Open Air takes place in Oosterpark on Sunday June 26 from, 12:00 am till 22:00 pm.  With seven stages, multiple concerts, performances, presentations and workshops , this exuberant outdoor music festival marks the ending of the Amsterdam Roots Festival.  The Roots Open Air outdoor festival creates a setting in which the audience becomes part of a dynamic scene, mixing with the music and acts, reflecting the essence of the festival. International artists perform alongside local talent and there is an extensive children’s program: Kids@Roots. The stages and tents are surrounded by a Worldmarket of more than a 100 booths with a wide variety of products from near and far, including dozens of exotic eateries.


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Funky Sinterklaas Market

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Date: Sunday 05 dec. ’10 Location: Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek

On December 5th the Funky Sinterklaas Market takes place in the Westergasfabriek. Sinterklaas, Sint Nicolaas or St. Nicholas is  a bigger event in Holland than Santa Claus at Chrismas. On the market you can do your last minute shopping for presents.

The Sunday Market in the Westergasfabriek is the monthly  Fashion, Art & Designmarkt in Amsterdam.

Designers, artists and craftsmen show and offer their own unique products of design artwork, vintage, jewelry, bags affordable art and much more. You will also find biological food delicacies  and you can have a bite or a drink on the many terraces.

The Sunday Market is inspired by London Markets like Camden, Portobello en Spitalfield, where shopping and creativity, inspiration and getting inspired are keywords.

The market is from 12.00 – 18.00 pm.

The parade

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

paradeDon’t miss this travelling theater festival on Friday 31 July  – Sunday 16th of August. A lot of the shows are in Dutch, but who cares; the atmosphere on the terrain is great, it’s like a gipsy world. Many people just go there just for the drinks, since the terraces are amazingly nice.

Just buy a bottle of rose and look at all the people walking around there, enjoying their summer nights (including yourself). The carousel they have there is amazing..really fast and high.

De Parade is also in Rotterdam, Den Haag en Utrecht. In Amsterdam it’s in the Martin Luther Kingpark – next to the beautiful river ‘the Amstel’.
How to get there: usuall you can take a really cool boat from the ‘Stopera’ in Amsterdam to the terrain (one way: €5,-, return €8.-).
Or go by public transport: take tram 25 from Central Station to the ‘Presitent Kennedylaan’, get of at the final stop. Nightbus 355 will bring you back, it goes from the Victorieplein, 10 minutes walk from the terrain.

Entrance: before 16:00 it’s free (it’s open from 15:00), but after that you have to pay €7, -. For the shows itself you pay separate, prices depend on the show varying between €1,- and €8.They’re open till 01:00 (and 2:00 on Friday and Saturday).

5 Days Off (electronic music and related art forms)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

5 Days Off is the leading Amsterdam-style festival of electronic music and related art forms, spread over the best clubs of the city.  From 15-19 July 2009 this indoor dance event will take place spread over different clubs in Amsterdam. The festival has build up  strong reputation both national and international.  In the last years there is  also a bigger focus> on media art and related art forms in the programming of this festival

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Amsterdam Roots Open Air

Friday, June 19th, 2009


This free festival will take place on the Juni 21st , in the Oosterpark Amsterdam.

 From 12 noon till 9.30 PM you will enjoy a whole day filled with music on seven stages with both national and international bands, the latest talent from Amsterdam, DJs, dance workshops, a big world market with exotic foods and a lot more.

This year the festival focuses on the theme of the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean is a crossroads of cultures and this is reflected in the music. This takes concrete shape on the two main stages where the following international bands will be playing: Natacha Atlas & The Mazeeka Ensemble, Souad Massi, Speed Caravan, Son de la Frontera and Roy Paci & Aretuska.

Roots2The Amsterdam Roots Festival is also about meeting. Not only the meeting of the countless crossovers of musical styles from all over the world on the programme. Especially Roots Open Air, our free open air part of the festival, will display a fascinating cultural panorama of music and people, where the famous and the lesser-known go hand in hand.

Check the website for more info

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!

Rembrandt at Schiphol Airport

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Leaving holland or just arrived?
At the airport in Amsterdam we have a museum behind the passport control, so if you got time to burn take a tour in the Rijks Museum at at Schiphol

Books in the Age of Rembrandt at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol

To mark the nomination of Amsterdam as World Book Capital City, the Rijksmuseum presents Books in the Age of Rembrandt at his branch at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The exhibition, running from 9 July to 13 October 2008, features books in paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. Ten pictures by various 17th-century masters reveal some of the functions and significance attached to books in the Age of Rembrandt. Uniquely, all the books portrayed in these pictures are also displayed in the exhibition. One of the highlights of the show is the portrait of Rembrandt’s Mother, entitled ‘Old Woman Reading’ (1640) by the Dutch painter Gerard Dou.

The paintings presented in Books in the Age of Rembrandt highlight ten different aspects of the genre. Together they provide an overview of the kinds of books that were available in the Low Countries in the 17th century. The variation in the significance and function of these books symbolises the relevance of the book in the Netherlands in the Golden Age, and so of Amsterdam as World Book Capital City.

Books play a crucial role in Amsterdam’s history. Books, the first mass media, made Bibles and prayerbooks accessible to the population at large long before the Golden Age. With the invention of printing in Europe in the mid-15th century and the establishment of the first press in Amsterdam in 1506 the spread of secular literature grew. The steady rise in demand for printed matter relating to various areas, such as science, politics, theory and study was matched by an increasing supply. Indeed, the book as object also became a valued and sometimes elaborately decorated item. In the Golden Age it became something of a status symbol.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol is a unique joint initiative by Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The Rijksmuseum is the world’s first museum to open a branch at an airport, while Schiphol is the first airport to open an airside museum. The museum was opened on 9 December 2002 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard, in the airside section of the airport, between piers E and F. The museum is open daily, from 7 am to 8 pm and admission is free. Schiphol Rijksmuseum features a permanent exhibition of ten works by Dutch masters of the Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. Several temporary shows are shown each year.

ING is exclusive sponsor of Schiphol Rijksmuseum.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol

Every day from 07.00 to 20.00. The museum is behind the passport control.