26 August 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam for the weekend of August 28th - 30th

The summer is officially wrapping up, the vacations are over and things are getting busier on the streets; but not to fret as that is just when Amsterdam starts to jive! The next three months, before the darkness really sets in:(, are socially the busiest time of the year.

The Uitmarkt is the official beginning to all the fun, introducing the City to all that is to come during the 2008 - 2009 cultural season. But if you aren't ready to accept that summer is nearing its end there are still lots of reasons to stay out and enjoy with lots of outdoor film festivals, and my personal favorite a Pet Meet-and-Greet Day at Oosterpark on Sunday!

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Uitmarkt @ various locations, starts Friday from 21.00 – 00.00 at the Dam – continues the entire weekend (11.00 – midnight) with performances and activities at 40 podiums, FREE, special activities for kids. Check out the official program for times and place.

Uitmarkt is the annual national opening of the cultural season. With “free samples/taste tests” of musical acts and performances to hit the stage over the next year. As well as a book market with stands from publishers and bookstores throughout the City selling discount books, posters, and advertising about upcoming events (kids books, too).

Lots of events to check out, I recommend: Matt Bianco – the internationally famous jazz master plays on Friday at 23.00 at the Dam; a presentation of wooden marionettes by Het Amsterdams Marionetten Theater Saturday and Sunday 13.00, a sing-along at the Dam on Sunday at 21.00, as well as various musical acts on the water.

Activities and shows for kids all over the City check out Uitmarkt Junior.

Why go? get a sneak preview of how you will be spending your winter and enjoy the FREE fun!

Van Gogh Museum Avond @ Van Gogh Museum, Friday, 18.30 – 22.00, €12.50 entrée to museum, but free with Museumkaart.

DJ DaanModern, resident DJ of Pacific Parc, from 18.30 on plays a mix of steamy soul, nostalgia, exotic and natural modern jazzy tunes.

Candy Cash, a beloved new comer band from Paris with influences of electric, dubstep and trip hop music. Begins at 20.00.

Why go? Check out an up and coming band and some good ol' Van Gogh

Westerparking @ Westergasfabriek, everyday, 14.00 – 23.00, open terrace.

The Cantina Mobile is back in the terrace of Pacific Parc with tunes, eats and fun.

Why go? a funky atmosphere to spend your afternoon.

West Beach Outdoor Film Festival @ Sloterplas in Slotervaart, starts Friday ends the 19th of August with various showings throughout this period, pre-program starts at 20.30 with films from the end exams of Film Academie students with the main film starting at 21.00, FREE.

A four weekend long open air film festival in Sloterparkbad. This week the hit of 2007 “Alles is Liefde” on Friday, Saturday the adventure film “Into the Wild”.

Why go? check out the lovely Sloterpark and enjoy a free film.

3 x Live @ Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Friday, 20.00, €5.

Rock ‘n’ roll delight, with three live acts.

Why go? three times the musical delight

Outdoor film “Sita Sings the Blues”@ Hermitage Amsterdam, Friday, 22.00, FREE, in English with Dutch subtitles. Part of Uitmarkt.

Part of the Filmmuseum's weekly (every Friday evening) outdoor film screenings – Sunsets. This Friday check out the 2008 film “Sita Sings the Blues”, an animation film by famous animator and cartoonist Nina Paley based on a Indian heldendicht (epic narrative poem).

Why go? enjoy the open air at new Hermitage

Kick OFF Partij @ Club 8, Friday, 22.00 – 04.00, €7.50.

The summer is almost over and the new party season begins so Club 8 is making one big party to introduce their season of parties including rock, 80s, 90s, indie, punk pop, techno, etc...

Why go? if you can't decide what kind of music you want to jam to check out this mix of everything


Voltt: loves summer music festival @ NDSM-werf, Saturday, 11.00 - 23.00, pre-sale €29.50/ticket.

A music festival in Noord with two stages of unique international acts, including Beat Pharmacy, Gaiser, Richie Hawtin, Paul Ritch Drumcode, Kabale UND Liebe.

Why go? squeeze in one more festival before the summers over.

ZOOmeravond /summer night @ Artis (the zoo), various programs, 18.30 - 22.00, price of zoo, every Saturday until September, stuff for kids. This is the final weekend.

A broad program with a little bit for everyone- 2 music stages, theater, a kinderboederij (petting zoo) and other creative activities for kids! This Saturday Spinvis plays in the planetarium.

Why go? Check out Spinvis live!:)

KISS party @ Blijburg, Saturday, 21.00 – late, €5.

The successful touring party KISS (a collective of artists, musicians, VJs and DJs) makes a stop at Blijburg with DJs: DIM, CLYDE, GIANNI, PHIL, PRINSJE POOTJE PIETJE PAPJE, FROUKJE POLA, BEAR GRYLLZ, ILLVESTER SOPHIE VOM S., and MADE IN JUNE.

Why go? Enjoy the warm nights with some wild beach fun

A Dark Night of Light Cabaret @ de Nieuwe Anita, Saturday, 20.00, €7.50. In Dutch.

Comedy cabaret (in Dutch) with dj/vj after the show.

Why go? add some comedy to typical Saturday night

Buitenbios /Outside theater film “Terra Sonâmbula” @ Het Ketelhuis, Westerpark, Saturday, starts when it is dark around 22.00, FREE. Final weekend.

A free open air presentation in the Westerpark. This Saturday check out the film “Terra Sonâmbula” (Sleepwalking Land) in conjunction with the project Africa in the Picture. A magic realist film from Mozambique about the effect of war.

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

Lowlands festival live on the big screen @ Skek, Saturday, 22.00, FREE.

If you missed Lowlands you can see the recording on the big screen at Skek.

Why go? check out the highlights of the always sold-out Lowlands


Pure market @ Park Frankendael, Watergraafsmeer, Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00, activities for kids.

A monthly tradition of lekker eten (good food) mostly organic, as well as other local, sustainable goods, and music. Also creative activities for the little ones.

Why go? check out the start of the new season and pick up some handmade fudge!

CD and record market @ Nieuwmarkt, Saturday & Sunday, 09.00 – 18.00.

Why go? as you make your way to the many stages of Uitmarkt you can also pick up some tunes for the evening.

Ella’s dieren ontmoetingsdag / pet meeting day @ Oosterpark, Sunday, 12.00 – 17.00, FREE, specifically for kids but all are welcome (even if you don't have a pet).

1st project from www.dezoektocht.eu a community building initiative. Ella’s dieren ontmoetings dag was suggested by eight-year-old Ella Vermey. She loves animals and wanted to meet and share her passion with others in the Dapperbuurt. Lots of activities for kids, animals and adults; including games, crafty corner, face painting, inflatable jumping castle, a dog trainer, a photo exhibition of the neighborhood animals, a dog-cat walk, pick-nicking, Djs, and food.

Why go? mingle with your dog

Tactiel & "La Graine et Le Mulet" @ Tolhuistuin, Sunday, 20.00, unknown price.

The Pavadita Tango String Quartet and Flashmobcinema present "La Graine et le Mulet"- the price winning 2007 film about the ambitions, frustrations, courage, slothfulness (indolentie) of migrant families of North-African decent in Southern France.

Why go? make your way to Amsterdam Noord and check out the trendy Tolholtuin

Winston Popprijs 2009 @ Winston Kingdom, Sunday, 20.00 – 23.00, €5.

The fourth round of Winston's 11th annual band competition for local talent.

Why go? check out the local talent

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