Opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, exhibitions and festivals throughout the Netherlands – specially chosen for an international audience


Music Show Scotland

Music Show Scotland

Kilts, bagpipes and nifty footwork are all on show from the pipe and drum bands in full regalia, the dancers and the solo singers who make up the cast of this Scottish show, performed in front a mock-up of a castle.Ahoy, Rotterdam, March 12.www.musicshow-scotland.com   More >


ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

Top international players will compete in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. No players have yet been announced.The tournament also offers special entertainment on Ladies' Day, Kids' Day and Family Day.Ahoy, Rotterdam, February 8 to 14.www.abnamrowtt.nl  More >


Cycling

Cycling

The Six-Day Cycle event features pairs racing for men and women, a sprint programme and races for young talents. No participants have yet been announced.Ahoy, Rotterdam, January 7 to 12.www.ahoy.nl   More >


Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

A major survey of the work of the German-British artist Tino Sehgal unfolds in 12 chapters and 12 different rooms in the Stedelijk Museum.Sehgal makes live artworks and each month there will be another work in another room, increasing in scale and culminating in the summer with 'situations' involving a larger number of participants. As summer turns to autumn, the works return to a smaller scale.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until December 31.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Italian producer and director Massimo Piparo created this stage version of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the film version. It was such a success at its original venue of the Teatro Sistina in Rome that it is now on tour.The 50-strong cast is headed by the American singer Ted Neeley as Jesus Christ.World Forum, The Hague, December 15 to 23.www.worldforum.nl   More >


Dotan

Dotan

Dotan, the Dutch singer-songwriter who began his career singing in people's front rooms, has had a meteoric rise to fame with his first album, 7 Layers from 2014. The single, Home, has become a worldwide hit and the American trade paper Billboard put Dotan at number two on its list of the Next Big Sound for 2015.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 21.Tickets on sale: February 28.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Masters of Lxry

Masters of Lxry

The fair for the very wealthy with top-of-the-range products ranging from houses, cars and boats to furs, shoes and jewellery.There are fashion shows, live music, exclusive launches, limited editions, top chefs and wine tasting.RAI, Amsterdam, December 10 to 14.www.lxry.nl  More >


David Bowie

David Bowie

The David Bowie exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year arrives in the Netherlands. With over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades from the David Bowie Archive, it provides a comprehensive look at the career of the man who has influenced music, art, design, theatre and contemporary culture for the past five decades.Groninger Museum, Groningen, December 12 until March 13 2016.There are as yet no details on when tickets will go on sale. Keep and eye on the website.www.groningermuseum.nl   More >


Madonna

Madonna

The 'Queen of Pop' brings her Rebel Heart tour to the Netherlands. The new album has been hailed by music critics as one of the best of her 30-year career.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 6.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


PAN Amsterdam

PAN Amsterdam

The annual art, antiques and design fair where all the exhibits are for sale, takes in everything from clocks and barometers to manuscripts and miniatures and from Asiatic art and Art Deco to vintage design. Around 125 galleries, art dealers and antiquarians are on hand with advise.RAI, Amsterdam, November 21 to 29.www.pan.nl  More >


Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

New York gallery owner Howard Greenberg has been collecting photographs for the past fifty years. Now a selection of 150 prints are being exhibited in Amsterdam, offering a broad overview of the history of 20th century Western photography. The collection features many iconic photos by famous photographers as well as masterpieces by less well-known artists. It represents a diversity of photographic genres and movements in Europe and America, with a focus on the New York School and the Czech modernism of the 1920 and 1930s.Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam until January 11.   More >


Carthage

Carthage

A major exhibition about the city founded around the ninth century BC by the Phoenicians and later the third-largest city in the Roman Empire. The objects on show are on loan from Tunisian museums, the Louvre, the British Museum and other institutions. They are presented in a Mediterranean setting of the ancient port and city ruins, still found on the Tunisian coast.Among the objects on show are colourful mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, tombs, jewels, glass artefacts and valueable treasures found in a shipwreck.National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden until May 10 2015.   More >


Confessions of the Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect

An exhibition looking backwards to the February Revolution of 1848 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and forward to where we go from here with the world needing a new mentality, a different perspective. It travels through modern culture and shows that art and design touch every facet of life. There is new and old work by artists such as Constant, Francesco Garcia Dory, Renzo Martens, Wendelien von Oldenborgh, Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus and Li Mu.Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven until February 22 2015.   More >


Apassionata

Apassionata

Under the Spell of the Mirror is the title of the latest show featuring fifty horses, among them Arabs, Lusitanos, Shetland ponies and Shires. They are surrounded by people, music, dance, stunts and lighting effects. What the title means gets lost in the spectacle.Ahoy, Rotterdam, November 21 (matinee and evening) and 22 (matinee). www.apassionata.com  More >


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The stage version of the popular 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret comes to the Netherlands with the original cast. The musical has won several awards since it opened in Sydney in 2006, including an Olivier and a Tony for best costume design.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 10 to 22.www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldua is one of the most versatile and influential jazz pianists of his generation, and has been compared with Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. With him are bass player Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.De Oosterpoort, Groningen, November 18; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, November 19 and 20; De Doelen, Rotterdam, November 21.www.de-oosterpoort.nl www.bimhuis.nl www.dedoelen.nl  More >


Simply Red

Simply Red

The English soul and pop band fronted by Mick Hucknall unexpectedly reformed last autumn for a 30th anniversary tour under the title Big Love.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, November 20 and 21.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Dick Bruna: Artist

Dick Bruna: Artist

The little white rabbit Miffy, which is Dick Bruna's most famous creation, is celebrating her 60th birthday and is currently hanging next to works by artists who inspired Bruna, including Matisse and Leger.The exhibition, which occupies one room at the Stedelijk Museum, also showcases Bruna's other work, including advertising posters and the book jackets that gave him his start in the art world.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until November 15.www.rijksmuseum.nl   More >


Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink returns to Amsterdam with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for three concerts featuring all four of Schumann's symphonies plus three of his concertos.Symphony nr 3, and the violin concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust.November 11.The first and fourth symphonies, and the cello concerto with soloist Gautier Capuçon.November 13.Symphony nr 2, and the piano concerto with soloist Murray Perahia.November 15.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.www.concertgebouw.nl  More >


Dancing on the Edge

Dancing on the Edge is a festival which stimulates artistic exchange with the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on theatre, dance, film, music and installations.Among this year's highlights are Black Table by the Moroccan theatre-maker Khalid BenGhrib, a hard-edged look at the power and attraction of the so-called Islamic State performed by a group of young dancers.Plastic by the Tunisian Meher Debbich Awachri is a physical portrayal of a young generation of men caught between East and West, expectation and reality, and weighed down by the feelings of the previous generation.As well as performances there are workshops, masterclasses and an art route.De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, November 4 to 8; Korzo Theater, The Hague, November 5 and 6; Het Huis, Utrecht, November 10 and 11; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, November 12 and 13; Schouwburg, Rotterdam, November 12 and 13.www.dancingontheedge.nl   More >


Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan performs a selection of songs from his Shadows In The Night which contains his favourite standards by artists such as Frank Sinatra. He will no doubt also sing some never performed songs from his most recent album.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 5, 6 and 7.www.carré.nl   More >


Love and Marriage Fair

Love and Marriage Fair

Everything you could possibly want for your wedding, from rings and dresses to catering and horse-drawn carriages. And in all styles from traditional to trendy.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, October 3 and 4; Ahoy, Rotterdam, October 24 and 25; Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, October 31 to November 1.www.trouwplannen.nl  More >


Fishing

Fishing

The European fair for fishing tackle and fishing boats covers everything from fly fishing to sea fishing, including outboard motors and wet-weather gear. There are also workshops on how to improve your casting technique.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, October 30 to November 1.www.jaarbeursutrecht.nl   More >


Open European Quilt Championships

Open European Quilt Championships

This festival of quilting presents the quilts in competition and a number of guest collections from around Europe.There is also a fair where quilt shops offer all the necessary materials and equipment for quilting.You can also make a small piece or learn a specific technique during the workshops.MECC, Maastricht, October 29 to November 1.www.mecc.nl   More >


Show jumping

Show jumping

Jumping Indoor Maastricht is a three-day event where top international riders compete for a series of prizes in jumping and dressage.There is also a jumping competition for ponies and a Shetland mini-steeple chase.Check the website for news of who is taking part.MECC, Maastricht, October 30 to November 1.www.jumpingindoormaastricht.com  More >


Affordable Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair

The perfect event for anyone wanting to start an art collection. Around 65 galleries offer contemporary art by relatively unknown artists whose names do not yet carry a premium for reputation.This means the works on display are affordable for the new collector. Prices range from €100 to €6,000.There are also artist-led workshops where you can make your own masterpiece.Kromhouthal, Amsterdam, October 29 to November 1.www.affordableartfair.com   More >


Modern Times

Modern Times

Around 400 images from the Rijksmuseum's collection of 20th century photos are on display in the newly refurbished Philip's Wing. They include rare works by the likes of Bassaii, Ed van Elsken, Lewis Hine, William Klein and Man Ray.Also included is Eadward Muybridge's famous Horse In Action from 1886, which disproved the long-held idea that a galloping horse always has one foot on the ground.There are also portraits of Hollywood stars such as Joan Crawford captured by Edward Steichen in 1931, and images of city life by photographers such as Grant W Pullis.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until January 11.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >


H.N. Werkman: Life & Work

H.N. Werkman: Life & Work

Groningen printer and artist HN Workman (1882-1945) was executed just before the end of World War II on April 10 1945 by a Nazi firing squad. The reason for his death has not yet been established.This major retrospective presents his prints and paintings, experimental printed matter and his work for De Blauwe Schuit magazine during the war. It shows his development as an artist and how he brought his own ideas to the terms Abstract and Figurative.There are also letters, portraits, photos and family prints showing the times in which he lived.Groninger Museum, Groningen until November 1.www.groningermuseum.nl  More >


Oranjezaal at Huis ten Bosch

Oranjezaal at Huis ten Bosch

The imposing reception room at Huis ten Bosch, known as the Oranjezaal, is completely surrounded on walls and ceiling with paintings made between 1648 and 1652.Twelve Dutch artists were invited to contribute to this unique art collection, including Jacob van Campen, by Amalia van Solms who wanted to honour the memory of her late husband, the stadhouder Frederik Hendrik.The room is part of the Huis ten Bosch palace which is currently undergoing renovations before becoming a home for King Willem-Alexander and his family. Visits are accompanied by a guide.Tickets for the first two weeks of the exhibition are sold out but tickets for later dates go on sale on September 7.Huis ten Bosch, The Hague, September 7 until November 1.http://denhaag.com/nl/event/36225/oranjezaal-openstelling  More >


Friday Night Skate

Friday Night Skate

The Bretten Lichtjes Skate heads from the Amsterdam Vondel Park to the large green area in West known as Bretten.Small lights (lichtjes) can be bought at the start of the trip and at the council offices in West where the procession of skaters makes an extra stop.Vondel Park, Amsterdam, September 19.If it rains, the Skate will be postponed until September 26.The Halloween Skate welcomes witches, warlocks, zombies, vampires and werewolves. The aim is to frighten innocent passersby.Vondel Park, Amsterdam, October 31.www.fridaynightskate.comThere are also Friday night skates in Utrecht, Tilburg and Groningen, and a Wednesday night skate in Rotterdam.  More >


Hamlet

Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy, directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) for a 12-week run at the Barbican in London.The general feeling of the English reviewers is that Cumberbatch makes an excellent job of the title role but that the production itself is rather second-rate.Pathé Cinemas, Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen (also October 15), Rotterdam (also October 15), Amersfoort, Delft, Haarlem and Eindhoven, October 29.www.pathe.nl   More >


Materials Fair

Materials Fair

Around 170 stands display the latest patterns and colours in a wide variety of different materials ranging from leather to lace. You can use them for dress-making, curtains, linings, recovering furniture and hobbies. There are also accessories ranging from scissors to sewing-machines and demonstrations.Beursgebouw, Eindhoven, September 20; WTC Expo, Leeuwarden, September 25; Ahoy, Rotterdam, October 9; Martinihal, Groningen, October 14; Americahal, Apeldoorn, October 28.www.stoffenspektakel.nl  More >


Lego World

Lego World

The biggest Lego show in the world has millions of bricks, life-size constructions, and building competitions and other activities for the whole family.According to the publicity, the newest product, Lego Ninjago, is available - and for the girls there is Lego Friends. We can only hope girls are welcome at Ninjago, and vice versa!Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, October 21 to 27.www.legoworld.nl   More >


Randy Newman

Randy Newman

The American singer-songwriter has written countless songs turned into hits by other artists. Think of I Think It's Going To Rain Today, Mama Told Me Not To Come and You Can Leave Your Hat On.Newman is the winner of six Grammys and three Emmys. He has amassed 20 Oscar nominations for his film music and won twice for Best Original Song: for If I Didn't Have You from Monsters, Inc. and We Belong Together from Toy Story 3.De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, October 11; Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, October 19; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 20; TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, October 22; De Oosterpoort, Groningen, October 23.www.mojo.nl  More >


Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen

The American novelist talks about his latest novel, Purity.It is the story of a young girl named Pip (born Purity) Tyler who goes in search of her unknown father. Written with 'conversational, enormously intelligent prose that wears its subtlety and precision lightly', according to a review by The Guardian, the novel takes the reader from California to Bolivia and Germany, following a cast of vividly original characters.De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, October 19.www.john-adams.nl   More >


Marathon running

Marathon running

The Eindhoven Marathon begins on the Mathildelaan in the city centre and takes in all the major surrounding areas, including the Philips Stadion, Strijp-S, Lichtnaald, Evoluon, Hovenring and the High Tech Campus.The finish is on the Vestdijk.Eindhoven, October 11.www.marathoneindhoven.nlThe Amsterdam Marathon attracts some of the world's best runners. This year they include Wilson Chebet, Bernard Kipyego, Tsegaye Mekonnen and Jonathan Maiyo. The start and finish are in the Olympic Stadium and the route takes in the Rijksmuseum, the Vondelpark and the Amstel Hotel.Other runs also take place with different start locations.Amsterdam, October 18.www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl  More >


Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

One of the world's most important and influential festivals for electronic music, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, takes place over five days in more than 90 locations. At least 2,000 artists from around the world are expected.The ADE features the newest musical trends, promising new talent and the most recent work by pioneers and stars. Among those due to perform are Four Tet, Marcel Dettman and Joy Orbison.During the day there are exhibitions, pop-up stores, shop promotions and film screenings.Keep an eye on the website for programme announcements.Various venues, Amsterdam, October 14 to 18.www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl    More >


Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende

Photo: Lori BarraIsabel Allende discusses her latest novel, The Japanese Lover, a multi-generational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.It shows the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits. Schouwburg, The Hague, October 18.www.borderkitchen.nl   More >


Human Rights

Human Rights

A series of lectures exploring the significance of human rights in a globalising world and showing how they are increasingly becoming an instrument for challenging the negative side-effects of globalisation.The speakers are from the International and European Law faculty of Maastricht University.Bonnefantenstraat 2, Maastricht.Children's rights: new concepts and latest research September 16.Access to medicine September 23.Independence referendums and international law September 30.Poverty as a human rights violation October 7.The killing of death: the violence of genocide denial October 14.www.sg.unimaas.nl   More >


Football

Football

The Netherlands versus Iceland in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, September 3.The Netherlands versus the Czech Republic in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, October 13.www.amsterdamarena.nl    More >