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 >


Netherlands Chamber Choir

Netherlands Chamber Choir

Shakespeare's The Tempest gets a new treatment by composer Robert Zuidam, with text by Spinvis, and narration and solo voice by Hadewych Minis. Also on the programme are Ralph Vaughan Williams' Three Shakespeare Songs and Frank Martin's Songs of Ariel. The conductor is Manoj Kamps.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 24; Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, May 25.www.nederlandskamerkoor.nl   More >


Angles 9

Angles 9

Swedish alto saxophonist Martin Küchen keeps adding members to his Angles ensemble, which draws comparisons with the lively big bands of Charles Mingus, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden.The music is strong and simple, emotionally charged and intense, and performed by musicians who can improvise at a high level. Alongside jazz , the nine-piece ensemble takes inspiration from folk music from Sweden, West Africa and the Balkans.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 26.www.bimhuis.nl    More >


How Data Will Determine The Next President

How Data Will Determine The Next President

As the United States ramps up for the Presidential election, big data and social data are playing an increasingly important role.Social data drove the 2008 presidential election and big data drove the 2012 election.Data-analyst Timothy Prescott and computer scientist Andy Tanenbaum (photo) discuss the influence of data analytics on the 2016 election.Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, May 26.www.john-adams.nl   More >


The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

Directed by Shane Black Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Kim BasingerShane Black, who redefined the buddy film in 1987 with his screenplay for Lethal Weapon, revisits the genre with this enjoyable action comedy and proves it still works.The central pairing here is of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling playing the mismatched bruiser Jack Healy and the widowed PI and father to 13-year-old Holly (Angourie Rice, a terrific new find), who comes to play a vital role for the two men.These two hapless denizens of the 1970s Los Angeles underworld are trying to solve the murder of a porn star and to track down the missing daughter of a Department of Justice agent played by Kim Basinger.The last time Black directed a film he put his stamp on a superhero film with 2013's Iron Man 3. The Nice Guys, however, is much closer in tone and subject matter to his under-rated comedy thriller Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), which starred Robert Downey Jr just three years before his Iron Man role revitalised his career.This is film noir as crime caper with touches of Boogie Nights, The Long Goodbye and Chinatown. It's not as charming as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but Black certainly knows how to balance violence with quick wit. The two leads, while not exactly type cast, are playing themselves gone to seed, which is highly effective.The Nice Guys may not have a complex plot, but it adheres to the conventions of the films it's sending up and is a thoroughly entertaining piece of work which could well become a guilty pleasure.    More >


Delta Lloyd Regatta

Delta Lloyd Regatta

The Delta Lloyd Regatta is a series of competitions in classes ranging from Laser to Moth and Sonar. It is a practice run for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Dorian van Rijsselberghe (photo), who won gold in the RS:X class at the London Olympics four years ago, is among those taking part.International Sailing Center, Medemblik, May 24 to 28.www.deltalloydregatta.org   More >


SPRING Utrecht

SPRING Utrecht

This international performing arts festival provides 10 days of dance and theatre. It opens with 6: The Square by the German-Dutch choreographer Nicole Beutler. It is the second part of her Bauhaus trilogy and brings together dance, fashion, visual art and electronic music in a plea for freedom.There are also masterclasses and workshops.Stadsschouwburg and other venues, Utrecht, May 19 to 28.www.springutrecht.nl   More >


Celt Festival

Celt Festival

The Keltfest or Celtic Festival takes place in the natural park the Biesbosch near Dordrecht. Its main attraction are the many re-enactment camps which can be visited. These range from the Saxons of the 8th century and the Vikings to the Celts of the Netherlands between 800 and 500 BC and a Roman army encampment.At all of them there are demonstrations of the daily life of the time, including working leather and iron, making music and dancing, basket weaving, outdoor cooking, net knotting and making clothing.In addition, there is a huge market encompassing a smithy, jewellery, kilts, piercings, leather products and tattoos.Biesbosch, Dordrecht, May 28 and 29.www.keltfest.nl   More >


Spanish Masters from the Hermitage

Spanish Masters from the Hermitage

This exhibition of Spanish masters from the Hermitage includes more than 60 paintings and a rich collection of graphic works and applied arts pieces. It is the first time the Netherlands has hosted such a comprehensive survey of Spanish art.Works by El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya represent the golden age of Spanish art of the late 16th century and 17th century. Works by their pupils and later painters such as Picasso show how the influence of the period continued into modern times.Hermitage, Amsterdam until May 29.www.hermitage.nl      More >


One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors

Richard Bean's up-dated version of Goldoni's comic classic was a huge hit for the National Theatre and James Corden in the central role in London and on Broadway. That central role is Francis, who finds himself shuttling between two bosses: Rachel who is disguised as her dead gangland twin, and posh twit Stanley who is both Rachel's lover and Stanley's killer.Set in Brighton in 1963, the Queen's English Theatre Company’s production has all the romance, food and comic misunderstandings that make this one of the funniest of farces.Amsterdams Theaterhuis, Amsterdam, May 13 to 29.www.Qetc.nl    More >


Katia & Marielle Labèque

Katia & Marielle Labèque

The piano playing Lebèque sisters are joined by percussionists Gonzalo Grau and Raphaël Séguinier for two famous pieces of music arranged for two pianos and percussion: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps and Bernstein's West Side Story.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 29.www.meesterpianisten.nl   More >


Ugo Rondinone: Vocabulary of Solitude

Ugo Rondinone: Vocabulary of Solitude

Clowns are at the heart of this first solo exhibition in the Netherlands by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (1964). There are 45 of these life-size and highly realistic clowns with titles such as breathe, remember, feel and yawn, and representing 24 hours in the life of an individual. It is the first time these clown sculptures have been exhibited.The whole exhibition is an installation, and is a retrospective of his works inspired by the colour spectrum. As well as the clowns, there are clocks, candles, shoes, windows, light bulbs and rainbows.Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam until May 29.www.boijmans.nl  More >


Jan Toorop

Jan Toorop

Jan Toorop (1858–1928) ranks alongside Van Gogh and Mondrian as one of the most important Dutch artists of the period around 1900. Mainly associated with Art Nouveau, this exhibition of around 150 works illustrates the many other styles in which Toorop worked.. He also produced Neo-Impressionist, Pointillist and Symbolist paintings and his innovations in painting included the use of flat areas of colour.Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until May 29.www.gemeentemuseum.nl   More >


Opera Days

Opera Days

The annual opera festival takes in existing and new works together with activities such as a special walk taking in three operas in surprising locations around Rotterdam.The festival opens with the Slovenian vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica, an all female choir. They perform Toxic Psalms which denounces acts of cruelty conducted for religious reasons.Schouwburg and other venues, Rotterdam, May 20 to 29.www.operadagenrotterdam.nl   More >


Excellent Lifestyle Fair

Excellent Lifestyle Fair

Hundreds of stands full of luxury goods ranging from items for the home and garden to gadgets, cars, yachts and jewellery. There are also fashion shows and an auction.There is also information on investment opportunities on Cyprus and the Cape Verde islands, and on second homes.MECC, Maastricht, May 26 to 29.www.excellentmaastricht.nl     More >


Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr is back in the Netherlands after an absence of two years with his latest show, Funny Business.The English comedian's humour is an acquired taste as he takes aim at everyone, from the disabled and religious believers to nurses.Carr is what's known as 'edgy', which in this case means he upsets many people. Whether or not he is actually funny is a matter of opinion.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, May 29.www.theatercarre.nl   More >


Tattoo Convention

Tattoo Convention

The biggest tattoo, art and street art convention in the Benelux attracts an international line-up of around 300 body art aficionados. Check out the latest tattoo designs and techniques, and admire the body art on display in the various competitions.Shop the various colourful stands with clothing, piercing and jewellery. The Grimeshop offers body paint demonstrations, street art artists demonstrate their creativity and a team of master barbers provide retro hair cuts and old school shaves.RAI, Amsterdam, May 27 to 29.www.rai.nl   More >


Hair! Human Hair in Fashion and Art

Hair! Human Hair in Fashion and Art

Human hair is incorporated into jewellery and fashion, is used for artworks and installations, and is found in a diversity of forms – especially on the body itself. Hair is an intriguing and controversial subject, particularly since it is – literally – so close to humankind.This major exhibition has been conceived on the basis of cultural-historical research,  focusing on developments in fashion and the visual arts. It includes designs by boundary-breaking, international fashion designers and artists who have been inspired by this material, such as Zhu Tian and the hairy bumps called Babe.Other artists taking part include the renowned international artists Charlie Le Mindu, Julien d’Ys, Christiaan Houtenbos, Zoran Todorovic, Bob Recine and Silvia B.Centraal Museum, Utrecht until May 29.www.centraalmuseum.nl    More >


Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival

Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival

The second edition of the Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival again presents a wide selection of recent Spanish-language films.As with the previous edition, there will be a Latino focus - a showcase dedicated to developing, promoting and raising awareness about Latino cinema by presenting a variety of films. Among these are Paulina directed by Santiago Mitre, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and Las Plantas by Roberto Doveris, which won the Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Film and Special Mention by the Young Jury in Berlinale Generation 14+.The special film section Spanish Cinema Without Fear presents some of the most artistic and experimental short films of the past year. Spanish works which have the courage to experiment with something beyond and on the periphery of the Spanish cinematographic industry: films that deal with artistic expression and challenge the boundaries of traditional narrative.The closing film of the festival is Nobody Wants The Night, a perceptive portrait of two women faced with extreme conditions, directed by Isabel Coixet. The film opened the the Berlinale last year and participated in the international competition.Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, May 25 to 30.www.eyefilm.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.Schouwburg, Tilburg, May 26; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, May 28; Stadsschouwburg, Heerlen, May 31.www.operazuid.nl   More >


Nationalism: the Virus that went Viral

Nationalism: the Virus that went Viral

Throughout Europe we see a rise in nationalism. Will this mean the end of the European Union? Is nationalism a virus spreading through Europe that must be fought against?Even in countries previously thought least likely to harbour such sentiments, people are turning inward, looking at their own country, culture and language. Nationalist thought is dominating the European discussion on the refugee crisis. It feeds into an increase in racism and explains the current popularity of right-wing, populist parties.Croatian writer, journalist and essayist Slavenka Drakulić talks about this pressing subject.De Balie, Amsterdam, June 1.www.debalie.nl   More >


Kirk Knuffke Trio

Kirk Knuffke Trio

Cornetist Kirk Knuffke from New York blurs the boundaries between mainstream jazz and avant-garde in his trio with the experimental double bassist Mark Helias and straight-ahead drummer Bill Goodwin.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 2.www.bimhuis.nl    More >


Rotterdam Philharmonic

Rotterdam Philharmonic

The orchestra is joined by guitarist Yamandu Costa and vocalist Paulinho da Viola for a programme entitled Brasil Sinfonico.De Doelen, Rotterdam, June 2 and 3.www.rotterdamphilharmonisch.nl   More >


Ulrich Seidl and Arnon Grunberg

Ulrich Seidl and Arnon Grunberg

Ulrich Seidl, enfant terrible of European cinema, is in conversation with the famous Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg.Seidl's darkly themed films and documentaries - from Hundstage to the acclaimed Paradies-trilogy - confront the viewers with society’s cruel edge. His images grate and embarrass, leaving audiences squirming in their seats.Grunberg discusses the Austrian filmmaker's life, work, and inspiration, touching on questions such as: what is the director’s role in Europe, and what is the current state of Europe’s society? How does Ulrich Seidl, with his unique view on societal issues, reflect on today’s Europe?De Balie, Amsterdam, June 3.www.debalie.nl   More >


Arifa – Voices from the East

Arifa – Voices from the East

The Arifa quartet members have received international acclaim for their unique musical style since their formation in 2010. With Turkish, Greek, German and Dutch roots, they combine Balkan music with jazz on instruments ranging from the clarinet and percussion to the piano and ney.For this concert they are joined by three female musicians from China, Iran and Bulgaria, each of whom sings and plays a traditional musical instrument.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 4.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Roller Derby

Roller Derby

The Beursgebouw in Eindhoven becomes a roller derby venue for the annual Rock 'n' Roller Derby where the B.ADD Girls from Amsterdam, the Thunderdoms from Utrecht, the Rotterdam Killer Bees and home team the Rockcity Rollers do battle over a series of matches.There are also demonstrations by the first Dutch junior roller derby team, various market stalls with suitable products, a skating rink tattoo shops and a cocktail bar.Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating  in the same direction around a track. Each team designates a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer.Beursgebouw, Eindhoven, June 4.www.beursgebouw.nl   More >


Motor sport

Motor sport

The Benelux Open Races features a series of various motorsports from the BeNeLux zone, with the VW Fun Cup as the main event.Circuit, Zandvoort, May 28 and 29.www.cpz.nlFamily Race Days is a new event for fans of Formula 1 racing. Max Verstappen, the 18-year-old Dutch driver who moved to Red Bull earlier this season after driving for junior team Toro Rosso since making his debut in 2015, is on hand to give high speed demonstrations in a Red Bull Racing F1 car.Circuit, Zandvoort, June 4 and 5.www.cpz.nl     More >


Grayson Perry: Hold Your Beliefs Lightly

Grayson Perry: Hold Your Beliefs Lightly

A major solo exhibition by the British artist Grayson Perry (1960) who uses a huge variety of techniques and materials in his work which tapestries, ceramics, cast iron sculptures, films, dresses and even a complete house. Recurring themes in the work of this Turner Prize-winning artist are religion and mythology, identity and gender, art and art world, class and consumerism and conflict and war.Among the objects on display are The Walthamstow Tapestry, the monumental four-part etching A map of days and several of his ceramic pots.Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht until June 5.www.bonnefanten.nl  More >


Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

The English pianist Paul Lewis is one of the foremost interpreters of the first Viennese school of music. Now that Alfred Brendel has retired from concert performance, he has also taken on the legendary pianist's mantle.For this concert, Lewis performs works by Brahms, Schubert and Liszt.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 5.www.meesterpianisten.nl   More >


Scapino Ballet

Scapino Ballet

Rollercoaster was previously only seen in Scapino's home city of Rotterdam, but is now on tour. It consists of short pieces which follow each other without pause by several choreographers. Among those contributing work are Ed Wubbe, Itamar Serussi and Marcos Morau.Schouwburg, Heerlen, May 26; Theater aan het Vrijfhof, Maastricht, May 31.Scapino is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and begins with the programme Let's Dance, for which seats have been removed from the front stalls, allowing the dancers to perform in the round. On the programme are highlights from TWOOLS which consists of short dance pieces by top choreographers, a number of duets from Ed Wubbe's Pas de Deux with live music from pianist Michiel Borstlap, and a preview of Scapino's anniversary production TING!Schouwburg, Rotterdam, June 2, 3, 4 and 5 (matinee).www.scapinoballet.nl   More >


Taste of Amsterdam

Taste of Amsterdam

This is four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment with 15 of the city's best restaurants serving up their finest food in starter-sized portions and wine merchants providing tastings. There is also a food market, cooking club and a barbeque challenge.Amstel Park, Amsterdam, June 2 to 5.www.tasteofamsterdam.com   More >


Street Couture

Street Couture

Street couture is all about mixing high-end fashion with street fashion. The exhibition illustrates this by showcasing couture classics, including designs by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior and Alexander McQueen, which have been matched with street style.Japanese Shibuya girls are shown wearing manga, lolita and gothic clothing combined with a classic Louis Vuitton bag. American hip-hop and sports outfits are matched with Chanel.Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam until June 5.www.tassenmuseum.nl   More >


KunstRAI

KunstRAI

The annual national fair for modern and contemporary art attracts round 70 top quality galleries who reflect the diversity and pluralism of Dutch visual art and design. Some of the participating galleries take an extra stand to highlight the work of just one of their artists.The exhibits range from painting and sculpture, photography and graphic art to contemporary glass, ceramics and jewellery.In addition, a selection of young galleries has the opportunity to present themselves in a number of RAW EDGE stands, where they provide the surprise element with the work of emerging artists.RAI, Amsterdam, June 1 to 5.www.kunstrai.nl   More >


Adele

Adele

One of the world's most popular singers returns after a three year break and sings numbers from her latest album, 25, and no doubt her James Bond film song Skyfall.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, June 1, 3, 4 and 6.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater

Separate Ways  is a programme consisting entirely of new pieces by Hofesh Shechter and Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. The British-Israeli Shechter is regarded as one of Britain's most acclaimed choreographers. León and Lightfoot will show their first new creation since their anniversary performance for 25 Years Leon & Lightfoot for NDT 2 in the fall of 2014.Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, May 25; Stadsschouwburg, Tilburg, May 28; Parktheater, Eindhoven, May 31; Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, June 4; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, June 7.www.ndt.nl  More >


Undertones

Undertones

The punk band from Northern Ireland had a number of huge hits at the end of the 1970s, including Teenage Kicks, Get Over You and Jimmy Jimmy.After the split, it took until 1999 before they reformed, now with Paul McLoone as singer. Since then, they've been recording and touring, and they remain one of the most influential pop punk bands of all time.For this 40th anniversary tour they play their eponymous debut album in full.Paradiso, Amsterdam, June 8.www.paradiso.nl   More >


Poetry International

Poetry International

 The annual festival of poetry features readings of noteworthy works by ground-breaking great masters and new and original poetic talents from around the world.Among those reading their poetry at this year's festival are Raúl Zurita (photo) from Chile who is considered the greatest living Latin American poet, the young Italian Laura Accerboni and Jeet Thayil from India.There are also films, music, interviews and masterclasses.Schouwburg, Rotterdam, June 7 to 11.www.poetryinternationalweb.net    More >


Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me!

A retrospective of the work of Philippe Halsman (1906 -1979), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Halsman is well-known for his portraits of famous people and for his collaboration with Salvador Dalí and Alfred Hitchcock.Over a short period of time, he became an admired portrait artist, the subjects in front of his lens including numerous famous names such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.He also developed the phenomenon of ’jumpology photography’, which included photos of film stars and politicians captured in mid-jump, the aim of which was to give his portraits a more spontaneous character.Over three hundred never-before exhibited works, including contact prints, vintage prints and original photo-montages, illustrate Halsman's constant search for photographic possibilities and impossibilities.Kunsthal, Rotterdam, February 27 until June 12.www.kunsthal.nl   More >


Tennis

Tennis

The Richo Open grass court championships attract international male and female tennis players who use it as a chance to practise their playing on grass ahead of Wimbledon in July.Among the women competing are title defender Camila Giorgi, last year's runner-up Belinda Bencic, Jelena Jankovic and Eugenie Bouchard.The men's line-up includes Richard Gasquet, David Goffin, Robin Haase and title defender Nicolas Mahut (photo).Autotron, Rosmalen, June 6 to 12.www.richo-open.nl     More >


PinkPop

PinkPop

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages. The first headliners to be announced were the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rammstein. Closing the event is Paul McCartney, who is making his first appearance at a Dutch festival.'I love a festival audience and we plan to close Pinkpop with a massive party,' McCartney says on the Pinkpop website.Other confirmed acts include Lionel Richie, Skunk Anasie, James Bay, Years and Years and The Common Linnets.Landgraf, Heerlen, June 10, 11 and 12.www.ticketmaster.nl  More >


Netherlands Bach Society

Netherlands Bach Society

To round off the season, the Bach Society performs two dramatic cantatas by Bach: one composed for the birthday of King Augustus III of Poland, and the other for his wife, Queen Maria Josepha of Austria.They are being performed in the open air. If it rains, they will be relocated indoors.The conductor is Jos van Veldhoven.Binnenplaats Paushuize, Utrecht, June 9 and 10; Binnenplaats Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, June 11 and 12.www.bachvereniging.nl  More >


Ashton Brothers

Ashton Brothers

The multi-talented Ashton Brothers perform their new show, Enfants Terribles which combines clowning, acrobatics, slapstick, magic, playing a range of instruments, singing and dancing to surprising and very funny affect. Their inspiration comes from variety and circus and results in a superior sort of clowning.Parktheater, Eindhoven, June 1 and 2; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, June 12.Tickets: www.ntk.nl       More >


Public Enemy

Public Enemy

Over 25 years since the release of the album Fear of a Black Planet, Chuck D and Flavor Flav remain among the most dynamic rappers on an international stage.They perform numbers old and new following support acts Def P and McGyver.Paradiso, Amsterdam, June 13.www.paradiso.nl     More >


Pumporgan

Pumporgan

Pumporgan plays PsychoJive, an energetic blend of avant-rock, rhythm and blues, Hammond jazz and more.The group was founded by multi-instrumentalist Dirk Bruinsma. In response to the composition assignment of the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2011 he developed PsychoJive, a singular new style that takes off from rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues, but with unexpected twists and turns, played by musicians from avant-rock and free jazz.Band leader Bruinsma regularly switches between alto sax and bass guitar, linking the baritone sax of Christiano Ferlaino, the electric guitars of Mikael Szafirowsky, the Hammond organ of Wilbert Bulsink and the drums of Nout Ingen Housz.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 17.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Judith and Edith

Judith and Edith

Gustav Klimt’s gloriously erotic painting Judith I is on show at the Gemeentemuseum, on loan from Vienna’s Belvedere museum. It is one of the best-known examples of Klimt’s Golden Phase, when he integrated genuine gold leaf into his paintings.The exhibition presents Judith in combination with Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Edith, a top work in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum. Schiele depicts his wife as a model of chastity.Director Benno Tempel says: 'The works present an intriguing contrast, but that is not the only reason for exhibiting them together. The oeuvres of Klimt and Schiele are linked both thematically and stylistically. Moreover, both artists were members of the avant-garde Vienna Secession group and both of them regularly shocked society by showing explicitly erotic paintings and drawings.'Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until June 19.www.gemeentemuseum.nl   More >


Cycling

Two days of cycling events at and on the motor racing track at Zandvoort. The main event is the 24-hour race over the 4.3km long track with its 13 bends and uphill section. There is also a chance to test electric bikes by taking a ride around the track.Circuit, Zandvoort, June 18 and 19.www.cpz.nl  More >


Easy Virtue: Prostitution in French Art

Easy Virtue: Prostitution in French Art

This exhibition showing prostitution through the eyes of 19th century artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso is a coproduction with Musée D'Orsay in Paris. The artists of the period enthusiastically depicted prostitution as an aspect of modern life in the city of Paris, and they painted women soliciting on the boulevards, wealthy courtesans in their salons and the prematurely aged prostitutes in brothels.The paintings and prints in the exhibition are displayed in rooms specially painted various shades of red and containing objects such as a bed from one of the many Parisian brothels and a box of 19th century condoms.There is also a selection of early pornographic photos in sepia tints and a film salon which only aged 18 or older are allowed to enter.Among the paintings on show are the wonderful The Plum by Manet from 1879 and The Absinthe Drinker by Degas from 1876. There are also paintings by later artists who were less concerned with prostitution but used the subject for the depiction of naked women - artists such as Picasso, Munch, Kupka and Kees van Dongen.Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam until June 19.www.vangoghmuseum.nl  More >


Festival Classique

Festival Classique

The annual festival which makes classical music fun by keeping concerts short - none lasts more than one hour - and holding them in surprising venues moves from The Hague to the coastal resort of Scheveningen.Among the highlights is a celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary for which ten pianists will simultaneously play on five grand pianos Canto Ostinato by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt.Also on the programme are the Hofstads Youth Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony, Antony Hermus conducting the Residentie Orchestra in a programme of well-known opera highlights, and performances of the musical Singin' In The Rain.Kurhaus and other venues, Scheveningen, June 10 to 19.www.festivalclassique.nl   More >


Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang

The prodigiously talented 29-year-old Chinese pianist plays works by Schumann and Beethoven.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 19.www.meesterpianisten.nl   More >


Oerol Festival

Oerol Festival

Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music.The shows are created or adapted specially for the exceptional locations where they are performed.From theatre spectacle to mime, from intimate musical theatre to hilarious circus shows, from Westerns to interactive installations, it all takes place in the dunes, on the beaches, in the woods, on the dikes, in sheds and barns and on the streets.Among those performing are Circus Ronaldo, Orkater, Ro Theater, Broken Brass Ensemble, Typhoon and Spinvis.Terschelling, June 10 to 19.www.oerol.nl  More >


Netherlands Philharmonic

Netherlands Philharmonic

Hartmut Haenchen (photo) conducts Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and Shostakovich's symphony nr 8.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 24.Violinist and leader of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Gordan Nikolić joins the Philharmonic as the soloist for Saint-Saëns' Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso and Ravel's Tzigane. Also on the programme are Bizet's L'Arlésienne suites 1 and 2. The conductor is Marc Albrecht.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 28 and 30.Josef Špaček is the soloist for Nielsen's violin concerto. Also on the programme conducted by Thomas Søndergård are From Funeral to Funfair (and back...) by Roukens and Tchaikovsky's symphony nr 5.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 4 and 5 (matinee).The first performance of a new work by composer-in-residence Joey Roukens. Also on the programme are the Rückert lieder by Mahler sung by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and Brahms' symphony nr 4.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 18 and 20.www.orkest.nl      More >


Don Henley

Don Henley

Don Henley, the Eagles singer-songwriter, drummer and guitarist, performs songs spanning his entire career, from the Eagles and his vast solo catalogue, including songs from his latest release, Cass County.Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, June 22.www.livenation.nl   More >


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Emanuel Ax (photo) is the soloist for Beethoven's piano concerto nr 4. Also on the programme conducted by François-Xavier Roth are Haydn's symphony nr 22 and Mendelssohn's symphony nr 4.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 22 and 23.www.concertgebouworkest.nl    More >


Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Toneelgroep Amsterdam

The largest repertory theatre company of the Netherlands presents some of its productions with English surtitles on Thursday evenings.The stage adaptation of Jonathan Littell's novel The Kindly Ones (photo) from 2006 which tells of the persecution of the Jews during World War II from the point of view of the bureaucratic SD officer Max Aue. The actors include Aus Greidanus Jr, Hans Kesting and Bart Slegers. The director is Guy Cassiers.Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, May 26.Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives is staged by Simon Stone with a cast which includes Halina Reijn, Ramsey Nasr, Robert de Hoog and Marieke Heebink. Written during Allen's break-up with Mia Farrow, this is a look at the banality of modern relationships.Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, June 23.www.tga.nl   More >


Round Texel Race

Round Texel Race

The Round Texel Race is the world's largest catamaran race with around 500 single and double-handed catamarans taking part. There is also kite surfing and raceboard slalom competitions during the four-day event.Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning defend their titles from last year, ahead of competing at the Rio Olympics in August.De Koog, Texel, June 25.www.roundtexel.com  More >


Fantastic Gymnastics

Fantastic Gymnastics

Dutch national champions in gymnastics on bars, rings and floor, trampoline, free running and jazz and street dance all take part in this multi-disciplinary event. There is also a Movement Area where visitors can have a go at all the sports featured.This year's event is also a chance for Dutch gymnasts to qualify for the Rio Olympics in August.Ahoy, Rotterdam, June 25 and 26.www.ahoy.nl   More >


National Ballet

National Ballet

The programme Ballet Bubbles features 12 young talents from the junior company who dance extracts from the classical repertoire and works by legendary company choreographers. There are also two brand new pieces: one by Ernst Meisner, the other by Charlotte Edmonds of the London Royal Ballet.Parktheater, Eindhoven, May 25; Korzo Theater, The Hague, May 28; Vondelpark Theater, Amsterdam, June 17.In Transatlantic, the company dances works by young choreographers from New York, London, Berlin and Amsterdam, each of whom brings the techniques of classical ballet into new and unknown directions. Known as the rebels of dance, they are Justin Peck, George Williamson, David Dawson and Ernst Meisner.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, June 11, 17, 19 (matinee), 22, 23, 25 and 26 (matinee).www.operaballet.nl     More >


Holland Festival

Holland Festival

This annual cultural festival offers a broad scope of international performing arts, and features both established names and new talent. It continues to innovate, exploring new forms of theatre and new types of venue, such as staging performances in public spaces.Already scheduled for this edition are The Cure (photo) and The Corridor, two chamber operas created by Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent, each of which riffs on death and the restoration of youth. They are performed by soprano Elizabeth Atherton and tenor Mark Padmore with the London Sinfonietta.There are also performances of Simon McBurney's The Encounter by Complicite, Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World by the National Opera and Nelken by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.Various locations, Amsterdam, June 4 to 26.www.hollandfestival.nl   More >


Motor sport

Motor sport

The TT at Assen is the 7th race in the Grand Prix series for motor bikes. This is the first year the TT has been held on a Sunday, making a long weekend of two days of qualifications before the climactic showdown.The MotoGP with riders such as Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo is the highlight of the Dutch TT. But fans will also enjoy the battles of the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.Drenthe Circuit, Assen, June 24 to 26.www.ttcircuit.com      More >


Show jumping Rotterdam

Show jumping Rotterdam

The world's top riders compete in a series of international competitions in both show jumping and dressage. There are also competitions for young riders.This year the event serves as a chance for the Dutch riders to qualify for the Rio Olympics in August. The Dutch team is one of the favourites to win medals.Kralingse Bos, Rotterdam, June 23 to 26.www.chio.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 >


Konrad Koselleck Big Band featuring the Band

Konrad Koselleck Big Band featuring the Band

Once every season the Konrad Koselleck Big Band brings selected band members to the foreground for a whole concert. This time the spotlight is on less prominent instruments such as piccolo, tuba and double bass.Never before have bassist Reyer Zwart and tuba player Axel Schappert been featured as soloists in this way. Additionally, Koselleck will arrange compositions by band members, for example trombone player Bart Lust, whose oeuvre balances between bop and Latin American music.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 27.www.bimhuis.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 >


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

Mozart's Don Giovanni has it all: gorgeous music plus sex, violence, humour and tension. This production is directed by Claus Guth with Christopher Maltman in the title role. The conductor is Marc Albrecht.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, May 24, 26 and 29 (matinee).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 9, 12 (matinee), 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 and July 3.www.operaballet.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 >


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 the 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 Pay Metheny 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >