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What's On in Amsterdam February 2017


What's going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2017.

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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. Music at Home, exhibition featuring musical instruments runs until 18 Jun 2017. Good Hope. South Africa and The Netherlands from 1600, exhibition about the 400 year relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands. Runs 14 Feb to 21 May 2017.

Van Gogh Museum Permanent collection on view. There will be a special Van Gogh exhibition at Melkweg Expo as part of an extended Vincent on Friday running 23-26 Feb 2017.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – Exhibition 1917. From Romanov to Revolution is running 4 Feb until 17 Sep 2017. Also at the Hermitage: Outsider Art Museum includes world-class art works by Dutch and international outsider artists; and permanent exhibition Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age.

Amsterdam Museum100 years of Schiphol - Ready for take-off, exhibition tracing the history of Amsterdam's world famous airport. Runs 16 Sep 2016 to 7 May 2017. Maurice Boyer - at home in Amsterdam, exhibition of the Dutch photo-journalist focussing on Amsterdam squatters in the 1970s and the more recent refugee crisis. Runs 16 Dec 2016 to 14 Jun 2017.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)City at War, Amsterdam 1940-1945, free photo exhibition showing Amsterdam during WW2. Runs 17 Feb to 14 May 2017.

National Maritime MuseumDrive | 100 years of Collecting, exhibition about the history of the museum's unique collection. Runs 1 Oct 2016 to 2 Jul 2017.

Nieuwe Kerk – Major biographical exhibition 90 Years Miss Monroe celebrating the life of Marilyn Monroe on what would have been her 90th birthday. Opens 1 Oct 2016, runs until 5 Feb 2017. The Masterpiece 2017 series exhibition features El Greco’s Pentecostés (Pentecost) painting from 18 Feb until 9 Apr 2017.

Stedelijk Jean Tinguely - Machine Spectacle, overview of work from the Swiss artist known for his kinetic art. Runs 1 Oct 2016 to 5 Mar 2017. Jordan Wolfson - Truth/Love - presentation (part 2) of work from the American artist who explores the increasing digitalisation of society. Runs 18 Feb to 23 Apr 2017. Ed van der Elsken - Camera in Love, large retrospective of the most important Dutch street photographer of the 20th century. Runs 4 Feb to 21 May 2017.

MOCO Museum – This new modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) extended run until 31 May 2017. Dalí: Genius runs until 9 Apr 2017.

Rembrandt House Glenn Brown – Rembrandt: After Life, exhibition of the contemporary British artist whose works are inspired by Old Masters. Runs 27 Jan to 23 Apr 2017.

Tropenmuseum Rhythm & Roots - from blues to hip hop, a journey of musical styles which have roots in Africa. Runs until 7 Jan 2018.

Huis Marseille Chrystle Lebas / Regarding Nature, British landscape photos following the footsteps of botanist Edward James Salisbury. Theo Baart & Cary Markerink/After Baldus: Travels in a Wounded Landscape, photos of Northern France. Both running 10 Dec 2016 to 5 Mar 2017.

FOAMHiroshi Sugimoto - Black Box, presents an overview of the work of the Japanese artist. Runs 16 Dec 2016 to 8 Mar 2017. Ren Hang - Naked/Nude, provocative and explicit exhibition from the Chinese photographer from 27 Jan to 12 Mar 2017. Stéphanie Solinas - Dominique Lambert / Le Pourquoi Pas? - installation of French photographer runs 24 Feb to 16 Apr 2017.

Allard Pierson MuseumThe Garima Gospels, photo exhibition of Holy books from Ethipia. On view 4 Nov 2016 to 26 Mar 2017. Modern Candor, exhibition about the struggle for the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas between the UK and Argentina. Runs 27 Jan to 7 May 2017.

Anne Frank HouseA Family Portrait 1920-1942, temporary exhibition showing 50 photos from the Anne Frank archive. From 15 Dec 2016 until 15 Jun 2017.

Dutch Resistance MuseumFood in Wartime, exhibition looking at diet during the Second World War. 5 Dutch chefs make recipes from ingredients available at the time. Runs 15 Oct 2016 to to 28 May 2017.

National Holocaust Museum – The newly opened museum presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Opened 2 Sep 2016, ongoing until end 2019.

Jewish Historical MuseumFace it! First Impressions Count, exhibition about stereotypes and prejudices. Runs 19 Dec 2016 to 17 Apr 2017. Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, exhibition of the Jewish artist, runs 23 Jan to 18 Jun 2017.

Oude KerkMarinus Boezem, exhibition from the Dutch conceptual artist which includes a 19 metre high lift inside the church. Runs 24 Nov 2016 to 26 Mar 2017.

EYE FilmBéla Tarr – Till the End of the World, special exhibition of the Hungarian filmmaker. Runs 21 Jan to 7 May 2017.

ARCAM – Architecture Centre Amsterdam presents an exhibition From Stopera to A’DAM Toren – documenting 30 years of the city of Amsterdam. Runs 7 Oct 2016 to 5 Feb 2017. ARCAM presents a crash course (€7.50) on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism every Friday 1330-1415.

Museum of Bags and PursesRoyal Bags, exhibition of sensational bags from European royal families including those of Queen Elizabeth, Empress Sisi, Princess Grace and the Dutch royal family. Runs 8 Oct 2016 to 26 Feb 2017.

Beurs van Berlage Leonardo da Vinci - Artist - Inventor - Genius, exhibition featuring replica works and prototype inventions from the Italian master. Runs 27 Jan to 20 Jun 2017.

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

Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo, 80km from Amsterdam)The Early Van Gogh, comprehensive exhibition of Vincent's Dutch works. The museum is located in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. Runs 24 Sep 2016 to 9 Apr 2017.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Experiential exhibition featuring dramatic dispalys from the world of Harry Potter. This international expo visits the Netherlands from 11 Feb to 30 Jun 2017. Location is Berlijnplein (next to Cinemec) in the city of Utrecht.

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Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Sparta – 12 Feb 2017, 1430 (Eredivisie, Dutch League)
Ajax vs Legia Warsaw – 23 Feb 2017, 1900 (Europa League)
Ajax vs Heracles Almelo – 26 Feb 2017, 1645 (Eredivisie)

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ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 13-19 Feb 2017. Strong field of players at the 44th edition including Cilic, Berdych, Dimitrov and Tsonga. (Nadal and Wawrinka have withdrawn injured). Tickets €25 to €52.

Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 10 Feb 2017.

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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MONO JAPAN – Cultural fair (2nd edition) of authentic and contemporary Japanese crafts & design. To be held 2-5 Feb 2017 at the Lloyd hotel.

Fiesta Cubana – Join DJ Arno at Mirror Center (near Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station) for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. €7 entry, Friday 3 Feb 2017 from 10pm.

Ice*Amsterdam Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open until 5 Feb 2017.

Amsterdam Magic Show – New monthly magic and comedy show with international performers to be held at the cabaret-style theatre Paleis van de Weemoed in Amsterdam, 7 Feb 2017 at 20:00.

'Allo 'Allo - Stage version of the classic English comedy will be performed at Amsterdam's Badhuistheater on 16/17/18/19/24/25/26 Feb 2017. Also on 3/4/5 Mar 2017.

Chocoa Festival – Chocolate lovers should head to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on 22-26 Feb 2017 for a festival promoting sustainable and good quality chocolate - includes workshops and tastings.

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

Dutch National Opera – Performs Prince Igor (Borodin), various shows 7-26 Feb 2017.

Dutch National Ballet – Performs the modern ballet production Made in Amsterdam 1 & 2, various shows 11-25 Feb 2017.

Candlelight Concert Evening concert at the Portuguese Synagogue featuring music from the Apollo Ensemble. 23 Feb 2017 at 1930. 

Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. Rusalka (Dvorak) is on 25 Feb 2017.

Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Amsterdam's renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage - usually on Thursday evenings at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. Husbands and Wives is performed on 2 Feb 2017 (and also 26 Jan 2017).

Huishoudbeurs 2017 – Large Dutch household event expo at Amsterdam RAI, 18-26 Feb 2017.

Dutch Salsa Fest – 10th edition (formerly the Amsterdam Salsa Festival) with dance workshops, performances and a salsa party. Main venue is now at the NH De Leeuwenhorst (in Noordwijkerhout, 40km south of Amsterdam), 16-19 Feb 2017.

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. Visit by appointment only or take the walk-in tour (€7.50) which runs every first Wednesday of the month at 1500.

Free Concerts

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

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts to be held on 15/21 Feb 2017 at 1230. Get there early to ensure admission.

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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free lunchtime concerts at 1230 on Thursday 2 Feb 2017.

Netherlands Opera/Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1230. Concerts on 7/14/21/28 Feb 2017. 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 5 Feb 2017 (Valentine's market edition) from 1200-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood & Flea Market – Sunday market event featuring local products. From 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, Sunday 19 Feb 2017.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 19 Feb 2017 from 1200-1800.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 18-19 Feb 2017, 0900-1630.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Skunk Anansie – 2 Feb, AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)
InFloyd (Pink Floyd tribute) – 11 Feb, AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)

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