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 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

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, 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 >


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 brings her spectacular Rebel Heart tour to the Netherlands.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 5.Tickets on sale March 9.www.ziggodome.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 >


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

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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 2000 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.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.a-d-e.nl    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 Barbicon in London.The production will be shown in cinemas in the Netherlands in the autumn.Pathé Cinemas, Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Rotterdam, October 15.www.pathe.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 >


Joan Miró Sculptures

Joan Miró Sculptures

Around 20 sculptures by the Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) form the subject of this year's summer exhibition in the gardens of the Rijksmuseum. They are on loan from international museums and private collectors. The Mirós are scattered around among the formal garden styles, old fragments of buildings, lawns and ponds of the gardens, which offer free entry to visitors.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until October 11.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >


Volleyball

Volleyball

The European Volleyball Championship for women takes place in three Dutch cities and Antwerp. Sixteen countries, including the Netherlands, compete for the title in this competition, which is held every two years.Ahoy, Rotterdam; Indoor Sport Centrum, Eindhoven; Omnisport, Apeldoorn; Lotto Arena, Antwerp, September 26 to October 4.www.eurovolley2015.eu  More >


National Opera

This season the National Opera is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a new production of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, the first opera it performed when it was founded in 1946.The young director Jan Philipp Gloger brings this comedy about rich and poor, young and old set in Vienna into the 21st century, with a cast which includes Camilla Nylund, Peter Rose, Paula Murrihy, Martin Gantner, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Irmgard Vilsmaier. The conductor is Marc Albrecht.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, September 5, 9, 13 (matinee), 16, 19, 24, 27 (matinee) and 30.Tickets on sale June 5.www.operaballet.nl   More >


New for Now

A major retrospective of the Rijksmuseum's rich collection of costume and fashion prints showing the change in women's and men's fashion from the year 1600 up to and including the first half of the 20th century. The 300 prints trace the development of the fashion magazine into the fashion glossies of the present era.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until September 27.www.rijksmuseum.nl   More >


National Tattoo

National Tattoo

Military music from an international line-up of marching bands, which include the Netherlands Police Orchestra, the Band of the Polish Border Guards and the Canadian Delta Police Pipe Band. There are also bands featuring hunting horns.The emphasis this year is on the drum, both traditional and modern drumming, with special guests Cesar Zuidenwijk, drummer with the Golden Earring, and percussion group Percossa.This year's event celebrates 70 years of liberation after World War II, 200 years of the military Willems Order and 350 years of the Netherlands Marine Corp.Ahoy, Rotterdam, September 25 to 28.www.nationaletaptoe.nl     More >


International Sculpture Route

International Sculpture Route

ArtZuid is the annual international outdoor sculpture exhibition. The selected works are erected along the wide and leafy avenues of the south of Amsterdam, an area planned by the architect HP Berlage nearly one hundred years ago.This year's selection was made by Rudi Fuchs, former director of Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, and includes works by Georg Baselitz (photo), AR Penck, Markus Lüpertz, Thomas Schütte and Tony Cragg.Apollolaan and other streets, Amsterdam until September 22.www.artzuid.com    More >


Laurel & Hardy

Laurel & Hardy

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Stan Laurel's birth, Pathé is arranging an afternoon of Laurel & Hardy films. They have been chosen by Dutch stars. Paul de Leeuw chose Liberty; Carice van Houten selected Blotto; Freek de Jonge asked for County Hospital; and André van Duin went for Way Out West.Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam, September 19 from 12.15 pm.www.pathe.nl   More >


Rembrandt? The Case of Saul and David

Rembrandt? The Case of Saul and David

After eight years of research, the painting The Case of Saul and David has been fully attributed to Rembrandt and forms the centrepiece of this exhibition.The painting was bought in 1898 by Mauritshuis director Abraham Bredius who left it to the museum when he died in 1946. Bredius never doubted this was a Rembrandt painting, but when the painter’s works were reassessed in the 1960s and 1970s, Saul and David was rejected as a genuine Rembrandt by Rembrandt specialist Horst Gerson.Since then opinions about its provenance have been divided. Was it a Rembrandt, done by one of his pupils or perhaps a joint work?In order to answer the question once and for all, the Mauritshuis brought together an international team of experts to research and restore Saul and David. The painting has now been declared a genuine Rembrandt and is now on display together with films and photos showing the research methods and the restoration.Mauritshuis, The Hague until September 13.www.mauritshuis.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 >


Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange

The 235 photographs on display are from the popular Dutch weekly magazine Het Leven, published between 1906 and 1941. They were taken by mainly anonymous photographers and are a record of the petite histoire of the day. There are images of rhythmic gymnastics in Germany in 1931 and of ocular gymnastics in 1937 (photo), and much more.Huis Marseille, Amsterdam until September 6.www.huismarseille.nl  More >


Early Music Festival

Early Music Festival

This year the festival takes as its theme England, My England with a focus on the Renaissance and early Baroque.  There will be series around Tudor polyfony (Sheppard, Taverner, Tye), Elizabethan virginalists (Bull, Gibbons, Farnaby, Byrd) and consort music (Lawes, Jenkins and Tomkins).Of course Henry Purcell plays an important role with performances of Funeral Sentences, King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas. There is also music by Handel's lesser-known contemporaries such as Bononcini, Avison and Boyce.The French-Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis of Lionel Meunier will be artist-in-residence. Other guests this year include L'Arpeggiata, Gabrieli Consort, Gli Angeli Genève, Capriccio Stravagante, Dunedin Consort and La Risonanza.TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht and other venues, Utrecht, August 28 to September 6.www.oudemuziek.nl  More >


Amsterdam Jazz Festival

The Amsterdam Jazz Festival takes over the whole of the ArenA, with a stage on the field and activities in the sky boxes and other rooms. Artists announced so far include saxophonist Hans Dulfer who is celebrating his 75th birthday and 60-year career, saxophonist Candy Dulfer, Herman Benjamin and New Cool Collective and the Cameroon saxophonist and vibraphone player Manu Dibango.ArenA, Amsterdam, September 6.www.amsterdamjazzfestival.info   More >


Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

The Bos Theater and the Noord Nederlands Toneel have joined forces for this summer's production in the amphitheatre in the Amsterdam Bos. They present a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Benedick and Beatrice, Claudio and Hero sort out their misunderstandings on a deserted car park where a van selling french fries provides the only comfort.The production is in Dutch but the story is so well-known and the surroundings of tall trees so beguiling, it is worth a visit. There is also lots of music by Eef van Been and four other musicians.If the weather is dodgy, check the website to find out if the performance is going ahead.Bos Theater, Amsterdam, July 21 to September 5.www.bostheater.nl  More >


TC Boyle

TC Boyle

TC Boyle, one of America's most important contemporary authors, talks about his new book, The Harder They Come. It is the story of the troubled Adam, son of a Vietnam veteran, who collects weapons, sleeps in the wilderness, grows poppies and never leaves the house without his night vision goggles. It is a novel about the need for total independence and a thirst for violence and shows an American society that is fraying at the edges.Boyle won the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best book of the year for World's End (1988) and the PEN/Malamud Prize for his short stories.Theater aan het Spui, The Hague, September 9.www.borderkitchen.nl  More >


Swinging Sixties London: Photography in the Capital of Cool

Swinging Sixties London: Photography in the Capital of Cool

Photo: Traffic, 1960, Norman ParkinsonPhotographs by Terence Donovan, Brian Duffy, Norman Parkinson, John Hopkins, James Barnor, John Cowan, Eric Swayne and Philip Townsend capturing the atmosphere of the 1960s in London.It was the decade in which London became the international epicentre for style, culture and fashion. Time Magazine devoted an entire issue to the city in April 1966, in which journalist Piri Halasz wrote: Ancient elegance and new opulence are all tangled up in a dazzling blur of op and pop.Foam, Amsterdam until September 2.www.foam.org   More >


Sculpture The Hague

This year's outdoor exhibition of sculpture in The Hague features contemporary Belgian artists whose work is on display under the trees of one of the city's central squares.Other artists' work - 35 Belgian artists are taking part - is indoors at the sculpture museum in Scheveningen.Among the participants are Jan Fabre, Jan De Cock, Wim Delvoye and Caroline Coolen.Lange Voorhout, The Hague until August 30. Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen until October 25.www.beeldenaanzee.nl   More >


Uitmarkt

The new cultural season opens with the annual Uitmarkt where opera companies, choirs, orchestras, theatre and dance companies, museums and many more offer information about their forthcoming performances and exhibitions. There are also tasters in the form of indoor and outdoor performances.Museumplein, Amsterdam, August 28 to 30.www.uitmarkt.nl   More >


Motor sport

The DTM Days include DTM races, FIA European F3 Championship heats and the Supercar Challenge for SuperGTs, GTs and GTBs.Circuit, Zandvoort, July 10 to 12.www.circuit-zandvoort.nlThe National Old Timers Festival features a wide selection of classic and vintage racing and sports cars which can be admired in the paddock or on the track during the demonstrations. The day also includes one paddock full of old and new Porsches and one with the best of British racing cars.Circuit, Zandvoort, August 2.www.circuit-zandvoort.nlThe Historic Grand Prix provides an opportunity to admire vintage and classic F1, Group C and sports cars in the paddocks, and to watch them racing around the track.Circuit, Zandvoort, August 28 to 30.www.circuit-zandvoort.nl    More >


O Muse!

O Muse!

The summer exhibition O MUSE! focuses on the men and women who were an important source of inspiration for Dutch artists from 1850 onwards. Paintings, photographs, video works and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries are on display, complemented by notable contemporary examples.The works highlight different sources of inspiration: lovers, nude models, colleagues, writers, biblical characters, doppelgängers and stage stars.Among the exhibits are works by artists ranging from Kees van Dongen, Isaac Israels, Jan Sluijters and Carel Willink to Gijs Frieling, Pavèl van Houten and Manon de Boer.De Hallen, Haarlem until August 30.www.dehallen.nl    More >


Beautiful Holland

Beautiful Holland

The Hague School paintings of the late 19th century are full of traditional Dutch scenes of grazing cattle, windmills and billowing white clouds. These images still determine the way the Netherlands is seen. This major exhibition features over 100 paintings by such artists as Weissenbruch (photo), Mesdag and Gabriël Mauve, including many which are on loan from Japanese collections.Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until August 30.www.gemeentemuseum.nl   More >