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


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 >


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

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


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

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 >


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 >


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 >


A Republic of Art

A Republic of Art

A Republic of Art is an exhibition about the world of visual art in the French Republic from the establishment of the FRAC system in 1982 right up to current developments in contemporary art today. The 23 FRACs were to span the entire country. Each was empowered to fund, collect and exhibit contemporary living artists from France and beyond, thus providing the whole country with a uniquely ambitious and robust support system for the production of visual art in its own time. The large-scale exhibition tells the story of art and the ambitious plans of the French state in collecting, organising and dispersing contemporary art in radically new ways. Among the exhibits are works by Daniel Buren, Carsten Höller, Gabriel Orozco, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman and Luc Tuymans. Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven until October 11. www.vanabbemuseum.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 >


Ideal Home (Woonbeurs)

Ideal Home (Woonbeurs)

Ideas for the home and garden, the latest trends and experts offering advice, demonstrations and workshops. The fair covers literally everything, from indoor and outdoor furniture, lamps and watering cans to wooden flooring and wallpaper.RAI, Amsterdam, September 29 to October 4.www.woonbeurs.nl  More >


Circus Renz

Circus Renz

Circus Renz is the Netherlands' only remaining travelling circus. It sets up its big top around the country and presents an international selection of circus acts. For this tour, they include Duo Gravity (photo), Michel Jarz and his six black Frisian stallions and Patrick Clarrison and his dogs.Of course, there are also trapeze artists, balancing acts, jugglers and clowns.Roland Holstlaan, Deventer, August 11 to 16; De Meent, Lelystad, August 18 to 23; Pettelaarse Schans, Den Bosch, September 1 to 6; Geusseltvelden, Maastricht, September 8 to 13; Karpendonkse Plas, Eindhoven, September 15 to 27; Park de Wezenlanden, Zwolle, September 29 to October 4.Tickets and full tour list: www.renz.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 >


Global Imaginations

Global Imaginations

Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden invited international artists to contribute a piece of work - existing or new - which shows their vision of our globalised world.The results range from large-scale installations and sculpture to video projections.Among the artist exhibiting are the Ghana Thinktank, which was founded in 2006 by Christopher Robbins, John Ewing and Matey Odonkor, with Monument to the Dutch (photo, 2015). Others taking part are Simryn Gill from Singapore, Mona Hatoum from Libanon and Dutch artist Marjolijn Dijkman.De Meelfabriek, Leiden until October 4.www.lakenhal.nl   More >


National Opera

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.www.operaballet.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 Dog Show

International Dog Show

Dogs from around the world gather to be judged for best in breed and for best in show. There are also stands offering advice on breeding and care and a wide range of dog-related products.MECC, Maastricht, September 26 and 27.www.mecc.nl  More >


New for Now

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 >


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.www.stoffenspektakel.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 >


Dam to Dam Run

Dam to Dam Run

The Dam to Dam Run is a 10 mile road race between Amsterdam and Zaandam.It begins on the Saturday evening when 15,000 runners take part in the five-mile Dam Run At Night through the streets of Zaandam.On Sunday, around 50,000 participants run from the start on the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam to the finish on the Peperstraat in Zaandam.In addition, 16,000 walkers and 6,000 cyclists take part in their respective events.Amsterdam and Zaandam, September 19 and 20.www.damloop.nl  More >


RotterdamseKost

A festival of the best that Rotterdam can offer in food, music and culture. Restaurants such as Bram Ladage, Las Palmas and Koekela are serving their specialities and artists ranging from Sabrina Starke to The Venga Boys are performing.Euromast Park, Rotterdam, September 17 to 20.www.rotterdamsekost.nl   More >


Amsterdam Drawing

Browse or buy your way around the 40 galleries which are showing contemporary drawings, paintings and collages on paper by young and established artists. Because works on paper are often cheaper and smaller in size than sculptures, photographs and paintings on canvas, they are ideal for new collectors and those with small homes.NDSM Wharf, Amsterdam, September 17 to 20.www.amsterdamdrawing.com   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.www.fridaynightskate.comThere are also Friday night skates in Utrecht, Tilburg and Groningen, and a Wednesday night skate in Rotterdam.  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 >