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


Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

A major survey of the work of the German-British artist Tino Sehgal unfolds in 12 chapters and 12 different rooms in the Stedelijk Museum. Sehgal makes live artworks and each month there will be another work in another room, increasing in scale and culminating in the summer with 'situations' involving a larger number of participants. As summer turns to autumn, the works return to a smaller scale.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until December 31.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Dotan

Dotan, the Dutch singer-songwriter who began his career singing in people's front rooms, has had a meteoric rise to fame with his first album, 7 Layers from 2014. The single, Home, has become a worldwide hit and the American trade paper Billboard put Dotan at number two on its list of the Next Big Sound for 2015.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 21.Tickets on sale: February 28.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


David Bowie

David Bowie

The David Bowie exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year arrives in the Netherlands. With over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades from the David Bowie Archive, it provides a comprehensive look at the career of the man who has influenced music, art, design, theatre and contemporary culture for the past five decades.Groninger Museum, Groningen, December 12 until March 13 2016.There are as yet no details on when tickets will go on sale. Keep and eye on the website.www.groningermuseum.nl   More >


Madonna

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


Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

New York gallery owner Howard Greenberg has been collecting photographs for the past fifty years. Now a selection of 150 prints are being exhibited in Amsterdam, offering a broad overview of the history of 20th century Western photography. The collection features many iconic photos by famous photographers as well as masterpieces by less well-known artists. It represents a diversity of photographic genres and movements in Europe and America, with a focus on the New York School and the Czech modernism of the 1920 and 1930s.Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam until January 11.   More >


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

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


Carthage

Carthage

A major exhibition about the city founded around the ninth century BC by the Phoenicians and later the third-largest city in the Roman Empire. The objects on show are on loan from Tunisian museums, the Louvre, the British Museum and other institutions. They are presented in a Mediterranean setting of the ancient port and city ruins, still found on the Tunisian coast.Among the objects on show are colourful mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, tombs, jewels, glass artefacts and valueable treasures found in a shipwreck.National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden until May 10 2015.   More >


Confessions of the Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect

An exhibition looking backwards to the February Revolution of 1848 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and forward to where we go from here with the world needing a new mentality, a different perspective. It travels through modern culture and shows that art and design touch every facet of life. There is new and old work by artists such as Constant, Francesco Garcia Dory, Renzo Martens, Wendelien von Oldenborgh, Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus and Li Mu.Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven until February 22 2015.   More >


Apassionata

Apassionata

Under the Spell of the Mirror is the title of the latest show featuring fifty horses, among them Arabs, Lusitanos, Shetland ponies and Shires. They are surrounded by people, music, dance, stunts and lighting effects. What the title means gets lost in the spectacle.Ahoy, Rotterdam, November 21 (matinee and evening) and 22 (matinee). www.apassionata.com  More >


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The stage version of the popular 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret comes to the Netherlands with the original cast. The musical has won several awards since it opened in Sydney in 2006, including an Olivier and a Tony for best costume design.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 10 to 22.www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldua is one of the most versatile and influential jazz pianists of his generation, and has been compared with Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. With him are bass player Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.De Oosterpoort, Groningen, November 18; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, November 19 and 20; De Doelen, Rotterdam, November 21.www.de-oosterpoort.nl www.bimhuis.nl www.dedoelen.nl  More >


Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink returns to Amsterdam with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for three concerts featuring all four of Schumann's symphonies plus three of his concertos.Symphony nr 3, and the violin concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust.November 11.The first and fourth symphonies, and the cello concerto with soloist Gautier Capuçon.November 13.Symphony nr 2, and the piano concerto with soloist Murray Perahia.November 15.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.www.concertgebouw.nl  More >


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 Dutch national football team plays a friendly match against the US.Arena, Amsterdam, June 5.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 >


Volleyball

Volleyball

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


National Opera

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


National Tattoo

National Tattoo

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


International Sculpture Route

International Sculpture Route

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


Laurel & Hardy

Laurel & Hardy

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


U2

U2

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


Amsterdam Jazz Festival

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


Sculpture The Hague

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


Beautiful Holland

Beautiful Holland

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


The Oasis of Matisse

The Oasis of Matisse

Photo: Stedelijk CollectionThe biggest collection ever exhibited in the Netherlands of the work of the French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). In his paintings and cut-outs Matisse sought the most perfect possible union between shape and colour. He depicted Eastern nudes, colourful fabrics, carpets, potted plants and idyllic landscapes.Using its permanent collection, the Stedelijk also provides surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers and followers, such as Monet, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Mondrian and Cézanne.At the heart of the exhibition is Matisse's most popular work: The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952-1953).Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until August 16.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


International dog show

International dog show

Over 2400 dogs gather to be judged Best in Breed and Best in Show. There are also competitons for best puppy and best older dog.Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 25 and 26.www.dogshowrotterdam.nl     More >


Cirque Éloize

Cirque Éloize

Canada's Cirque Éloize performs 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, June 24 to July 19.www.carre.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 16.Harboud, Warmond. July 16 to 19.www.kwvdekaag.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 the Van Baerlestraat back to P15.Amsterdam, July 15.www.hoofdstadaanspanning.nl   More >


Downtown FashionWeek

Downtown FashionWeek

This year's summer fashion event is 10 Days Downtown: 10 events during 10 days at 10 locations. There will be fashion shows and exhibitions on various themes at various sites around Amsterdam.Among them are street fashion by young designers at the industrial area Roest, Liselore Frowijn's collection inspired by the cut-outs of Matisse at the Stedelijk Museum and the documentary Dior and I about Raf Simons (photo) first collection for the famous fashion house at Eye.Various locations, Amsterdam, July 3 to 13.www.fashionweek.nl  More >


Eye-catchers

Eye-catchers

The National Archive has selected 450 photos from its collection of 15 million, ranging from classic images by master photographers such as Robert Capa and Paul Huf to intriguing shots taken by amateurs. Because the archive covers the whole history of photography, this selection provides a snapshot of modern history.National Archive, The Hague until July 12.www.gahetna.nl/blikvangers  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.Head to the NDSM shipyard where guides will advise on which performances are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.NDSM shipyard, Amsterdam, July 2 to 12.www.overhetij.nl   More >


North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

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


Cor Jaring, Photographer: Amsterdam’s Magic Centre

Photographer Cor Jaring (1936-2013) recorded all the 'happenings' which took place in Amsterdam between 1965 and 1975. He felt at home among the motley collection of rebellious spirits who roused the sleepy Netherlands and spread an atmosphere of cheerful confusion. News of the Provo movement, founded in May 1965, spread around the world thanks to Jaring’s images.This exhibition includes a wide selection of his photographs recording the emerging youth culture in pop temple Paradiso and the Vondelpark, and of events such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'bed in' at Amsterdam’s Hilton Hotel.City Archive, Amsterdam until July 12.www.stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl  More >


World Press Photo

World Press Photo

This year's winning World Press Photo is the Danish photographer Mads Nissen's image of a gay Russian couple in a tender embrace. Its poignancy lies in recent anti-gay legislation druving homosexual couples in the country further underground.It takes pride of place in the exhibition of other winners in various categories such as images of a kitchen in war-ravaged Donetsk, African warriors stroking a rhino and the heartbreaking sight of the uniforms of 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam until July 5.www.worldpressphoto.org  More >


Tour de France: Grand Départ

Tour de France: Grand Départ

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


Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball

The Netherlands plays host to the World Cup Beach Volleyball, which takes place in four cities. In Amsterdam, the Dam Square will be transformed into a beach court. In The Hague, matches will take place on a pontoon in the Hofvijver outside the parliament building.The world's best 48 men's teams and 48 women's team are competing, including nine Dutch teams.The photo is an artist's impression of the court in The Hague.Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn, June 26 to July 5.www.volleybal.nl   More >


Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

The English folk rock band consisting of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane perform numbers from their award-winning albums. So far since their formation in 2007 they have clocked up 14 Emmy nominations, winning Album of the Year in 2013.Goffertpark, Nijmegen, July 4.www.livenation.nl  More >