[Amsterdive’s Cultural Agenda is a selection of art + cultural activities for the city of Amsterdam. Every listed event includes a link to its website, and a reference in case the entrance is free of charge. Make sure to follow Amsterdive’s Facebook page for weekly updates]
(want to go straight to the point? click on “continue reading” for the events)
I’m back from my mini sabbatical. I did miss writing cultural agendas this past month. It feels good to have an overview of the interesting things going on in the city and to curate the cultural possibilities Amsterdam offers us, even if – as you can imagine – I cannot attend all of the events that I highlight. This is a bit of a weird job to do, at times, if I think that I spend time working on something so ephemerous. I mean, one writes everything down after hours of research, nice and carefully, and then puff! the thing is gone. Whether you’ve been to the event or not, it is over, and nobody ever cares to go back to that one article again. Other than that, it is also an intangible, never-ending job. You can keep on organizing agendas for your whole entire life and you might have a feeling you are not accomplishing anything, as opposed to a thoughtful essay or article, which is supposed to have a long lifespan. But then there’s this: the cultural agendas are useful. Not just for me, but for others as well. This way, I hope I can be of service. I mean, I might write about a very interesting festival but if I never let people know in advance when and where is it happening, making possible for others to experience it too, I feel I am doing just half of the job.
To ease everything out though, Amsterdive’s agendas are going to be published monthly from now on and will be updated weekly. So that we all have a reason to come back to it for one whole entire month. AND, from September on, we are going to have contributors sparkling everything up with their best advice.
Without further ado, here are some events I’d like to highlight for the rest of the month of August. If you get overwhelmed with so many options, feel free to shoot me a message: I can help you out navigating this list.
Wed, 9th, 17.00| Zomeravond voor de Amsterdammer | Scheepvaartmuseum – free entrance
Exhibition. Exhibition ‘Ode aan een Amsterdammer’ + tours to the famous VOC – ship ‘Amsterdam’ + Amsterdamse “tapas” + djs, all for free! Make sure you arrive early.
Thu, 10th | Cherry Pill | Home of Art | free (donations welcome)
CONCERT. I’ve written about Home of Art before. This time the South African singer-songwriter duo Cherry Pill will be playing live there.
Fri, 11th, 20.30 | The Mezrab Storytelling Night | Mezrab | free (donations welcome)
STORYTELLING. A magical English-spoken storytelling evening at the most international of Amsterdam’s venues.
Fri, 11th – 27th | Parade Amsterdam| Martin Luther King Park – free entrance until 15.00
Theater festival. I’ve written about De parade before. By all means, go and dive into this itinerant festival of theater & performance. The terrain is, in itself, a site of wonders, with all its old-fashioned circus-like stalls & bizarre parades of performers going back and forth. Each show on offer lasts for around half an hour which allows you to catch 2 or 3 each day. And, of course, there’s food, drinks, and – very important – a merry-go-round.
Sat, 12th, from 16.00 | Life’s A Beach Festival | Noorderlicht – free entrance
PARTY. Record label Life’s A Beach organizes a festival which is supposed to be a wicked, surprising & playful musical & visual spectacle. Just check their wicked artists on the website!
Sat & Sun, 12th & 13th 12.00 | Planet Oedipus | NoordOogst (Noord)
MUSIC & BEER FESTIVAL. Micro breweries from 10 different countries + food + music & djs organized by the Oedipus Brewerij in collab with the Red Light Radio and Bier & cO.
Sat & Sun, 12th & 13th, 09.00 | IJ-Hallen | NDSM (Noord)
FLEA MARKET. The old shipyard NDSM is home to the biggest flea-market in Europe. Make sure you bring enough cash.
Yes, I have had a stand at the Ij-Hallen a couple of times.
Sat, 12th, 23.00 | Shooting stars over Amsterdam 2017 | A park of your choice – free
METEOR SHOWER. It’s called the Perseid shower and it is supposed to peak on the night of the 12th with a zenithal hourly rate of 80 – 100 meteors-per-hour.
Sun, 13th, 23.30 | Wicked Jazz Sounds club night – Afro Special | Sugarfactory
PARTY. African inspired music at this weekly jazz-meets-dance night, one of the best clubbing events in town, with live music & DJs until late night hours.
Fri, 18th, 20.30 | MAN || CO + Arno Schuitemaker | Vondelpark Openluchttheater – free entrance
DANCE SHOWS. One evening, two dance shows in the open-air stage in Vondelpark: 20.20 “When we cried confetti” (MAN || CO) & 21.00 “Together till the end” (Arno Schuitemaker).
Fri, 18th, 21.00 | Pllek Going Places #3 | Fiesta Latinoamericana | Pllek – free entrance after 23.30
PARTY. It all starts with a Colombian film in the open-air (“Los Nadie”, 2016) just after the sun sets. It ends up with a party, with the tunes of Taxi Bongo (live), and DJ Eduardo Furia.
Sat, 19th, 20.00 | Prinsengrachtconcert 2017 | Pulitzer Amsterdam – free
CONCERT. A yearly classical concert by a world class orchestra and top classical singers that takes place on the Prinsengracht canal. The parade of boats in front of the stage is a spectacle in itself. Look:
Sun, 20th, 16.00 | Steffen Morrison + Bruut!| Vondelpark Openluchttheater – free entrance
CONCERT. Two concerts in one afternoon, on the open-air stage in Vondelpark: the soul singer Steffen Morrison and the jazz band Bruut!.
Sat, 26th, 11.00 | Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017| Beurs van Berlage – free entrance
ART FAIR. This year’s theme is street art. Damian Hirst (UK), Shepard Fairey (USA), Mr. Brainwash (F), Ishi Tashiro (Japan) and Loes van Delft (NL) will have works on show, along with other upcoming artists.
Fri & Sat, 25th & 26th | Jordaan Festival 2017 | Appeltjesmarkt – free entrance
MUSIC FESTIVAL. Popular culture in The Netherlands means Tante Leen, Johnny Jordaan, Willy Alberti, and all those who do the sentimental Levenslied (yes, “song about life”). Ha, I’m so gonna dance.
Sun, 27th, 15.00 |Live Sounday | H/eart.h – free entrance
CONCERTS. Every last Sunday of the month, vegetarian cafe / restaurant H/eart.h (Albert Cuypstraat) hosts this lovely afternoon gathering, with live music, where you get to know artists from Amsterdam and all-around. Lily Kiara, Alex Maddox and Yenting will be playing for us the coming Sunday. (TIP: make a favor to yourself and do order their tiramisu.)
Fri, Sat, Sun, 25th – 27th | Uitmarkt 2017 | Oosterdok – free entrance
ART / CULTURE FESTIVAL. A celebration of the Dutch cultural scene & the opening of the season, with the best of our music, art, theatre, dance, opera, literature and cabaret performances. Do check the program on the website.
Wed, 30th, 19.00 | The Era of Purpose | Tolhuistuin
TALK. This one is in Dutch: “Hoe maak je je leven betekenisvol? Hoe overstijg je oppervlakkige en materialistische neigingen en vind je jouw eigen purpose, jouw eigen richting?” – LEUK!
OPEN-AIR FILM EVENTS
(yeah, we’re in the season, so there has to be a special category for this)
11 – 26 Aug, 21.30 | World Cinema Amsterdam in the Open Air | different locations – free (donations welcome)
OPEN-AIR CINEMA. World cinema program: Newton ( India) | Wallay (Burkina Fasso) | Esteban (Cuba) | Mawlana (Egypt) | Do check the days & locations on the link above.
16 – 26 Aug | Pluk de Nacht | Stenen Hoofd – free (donations welcome)
OPEN-AIR FILM FESTIVAL. An iconic festival that shows films that haven’t been screened in Dutch cinemas. Food/drinks available (& parties, they say). Do check their program.
Thu, 17th – 31st, 21.30 |Cineville’s Openluchtfilms| Buurtboerderij “Ons Genoegen” – free (donations welcome)
OPEN-AIR CINEMA. Films in the neighborhood’s farm. 17th: Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) | 24th, Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson) | 31th Funny Games US ( Michel Haneke)