Week (end) Agenda | 19th – 25th Dec

OMG. I can’t believe it’s Christmas already. And this simple, often-heard sentence summarizes all my anguish regarding the passage of time. It can’t be Christmas. Christmas is supposed to be in three months, right?

Instead of further exploring the subject and getting all heavily concerned about how this year flew by and stuff, I’m directly jumping into this week’s selection of events. Good idea, right? Don’t forget that every event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, of course.

Tue, 20th, 20.30 | Ouds & News Show 2016 | Frascati

Theater. If you speak Dutch this is, apparently, one not to miss. A show created by writers, musicians and actors in which the news of 2016 are reviewed – in the Dutch tradition of an “oudejaarsconference”. The entrance is free for We Are Public membership card holders.

Woe, 21st, 20.30 | Born to Laugh – Comedy | Casablanca

Comedy. If comedy is your thing then you should give Born to Laugh a try. This is a good excuse to pay a visit to the legendary Casablanca as well. Last edition seems to have been packed so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Thu, 22nd, 20.30 | De Meiden – Toneelgroep Amsterdam | Stadsschouwburg

Theater. Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s version of “The Maids” from Jean Genet was directed by Katie Mitchell, and the performances of the actresses Chris Nietvelt en Marieke Heebink have been acclaimed by the critique. If you don’t speak Dutch, on Thursday you have the chance to watch the play surtitled in English. And you can always give the Last Minute Ticket Shop a try 😉

Fri, 23rd, 20.00 | Afrofuturism | De Balie

Talks. “Nana Adusei-Poku, professor of visual culture, will give a critical lecture on the origins and social meaning of Afrofuturism”. Visual artists will be present and explore this cultural aesthetic founded upon the works of George Clinton, Sun Ra, Afrika Manbaataa, Octavia E. Butler and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Free entrance for We Are Public membership card holders.

Sat, 24th, 22.00 | Klassiek in de Loods | Zuiveringshal – Westergasfabriek

Concert. What better for your Christmas evening than a chamber music concert at the Westergasfabriek? Camerata RCO ( composed of members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) plays Octet from Schubert. Take a look at the short-video on their website. Isn’t it the cutest visit card? Free entrance for We Are Public membership card holders.

Sun, 25th, 17.00 | Clube do Samba | Monumentje – free entrance

Concert. Samba and Christmas seem an unlikely combination but one I’m very willing to explore.


For a complete cultural agenda, check the I amsterdam website. For alternative events in the city check radar.squat.

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