Summer in Amsterdam: Things to see and do
Amsterdam has its allure. On the downside, expect rain or Tupperware-grey skies any time of year – but then there’s more than enough on the museum front to keep you entertained indoors, and at the slightest hint of good weather the chairs and tables go out at pavement cafes. Summer can be a heady time of long evenings on outdoor terraces and yes, there are tulips in the spring, even if massed in the buckets of canal-side flower sellers.
The former Netherlands Film Museum is a hot city hangout. The collection – ranging from 19th Century film through such rarities as hand-painted silent movies to 20th Century classics and the present day – is of world repute.
There’s a permanent display, including pods for private viewing, but the true attraction is in a varied daily program and festivals. EYE has become an Amsterdam landmark, with a waterside cafe-restaurant worth a visit even if you’re not taking in a film.
Holland Festival (June 1-30, 2016)
The annual Holland Festival attracts edgy and zany music and performance from across the world, for the month of June. Previous offerings have ranged from Antony and the Johnsons and Robin de Raaff’s new opera Waiting for Miss Monroe, to a ‘John Cage at 100’ concert series and Finnish accordion wrestling, featuring live music and wrestling on an electronically amplified mat. Other summer annuals always worth a look are the Julidans international festival of contemporary dance (July), and the Robeco Summer Concerts, with world-class musicians at specially subsidised ticket prices, throughout July and August.
More summer events in Amsterdam
- Vondelpark Open Air Theatre (TBA) – A host of outdoor performances, from pop, rock and jazz concerts to comedy acts and children's theatre.
- The Grachtenfestival (August 12-21, 2016) – Annual series of classical music performances at various locations throughout central Amsterdam, along its waterways.
- Dutch Theatre Festival (TBA) – A series of encore performances of the season's best theatre productions, from the critically acclaimed to audience favourites.
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This article was written by Rodney Bolt from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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