15 July 2009

Amsterdam Happenings for July 15 - 19

Things are slowing down here in Amsterdam as the majority of the country heads on holiday. Therefore I would recommend that you go to whatever club, cafe, creative space that you have been craving this weekend, because the majority of them are also "going on holiday" until the middle or end of August. So make your last rounds, party 'til you drop, and save the cheesy films for next weekend. That being said I have not separated the happenings into events and music this week as there are significantly less things going on than in previous weeks. I am working on compiling some info for a post, which I plan to make soon, about how to fill your weekends when half the country's doors are closed, but for this weekend just get out there enjoy before everything shuts. If you appreciate this agenda please "buy me a beer"/ click on my ads.

I want mention here, as I have had some comments about it, that although this agenda is in English and highlights activities that are in English it also lists interesting events that may only be Dutch; the reason being is - you are in the Netherlands and people speak Dutch here! But do you enjoy a great opera any less just because you don't understand Italian? Therefore I encourage you to stretch out and let a little Dutch rub off on you, trust me it won't hurt you! And of course have a grand weekend...

Happenings in Amsterdam July 15 - 19


Stedelijk in de Stad @ Museumplein, various activities & times, FREE.

Wednesday, 14 - 16, for kids 6 to 12, FREE, "I like it, I love it!" Stoffenprint workshop given by the Paris Fashion (Natascha Hagenbeek and Maaike Gottschal). Stoffenprints tell a story, use your imagination to create your own print. (There is something every Wednesday for kids).

Why go? since the Stedelijk is still under construction and without a home, enjoy the small projects and exhibitions throughout the summer.

Huis van Aristoteles @ Westerparkgasfabriek (in Westerpark), various times, €5, most activities geared for kids 6 -12 but also have activities for toddlers.

"Helden" (heros) activities through the week.

Why go? take the kids to the park for a picnic and then let them discover their inner hero after lunch.


Hortus Festival / chamber music @ Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Park, Watergraafsmeer, every Thursday evening from July 17 - August 27th. 19.30, 22.50.

A different program of chamber music for every week in the historic Huize Frankendael.

Why go? enjoy the gardens and a trip just outside the Ringdijk.

Late Night Live Soul and Jazz @ mP3, Thursday, 22.00 - 03.00, 2 .

Groovy live soul, funk and jazz with Xander Vrienten en Co.

Why go? a change from the usual late night house and electronic sounds found in the City late

Ricksen: Dutch rapper @ Panama, Thursday, 20.00 - 00.00, €7.50.

Ricksen is a Dutch rapper with afkomst (origins) from the Maluku Island people, thus influenced by a lots of different sounds and music. A little rhythm and blues and beats.

Why go? check out and support local acts.

Entire Weekend

Vondelpark Openluchttheater (Open Air Theater), Friday - Sunday, various times see previous post for details, FREE, stuff for kids.

Why go? every weekend until September enjoy different shows, theater, music, etc...

Kwakoe @ Bijlmerpark, Zuid-Oost (metro stop Amsterdams Poort, then a short walk to the park), FREE, starts this weekend and continues every weekend until the August, not specific activities for kids although a very colorful, musical, delicious place to visit. See previous post for more details.

Why go? This is a must do & you have a few weekends to figure out how to fit this festival, but really it should only take a sunny day to convince you to drop everything and head to Zuid-Oost.

Variations on Earth: art exhibition @ Oosterkerk, Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00, FREE.

World artists in Amsterdam exhibition.

Why go? check out the not often travel to Oosterkerk and some art on the side.

De Tent van mijn Tante theater for kids @ Amsterdam Noord, Meeuwenlaan 57 (near the Matras), everyday, various times, 4, for KIDS.

A theater group working to provide cultural, artistic, educational theater productions for children. Various activities from story telling, competitions, to theater acts. For kids 5 and up .

Wednesday - Saturday shows at 19.30 and Saturday and Sunday additional show at 15.00. Next week Wednesday - Sunday (July 22 - 26) at Rembrandtpark.

Why go? teach your kids to love theater via this children focused production.

5 days off festival @ various locations - Melkweg, Paradiso, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, pass 65.

The ninth edition of 5 days off is a spectacle of electronic music and art: a wearable technology model show, video complications, djs from all over the world, discussions with artists, etc...

Why go? For five nights submerse yourself in electronic tunes!

Down Under film and activities @ Filmtheather, Prinsengracht 452, various times, prices and activities until August 16, special events for kids.

Australian and New Zeeland films (events every Saturday). This week: Wednesday is the last showing of "Rabbit Proof Fence" at 19.00, Thursday - the following Wednesday the showing of "An Angel at My Table". Saturday at 17.00 a wine tasting and film.

And for kids, Sunday, "Who, What, Where Australia" presentation about Australia for kids and the film "Opal Dream" 11.45.

Why go? soak up a little Aussie history through film.

Comedy Train International Summer Festival @ Toomler (near the Hilton) Wednesday- Saturday. €12.50- €16.00, 20.30, all shows in English.

Two comedians from the UK- Markus Birdman and Jon Richardson, perform in two separate sets, each lasting 45 minutes in total.

Why go? get your dose of comedy on a rainy night

Film: "Happiest girl in the world" @ Filmmuseum, July 16 - 22, 21.45, 7, Romania spoken with English subtitles.

Romanian family drama film
by Radu Jude. Part of the "Previously Unreleased 2009" series.

Why go? critically acclaimed film with a Dutch production company.


Van Gogh Museum Avond, @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday 19.30 - 22, entrée to museum, but free with Museumkaart.

Bart Rutten a conservator at the Stedelijk Museum will provide
a guided tour of the Avant-gardes '20 / '60 starting at 19.30 with background tunes and visual complications by DJ Dirkson.

Why go? why not enjoy some live music will checking out Van Gogh's work.

Daniel Gordon's North Korean trilogy @ Smart Project Space/Cinema, opens Friday, 20.15 with three consecutive parts, in English and or subtitles in English, 7 .

British director Daniel Gordon gained unprecedented and unrestricted access to North Korea to produce this award-winning documentary. Personal stories of daily life on the not so often seen other side of the DMZ.

Why go? unique portraits of life in North Korea

Jitterbug @ Maloe Melo, Friday, 22.00, 5.

The Jitterbug is a famous folkdance that originated in the southern American states. The Dutch band Jitterbug plays the original fifties and sixties rock ‘n roll, doo-wop and rockabilly.

Why go? good time rock 'n roll, that makes you get up and jitterbug!!

Junkbeat @ Pacific Park, Friday, 23.00, FREE.

Live band from Amsterdam.

Why go? awesome space, good music

Jampop @ P60, Friday and Saturday , 19.30, FREE Friday, €5 Saturday.

A two-day music festival with jam sessions, workshops, demos.

Why go? on Saturday get the inside scoop on "Rock On Roll The Stories"


Stedelijk in de Stad @ Museumplein, various activities & times, FREE.

Saturday, 12-18, Alexis Blake (an artist in residence in the Red Light District) works in her space at RED A.I.R. She works to creates a platform for discussion of the collective identity of 'I Amsterdam'. English is spoken.

Why go? since the Stedelijk is still under construction and without a home, enjoy the small projects and exhibitions throughout the summer.

Beach Party from Cirque Excentrique @ Blijburg, Saturday, 19.00 - late, 7.

The band Music is Weapon from Miami Beach will play, along with a long list of djs, and lots of interactive fun: body painting, bubbles, buikglijbaan/slip-in-slide, etc...

Why go? Serious fun is always guaranteed when you there is an excuse for your inner child to let loose... buikglibaan here I come.

Buitenbios /Outside theater@ Het Ketelhuis/Westerpark, every Saturday 'til August 22nd, starts when it is dark around 22.00, FREE.

A free open air presentation in the Westerpark. This Saturday NPS-Kort/Short : 10 short films van eigen bodem (from your own soil aka made in the Netherlands), 10 minutes each.

Why go? good excuse to stay out late in the park

ZOOmeravond /summer night @ Artis (the zoo), various programs, 18.30 - 22.00, prices of zoo, every Saturday until September (also above).

A broad program with a little bit for everyone- 2 music stages, theater of 20 shows, a kinderboederij (petting zoo) and other creative activities for kids!

Why go? enjoy some tunes on the beautiful lawns of Artis

Amsterdam Soul Club @ de Badcuyp Zuidpool, Saturday, 22.00, €6.

Music and video clips from the 'classic soul' period 1960s - beginning of 1970s.

Why go? a monthly favorite.

Urban Album Release Party @ Skek, Saturday, 23.00, FREE.

Easy flowing Dutch hip hop, and djs.

Why go? Check out the newest of albums


International organ festival: concert for two organs @ De Oude Kerk, Sunday, 20.15, 10, kids under 6 free.

Two organ players this week Cristina Garcia Banegas from Uruguay and Leo van Doeselaar from NL.

Why go? give your self a breather, close your eyes enjoy the organ!

Shoeless: Open air music festival @ Het Rijk van de Keizer, Joris van den Breghweg 101, Sunday 10.00 - 22.00, 25.

A long list of DJs will spin in open air, but also an indoor area and a chill out room. It is known as an intimate affair and very "living room like", since you aren't allowed to wear your shoes.

Why go? a good excuse to air out those stinky feet, make them pretty paint them funky colors and dance.

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