Happy 741st birthday, Amsterdam!

Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October 2016

27 October is Amsterdam’s birthday. This year it is 741 years ago that Amsterdam was first mentioned in an official document, the ‘Tolprivilege’ (toll privilege), on 27 October 1275. At the time, Amsterdam was called ‘Amestelledamme’ (derived from the dam that was built in the river Amstel). The document is so fragile, that it is only on display for a few days a year. So if you are in Amsterdam, head to the City’s archive to get a glimpse of this important piece of parchment AND a piece of birthday cake.

Read more about the birthday programme on the website of the city’s archive (NL)

Affordable Art Fair

Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October 2016

A lot of people think that art is only for the rich. But it certainly is not. The Affordable Art Fair is concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, to keep prices down. “Affordable” is a subjective term though. They state the following promise on their website: “The fair offers a range of contemporary art, all priced between €100 – €6,000, with 75% of art offered at under €3,000.”. But no matter what you budget is, it is worthwhile checking out what is on sale – otherwise we wouldn’t have listed it here. So hop over to Amsterdam North. You can take your artwork back on the ferry, no worries. 😉

Read more on the website of the Affordable Art Fair

Halloween events in Amsterdam

Friday 28 to Monday 31 October 2016

Even though Halloween is not a Dutch tradition, it is always fun to have a party. As each of you has her or his’ own taste, we let you decide what parties are for you an which are not. Not really into parties? You can always go to the Halloween family concert in the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday.

Go to the iamsterdam site for a list of Halloween events in Amsterdam (NL)

Poster image of Trump up the Volume

Boom Chicago – Angry White Men Part 2

Saturday 29 October, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 November 2016 – Last week!!!

Okay, this might be an odd one out for the weekend calendar. But somehow – we wonder why – the American elections have been an obsession to us. I guess mainly out of fear of an angry white man. To counteract the fear we thought it a good idea to see this, no doubt, hilarious show of Boom Chicago. They always manage to mix American and Dutch culture into their shows in a very clever and most of all funny way. And most non-Trump-voters know that there is a lot of material available for a good laugh.

Read more about the show on Boom Chicago’s website