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


Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel (1921-2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the twentieth century. This major retrospective marks the tenth anniversary of his death.The 67 paintings, 12 sculptures and more than 60 drawings in the exhibition demonstrate that Karel Appel was more than just a member of the Cobra movement. The show also revisits Appel’s early interest in Outsider Art, his wide-ranging stylistic experiments, and his highly individual – sometimes almost abstract – interpretation of traditional genres like the nude, the portrait and the urban or rural landscape.This exhibition is a pivotal part of a wider international reappraisal of Karel Appel’s work, which will also include exhibitions in Paris, London and Washington.Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until May 16.www.gemeentemuseum.nl    More >


ZZ Top

ZZ Top

The American rock band is almost unique in holding the same line-up for more than 45 years. They bring their Hell Raisers Tour to the Netherlands for just one night.Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, June 27.www.heineken-music-hall.nl   More >


Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma

Journalist, writer and academic Ian Buruma talks about his new book, Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War.It is an account of a love sustained through the terror and separation of two world wars and the thousands of love letters sent in the darkest hours of the century.According to The New York Times Book Review, it is 'a wholly understanding, moving account of what it meant to be Jewish and English in one of the most troubled times of the last century. Buruma’s voyage into the past is a warning as well as a celebration of lost lives.'Check John Adams Institute website for location, June 29.www.john-adams.nl   More >


Introdans

Introdans

Introdans is the only Dutch dance company allowed to perform the works of the 'grand old lady' of American modern dance, Lucinda Childs. To celebrate this relationship and Childs' 75th birthday, the company performs four of the best works from her extensive repertoire: Concerto, Chairman Dances, Kilar and Canto Ostinato.Stadstheater, Arnhem, June 23, 24 and 25; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, June 29.www.introdans.nl   More >


Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

Directed by Roland Emmerich Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Travis TopeIt's been 20 years since writer-producer-director Roland Emmerich unleashed the aliens of Independence Day on the world in what became his signature style of tongue-in-cheek disaster film. In the process, he created an indelible image of the destruction of the White House.Following a series of similar efforts such as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down, he's now revisited those aliens for a very silly but highly entertaining sequel in which the plot is extremely thin but this fact is disguised by how much is going on.Apart from Will Smith, original cast members such as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner return to take on the evil invaders, supported by a host of new characters, including a female American president played by Sela Ward and the obligatory maverick pilot  played by Liam Hemsworth.Emmerick lays on the special effects at carefully calibrated intervals ensuring that, almost despite itself, the film achieves an exciting build up of tension.    More >


International Chamber Music Festival

International Chamber Music Festival

Among the international line-up of musicians for this year's festival fronted by violinist Janine Jansen (photo) are the double bass player Ying Lai Green, percussionist Paul Jussen, clarinettist Martin Fröst and the Ebonit saxophone quartet.There are also walking and cycling tours of Utrecht which take in concerts in various venues around the city.TivoliVredenburg and other venues, Utrecht, June 29 to July 3.www.kamermuziekfestival.nl   More >


The 20th Century – Mirroring Time in Ceramics

The 20th Century – Mirroring Time in Ceramics

An exhibition telling the story of the previous century in a new way, showing how ceramics can be regarded as the cultural memory of the 20th century.It seems it was no coincidence that ceramists started to use 'crater glazes' at the advent of the Space Age. In the same way, a huge quantity of ceramics with holiday scenes started appearing in the 1960s as the holiday culture emerged.The exhibition features approximately 400 ceramic objects, ranging from avant-garde to mass-produced. Many pieces have not been seen for years, because they did not fit any art historical exhibitions.The ceramic objects are complemented by objects from other fine and applied art disciplines, and include furniture, paintings, a jukebox and even an original caravan from 1960. There are also film footage and historical photographs, which locate the ceramic objects in time.Princessehof Ceramic Museum, Leeuwarden until July 3 2016.www.princessehof.nl   More >


National Opera

National Opera

Tchaikovsky composed Pique Dame during a period of termoil in his life and the result is a compelling drama full of stirring music. Director Stefan Herheim brings an exciting visualisation to this story of gambling and love which stars Misha Didyk in the main role of Herman. The conductor is Mariss Jansons.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, June 21, 24, 27, 30 and July 3.www.operaballet.nl    More >


Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw

Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw

The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw celebrates American Independence Day with a programme of classics by composers such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Irvin Berlin and George Gershwin.Among the soloists are the pianists Peter Beets and Stefano Bollani. The conductor is Dennis Makrel.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, July 4.www.concertgebouw.nl   More >


Opera Zuid

Opera Zuid

This production of Puccini's La Bohème has Héloïse Koempgen-Bramy as the tragic Mimi and Adriano Graziani as her great love Rodolfo. The director is Waut Koeken and the conductor Karel Deseure.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, July 5.www.operazuid.nl   More >


Thomas Oliemans

Thomas Oliemans

Baritone Thomas Oliemans sings liederen by Robert Schumann from varying periods of his life. For instance, Liederkreis from 1840 when Schumann was euphorically happy and Sechs Gesänge, composed ten years later when Schumann melancholic and manic.Oliemans is accompanied by Paolo Giacometti at the piano.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, July 7.www.concertgebouw.nl   More >


Neil Young

Neil Young

Legendary rocker Neil Young brings his Rebel Content tour to the Netherlands. With him is the band Promise of the Real, which includes Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. The programme includes classic hits, lesser known songs and numbers from the recent album, The Monsanto Years.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, July 9.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Night Ride

Night Ride

The annual Night Ride is a long procession of fast-moving horse-drawn carriages and carts which drive around the canal streets of Amsterdam. They range from one-horse dog carts to six-in-handers. The people who travel in them are dressed in traditional clothing, including bonnets, top hats, shawls and gaiters. Whatever is appropriate to their vehicle.The ride begins at the RAI P15 and takes in the Boelelaan and the Beethovenstraat to the Vondelpark where the carriage lamps are lit. It then proceeds along the Apollolaan and the main canals before coming to a rest at the Noordermarkt. There the horses are watered and the travellers take refreshment. The final part of the ride takes in several more main canals and the Van Baerlestraat back to P15.Amsterdam, July 9.www.hoofdstadaanspanning.nl   More >


Athletics

Athletics

Just one month before the Olympic Games in Rio, 1300 of the best European athletes from 50 countries compete for medals in 44 disciplines.Among those taking part is Dutch golden girl Dafne Schippers, who is expected to win the 200m sprint.Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, July 6 to 10.www.olympischstadion.nl  More >


Conny Janssen Danst

Conny Janssen Danst

This summer sees Conny Janssen Danst on location in the raw, industrial area of the Rotterdam Port area Four as the choreographer fulfils a long-cherished desire to play the Ferro with her dance company. The imposing building, with an impressive surface area of ​​3,500m², was a gas storage tank until 1967.In the immense circular space of the Ferro, thirteen dancers perform Courage to the specially created music of musician Maartje Teussink, who has created a soundtrack ranging from classical opera to pop.It is possible to have dinner at the site.Performances take place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.Ferro, Rotterdam Port, June 16 to July 10.www.connyjanssendanst.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.One of this year's highlights is saxophonist Kamasi Washington who plays numbers from his triple album The Epic with the strings from the Metropole Orchestra and a choir.Others appearing during the festival are guitarist Pat Metheny (photo) with bass player Ron Carter, Anthony Hamilton, Joe Bonamassa and Cécile McLorin Salvant, the jazz vocalist who won a Grammy in February for best vocal album.Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 8, 9 and 10.www.northseajazz.com  More >


World Press Photo

World Press Photo

This year's winning World Press Photo is the Australian photographer Warren Richardson's image of a baby being handed through the barbed wire along the border between Hungary and Serbia.It takes pride of place in the exhibition of other winners in various categories such as images of migrants wrapped in foil against the cold as they approach the Italian coast in a tiny boat, a married couple who get chemotherapy together hugging, a wrestling tournament in Sierra Leone and a young IS fighter being treated for burns in a Syrian hospital.Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam until July 10.www.worldpressphoto.org  More >


July Dance

July Dance

The international contemporary dance festival kicks off with No Dance, No Paradise, described as John Travolta meets The Dying Swan and in which Spanish choreographer Pere Faura (photo) touches on moments when his love for dance began. He performs the tap dance from Singin’ in the Rain and the disco dance from Saturday Night Fever, but also the contemporary dance from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas and the classical ballet of The Dying Swan.Also on the programme is Protagonist, Jefta van Dinther's second big work at the Cullborg Ballet, in which 14 dancers throw their bodies into battle in order to make a point. Also included is the singer Elias, the breakthrough music sensation in Sweden last year who scored a mega hit with his debut track Revolution.Stadsschouwburg and other locations around the Leidseplein, Amsterdam, June 30 to July 10.www.julidans.nl   More >


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The 25th Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week opens with a pop up store at the ADAM Toren where catwalk designers present and sell their collections among fashion installations and interactive experiences. Among them is Winde Rienstra (photo) with her handcrafted designs.Elsewhere young and exciting designers such as Belgian label Ilkecop show their latest designs, and several graduates from Dutch design academies chosen to show at previous Fashion Weeks return for this anniversary year.Hoxton Hotel, Transformatorhuis and other venues around Amsterdam, July 1 to 11.www.fashionweek.nl   More >


Theatre at the Cinema

Theatre at the Cinema

Pathé cinemas around the Netherlands screen plays live or semi-live from the Old and New Vic and the National Theatre in London and from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, providing the opportunity to see some of the best actors strutting their stuff on stage.Simon Godwin directs the highly expressive Paapa Essiedu (photo) in the title role of this largely black ensemble production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The focus here is less on politics than on the predicament of a prince who finds himself an outcast in his own land.Pathé cinemas, Amsterdam, and The Hague, July 14.www.pathe.nl  More >


Liza Ferschtman

Liza Ferschtman

Violinist Liza Ferschtman is the soloist for Bruch's first violin concerto. The concert by the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders also features works by Diepenbrock and Dvořák. The conductor is Antony Hermus.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, July 14.www.concertgebouw.nl   More >


Motor sport

Motor sport

 A weekend of racing with Porsche cars, including several cup races and a demonstration of historic Porsche racing cars driven by legendary drivers such as Le Mans winner Gijs van Lennep.There are also time track sessions and the chance to see the cars up close in the paddock.Circuit Park, Zandvoort, June 25 and 26.DTM touring car races return to Zandvoort with two races of the 11-race series taking place over one weekend.Circuit Park, Zandvoort, July 15 to 17.www.cpz.nl     More >


Kaag Week

Kaag Week

The Kaag Week offers races for one, two and three-man boats in classes ranging from Falcon and Rainbow to Laser and Solo. The main attraction is the team events pitting Holland against Friesland in the Rainbow.The whole fleet of participating boats sails into harbour on the evening of July 14.Harboud, Warmond. July 14 to 17.www.kwvdekaag.nl   More >


Over het IJ Festival

The summer theatre festival in Amsterdam also takes in music and art. Its centre is the NDSM shipyard and it spreads from there along the banks of the IJ river and in to Amsterdam-Noord. This year the young theatre-makers and more famous names taking part concentrate on the city of the future.It includes the sea container programme which this year features a special international programme of theatre pieces made by young European theatre-makers in the period that the Netherlands is chairman of the European Union.Head to the NDSM shipyard where guides will advise on which performances are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.NDSM shipyard, Amsterdam, July 8 to 17.www.overhetij.nl   More >


Opera in the cinema

Opera in the cinema

A series of operas shown live or semi-live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Pathé cinemas around the Netherlands.Luc Bondy's production of Puccini's Tosca has Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva and Roberto Alagna as her lover. George Gadnidze is Scarpia, the police chief who wants Tosca for himself. Riccardo Frizza conducts.Pathé cinemas in Amsterdam, The Hague, Arnhem and Maastricht, July 17 at 11 am; Rotterdam, Breda, Eindhoven, Groningen and Haarlem, July 18 at 7 pm.www.pathe.nl   More >


Gainsborough In His Own Words

Gainsborough In His Own Words

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was the dominant British portraitist of the second half of the 18th century, although he preferred painting landscapes. This first exhibition of his work in the Netherlands consists of around 30 paintings and 30 watercolours, on loan from a variety of international museums and collections.In addition, there are a number of the letters on display which Gainsborough wrote to family, friends and patrons, and which provide an intriguing look at the personality of the man.Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede until July 24.www.rijksmuseumtwente.nl   More >


Sculpture in Leiden

Sculpture in Leiden

The theme for this year's outdoor exhibition of sculpture by young artists in Leiden is Life Sciences, as the city endeavours to provide a higher profile for its Bio Science Park.The artists taking part, who include Maaike Knibbe (photo is of her No Problem), Ruben Jager and Lorenzo Quintanilla, all made visits to the Bio Science Park for inspiration before creating the sculpture on display.Hooglandse Kerkgracht, Leiden until August 7.www.beeldeninleiden.com   More >


Delft Chamber Music Festival

Delft Chamber Music Festival

Each year some of the world's best musicians gather in Delft to play chamber music in unusual combinations. The programme for this 20th edition will be on the website at the beginning of April.Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, July 28 to August 7.www.delftmusicfestival.nl   More >


Cirque Éloize

Cirque Éloize

Canada's Cirque Éloize returns to Amsterdam to reprise the show iD, a fizzing spectacle which mixes circus and urban dance to electric effect. A Chinese pole act has shades of West Side Story, contortion gets an extra edge when it meets break-dancing and a trampowall sequence is exhilarating. There's even inline skating and trial bike tricks.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, July 27 to August 7.www.carre.nl  More >


Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is one of the world's best stand-up comedians. He sells out Madison Square Gardens in New York and recently won a Grammy for his latest comedy album.He has had over 30 Emmy nominations for his tv shows and has been seen in films such as American Hustle and Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.Note: Louis C.K. has requested that tickets be sold on names so that all fans have the opportunity to buy tickets at face price.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, August 16.www.ziggodome.nl    More >


Philip Glass

Philip Glass

One of the most influential composers of the 20th century talks about his memoir, Words Without Music, a fascinating chronicle of a life spent pursuing the absolute freedom of musical expression.Philip Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience not only in the opera house and the concert hall, but also in the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously.He is known as an 'American minimalist', writing pulsating rhythms and repetitive, slowly changing harmonies with long, overarching tunes.Check the John Adams Institute website for when tickets go on sale.Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, August 20.www.john-adams.nl    More >


Royal Photos

Royal Photos

A selection of the photos taken by Vincent Mentzel (1945), formerly in-house photographer of national newspaper NRC. Mentzel photographed the royal family for over thirty years at official functions and during state visits, but also during less formal occasions.The photos date from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s when access to the royal family was much looser than it is now. Mentzel took a walk with Prince Claus during a visit to Pakistan. In China he went shopping with Princess Juliana's best friend. Such access is unthinkable these days.Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn until August 21.www.paleishetloo.nl   More >


Van Gogh Minis

Van Gogh Minis

In this exhibition, 80 contemporary artists offer a personal response to the unique imagery of the painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) by producing a miniature version in the shape of a diorama.The specific limitations and possibilities of a diorama make it an eminently suitable medium with which to study Van Gogh's work. After all, the construction of a diorama hinges on the depth perceived in the image, viewed with just one eye. This relates directly to the principal elements so characteristic of Van Gogh’s work: his use of perspective and colour.Museum of the Image, Breda until August 21.www.moti.com   More >


Crime Scenes: A Hundred Years of Photographic Evidence

Crime Scenes: A Hundred Years of Photographic Evidence

The first exhibition to show how photography has been used as visual evidence. From Alphonse Bertillon’s metrical photographs, used in early 20th century murder cases, right through to the reconstruction of drone attacks in Pakistan in 2012, Crime Scenes presents eleven case studies illustrating the use of photography as legal evidence over the past century.The case studies relate to legal cases dating from between 1900 and the present day. They concern matters such as crime, war, political history and present-day conflicts and feature issues of major humanitarian importance and/or relevance to international law. Together, they illustrate the attempts made to use photographs as legal evidence. Police photographs, records of mass graves, aerial photographs and satellite images: all have been used to identify the perpetrators or victims of crime.Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam until August 21.www.nederlandsfotomuseum.nl    More >


Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

The new summer exhibition of outdoor sculpture in The Hague focuses on Brazilian artists.  Brasil, Beleza?! offers a colourful insight into the vast land of Brazil through a selection of historical, contemporary and newly commissioned works by more than 25 Brazilian artists, many whom have never exhibited before in the Netherlands. Among them is Héctor Zamora with Bicycle (photo).The literal and most obvious translation of the Portuguese word 'beleza' is 'beauty'. However, nowadays the term is commonly used amongst youngsters and friends as a form of acknowledgement, both as a question and an affirmation. What’s up? Everything ok? Yeah, fine. All right. On social media, for example, its abbreviation “blz” is widely spread. With this new connotation in mind, the group exhibition Brasil, Beleza?! examines the current situation in Brazil which is at the height of an economic crisis and is dealing with political difficulties.Lange Voorhout, The Hague until August 21.www.beeldenaanzee.nl    More >


Living in the Amsterdam School

Living in the Amsterdam School

The architecture of the Amsterdam School is internationally renowned, but this exhibition focuses on the furniture and interiors designed by the architects, sculptors and designers of the Amsterdam School.The interiors contain expressive items of furniture made from unusual wood types, which also feature strong sculptural lines and sculpted details with beautiful, distinctive fastenings or upholstery in rich, dark hues. The upholstery fabrics also bring an extremely colourful palette to the interiors with gorgeous rugs, curtains, wall hangings, lampshades, tablecloths and daybed covers with intricate patterns in bright combinations of orange, purple, red, green, brown and/or black. Ceramics, glass designs, lamps (many with stained glass) do the same.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until August 28.www.stedelijk.nl   More >


Picasso in Holland

Picasso in Holland

In the summer of 1905, the young Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) stayed in the province of North Holland for a few weeks. He was invited to stay at the holiday home of Dutch racing driver and journalist Tom Schilperoort and while there he went on excursions to Alkmaar and Hoorn. He visited the cheese market, studied the windmills and recorded this new ‘exotic world’ in his sketch books.The exhibition includes two sketch books from the collection of the Picasso Museum in Paris, and the paintings Les trois Hollandaises from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and La belle Hollandaise from the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.Stedelijk Museum, Alkmaar until August 28.www.stedelijkmuseumalkmaar.nl   More >


Hortus Festival

Hortus Festival

This festival of classical music, which takes place in the Netherlands' most beautiful gardens, opens with music by Amy Beach, MacDowell and Griffes played by the American pianist Bobby Mitchell.Elsewhere on the programme there is music by Schumann, Chausson, Schoenberg, Listz and Mendelssohn from the Hortus String Ensemble.Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam; De Oude Hortus, Utrecht; Hortus Botanicus, Leiden; Hortus Haren, Trompenburg, Rotterdam, July 20 until August 30.www.hortusfestival.nl   More >


De Parade

De Parade

De Parade consists of a large number of colourful tents which travel the four main cities. Most of the tents offer performances of music, theatre, dance, opera and mime, while others are restaurants or cafes. Whatever the weather, the circus-like atmosphere is a real treat.And with performances taking between three and forty minutes, it's easy to fit in several each evening. Many are in Dutch, but there are a number of shows in English or without words.The programme is due for publication on May 17.Museum Park, Rotterdam, June 23 to July 3; Westbroek Park, The Hague, July 8 to 17; Moreelse Park, Utrecht, July 22 to August 7; Martin Luther King Park, Amsterdam, August 12 to 28.www.deparade.nl     More >


Robeco Summer Nights

Robeco Summer Nights

This year's summer series of concerts featuring classical, pop and jazz music includes a complete performance of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour by The Analogues, a celebration of the 4th of July by the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice played on the famous Concertgebouw organ by Leo van Doeslaar.The opening concert sees The Kyteman Orchestra join forces with the Radio Philharmonic and the Radio Choir for a jam session.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, July 1 until August 31.www.robecozomerconcerten.nl   More >


Vik Muniz: Verso

Vik Muniz: Verso

An exhibition which reveals not the fronts of world famous paintings but their backs. For this exhibition, celebrated Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has created a total of five new works based on paintings in the Mauritshuis collection to augment his existing Verso series.For Muniz, the back of every painting is unique: the holes, the metal brackets, the labels and all the other markings it acquires tell the story of its past. As the years go by the back of a painting changes. New owners make their mark. The latest processes leave an imprint.Muniz calls these 3D copies of his photos of the back of paintings Versos and the exhibition contains 15 of them, including Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon(MoMA, New York), Van Gogh's Starry Night (MoMA), Da Vinci's La Gioconda (Louvre, Paris), and from the Mauritshuis collection Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft, Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp. Mauritshuis, The Hague until September 4.www.mauritshuis.nl   More >


Early Music Festival

Early Music Festival

This year the Early Music Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, takes as its theme La Serenissima. Among those taking part in the packed programme of concerts are L’Arpeggiata, Philippe Jaroussky, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel, Collegium 1704, Vox Luminis, Ensemble Correspondances and Ghislieri Choir & Consort.The full programme will be announced on May 13.TivoliVredenburg and other venues, Utrecht, August 26 to September 4.www.oudemuziek.nl/festival  More >


Illyria Open-Air Theatre Company

Illyria Open-Air Theatre Company

The British company is noted for performing Shakespeare's plays uncut, in authentic Elizabethan style and outdoors. For this year's visit to the Netherlands they are reprising the play they performed on their first visit in 1992, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Five quick-changing, fast-running actors perform all the roles.Kersouwe Natuurtheater, Heeswijk-Dinther,  August 30;  Raadhuis de Paauw, Wassenaar, September 1 and 2; Schovenhorst Estate, Schovenhorst, September 3. Illyria also performs something for the children. This year it's Roald Dahl's Danny, The Champion of the World, in which Danny must rescue his father from the nasty local landowner Victor Hazell.Raadhuis de Paauw, Wassenaar, September 3 and 4 (matinees).www.theenglishtheatre.nl   More >


Robby Müller – Master of Light

Robby Müller – Master of Light

A large exhibition dedicated to the famous Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller, who has worked with Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier and Steve McQueen. Müller, who is internationally renowned for his pioneering camerawork and virtuoso lighting effects, has opened up his personal archive for the occasion.Among the memorable film moments from modern classics such as Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dead Man, Down by Law, Barfly, 24 Hour Party People and Paris, Texas are Björk dancing in a factory, Johnny Depp floating seawards in a canoe and Nastassja Kinski wearing a bright-red top.Large video projections highlight the visual ingenuity and emotional complexity of Müller’s images, which also features items from his private archive. Also included are interviews with Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch, who discuss their collaboration with Müller and select and talk about a number of typical Müller scenes.Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam until September 4.www.eyefilm.nl   More >


Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Nick Cave wanted to make a visual recording of his new album with the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree. But director Andrew Dominik developed it into something much deeper by interspersing the songs with interviews with Cave about the inspiration for the album: the tragic death of his 15-year-old son Arthur in July 2015.The black and white, 3D One More Time with Feeling screens in 21 cinemas around the Netherlands one day before the release of the album.Pathé, CineMec and Foroxity cinemas around the country, September 8.www.pathe.nl www.cinemec.nl www.foroxity.nl   More >


Vondel Park Festival

Vondel Park Festival

Every summer the Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival hosts a free programme of music, theatre, dance and cabaret at the open air theatre in the middle of the park. set in the beautiful open air theatre, the Vondelpark Openluchttheater, in the middle of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.Performances take place every weekend afternoon and evening, and feature established and new talent. For about 75% of the performances language is no problem.The Vondelpark Festival begins on Friday evenings with contemporary and modern dance performances. On Saturday afternoon there are theatre performances by and for children, after which Dutch talent takes to the stage for Club Vondel.On Saturday evening there is standup comedy and live music. Sunday morning there are classical performances, ranging from modern and post-modern to contemporary music. Well known Dutch artists take the stage on Sunday afternoon.Vondel Park, Amsterdam, June 5 until September 11.www.whatsupwithamsterdam.com   More >


Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson

An opportunity to experience Notion Motion, the huge installation by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.Inspired by the laws of nature, particularly the reflection of light on water, the installation is made up of three different light projections that explore the interaction between light and water. The impressive installation contains 20,562 litres of water and is made of 800 duckboard elements.It was Eliasson who had visitors lying on the floor of the Turbine Room at Tate Modern in London when his Weather Project was exhibited in 2003.Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam until September 18.www.boijmans.nl     More >


Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey

The British comedian brings his new show, Limboland, to the Netherlands and talks about the gap between how we imagine our life to be and how it really is.He recounts the hilarious saga of a disastrous family trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights. He rails against a world that doesn’t match up to our expectations and contemplates the true nature of happiness.There is also music in the form of Bill's version of the protest song, and a fabulously downbeat version of Happy Birthday.RAI, Amsterdam, September 23; 013, Tilburg, September 24.www.ticketmaster.nl    More >


The 1980s: Today’s Beginnings?

The 1980s: Today’s Beginnings?

This exhibition explores the 1980s from six European perspectives, examining the relevance of this transformative decade to today. It comprises a diverse mix of artworks, music, TV, graphic and archival material, exploring a wide set of socio-political themes through the lens of culture.The project gives space to multiple narratives and voices from different European perspectives, beginning with counter culture in the Netherlands, the Slovenian collective NSK and black art from Great Britain. There are also presentations from the Van Abbe's partners in Istanbul, Barcelona, and Madrid.Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven until September 25.www.vanabbemuseum.nl   More >


Rembrandt’s Marriage Portraits

Rembrandt’s Marriage Portraits

Earlier this year, two Rembrandt portraits of a newly wed couple were bought jointly by the Netherlands and France.Portrait of Marten Soolmans was acquired by the Dutch state for the Rijksmuseum; Portrait of Oopjen Coppit by the French republic for the Musée du Louvre.Both paintings are on display in Amsterdam for three months, prior to being restored at the Rijksmuseum.Rembrandt painted the marriage portraits of the newly-wed Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit in Amsterdam in 1634, when he was twenty-eight. The portraits, more than two metres high, remained in private hands for almost four centuries.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, July 2 until October 2.www.rijksmuseum.nl    More >


Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone

This summer's sculpture display in the gardens of the Rijksmuseum features the work of the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone (1947).It includes both older and new works, including a bronze tree carrying a solid block of granite between its branches, a tree trunk with water gushing out of it, and images drawn from the artist’s own forehead.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until October 2. Entrance is free.www.rijksmuseum.nl   More >


Hans Klok

Hans Klok

House of Horror is the completely new show from one of the world's greatest illusionists. There are new illusions, with girls disappearing and reappearing at lightning speed, and some top circus acts.And to create the right atmosphere, there are flickering candles, ghosts wandering across the stage and mist rising from beneath the stage.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, August 14 to October 2.www.onlineticketshop.nl       More >


Boxing

Boxing

Photo: Toussaint KluitersThe Ben Bril Memorial Boxing Gala is a series of fights, including a tag match, between professional international boxers.No boxers have yet been announced but the evening should be particularly memorable as it marks the 10th anniversary of this event.Ben Bril (1912-2003) was a flyweight fighter from Amsterdam who was Dutch champion eight times. In 1928 he represented the Netherlands at the Olympic Games, reaching the quarter finals.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, October 17.www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Marvel Universe Live!

Marvel Universe Live!

Around 25 Marvel characters are on stage to enact a battle for the Cosmic Cube which Thor shattered into pieces to stop it falling into the wrong hands.The good guys of the Marvel Universe such as Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man join forces to face down enemies ranging from Loki and Green Goblin to Doctor Octopus and Electro in a show full of stunts and special effects.Ahoy, Rotterdam, November 11 to 13.www.ahoy.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, November 11 to 13.www.jumpingindoormaastricht.com  More >


Gershwin Gala

Gershwin Gala

An evening of music by George and Ira Gershwin played by the New Romanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Raymond Janssen and with soloists soprano Janice Dixon, baritone Derrick Lawrence and pianist Antonii Baryshevskyi.They will be performing the Porgy & Bess Suite, Rhapsody in Blue, Girl Crazy and An American in Paris.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, November 13, 17 and 20; De Doelen, Rotterdam, November 14; De Grote Kerk, Apeldoorn, November 15; Eusebiuskerk, Arnhem, November 18; Martini Plaza, Groningen, November 19.www.tec-entertainment.com    More >


Catharine the Great: Self-Polished Diamond of the Hermitage

Catharine the Great: Self-Polished Diamond of the Hermitage

Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage in Russia, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition containing over 300 objects.At the age of fourteen, the German princess Catherine (1729–1796) was married off to the Russian tsar. She later overthrew her husband, Peter III, and claimed the throne for herself. Catherine would become the greatest tsarina of all time. She had ambitious plans to reform the whole empire and acted with great foresight. Although she encountered setbacks, her achievements were astounding.Catherine had a tremendous passion for art and contributed more than anyone else to the world’s greatest art collection. She was an enlightened despot, corresponding with Voltaire and Diderot. She added a new territory to her empire as large as France, and including the Crimea. And in all her endeavours, she had a sharp eye for talented people who could help her, such as the Orlov brothers and her most influential lover, Potemkin. She was a diamond of her own making.Hermitage, Amsterdam, June 15 until January 15 2017.www.hermitage.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 who played the role of Jesus in Norman Jewison's film version some 40 years ago and can still reach the top notes of this rock score.Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, December 14 to 17; World Forum, The Hague, December 20 to January 8; Martini Plaza, Groningen, January 18 to 22.Tickets: www.eventim.nl   More >


ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

Top international players will compete in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. No names have yet been announced, but it seems likely that 2016 surprise winner Martin Klizan will return.The tournament also offers special entertainment on Ladies' Day, Kids' Day and Family Day.Ahoy, Rotterdam, February 13 to19.www.abnamrowtt.nl  More >


Skating

Skating

The Netherlands plays host to the ISU World Cup short-track skating competition in 2017, following the growing popularity of the sport and the achievements of Sjinkie Knegt and Jorien ter Mors.Ahoy, Rotterdam, March 10 to 12 2017.www.ahoy.nl   More >


Apassionata

Apassionata

Cinema of Dreams 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.Apparently it's about two friends who get caught up in the opening of a new cinema, but it's really about the spectacle.Ahoy, Rotterdam, April 8 and 9.www.apassionata.com  More >