Grachtenfestival – Canals Festival 2016
Friday 12 August to Sunday 21 August 2016
The Grachtenfestival (Canals Festival) is a unique, yearly event. In the 1 1/2 week this classical music festival goes on for, you can get acquainted with various types of classical music. Not just in a concert setting, but in various, creative forms and set ups. As the name suggests, the setting is the Amsterdam canals; either along the canals or in one of the canal houses. The Grachtenfestival is THE platform for young, classical musicians to take the stage and show their talents (for the first time) for a bigger audience. Many events and activities are for free, but be early, as this festival, in general, is very popular.
De Parade – Theatre Festival
Friday 12 August to Sunday 28 August 2016
Another popular event – although in a different category – is De Parade Theatre Festival. The first De Parade started 26 years ago and was a hit from the beginning; now touring all four major cities in the Netherlands. There are various regular theatre and music performers, with the Living Jukebox as one of our favourites. Till 16.00 hours, you don’t have to pay to get on the festival grounds; in the evening it’s €7.50. You also pay between €2 to €10 per show. Whether you see a lot of shows or not, the atmosphere at the festival is always very relaxed, vibrant, creative and ‘gezellig’. De Parade prides itself in being very conscious and sustainable and has set minimum animal welfare rules for the catering companies present at the festival. De Parade is also the only festival that serves only tapwater – carbonated or non-carbonated.
Conscious = sustainable and ethical fashion shopping
Of course there are many other things to do in Amsterdam this weekend, but not many that could be called ‘conscious’. And because we need new pants, we thought of highlighting our favourite sustainable and fair trade fashion shops in Amsterdam. Nukuhiva was the first sustainable and fair trade fashion store in Amsterdam. It is a not-so-big shop in the Haarlemmerstraat, but still with a good range of ethical fashion brands. A newer addition is Charlie + Marie. They have a store in neighbourhood De Pijp and a smaller one in De Hallen in West. Recently we’ve also been to the newest addition of sustainable fashion shops in Amsterdam, Studio Jux & Co (also in De Pijp) and think they are a great addition (recommendation to follow).
- Living in the Amsterdam School – 29 April – 28 August 2016
- The Tale of the Whale in Het Scheepvaartmuseum – 9 July – 28 August 2016
- Artis ZOOmeravonden – Every Saturday in June, July & August
- Helmut Newton exhibition on Foam – 17 June – 4 September 2016
- Vondelpark Openluchttheater – 2 May – 25 September 2016
- On the Verge of Insanity in Van Gogh Museum – 15 July – 25 September 2016
- Marten en Oopjen reunited in Rijksmuseum – 2 July – 2 October 2016
- Energetica – 22 April 2016 – 1 January 2017
- 2016: Year of the Amsterdam School – The whole year