18 November 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam November 19 - 22

There seems to be a correlation between dreariness and busyness in Amsterdam; as the days get darker there are increasingly more things to do! Luckily there is also much to smile about as the oliebollen kramen (oil ball stands) are popping everywhere as well, which means we can officially start preparing for winter hibernation (adding a winter layer of oliebol fat- I mean goodness).

Film Festival: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam @ various locations, begins Thursday - November 29, €8.50/film.

“The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam was founded in 1988 in order to stimulate the national and international documentary culture. Since its foundation, IDFA has developed into the largest documentary film festival in the world.” –idfa.nl Check out the program.

Festival: Amsterdam Burlesque Festival @ Casablanca Circus tent / Strand West, Thursday – Sunday, prices vary depending on performance.

The 1st annual Amsterdam Burlesque Festival is a celebration of burlesque entertainment. With 50 performances in 4 nights!

Event: CHOCA @ various locations, final days, various times and prices.

A festival inspired by chocolate and the cacao industry and its impact on 21st century Amsterdam. With events bringing together industry and chocolate lovers with debates, activities, presentations, etc…

Film festival: French Film Festival @ various theaters Amsterdam, Den Haag and Groningen, ongoing ‘til Sunday the 22nd, prices determined by theater and times, most films with Dutch subtitles.

The 13th edition of the film festival with a general overview of present day French cinema. This year French-Canadian films have a prominent position in the festival.

Exhibition: Ring road A10 @ ARCAM, ongoing ‘til January 23, museum hours, FREE.

The exhibition highlights the longest building in Amsterdam the Ring road A10 and focuses on urban planning its architectonical significance, but also as a barrier in the city.

Exhibition: Charlotte Dumas – Paradis @ FOAM final weekend, ends Sunday the 22nd, adults, €7.50, 12 and under FREE.

Paradis, the first major retrospective of the work of Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, who makes serene, intimate portraits of animals.

Exhibition: Art, Migration and Identity @ Oude Kerk ongoing ‘til December 6th, price of museum.

Diverse national and international artists who either live or work in the Netherlands combine their work in one exhibition to explore migration and identity in art. For more info check out program.

Exhibition: T_Visionarium Open City @ De Zuiderkerk, until November 22th, FREE.

The Netherlands. T_Visionarium OPEN CITY is an installation on a century of urbanization, in which documentaries, reports, “City One Minutes” and interviews are presented in three dimensional way.

Photo Exhibition: Visual Foreign Correspondents Berlin @ Melkweg Mediaroom, ongoing ‘til November – 30, FREE.

Visual Foreign Correspondents Berlin (VFC_Berlin) highlights the impact and consequences of building walls, both literal and figurative have on people and societies as a whole.

Film Festival: Cinema DDR @ Filmmuseum, check out the program (in Dutch), ongoing ‘til December 2, all films subtitled in English.

Cinema DDR screens a selection of movies and documentaries from behind the Iron Curtain. They will give you a unique insight into the history of cinema in East Germany and peoples daily lives in the former communist state.

Exhibition & Event & Museum: Stedelijk in de Stad - Bouwkeet on tour in Be Baarsjes @ Meneer de Wit, ongoing ‘til November 28, Wednesday – Saturday 12.00-18.00, Thursday 'til 20.00, FREE, most activities in Dutch unless noted.

Thursday, A discussion with the artists, 19.00, 4 artists from the Baarsjes discuss their work, in Dutch.

Photo Exhibition: Beyond the Final Fantasy @ Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, final weekend, Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 20.30, Saturday 13.00 – 20.30, Sunday 13.00 – 17.00, FREE.

Flemish photographer Charlotte Lybeer photo series showcases LARP (Live Action Role Playing) characters in their roles and their own houses.

Exhibition: Oman @ De Nieuwe Kerk, ongoing ‘til April 18, 2010, museum hours, €12.

In the exhibition Oman more than 300 items from different museum collections in Oman will be on display. The collections include those of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, as well as private collections.


Lecture/ Discussion: Evolutionary Theory: 150 years later @ Maison Descartes, Thursday, 20:00, €3.50, in English.

Charles Darwin, one of the world's most creative and influential thinkers published his world-renounced book the Origin of Species 150 years ago. This book will be the basis of a discussion between Michel Morange a professor of biology at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and Nico van Straalen professor at the Vrije Universiteit.

Theater/Music: Impromptu Under the Influence…of Ruud Valster @ OT301, Thursday, 20.30, €8, Reservations: 020-4222583, in English.

‘Impromptu’ collectively improvises long-form theater pieces together with simultaneous instrumental and vocal background music, sound and dance: song accompaniment, musical interludes, sound-scapes, instruments as masks or as characters... and everything is improvised on the spur of the moment.

Theater: The Relevance Show @ Frascati, Thursday, 21:00, €14, in English.

The Relevance Show takes the form of a genuine Revue following the tradition of the legendary Muppet Show. Backstage, onstage as well as the auditorium are interactively linked; where the debate in the dressing room over the next number is just as important as what is happening on the stage.

Music: One Night Betty @ MP3, Thursday, 22:00, €2. If you say "To Jiggy" at the door, you'll get in for FREE.

Live blend of soul/funk/blues.


Event: TEDX @ Tropenmuseum and live broadcast hosted at various other locations, Friday, 9.00 – 21.00, FREE to join in at the live telecast locations.

TEDx Amsterdam is a daylong event bringing together 450 opinion and business leaders from all over the world with an ‘idea worth spreading’. Inspired by the original TED event. Check out program.

Event & Museum: Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday, 18.30 – 22.00, entrée to museum, stuff for older kids.

Flemish writer, Ivo Victoria, who works in the world of music, has gained a loyal following on his weblog, where he writes about the everyday life. Earlier this year he published his first novel Hoe ik nimmer de ronde van Frankrijk voor mintwaalfjarigen won ('How I never won the Tour de France for under-twelves'). Throughout the night Le Nu Perdu takes the stage for a special music performance. And DJ x-0-x steps in when things get quiet.

Event & Music; The night of abundance @ Westerpark Gasfabriek, Friday, 19.00 – late, FREE.

An event celebrating good deeds sponsored by a large number of NGO’s (stichting), with live music, events, info on organizations like KIVA, and Doctors without Borders.

Music: Jazz evening @ Pianola Museum, Friday, 20:30, €8.

Listen to the golden age of the Pianola, which coincided with the early age of ragtime and jazz.

Dance: Switch Weekender @ De Bunker NDSM Werf (take the ferry to ‘NDSM werf’ behind Centraal Station, then just a walk to tt Neveritaweg 15) Friday, 22:00 – 10:00, €15.

A 24 hour dance party with Djs: Drumcomplex (Germany), Hertz (Sweden), Philip Young, Jerome, Invite, Julius Geluk, Erick Pike, Michel Becks, Tim Wolff, Jeff Rushin.

Music: DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS @ Pacific Parc, Friday, 23.00, FREE.

Good rock from Australia with DJ BONE to follow.


Market: Buurtmarkt van der Pekbuurt @ Pekplein, Amsterdam Noord (get of the ferry go straight ahead you will see it on your left near the canal), every Saturday 'til December 26th, 12.00 – 16.00, FREE, stuff for kids.

An initiative out Noord in cooperation with Stichting Broedstraten and de Tolhuistuin brings together neighbors and visitors. All goods “handmade” in the neighborhood such as delicious handmade Surinamese food (including ginger beer - something like ginger ale), handmade clothes and slippers, haircuts!, and a makeshift cafe. This week is a special edition with recycled goods, and the December 5th market promises some Sinterklaas surprises!

Kids & Marionettes: "STORIE DI PULCINELLA" by Bruno Leone @ Italiaans Cultureel Instituut, Saturday, 15.00, FREE but reservation necessary 020-6265314 or iicamsterdam@esteri.it, for kids, in Italian.

A puppet theater in Italian based on one of the main characters in the Italian Comedia dell’ Atrte Pulcinella.

Music & Fundraiser: Si, We did it @ Badhuistheater, Saturday, 19:00, €15.

A evening and night filled with booty shaking music, belly dancing,
poetry, punk rock and Mexican folk.

Party: Rollerdisco @ Studio/K, Saturday, 22.00 - late, €5, skates available for rent at Studio/K and if you come dressed in a “disco outfit” your entrance is only €3.

Disco tunes, skates; need I say more!

Music & Film: Gumbo Night @ De Nieuwe Anita, Saturday, 20.00, €6.

Celebrate the Spirit of New Orleans with some music and good straight forward food – rice and beans. With live music, djs and old forgotten jazz by Foyer Cowboy and Henk. Also showing a movie “Always for Pleasure” (1978).

Music: Live 3 bands, 7 deejays @ Maloe Melo, Saturday, 22.00, €5.

Live: Phantom Four (Surf & Oriëntal), WestHell 5 (ModJazz, Spy & Vegas Grind), The Anacondas (Surf & Jungle Exotica)

Dance: Switch Weekender @ De Bunker NDSM Werf (see Friday for directions), Saturday, 22:00 – 10:00, €15.

Another 24 hours party with Djs; Paul Mac (UK), Carlos Rios, Ritzi Lee+909, Pounding Grooves (UK), Zix (USA), Solid Decay, Chris Liberator(UK), Staas, Stu Bro’s

Movies: Nachtkino Marathon @ Kriterion, Saturday November 21, Midnight ‘til morning, €7.50 including breakfast.

From midnight to morning three fantastic films – “Baby Snakes”, “Stingray Sam” & “Berlin Super 80” will be screened and a variety of Amsterdam-inspired and sonically centered shorts.


Market: Antique Market @ Amsterdam/Duivendrecht Borchlandhal Snuffelmarkt, Sunday, 9.00 – 16.30, €3.50, free parking.

With over 250 stands with flea market goods, antiques, curisoa (unique goods), etc…

Music: Jazz @ Toomler, Sunday, 15:30, €15, free for 18 and under.

Lazy jazzy afternoon on a rainy windy Dutch afternoon.

Party: Studio Camping (Studio Camp site) @ Gashouder Westergasfabriek, Sunday, 16:00 – 23:00, €20.

Studio Campsite is a one-day indoor fashion, music and party extravaganza a summer festival in the middle of winter. Check out the complete program.

Comedy: Comedy Train International Festival @ Toomler (near the Hilton), Sunday, 20.30, €16.00, all shows in English.

English stand-up comedy with van Steve Hughes (AUS) en Sean Collins (CAN). in two separate sets, each lasting 45 minutes in total.

Dance: XLNT @ Club 8, Sunday, 20:00 – 01:00, FREE.

An evening filled with music for ears an feet ranging from The Knive to Piazzola, cocorosie to The Noisettes.

Music: Goodwin Sands @ SKEK, Sunday, 22.00, FREE.

A quiet folk band on the chilly evening.


Santa Skate, December 18 with Friday Night Skate. Rule number 1 for the Santa Skate: dress up like Santa. No Santa costume = no participation! Santa costumes are available for about 10 euro. Skate through the city on wheels and stuff yourself with peppernoten!:)


  1. Hi Julie,

    Interesting. Where do you get all the information on the events?
    And could you please tell me more about that "Alternative" group? I couldn't find anything on Google.


  2. Dear Marco -

    All of the events on this website are hand-picked by Busy in Amsterdam. They come from Dutch event calendars (which are translated into English), flyers that we pick up at cafes and clubs, word-of-mouth, lots of internet surfing, etc...

    Alter/Native is a collective of people residing mainly in Amsterdam, it was started by a group of Italians. http://www.alternativeamsterdam.org

    Check out the agenda for this weekend on Wednesday.

  3. Thanks!

    I'll keep an eye on this site!