Art Deco sign saying in Dutch: Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

The Summer comes to an end

A few more weeks to go

The meteorological Summer has already ended, but luckily we still have a few weeks of Summer according to the calendar! But you notice that the Summer comes to an end with some major exhibition finishing this weekend, outdoor pools closing over the next few weeks. And also the Open Air Theatre in Vondelpark has only a few weeks left. But before getting ready for Autumn, we are still celebrating Summer, till the last minute! This weekend there are several festivals, such as Valtifest (NL) (NDSM Wharf), Pacha Festival (Arenapark), ZeeZout Festival (Diemerbos) and Pleinvrees Festival (Riekerhaven in Sloten). The latter is a (relatively) small scale festival with groovy ‘melodic (deep)house sounds’ – as they describe it themselves. The festival is keen on sustainability and only offers vegetarian food. To reduce the plastic waste, they use recyclable drinking cups. So get out this weekend and celebrate Summer AND life!

Walking concerts through Jewish Amsterdam – Museum Geelvinck

4 September 2016

Museum Geelvinck organises the first Walking Concert in the series ‘The Spirit of Place’.  The walking/music tour will take you along three historic buildings in the Jewish Quarter, with three different concerts: BRISK in the Portugese Synagoge (1675), Musica Amphion in the Uilenburgersjoel (1766) and Camerata Trajectina in the Rembrandthuis (1607).

Read more about the Walking Concert on the website of Museum Geelvinck (NL)

100 years of inspiration – ARCAM

14 April – 2 October 2016

In the year where Amsterdam celebrates 100 years of Amsterdam School architecture, the Architecture Center Amsterdam (ARCAM) can’t stay behind. Since mid-April they have a photo exhibition, examining the influence of the Amsterdam School on contemporary architecture and urban design.

Read more about the exhibition on the website of ARCAM

De Bazel as seen from the bridge over Keizersgracht

De Bazel – City Archives

Various dates 2016

De Bazel is one of our favourite buildings in Amsterdam. You might have noticed that we really like the design style of Amsterdam School and Art Deco. De architecture of De Bazel – now housing the city archives – is strongly influenced by these styles. What I’m getting at is that the building itself is already worth a visit. But the city archives also houses the Unesco podium: an information center, about the most important Unesco heritage listed monuments of Amsterdam/the Netherlands. Since 5 July till 23 Octoiber they also display an interesting exhibition on the designs of the Amsterdam School. And this Sunday, 4 September, the last chamber concert of this summer season, is held in the main hall.