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Amsterdam Dance Event

One of the world's most important and influential festivals for electronic music 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.

Among those performing are Afrojack, Danny Daze, Extrawelt, Joseph Capriati, Kölsch, Nic Fanciulli, Nina Kraviz, Pleasurekraft, Scuba and Zoot Woman.

During the day there are exhibitions, pop-up stores, shop promotions and film screenings.

Various venues, Amsterdam, October 15 to 19.





The American singer-songwriter returns from a second battle with breast cancer with the new album Resurrection, released a year ago to excellent reviews and high chart placings around the world.

Paradiso, Amsterdam, October 20.




This new play based on the life of Anne Frank uses her writings to tell the story of the two years spent by her and her family in the secret annex in Amsterdam and of events before and after they went into hiding.

There is a multi-lingual translation system available that can be booked free of charge. It takes the form of a tablet and theatre-goers can choose between a written translation and a synopsis of all the scenes. It is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Dutch. Audio versions are available in English and German.

Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam until January 31.




The Ben Bril Memorial Boxing Gala is a series of fights, including a tag match, between professional international boxers. The evening will see Rafik Harutjunjan fight an as yet unannounced opponent for the WBF welterweight world title, and Dutchman Gevorg Katchikian fight the Austrian Gogi Knezevic for the middleweight title.

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 13.


Bridal gowns

A collection of 14 white and one black bridal gowns dating from 1760 to 1940.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until December 31.



Buddhist Film Festival Europe

A weekend of films from Tibet, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Taiwan, the US and the Netherlands. The festival opens with Vara: A Blessing, a new feature film from the award-winning Bhutanese director Khyentse Norbu, about a young dancer in India. It closes with the first feature film from the visionary documentary-maker Marjoleine Boonstra, Kurai, Kurai - Tales on the Wind.

Other films being screened include Bringing Tibet Home, Monk With A Camera, Golden Land of Mayanmar and Modern Monks.

Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, October 3 to 5.


Calder at the Rijksmuseum

The second in a series of annual international sculpture displays in the garden of the Rijksmuseum features the mobiles, stabiles and standing mobiles of Alexander Calder (1898-1976). They are on loan from major museums and private collections.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until October 5.



Cello Biennale

The world's biggest cello festival offers nine days of concerts, workshops and masterclasses, the National Cello Competition with the three finalists playing Saint-Saëns' cello concerto and breakfast with Bach.

Among those taking part are Mischa Maisky, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Giovanni Sollima, Sonia Wieder-Atherton and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. There is also Indian cello from Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-De Haas.

Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis, Amsterdam, October 17 to 25.



Dining with the Tsars: Fragile Beauty from the Hermitage

Eight porcelain and creamware services from the collection of the Hermitage in St Petersburg are exhibited on authentically laid tables with decorative centrepieces, to reveal the grandeur of the Tsars' banquets.

The finest pieces are from the dinnerware collections of Catherine the Great, such as the Green Frog Service (Wedgwood, England), the Cameo Service (Sèvres, Paris) and the Berlin Dessert Service (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin).

The services are displayed in accordance with the rules of etiquette and augmented with ornate centrepieces, gold-rimmed crystal glassware, candelabras, vases, detailed silverwork and wall decorations.

Hermitage, Amsterdam until March 1 2015.



Elvis Costello

A solo evening during which Costello sings some of his battle songs of decades ago and newer work, accompanying himself on an electric piano and a selection of guitars with a range of effects pedals.

Theater Carré, Amsterdam, October 22.


Elvis, The Musical Show - A Night In Vegas

A recreation of Elvis Presley's final show in Las Vegas in 1977 using the photos and anecdotes of Ed Bonja, house photographer and personal assistant to Elvis, to tell the story of his life.

The stars Irish singer Grahame Patrick, one of the world's most popular Elvis imitators.

RAI Theater, Amsterdam, October 4 and 5; World Forum, The Hague, October 17, 18 and 19.


Francis Fukuyama

As a follow-up to his visit to the John Adams Institute in 2011 for his book The Origins of Political Order, Francis Fukuyama returns to give a lecture about his new book Political Order and Political Decay, a companion volume to his previous book.

John Adams Institute, Amsterdam, September 26.



Freak Circus

Fancy experiencing some terrifying situations and startling moments? Then head for the Freak Circus, the scariest haunted house in the Netherlands. Put together by Boom Chicago and Horror Nights, its 30 actors, artists and technicians create a twisted and bloody world for those with strong nerves.

Boom Chicago, Amsterdam, October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 31 and November 1.



Friday Night Skate

Make sure you wear something appropriate for the themed skates through some of Amsterdam's less known areas. They start at around 8.30 pm in the Vondel Park.

Bretten Lichtjes Skate takes in Amsterdam West and its large green area of Bretten. There will be an extra stop at around 8.45 pm outside the council offices to pick up people who live in the area. Bring a lamp or buy one at the start.

September 19. If it rains, it will be postponed until September 26.

Halloween Skate requires participants to look as frightening as possible.

October 31.

Vondel Park, Amsterdam.


There are also Friday night skates in Utrecht, Tilburg and Groningen, and a Wednesday night skate in Rotterdam.


Grant Stewart Quintet

Standards from the jazz repertoire played as if written yesterday by the Canadian-born tenor sax player with the full-bodied sound of the tenor sax giants who traverse jazz history.

He is joined by trumpet player John Marshall, pianist Leo Lindberg, bass player Kenji Rabson and drummer Phil Stewart.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, September 25.



Herman Koch

Dutch author Herman Koch gives a Q&A during the presentation of the English translation of his best-seller Summer House with Swimming Pool.

Koch became an international sensation with his novel The Dinner, the film rights to which have been acquired by Cate Blanchett as her directorial debut.

The central character in Summer House with Swimming Pool is Marc Schlosser, a doctor to the rich and famous. When the actor Ralph Meier invites him and his family on holiday, Marc can't refuse. However, a medical procedure goes wrong and Ralph winds up dead. Was it negligence or murder?

ABC book shop, Amsterdam, September 27 at 2 pm.



Ideal Home (Woonbeurs)

Ideas for the home and garden, the latest trends and experts offering advice, demonstrations and workshops. The fair covers literally everything, from lamps and watering cans to wooden flooring and wallpaper.

RAI, Amsterdam, September 30 to October 5.


Il Divo

The multinational operatic pop group consisting of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler perform songs from their new album, A Musical Affair.

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, October 16.



Ilse de Lange & The Common Linnets

Following the success at the Eurovision Song Contest, where they came second with Calm Before The Storm, the Common Linnets embark on a tour.

Waylon is replaced by producer and singer-songwriter JB Meijers. And with him and Ilse de Lange are the three American singer-songwriters Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge.

Paradiso, Amsterdam, October 8.



Jimmy Carr

The English stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr is a controversial figure for remarks he made on British television. On stage, he uses deadpan delivery, dark humour and edgy one-liners to get his laughs, but his funniest moments probably come when he tackles hecklers.

RAI, Amsterdam, October 19.



Lady Gaga

The artRave tour sees the always extraordinarily clad singer perform numbers from her danceable electronic pop album Artpop.

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, September 24.




Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

With almost two hundred drawings and paintings from private and museum collections throughout the world, this exhibition is the first major solo exhibition of Dumas in the Netherlands in 20 years. It is the most comprehensive retrospective survey of her work in Europe to date and presents a compelling overview of her oeuvre from the late 1970s to the present. In addition to her most important and iconic works, the exhibition also presents lesser-known paintings and drawings, including many works never before seen in the Netherlands, and a selection of her most recent paintings.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until January 4 2015.



MasterPeace Concert

Peace organisation MasterPeace makes Amsterdam the heart of this year's concert featuring artists from 14 areas of conflict around the world. The Metropole Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, Oleta Dams, Baaba Maal and VanVelzen will be joined by artists such as Pianoman, known for his musical resistance during the protests in Ukraine, who performs with dancers from Russia and Ukraine.

Other highlights include a duets featuring Anuradha Paudwal, one of India's most famous Bollywood stars, and the Pakistan diva Riffat Sultana; Libanon's top talent Mayssa Kaara with the Iranian pop musician Andy; and the rappers Saz from Palestine and Sagol 59 from Israel.

Ziggo Dome, September 21.



Masters of Photography

Works by National Geographic's top ten photographers, ranging from the famous Afghan girl and the women in burkas and sports shoes of Steve McCurry to the colourful haze of colour that is the yellow-winged macaw by Frans Lanting.

Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam until October 19.



National Ballet

Rudi van Dantzig's glorious version of Swan Lake with music by Tchaikovsky and beautiful sets and costumes by Toer van Schayk, which he based on Dutch old master paintings.

Muziektheater, Amsterdam, September 17, 19, 20, 27 and 28 (matinee).

Back to Bach is a celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach which has inspired so many choreographers. The company dances Hans van Manen's Fantasia, David Dawson's A Million Kisses To My SkinIn Light and Shadow by Krzysztof Pastor and a new work by Ernst Meisner.

Muziektheater, Amsterdam, October 11, 12 (matinee), 14, 15, 17 and 19 (matinee).


National Opera

A staged performance of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, a tale of passionate love that falls prey to misunderstandings. It is the first time the Gurrelieder cycle has been performed as a full-scale opera. It is directed by Pierre Audi with sets and costumes by Christof Hetzer. With the Netherlands Philharmonic conducted by Marc Albrecht, the chorus of the National Opera, the KammerChor des ChorForum Essen and soloists including Burkhard Fritz and Emily Magee.

Muziektheater, Amsterdam, September 18 and 21 (matinee).

Emmanuel Chabrier's L'etoile with a libretto by Eugène Leterrier and Albert Vanloo is a seldom performed opéra bouffe in three acts. It concerns thwarted lovers, disguises and an astrologer's prediction.

The conductor is Patrick Fournillier and the director Laurent Pelly.

Muziektheater, Amsterdam, October 4, 7, 9, 13, 16, 18, 22 and 28 (matinee).



Nederlands Dans Theater

The company opens the new season with Mats Ek's wonderful updating of Sleeping Beauty, in which Aurora is a spoilt child who falls in love with a junkie. This extraordinary treatment of the story is both immensely funny and moving.

Danstheater, The Hague, October 8, 9, 10 and 11; Theater Carré, Amsterdam, October 18 and 19 (matinee); Danstheater, The Hague, October 23 and 24.



Netherlands Philharmonic

Marc Albrecht conducts works by Richard Strauss, including Vier letzte Lieder with soloist Emily Magee (soprano) and Also sprach Zarathustra.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 4 and 5 (matinee).

Augustin Hadelich is the soloist for Mendelssohn's violin concerto in E. Also on the programme are Marschner's overture to Hans Heiling and Schubert's symphony nr 8. The conductor is Marc Albrecht.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 18 and 20.



Rembrandt's Saskia

Rembrandt's portrait of his first wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, is on loan from Washington's National Gallery of Art. The portrait, which has recently been restored, has never been shown at a Dutch museum before. 

Rembrandt probably began painting the portrait in 1634/1635, shortly after he and Saskia were married, and only completed it some years later, around 1640. It was last shown in Europe in 1894, in Paris.

Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam until August 2015.




The Canal Race sees over 140 sloops racing each other along the Amsterdam canals over a 23 km route. It is one of the most exciting rowing races because of the size of the boats and the width of the canals.

Start and finish are at the IJhaven and the route takes in the Herengracht, Leidsegracht and Singelgracht in the city centre. It begins at 1 pm.

Amsterdam, October 11.



Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is the soloist for Shostakovich's piano concerto nr 1. Also on the programme are Rossini's The Thieving Magpie and Prokofiev's symphony nr 5. Mariss Jansons conducts.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, September 18, 19 and 21 (matinee).

A performance of Ligeti's Requiem, together with works by Ockeghem, Varèse and Ravel. Conductor Jonathan Nott and the orchestra are joined by contralto Allyson McHardy, soprano Jane Archibald, the Flemish Radio Choir and the Dutch broadcasting choir.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, September 25.

Rachmaninov's piano concerto nr 2 with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk. Also on the programme are works by Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. The conductor is Michael Schønwandt.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 2 and 3.

Alexei Ogrintchouk is the soloist for Richard Strauss' oboe concerto. Andris Nelsons also conducts works by Marius Flothuis and Shostakovich.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 8, 9 and 12 (matinee).

Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich's symphony nr 4 and Brahms concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. The soloists are Liviu Prunaru (violin) and Gregor Horsch (cello).

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 23 and 24; Muziekcentrum, Eindhoven, October 25.

Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey is the soloist for Haydn's Scena di Berenice. Also on the programme is Haydn's symphony nr 104, the London, and Schumann's symphony nr 4. Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor-in-chief of the NDR Symphonieorchester, makes his debut with the Amsterdam orchestra.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 29, 30, November 2 (matinee).




The Dam tot Damloop is a 10 mile road race between Amsterdam and Zaandam. This year it celebrates its 30th edition with an extra event on the Saturday evening: the four mile Damloop at night. This takes place over a shortened version of the main route.

A total of around 65,000 runners are expected to take part in both events. In addition, 16,000 walkers and 6,000 cyclists will take part in their respective events.

The start is on the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam and Zaandam, September 20 and 21.


The Eindhoven Marathon starts at 10 am at the Vestdijk tunnel and winds its way through the city centre. Other runs also take place during the day and there is entertainment and a sports market for the spectators.

Eindhoven, October 12.


The Amsterdam Marathon attracts some of the world's best runners. This year they include title defender Wilson Chebet, world champion Abel Kirui, the experienced Brazilian marathon runner Marilson dos Santos and the young Ethiopian Ayele Abshero.

The start and finish are in the Olympic Stadium and the route takes in the Rijksmuseum, the Vondelpark and the Amstel Hotel. Other runs also take place with different start locations.

Amsterdam, October 19.



Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan give excellent performances in David Hare's hard-hitting 1995 play Skylight, about an encounter between two people who are diametrically opposed but keenly attuned to each other's responses.

Pathe Cinema, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, October 23.



Stephen Fry

The English comedian, actor and writer takes to the stage to publicise his latest volume of autobiography, More Fool Me, in which he relates the giddy heights and sickening lows of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Pathé Cinema, Amsterdam, Groningen, The Hague, Rotterdam, October 1.


Toneelgroep Amsterdam

The largest repertory company of the Netherlands presents its productions with English surtitles throughout August and then on Thursday evenings.

The Fountainhead is based on Ayn Rand's 1943 novel of the same name. The protagonist is the architect Howard Roark, who embodies what the author believes to be the ideal human spirit. Roark's struggles reflect Rand's belief that individualism trumps collectivism. Among the cast of this production directed by Ivo van Hove are Ramsey Nasr, Halina Reijn and Tamar van den Dop.

Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, September 18.

Hamlet vs Hamlet sees Tom Lanoye take Shakespeare's play and turn it into the identity crisis of a young man. Director Guy Cassiers says it is also a metaphor for the political crisis in Europe.

Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, October 2.



Unseen Photo Fair

Unseen Photo Fair brings together 50 galleries exhibiting new photography from a new generation of photographers, including 30 world premiers of works that have never before been shown. There is also the Unseen collection of high quality work which can be bought, with prices up to €1000.

In addition to the various exhibitions which include one on the growth of animism in Japanese photography, there are artist talks, round table conversations and panel discussions on the subject of contemporary photography.

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, September 18 to 21.




War Horse

If you've seen Steven Spielberg's film version of Michael Morpurgo's children's book but would really like to see the original theatre production with its amazing puppets, this Dutch version is easy to follow. The story is simple: boy buys horse, horse is sequestered by the army, boy joins up to find his horse. The action moves from rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

Theater Carré, Amsterdam until September 28; Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, October 2 to 31.



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  • Benjamin Herman Trio
  • 50+ Fair
  • Paul Noble - Nobson
  • MasterPeace Concert
  • Unseen Photo Fair
  • Film by the Sea
  • Lady Gaga
  • Tribute to Neil Diamond
  • Gideon van Gelder
  • Grant Stewart Quintet
  • Francis Fukuyama
  • Goltzius and the Pelican Company
  • Back 2 The 90s
  • Herman Koch
  • International dog show
  • Flat Earth Society & Mauro Pawlowski
  • Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens: The Flemish Baroque
  • National Tattoo
  • NoFit State Circus
  • Hans Klok
  • Stephen Fry
  • The Arctic March
  • Toneelgroep Amsterdam
  • Buddhist Film Festival Europe
  • Calder at the Rijksmuseum
  • Ideal Home (Woonbeurs)
  • Love and Marriage Fair
  • Ilse de Lange & The Common Linnets
  • Social Complexity in 3D
  • Rowing
  • Motor sport
  • Residentie Orchestra
  • Netherlands Bach Society
  • Sailing
  • 100% Tuning
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
  • Show jumping
  • Boxing
  • Organ Recitals
  • Edgar Degas - Realist or Impressionist?
  • Simon Winder
  • Film Analysis: International Film Directors
  • Materials Fair
  • Il Divo
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Elvis, The Musical Show - A Night In Vegas
  • Amsterdam Dance Event
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Running
  • National Ballet
  • Introdans
  • Masters of Photography
  • The Healthy and Fit Life Fair
  • Netherlands Philharmonic
  • Anastacia
  • Lego World
  • Elvis Costello
  • Skylight
  • Nederlands Dans Theater
  • Ashton Brothers
  • Cello Biennale
  • The Enchantment
  • National Opera
  • Human Rights
  • Opera Zuid
  • European Outdoor Film Tour
  • Critical Thinking: Pitfalls and Possibilities
  • Scapino Ballet
  • War Horse
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic
  • The Pretty Things
  • Friday Night Skate
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Freak Circus
  • Opera in the Cinema
  • Through the Looking Screen
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Festival Jazz International Rotterdam
  • Level 42
  • Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
  • Michael BublĂ©
  • Caro Emerald
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Glorious Heroes
  • Marga Weimans
  • The Spanish Riding School
  • PAN Amsterdam
  • The Rush and the Calm: Moments in the City
  • The War of the Worlds
  • Ennio Morricone
  • Once Upon A Time...The Collection Now
  • Disney Mania
  • Dust! 100 Years of Vacuum Cleaners
  • Bridal gowns
  • Mark Rothko
  • Birds
  • Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden
  • Van Gogh to Cremer - Dutch Artists In Paris
  • Maurits House: The Building
  • Swan Lake On Ice
  • Kraftwerk
  • Anne
  • ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
  • Dining with the Tsars: Fragile Beauty from the Hermitage
  • Moving Magic
  • Katy Perry
  • Paul Simon and Sting
  • Football
  • Music Show Scotland
  • Rembrandt's Saskia
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