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


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 the first can be seen in the room containing late 19th century art. A dancer lies on the floor moving slowly, as if he's just woken up. This work is called Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing Bruce and Dan and other things was made in 2000. It references the work of the conceptual artists Bruce Nauman and Dan Graham. Each month there will be another work in another room, increasing in scale and culminating in the summer in '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 >


Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel

The American singer and poet gives one concert in the Netherlands. Still best known as one half of Simon and Garfunkel with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel has won six Grammys for his solo and collaborative work.   Philharmonie, Haarlem, March 12 2015. www.onlineticketshop.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 >


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

A major retrospective on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), one of the 20th century's most significant and influential reformers. Steiner served as a source of inspiration for some artistic giants, including Piet Mondriaan, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Beuys, and for contemporary artists and designers such as Olafur Eliasson and Konstantin Grcic. The exhibition presents an extensive collection of furniture, models and blackboard drawings. Kunsthal, Rotterdam until January 11 2015.    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 >


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 >


U2

U2

U2 have added two dates to the Netherlands leg of their tour when they will be performing numbers from Songs of Innocence, their 13th studio album. Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, September 12 and 13. www.ziggodome.nl  More >


North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's foremost jazz festivals also features music ranging from blues to salsa with a line-up of international singers and instrumentalists. Already announced for the 2015 edition are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 10, 11 and 12. www.northseajazz.com  More >


Tour de France: Grand Départ

Tour de France: Grand Départ

The 2015 edition of the Tour de France cycling race begins in Utrecht when the riders arrive in the city on July 2 and are presented in the Lepelburg park. On July 4 there are individual time trials. July 5 sees the seconed stage of the race from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans in Zeeland via Rotterdam. Full details of the route are on the website. Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, July 1 to 5. www.routetourdefrance.nl  More >


Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond sings old favourites such as Red, Red Wine and Sweet Caroline as well as more recent songs. Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, June 25 and 27. www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Oerol Festival

This annual festival takes over the island of Terschelling and presents theatre in its widest meaning, outdoors in its woods and fields and on its sand dunes and golden beaches, and indoors in its barns and cafés. It also includes dance, visual art and music. All the performances are created specially or adapted to the location. Terschelling, June   More >


Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race, the round the world yacht race which began on October 4 2014, makes a 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague before departing for the final stage to Göteborg for the finish on June 27. For the first time in its history, this 12th edition of the race, which has nine stages, sees all seven competing teams sailing in the same class of boat: the Volvo Ocean 65. Derde Haven, The Hague, June 19 and 20. www.volvooceanrace.com/en/ports/38_The-Hague.html  More >


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

The complete original line-up is back together for On With The Show, which is their final tour. Expect songs from their best-selling album Rumours and more. Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 31 and June 1. www.ziggodome.nl  More >


National Opera

Hector Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini is directed by film-maker Terry Gilliam and conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Berlioz's first opera was inspired by the memoirs of the 16th century Florentine sculptor Cellini as he casts his statue of Perseus, commissioned for Pope Clemens VII. The opera is rarely performed because of its technical difficulty. John Osborn takes on the title role, with Laurent Naouri as his rival Fieramosca. The Rotterdam Philharmonic is joined by the National Opera choir. It is performed in French with Dutch and English surtitles. Muziektheater, Amsterdam, May 9, 12, 15, 18, 25 (matinee), 28 and 31 (matinee). www.operaballet.nl   More >


Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

The American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande, who shot to fame in the tv show Victorious, is on her first world tour promoting her second studio album, My Everything. The album has already provided three top hits: Problem, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, Break Free and Love Me Harder. Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 29. www.ziggodome.nl  More >


BMX Supercross

BMX Supercross

The second round of the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup takes place in Papendal, the favourite venue of this event for many riders. It follows the opening round in Manchester in April and comes ahead of races in Sweden, Argentina and the United States. Olympic Training Center, Papendal, Arnhem, May 9 and 10. www.bmxholland.com  More >


Rotterdam Marathon

Rotterdam Marathon

Top international runners are joined by thousands of amateurs and watched by an enthusiastic crowd of over 900,000 as they run from the Coolsingel and around the city centre. There is also a quarter marathon, a mini-marathon, a kids run and a business run. Coolsingel, Rotterdam, April 12. www.marathonrotterdam.nl  More >


Football

Football

The Netherlands national football team are up against Turkey in a European Cup qualifying match. The Dutch are currently third in Group A, behind the Czech Republic and Iceland. ArenA, Amsterdam, March 28. www.amsterdamarena.nl The Dutch take on Spain in a friendly. ArenA, Amsterdam, March 31. www.amsterdamarena.nl  More >


St John Passion

St John Passion

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is joined by the Netherlands Chamber Choir under the baton of Richard Egarr for two performances of Bach's John Passion. Among the soloists are Andrew Foster-Williams, Carolyn Sampson and Christopher Purves.   Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, March 27 and 29 (matinee). www.nederlandskamerkoor.nl    More >


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 28. www.musicshow-scotland.com    More >


Romantic Fashions

Romantic Fashions

This major exhibition of 19th century fashion features rustling silk, wonderful embroidery, frills, flounces, vast crinolines and sharply tailored suits for dandies. In short, the costumes from the time of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Downton Abbey. In addition to entire costumes, the show also includes glamorous accessories, tightly laced corsets and original fashion prints and photographs. The inclusion of contemporary creations shows how the 19th century still influences life today. Famous examples include the magnificent embroidery of Jan Taminiau, the dandyism of Vivienne Westwood and the romanticism of Jean Paul Gaultier. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until March 22 2015. www.gemeentemuseum.nl    More >


TEFAF

TEFAF

The European Fine Art Fair is one of the world's most prestigious art and antique fairs. It is certainly the largest and has the strictest system for ensuring the objects on offer are of the highest quality. It offers Old Master paintings, sculpture and furniture from all periods, modern and contemporary art, classical antiquities and Asian art. Newer sections cover 20th century design and applied arts and drawings and limited edition prints, antiquarian books and manuscripts and even wallpaper. MECC, Maastricht, March 13 to 22. www.tefaf.com  More >


Paul Simon and Sting

Paul Simon and Sting

Old friends Paul Simon and Sting bring their On Stage Together Tour to the Netherlands. They will sing songs such as Boy In The Bubble and Every Breath You Take together or solo. Ziggo Dome, March 22. www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Nacho Carbonell & Maartje Korstanje

Nacho Carbonell & Maartje Korstanje

A joint exhibition by two young artists who create organic forms in rough textures. The Spanish Nacho Carbonell's creations are tactile organic sculptures, such as large hairy cocoons resting on chairs or ladders. The Dutch Maartje Korstanje makes monstrous forms out of cardboard forced into shape with rope and plastic. Groninger Museum, Groningen until March 22. www.groningermuseum.nl  More >


Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Widely considered the world's best blues and rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa plays numbers from his latest studio album, Different Shades of Blue. Theater Carré, Amsterdam, March 10 to 15. www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Hiswa

Hiswa

The annual boat show presents hundreds of boats and thousands of nautical accessories. There is a DIY pavilion for maintenance and a series of fashion shows. A water fun zone offers demonstrations by professional sailors and canoeists. RAI, Amsterdam, March 11 to 15. www.hiswarai.nl   More >


Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

The figurative works of the Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), which he made during the final years of his life, are relatively unknown because most of them went to the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg after his death. Sixty of these paintings with their theme of agricultural life are now on loan for this exhibition. Also on display is The Black Square (1913), considered one of the most important works in art history, a self portrait from 1933, his death mask and hand, and a series of costumes and design drawings for the avant-garde opera Victory Over The Sun which was performed in St Petersburg in 1913. Drents Museum, Assen until March 15 2015. www.drentsmuseum.nl  More >


Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

An American production of George Gershwin's brilliant folk opera about the impossible love of the crippled Porgy for the flighty Bess. Chasse Theater, Breda, February 27, 28 and March 1; Rai Theater, Amsterdam, March 3 to 14. www.chasse.nl www.raitheater.nl        More >


Myths in Forensic Psychology

Myths in Forensic Psychology

Myths - for instance that we only use 10% of our brain - can have a dramatic consequence when they enter the forensic context. In this series, experts from the forensic Psychology department at Maastricht University will talk about myths that frequently appear in the legal arena. Among them are the question of whether people can truly repress memories and whether psychopaths are really untreatable. The Myth of Repressed Memory with Linsey Raymaekers February 5 Spotting the Liar: distinguishing fact from fiction with Ewout Meijer February 12 Memory Myths in the Forensic Arena with Henry Otgaar February 26 Fabricated Illness: nothing but a minor hurdle? with Isabella Niesten March 5 Treating the Untreatable: can psychopaths change? with Professor David Bernstein March 12 Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat, Maastricht. www.sg.unimaas.nl  More >


Katy Perry

Katy Perry

The American pop queen brings her Prismatic World Tour to the Netherlands. She will be singing numbers from the Prism album such as the feline Roar, the rap of Dark Horse, the disco Birthday and moodier songs such as Unconditionally.   Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, March 9 2015. www.ziggodome.nl    More >


Netherlands Bach Society

Netherlands Bach Society

Works by JS Bach and Johann Pachelbel on the theme Was Gott tut, das ist wohigetan (What God does is good). The conductor is Jos van Veldhoven and soloists are Hannah Morrison, Carlos Mena, Charles Daniels and Peter Kooij. Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, February 5; Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, February 6; Grote Kerk, Naarden, February 7; TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, February 8. Music by Rameau and JS Bach played by violinist Shunske Sato, traverso player Marten Root, viola de gamba player Mieneke van der Velden and harpsichordist Benjamin Alard. Sint Janskerk, Maastricht, February 26; Burgwalkerk, Kampen, February 27; Concertzaal, Tilburg, March 6. www.bachvereniging.nl  More >


Conny Janssen Danst

Inside Out is the latest work by choreographer Conny Janssen and is inspired by the role of the individual in the complexity of the masses. It is danced by 13 dancers both young talents and well-known faces. The music is from the Rotterdam singer-songwriter IET (nominated for the Radio 6 Soul & Jazz Award), multi-instrumentalist Budy Mokoginta, cellist Jonas Pap from the Red Limo string quartet and keyboard player Pieter de Graaf from the Kyteman Orchestra. They are working together for the first time and have composed new music inspired by themes from Bach. Schouwburg, Rotterdam, February 4, 5 and 6; De Meervaart, Amsterdam, February 20; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, February 21 and 22; Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, February 26; Schouwburg, Arnhem, February 27; Chassé Theater, Breda, March 5. www.connyjanssendanst.nl   More >


Scapino Ballet

Scapino Ballet

Songs for Drella is a fascinating portrait of the artist Andy Warhol choreographed by Ed Wubbe and Marco Goecke in 2011 and now updated with the use of new multi-media technology. Wubbe and Goecke were inspired by the farewell concert given by Lou Reed and John Cale following the death of their friend. The title comes from Warhol's fickle character which earned him the nickname Drella, a combination of Dracula and Cinderella. The two choreographers combine their very different styles - the flowing movements of Wubbe and the staccato dance of Goecke - to show life in Warhol's The Factory, the epicentre of New York avant-garde in the 1960s. Schouwburg, Rotterdam, February 11, 12, 13 and 14; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, February 18; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, March 3 and 4. www.scapinoballet.nl    More >


Netherlands Chamber Choir

The Netherlands Chamber Choir is joined by that other great choir, Capella Amsterdam, for the programme In American Circles which includes Samuel Barber's Reincarnations and David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion. The conductor is Daniel Reuss. Stadsschouwburg, Heerlen, February 20; Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague, February 22 (matinee); De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, February 25; Pieterskerk, Utrecht, February 27; Grote Kerk, Enschede, February 28; Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, March 1 (matinee); Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, March 4. www.nederlandskamerkoor.nl   More >


National Opera

National Opera

Rossini wrote Il viaggio a Reims to celebrate the coronation of Charles X in Reims in 1825, ensuring parts for the big stars of the time. A group of aristocrats and officers gather for the journey to Reims but never get underway and decide to hold their own party instead. It is conducted by Stefano Montanari and directed by Damiano Michieletto. Among the singers are Eleonora Buratto, Roberto Taglianvini and Anna Goryachova. Muziektheater, Amsterdam, February 3, 5 and 8 (matinee). A short series featuring two operas by Handel, directed by Pierre Audi, conducted by Christophe Rousset and with sets and costumes designed by Patrick Kinmonth. Tamerlano and Alcina are both romantic dramas, are performed in 18th century style and feature effects such as cloud machines and people who change into animals. Tamerlano has lighting - reminiscent of candle light - by Matthew Richardson. Christophe Dumaux is Tamerlano, with Jeremy Ovenden as Bajazet and Sophie Karthäuser as Asteria. Alcina is lit by Peter van Praet, with Sandrine Piau in the title role and Maite Beaumont as Ruggiero. Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam. Tamerlano: February 24, 26 and 28. Alcina: February 25, 27, March 1 (matinee). www.operaballet.nl    More >


Netherlands Philharmonic

Netherlands Philharmonic

Symphonic Cinema is a series of films made by Lucas van Woerkum in which he provides images for a particular piece of music. In this concert the music is The Firebird by Stravinsky. Van Woerkum sits with the orchestra where he can adapt the speed of the film to the tempo of the orchestra. The conductor is Pablo González. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, January 31 and February 3. Vadim Gluzman is the soloist for Glazunov's beautiful violin concerto. Also on the programme are Borodin's overture Prince Igor and Dvorák's symphony nr 8. The conductor is Mei-Ann Chen. Philharmonie, Haarlem, February 7; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 9 and 10. Shostakovich's violin concerto nr 1 with soloist Christian Tetzlaff, and Tchaikovsky's syphony nr 6, the Pathétique. The conductor is Marc Albrecht. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 21, 22 (matinee) and 24. Isabelle van Keulen is the soloist for Mozart's violin concerto nr3. Also on the programme is Bruckner's symphony nr 2 in the version from 1877. The conductor is Mario Venzago. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 28 and March 1 (matinee). www.orkest.nl  More >


Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

The spectacular and artistic circus company returns to the Netherlands with the show Quidam. It is the story of a bored young girl who's imagination takes her into a wonderous world and the characters she meets there. But it's really about the high quality of the acrobats, clowns, dancers and singers, and the amazing lighting and costumes. Ahoy, Rotterdam, February 27 to March 1 2015. www.cirquedusoleil.com  More >


Giants of the Ice Age

Giants of the Ice Age

An exhibition which brings you face-to-face with the giant mammoth and the saber-toothed cat and explores what life was like for Neanderthals 30,000 years ago. It includes skeletons, fossils and replicas of the mammoth, saber-toothed tiger, wolly rhinoceros, cave bear and cave lion. For instance, there is a wolly mammoth skeleton reassembled from 215 original bones and a baby mammoth which died trapped in a muddy river bank. There are also photos, sculptures and images of pre-historic art. Amsterdam Expo, Amsterdam until March 1 2015. www.amsterdamexpo.nl  More >


Household Fair

Household Fair

The Dutch version of the Ideal Home Exhibition with added fashion, health and beauty. Here you will find everything you could possibly want to improve your interior design, to fill your free time and to create delicious meals. RAI, Amsterdam, February 21 to March 1. www.huishoudbeurs.nl   More >