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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.



Breitner In Amsterdam

A major exhibition of the work made in Amsterdam by George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923), including, for the first time, a selection of the sketchbooks he used as the basis for his paintings. With loans from various Dutch museums and private collections, the exhibition shows how Breitner used his sketches to create his oil paintings and watercolours.

The sketches also provide a fascinating image of Amsterdam around 1900 with the horse trams on Dam square, the city renovation in the old centre and the building sites on the outskirts where new areas were being constructed.

Stadsarchief, Amsterdam until February 1 2015.



Bridal gowns

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

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until December 31.



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.



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 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.

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.


Hélène Grimaud

The brilliant French pianist returns to Amsterdam for the first time in ten years with a programme of watery music, which includes Rain Tree Sketch nr 2 by Toru Takemitsu and Jeux d'eau by Ravel.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, November 16.



International Saxophone Festival

Some of the world's best saxophone players are in Amsterdam to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax. Among them are Branford Marsalis, Candy Dulfer, Paquita D'Rivera, Claude Delangle and Arno Bornkamp. They will be playing jazz and classical music.

There are also opportunities for visitors to play along with the sax masters and to attend lectures and masterclasses. There is also a programme of films and documentaries with a saxophone connection.

Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis, Amsterdam, November 20 to 23.



Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

Pianist-composer Jason Moran spearheads the new jazz generation and is able to link jazz with classical music and hip-hop. According to The Guardian, his Bandwagon trio is one of the world's best jazz groups. With him are bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, October 30.



Love and Marriage Fair

Everything you could possibly want for your wedding, from rings and dresses to catering and horse-drawn carriages. And in all styles from traditional to trendy.

Rai, Amsterdam, November 8.

Marc Ribot Trio

Guitarist Marc Ribot, of Tom Waits and Elvis Costello fame, summons the spirit of Albert Ayler in his trio with Ayler bassist Henry Grimes and Chicago Underground drummer Chad Taylor.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, November 12.



Marianne Faithfull

The English singer and song-writer, one of the music industry's great survivors, celebrates her 50th anniversary in the business with an album of all new material, Give My Love To London, and a tour. She will feature songs from the album and older material.

Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 23.



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.



Museum Night

Museum Night sees 50 Amsterdam museums open from 7 pm until 2 am. Apart from the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, there is also live music, DJs, dance, performances, film and special tours. One ticket costing €18.50 gives entrance to all 50 participating museums.

Amsterdam, November 1.



National Ballet

Rudi van Dantzig's wonderful version of Swan Lake with sets and costumes by Toer van Schayk and based on the paintings of the golden age and Tchaikovsky's music.

Muziektheater, Amsterdam, November 6, 8, 9 (matinee), 11, 12, 14 and 15.


National Opera

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 22 and 28 (matinee).

Wagner's opera Lohengrin based on the Arthurian story of a knight sent to rescue a maiden who can never ask his identity was first performed in this production by Pierre Audi in 2002. It was much praised for its wall of steel set designed by Jannis Kounellis and costumes by Angelo Figus.

Muziektheater, Amsterdam, November 10, 13, 16 (matinee), 20, 23 (matinee), 26 and 29.



PAN Amsterdam

The annual art, antiques and design fair where all the exhibits are for sale, takes in everything from clocks and barometers to manuscripts and miniatures and from Asiatic art and Art Deco to vintage design. Around 125 galleries, art dealers and antiquarians are on hand with advise.

RAI, Amsterdam, November 23 to 30.


Piotr Anderszewski

The Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski, much praised for his intelligent and transparent playing style, performs works by JS Bach and Schumann.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, November 30.



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.



Roda de Samba e Forrozada

A musical e4ncounter in which singers, guitarists and percussionists sit in a circle and everyone is invited to dance. Expect a lot of forró, Brazil's current hip dance style. Host Nelson Latif and band welcome renowned Brazilian musicians.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, October 24.



Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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).

Michel van der Aa wrote his first violin concerto for Janine Jansen who performs it for the first time in this programme which also includes Debussy's Berceuse héroique and Janácek's Taras Bulba. The conductor is Vladimir Jurowski.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, November 6, 7 and 8.

Robin Ticciati conducts French works ranging from Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande to Berlioz's La mort de Cléopatra sung by the mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, November 12, 13 and 14.

Daniele Gatti, who will take over as conductor-in-chief in 2016, conducts Mahler's symphony nr 6.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, November 27, 28 and 30 (matinee).




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.



The Gloaming

Five Irish musicians from the world of folk, contemporary music and alternative rock get together to perform new versions of old Irish songs.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, November 8.



The Spanish Riding School

The beautiful grey Lippizana of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna show off their airs and graces. Actually the exercise they perform are not of Spanish origin but were initiated by two great horsemen of the past: the English Duke of Newcastle and the French Antonius de Pluvinel, riding-master to Louis XIII.

Scapino Ballet opens the show with a specially adapted version of Ed Wubbe's baroque delight, Pearl.

Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, November 29 and 30.


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.

Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, October 2 to 31.



More What's on

  • Skylight
  • Lee White
  • Under The Skin
  • Roda de Samba e Forrozada
  • Ashton Brothers
  • Cello Biennale
  • The Enchantment
  • Human Rights
  • Why The World Does Not Exist
  • European Outdoor Film Tour
  • Critical Thinking: Pitfalls and Possibilities
  • Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
  • War Horse
  • The Pretty Things
  • Friday Night Skate
  • Museum Night
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Freak Circus
  • Through the Looking Screen
  • Festival Jazz International Rotterdam
  • Level 42
  • The Gloaming
  • Love and Marriage Fair
  • Boxing
  • Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
  • Marc Ribot Trio
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic
  • Michael Bublé
  • National Ballet
  • Hélène Grimaud
  • Show jumping
  • Opera in the Cinema
  • Caro Emerald
  • Scapino Ballet
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • International Saxophone Festival
  • Glorious Heroes
  • Netherlands Chamber Choir
  • Marga Weimans
  • Hans Klok
  • National Opera
  • Opera Zuid
  • Nederlands Dans Theater
  • Netherlands Bach Society
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • The Spanish Riding School
  • Piotr Anderszewski
  • Introdans
  • PAN Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  • 20th Century Philosophy: Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes
  • Literary Masters
  • Brain Storm
  • 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
  • Disney on Ice
  • 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
  • Breitner In Amsterdam
  • Lionel Richie
  • ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
  • Dining with the Tsars: Fragile Beauty from the Hermitage
  • Moving Magic
  • Katy Perry
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Porgy and Bess
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Romantic Fashions
  • Paul Simon and Sting
  • Football
  • Music Show Scotland
  • St John Passion
  • St Matthew Passion
  • Rembrandt's Saskia
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