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What's On in Amsterdam February 2016


What's going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2016.

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Museums & Exhibitions

Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum's rich collection (including Rembrandt's Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Anish Kapoor & Rembrandt, 3 painted reliefs from the British artist on show in the Gallery of Honour, 27 Nov 2015 to 6 Mar 2016.

Hermitage Amsterdam – New exhibition Spanish Masters from the Hermitage: The World of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya runs from 28 Nov 2015 until 29 May 2016. Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age brings together for the first time 30 colossal 17th century group portraits from Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum. Runs to the end of 2016.

Nieuwe Kerk Rome. Emperor Constantine’s Dream – major exhibition about the fascinating history of Christianity’s breakthrough in Rome under Emperor Constantine. In collaboration with the Vatican Museum, Capitoline Museum and the National Roman Museum. Runs 3 Oct 2015 to 7 Feb 2016. The Masterpiece series exhibition returns on 20 Feb until 10 April 2016.

StedelijkIsa Genzken: Mach Dich Hübsch, largest retrospective ever in the Netherlands of one of the most influential artists of the last forty years. Runs 29 Nov 2015 to 6 Mar 2016.  Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art is an overview of the life and work of the art pioneer, collector and publisher. Runs 12 Dec 2015 to 17 Apr 2016.

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Tropenmuseum The Sixties, a Worldwide Happening, a cultural view of the dramatic changes all over the world during the 1960s. Runs 16 Oct 2015 to 13 Mar 2016. Secret Love, a contemporary art exhibition about the taboo surrounding LGBT identities in China. Runs until 8 May 2016.

Rembrandt House The Naked Truth – Drawing from nude models in Rembrandt’s time. Runs 12 Feb to 24 May 2016.

Allard Pierson MuseumSicily and the Sea – a dive into the past, this exhibition features antiquities found on the sea bed around the Mediterranean island. Running 9 Oct 2015 until 17 April 2016.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)Van Gogh: 400 days in Amsterdam, exhibition of  letters written by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo, whilst living in Amsterdam. Runs 18 Dec 2015 to 17 April 2016.

FOAMFrancesca Woodman: On Being an Angel, retrospective exhibition of the American photographer, runs 18 Dec 2015 to 9 Mar 2016.

Huis Marseille Martin Roemers/Metropolis, photos of Megacities; Dana Lixenberg/Imperial Courts 1993-2015, photos of the LA housing project; both run 12 Dec 2015 to 6 March 2016.

Oude KerkGermaine Kruip: Geometry of the Scattering, exhibition from the Dutch artist about shapes and religious meaning. Runs 26 Nov 2015 to 27 Mar 2016.

Jewish Historical MuseumAfter the War was Over, photo exhibition of Jewish Amsterdam in the 1950s showing the recovery of Jewish life post-war. Runs 30 Oct 2015 to 14 Feb 2016. Amy Winehouse exhibition runs 28 Feb to 4 Sep 2016.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the new permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.

Kunsthal (Rotterdam)Keith Haring, The Political Line, major exhibition at this Rotterdam museum from the American artist and activist. Runs 20 Sep to 7 Feb 2016. Also on is Red Wealth. Soviet Design 1950-1980, a fascinating exhibition of Soviet consumer products. Runs 26 Sep 2015 to 14 Feb 2016.

Teylers Museum (Leiden)Real Winters, exhibition of beautiful 19th century Dutch winter landscapes and scenes. Runs 7 Nov 2015 to 6 Mar 2016.

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Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Feyenoord – 7 Feb, 1230 (Eredivisie, Dutch League)
Ajax vs Excelsior – 21 Feb, 1430 (Eredivisie)
Ajax vs AZ – 28 Feb, 1645 (Eredivisie)

ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 8-14 Feb 2016. Scheduled to enter the 43rd edition in 2016 is Roger Federer. Tickets €25 to €55.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

Fiesta Cubana – Join DJ Arno at Mirror Center (near Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station) for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. €5 entry, Friday 5 Feb from 10pm.

Chinese New Year – Falls on 8 Feb 2016 which sees in the year of the Monkey. Head to Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk area for celebrations.

3D Print Canal House - See a canal house being constructed using 3D printing techniques and sustainable materials. The location is Asterweg 49, 1031 HM Amsterdam - get the free ferry across to Amsterdam North and walk beyond EYE Film.

Amsterdam Salsa Festival – 9th edition with dance workshops, performances and a salsa party. Main venue is at the Rhone Congress & Party Centre (near Amsterdam Sloterdijk), 12-14 Feb 2016.

Comedytrain International – 2 shows in February at Toomler in Amsterdam. Nick Thune plays 14 Feb 2016 (2030); Josie Long can be seen on 21 Feb 2016 (2030).

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held almost daily - now playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

Dutch National Ballet – Performs a large-scale production on the life of Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari at Muziektheater Amsterdam, a number of shows 6-26 Feb 2016. The junior company presents show Ballet Bubbles, 13 Feb to 6 March 2016.

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Ennio Morricone – The renowned Italian composer/conductor is on tour celebrating 60 years of music. Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 21 Feb 2016.

Matt Dusk – The Canadian jazz singer will be in concert at Meervaart Amsterdam on 22 Feb 2016.

North Sea Jazz Club – Hosts a wide variety of jazz, funk, soul and world music every weekend at the Westergasfabriek. Dinner concerts include a 3 course meal by the in-house chef.

Huishoudbeurs 2016 – Large Dutch household event expo at Amsterdam RAI, 20-28 Feb 2016.

Free Concerts

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free "Workshop + Session" on Tuesdays at 2000.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concert to be held on Wed 17 Feb 2016 at 1230. Get there early to ensure admission.

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free lunchtime concert at 1230 on Thursday 25 Feb 2016.

Muziektheater – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1230. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.

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Market events in Amsterdam

Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Sunday 7 Feb 2016 (Valentine's market edition) from 1200-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood Market – Sunday market event featuring local food products. Sunday 21 Feb 2016 from 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Dates TBA.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

The Darkness – 3 Feb, Melkweg
Disclosure – 5 Feb, Heineken Music Hall
Imagine Dragons – 5 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Jason Derulo – 9 Feb, Heineken Music Hall
Kula Shaker – 21 Feb, Paradiso
En Vogue – 29 Feb, Paradiso

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