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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.



Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and the Senegalese virtuoso on the kora Seckou Keita join forces to play a mixture of ancient melodies from Wales and West-Africa.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, October 11.



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.



Craig Taborn Trio

The innovative piano playing of Craig Taborn has put him among the 'absolute elite of jazz pianists' and contemporary classical fans also appreciate his exploration of the tones and overtones of the piano. He has been playing for eight years in a close-knit trio with bassist Scott Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, October 8.



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.


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.

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.


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.



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.



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.



John Scofield Trio

John Scofield is one of the most popular jazz guitarists of all time, with a raw and rugged style whether he plays acoustic jazz, electric funk or gospel. He performs with two good friends: electric bass innovator Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart.

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, October 17.



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.



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

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

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.



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.




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

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 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 on Thursday evenings.

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.



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.



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  • Stephen Fry
  • The Arctic March
  • Toneelgroep Amsterdam
  • The Equalizer
  • Buddhist Film Festival Europe
  • Calder at the Rijksmuseum
  • Ideal Home (Woonbeurs)
  • Love and Marriage Fair
  • Desiree Burch
  • Ilse de Lange & The Common Linnets
  • Craig Taborn Trio
  • Social Complexity in 3D
  • Young British Talent
  • Rowing
  • Motor sport
  • Residentie Orchestra
  • Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
  • 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
  • John Scofield Trio
  • 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
  • Roda de Samba e Forrozada
  • Ashton Brothers
  • Cello Biennale
  • The Enchantment
  • National Opera
  • Human Rights
  • Opera Zuid
  • European Outdoor Film Tour
  • Critical Thinking: Pitfalls and Possibilities
  • Scapino Ballet
  • Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
  • 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
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Paul Simon and Sting
  • Football
  • Music Show Scotland
  • Rembrandt's Saskia
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