Spring is here and so is the sun. Time to absorb all the light and heat you can get and start populating again parks and canal sides with a beer in your hand. But there’s more this week than just relax…
FRI 20 – SUN 22
ROZEFILMDAGEN – Last three days to join the LGBTQ Film Festival at Het Ketelhuis and widen your perspective after you’ve chilled out in Westerpark. The Skeleton Twins, Xenia and Lilting are among the must-see.
THE HUNGRY CITY – Tired of the usual cool restaurants? Do you really want to try something new? What about ants, grasshoppers and juicy worms? If things go wrong, you’d better be prepared and you can train your tastebuds at Parkhuis de Zwijger with a 4 courses dinner and a workshop on “alternative” food. Reserve your seat!
KEUKENHOF OPENING – With Spring comes also the color explosion of thousands tulips in bloom and Keukenhof is the best place to enjoy that. It’s worth the 1 hr ride and there’s a direct bus from Schiphol.
AMSTERDAM YARD SALE – Are you out of budget but still want to renew your wardrobe? Do you believe in sharing economy? You can bring all your unused clothes, pick new ones from donations if you’re in need, and the rest will be given to charity. In the afternoon at Stayokay.
BREAKIN ‘2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO – Ah, we long for the times when we wore faux leather pants and carried a huge boombox on the streets! But the dream of the 80ies is still alive at Melkweg with the screening of this super-trashy-cult on breakdance and boogie. Part of the Offscreen Festival. Please don’t miss it!
HOKJESGEEST – Take the afternoon to explore the containers jungle at NDSM and discover artists, musicians and painters in their habitat. And remember that after 23 the party is going on at the secret club KlupX.
HAPPY BACH DAY – The first day of Spring is also the anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth and Amsterdam celebrates with an entire day of concerts, screenings and a relaxing brunch at Pllek. A full 24h of Bach delight! Check the schedule.
AVONDMARKT – If you’re always in need of an excuse to drink, dance and shop, that’s a good one. At Roest.
SAT 21 – SUN 22
IJ-HALLEN – There’s no way you’ll be back home with empty hands if you’ll spend the morning strolling in the biggest vintage market in Europe. Located in the warehouses at NDSM, it’s the monthly rendez-vous for addicted to retro clothes, furniture, accessories and much more.
SOKO – The young girl with the oversize sweater that tuned “I’ll kill her” with her sweet french “R” has grown up and she’s rocking at Bitterzoet with her new album.
THE END OF SITTING 1:1 – Time for a little art experimentation: at Looiersgracht 60 you have the chance to experience directly what would be the office of the future in this installation and screening by RAAAF and Barbara Visser. Entrance is free.
LUNCH CONCERT FOYER – If you want to impress your lover during lunch break, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet is having a free concert in the foyer every Tuesday. It’s also a nice way to disconnect for a moment from a hectic workday, listening to Donizetti, Tosti and Bellini from a tenor and a piano.
SUPERHERO YOGA -Never heard of Superhero Yoga? Never mind, lessons for beginners starts at 19:00 at art collective center OT301 and you pay what you can afford for 1hr of Iyengar Yoga in a friendly non-judgemental atmosphere (as they say).
REVERIE & LOUDEN – Another weekend is near and again OT301 is the location for an Underground Hip Hop night from L.A. Start to warm up your feet.
MOVIES THAT MATTER – This movie festival on international human rights, social and political issues, organized in collaboration with Amnesty International, deserves a little detour to Den Haag. It’s going on till the 28th, check the programme. Let’s not forget what’s out of our little garden.
FOAM – Three new exhibitions starts this week: Broomberg & Chanarin, Geert Goiris and Regine Petersen.
LATE REMBRANDT – Besides the great masterpieces permanently exhibited at Rijksmuseum, now you can see also admire over 100 of the paintings, drawings and prints that Rembrandt produced in the final phase, when his popularity at the time faded away because of, among other reasons, his bad temper.
BILL VIOLA -Enjoy two of his most jaw-dropping video installations, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) and Fire Woman. At Nieuwekerk.