Dag van de Bouw (Day of the Construction)
Saturday 4 June
To some, buildings, infrastructure or any other type of constructions may not be very much of interest. But fact is that it construction work is all around us and important for a good urban planning and livability. Without constructions there are no museums, no roads, no public transport, no houses. This Saturday you can take a look at many construction sites that are otherwise closed for the public. In Amsterdam there are around 14 locations, ranging from interesting apartment buildings, a parking garage, tunnels and a few of the stations of the new Noord-Zuid metro line.
Every Saturday in June, July & August
At the risk of offending some animal lovers, we also list the Artis ZOOmeravonden (play on words with ZOO and Summer evenings). Besides being a respected participant in international breeding programmes, the local Amsterdam ZOO is also a beautiful park. On Saturdays in the Summer months, they are open until after sunset. There is music to enjoy while you have a picnic on the grass. And when the sun goes down, you can observe the night-time rituals of various animals.
KunstRAI Art Amsterdam
1 – 5 June
KunstRAI Art Amsterdam is the longest running contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. Around seventy galleries showcase the – we’ll let you be the judge whether it’s their best – works of numerous artists. Besides being loaded with art, the fair also offers enough drinking and eating opportunities. So take your time, enjoy the art that Dutch creatives have to offer, and discuss your favourites – and least favourites – while sipping at your drink.
Holland Festival – International Performing Arts
4 – 26 June
Do you like theatre, dance, music, visual arts and/or other performing arts? Then this is YOUR festival. Holland Festival was founded in 1947 (!) and every year they manage to programme three weeks full of performances and concerts with artists from around the world. The festival has a good mix of established names, as well as up and coming artists. So enjoy your favourite artist or discover a new one!
Red Light Jazz Festival
3, 4 & 5 June
This vibrant music festival was started two years ago and was initiated by local businesses. It shows that the Red Light District is a cultural ‘hotspot’; despite – or maybe because of – the questionable reputation of this most famous neighbourhood Amsterdam. Artists like New Cool Collective, Hans Dulfer, Deborah J. Carter and Zandscape, Alex Rossi Quartet, Miss Bee, and Naked Ears will perform in various locations such as Café Casablanca, The Cotton Club and Mata Hari. But also in less obvious places such as the Sint Olofskapel (Saint Olofs Chapel), Theatre Casa Rosso, a few hotels and Het Bethaniënklooster (Bethany Monastery).
- World Press Photo Exhibition – 16 April to 10 July 2016
- Living in the Amsterdam School – 29 April – 28 August 2016
- Vondelpark Openluchttheater – 2 May – 25 September 2016
- Artis ZOOmeravonden – Every Saturday in June, July & August
- Holland Festival – International Performing Arts – 4 – 26 June 2016
- Energetica – 22 April 2016 – 1 January 2017
- 2016: Year of the Amsterdam School – The whole year