Event Calender July – What’s on in Amsterdam
June 21 was the official start of the summer in the Netherlands and the sun is shining everywhere. There are also plenty of events and exhibitions in Amsterdam this month that have something for everyone. Enjoy with friends at one of the many festivals or immerse yourself in culture at Amsterdam’s most famous museums.
July 1st – Keti Koti festival (Oosterpark, Amsterdam)
On the 1st of July 1863, slavery in the colonies of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles was abolished. This was celebrated by many people in Amsterdam, and therefore the 1st of July has been declared Keti Koti festival since 2000. At this festival freedom, equality and solidarity are celebrated with a colorful explosion of joy at the Oosterpark. The literal translation of Keti Koti means “Broken chains” in Surinamese, and symbolizes the abolition of slavery. There are multicultural music and dance performances on various stages by the legendary reggae band Steel Pulse and you can enjoy traditional food, drinks, lectures, films, a Caribbean market and art on the entire square. The entrance of the festival is free!
Vondelpark Open Air Theater – (2 june 2019 – 8 september-2019)
The Vondelpark Open Air Theater will return to the center of the Vondelpark! Residents and visitors can once again enjoy all the performances during this wonderful summer season. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be special and surprising performances and concerts for free! For example: dance, youth theater, cabaret, classical and pop music from big names to new talents.
Milkshake Festival – 27st and 28st of july
Milkshake Festival is a collaboration between Air and Paradiso. These are two of the largest clubs in Amsterdam, with many different venues. At this festival in the Westerpark it is all about love for each other. They believe in thinking outside the box and to express your love. Expect extraodinary scenery, spectacle and a wide variety of performances and visitors. You can even get officially married at the festival!
Pride Amsterdam – 27 juli – 4 august
In July we start Pride Amsterdam off with the Pride walk ending in the Pride park. On July 27 from 11:00 to 12:00 there will be a manifestation at the Homomonument with speakers and performances by various artists. Following from this, everyone walks through familiar streets in Amsterdam towards the Vondelpark. It has since become a tradition, the kick-off of Pride Amsterdam in the Vondelpark! Here we celebrate freedom, and where can we do this better than in the park of love? There will be plenty of activities such as the Rainbow Market, sports and games by Pride & Sports, the Youth Pride NL field and much more. The Vondelpark Open Air Theater serves as the main stage. The famous Canal Parade will be in August and we will tell you a lot more in our event calender for next month!
Netwerk Aarde – Artis, Amsterdam (1 July – 31 Augustus 2019)
In the show Network Earth you discover what it means to live in a world where everything is connected. From the smallest micro-organisms in our soil to whales in the ocean. Seen from space, the earth appears to be a fragile sphere. The American spaceman Karen Nyberg said about this: All organisms on earth are interconnected. It is one ecosystem. Our planet seen from above shows you that. It makes you want to be active to maintain this. If everyone could go around the earth with this perspective, we would act very differently. You can visit this show daily form July till August in Artis Amsterdam
Louise Bourgeois – Rijksmuseum tuinen, Amsterdam (24 May – 3 November 2019)
Meter-high spiders, colossal eyes and hanging spirals in the monumental wingnut tree. This spring, The Rijksmuseum is presenting ‘Louise Bourgeois in the Rijksmuseum gardens’. The twelve images that can be seen in the Rijksmuseum gardens in Amsterdam. The images can be seen as an intimate diary by Louise Bourgeois and provide an overview of the characteristic themes in her life and work. The exhibition can be visited free of charge from 24 May to 3 November 2019.
Universum van Amsterdam – Paleis op de Dam (29 juni – 22 september)
The largest maps in the world are in the floor of the Burgerzaal, in the heart of the Royal Palace Amsterdam. The three round mosaics each have a diameter of no less than 624 centimeters and show the eastern and western hemisphere of the world and the starry sky. They are an essential part of the concept of architect Jacob van Campen for this building, the former city hall of Amsterdam. He designed the imposing town hall as a miniature universe. The spectacular floor maps are still a popular part of a visit to the Palace today.
REMBRANDT YEAR 2019
Let’s not forget about the Rembrandt Year. In 2019 it will be 350 years ago that one of the best known painters ever died, Rembrandt van Rijn. On the occasion of his 350th year of death there are exhibitions of this special artist in various museums in the Netherlands. In our earlier blog we have already mentioned all exhibitions, but a few more where added in July.
Inspired by Rembrandt – het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam (7th July– 1 september 2019)
This exhibition shows the most remarkable works of art from the collection of Museum The Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. Rembrandt’s etchings have inspired artists in all sorts of ways and that is what this entire exhibition is all about. It also shows prints of precursors, contemporaries, as well as modern and contemporary artists. You will come across the work of, among others, Hercules Segers, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, but also, for example, work of Horst Janssen, Willem den Ouden, Charles Donker and Glenn Brown.
Rembrandt en het Mauritshuis – Mauritshuis, Den haag (Daily until september 5th 2019)
Are you looking for an exhibition outside of Amsterdam? You have various exhibitions at the Mauritshuis. There is a special exhibition of 18 paintings by Rembrandt in the Mauritshuis Museum. This is one of the most important collections of Rembrandt paintings in the world. The museum shows the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age, with each painting telling a story about how it ended up in the museum’s collection.
Familietentoonstelling Hallo Rembrandt! – Mauritshuis, Den Haag (20th July 2019 – 15 september 2019)
In addition to the Rembrandt exhibition, there is also a DIY exhibition especially for children between 3 and 11 years old. The exibhition is called ‘Hello Rembrandt!’. Here kids get to know Rembrandt in a playful way. And of course they also get to work themselves. While preschoolers play with light and shadow here, older children are making their own painting. Like Rembrandt, they can also dress themselves with a beautiful white collar, a painter’s palette or with his distinctive beret! Admission to this exhibition is free for anyone under the age of 18.
De Leidse Rembrandt Dagen – Pieterskerkplein, Leiden (13th and 14th of July 2019)
Furthermore, a visit to the city of Leiden on 13 and 14 July is also great fun. The Rembrandt Days are on this date, with the city going back 350 years in time. During these days, the Pieterswijk is literally transformed into a 17th-century environment with Hundreds of actors in authentic traditional costume. In this way it brings you back to the time that Rembrandt was born in Leiden. You can find more information about the Leidse Rembrandt Days through this link