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What's On in Amsterdam July 2015


This is our listings guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during July 2015.

The height of summer is peak tourist season in Amsterdam, the weather is warm, the days are long and there's plenty to see and do.

Museums & Exhibitions

Van Gogh Museum A new light on Van Gogh is the redesigned presentation of the Van Gogh museum collection (which opened Nov 2014). The 125th anniversary since Van Gogh's birth falls on 29 July 2015. When I Give, I Give Myself is an exhibition where 23 contemporary artists respond to letters written by Van Gogh. Runs 20 May 2015 to 17 Jan 2016.

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. New For Now. The origin of fashion magazines is a major retrospective exhibition of costume and fashion prints. Runs 12 June to 27 Sep 2015. Home and Abroad is a collection of 120 landscape and seascape drawings dating from the 16th to 19th century. Runs 5 June to 21 Sep 2015. Miró in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, 21 sculptures from the Spanish artist adorn the gardens 19 Jun to 11 Oct 2015.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Exhibition Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine runs 28 March to 8 Nov 2015. Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age (opened Nov 2014) brings together for the first time 30 colossal 17th century group portraits from Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum. Runs to the end of 2016.

StedelijkThe Oasis of Matisse – Major survey exhibition of Henri Matisse including paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Runs 27 March to 16 Aug 2015. ZERO: Let us explore the stars is a survey of works from the ZERO avant-garde movement of the 1950s and 60s. Open 4 July to 8 Nov 2015.

Anne Frank House - Fritz Pfeffer – Anne’s roommate is a temporary exhibition about the oldest of the 8 people which hid in the Secret Annexe. Runs 30 April to 1 Nov 2015.

Nieuwe Kerk World Press Photo is a photo exhibition showcasing the best in news photography. Runs 18 April to 5 July 2015. Journey in Time, History & Royalty exhibition then runs 11 July to 5 Sep 2015. Note, the church is closed 6-10 July 2015.

Oude KerkTaturo Atzu: The Garden Which is the Nearest to God, church roof installation from the renowned Japanese artist. Runs 27 June to 6 Sep 2015.

Amsterdam MuseumThe Industrial Age: The Birth of Modern Netherlands – an exhibition looking at how the country was transformed with new roads, railways and industry. Runs 5 March to 2 Aug 2015.

Tropenmuseum Body Art – an exhibition about body modifications around the world, from tattoos, make-up and surgical changes. Runs 20 March to 30 Aug 2015. Secret Love, a contemporary art exhibition about the tabboo surrounding LGBT identities in China. Runs 2 May to 13 Sep 2015.

Rembrandt House Rembrandt's etchings and Japanese Echizen paper – exhibition of Rembrandt prints made on imported Japanese paper. Runs 12 Jun to 20 Sep 2015.

EYE FilmIf We Ever Get to Heaven – extensive exhibition and installations from South African artist William Kentridge. Runs 25 Apr to 31 Aug 2015.

Allard Pierson MuseumFeint, Illusion in Ancient Greek Art – exhibition looking at the theme of movement in Greek art with 150 objects sourced from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden as well as Allard Pierson's own collection. Running 26 Jun to 6 Sep 2015.

FOAMSwinging Sixties London: Photography in the Capital of Cool, see dazzling images from a collection of iconic photographers, runs 12 Jun to 2 Sep 2015. Noémie Goudal - The Geomertical Determination of the Sunrise, the first solo exhibition from the young French artist. Runs 29 May to 23 Aug 2015. Katy Grannan -  The Nine and The Ninety Nine, photos of strangers on American highways, runs 26 June to 23 Aug 2015.

Huis Marseille Life is Strange / Photographic discoveries in popular magazine 'Het Leven' – features 235 historical press images from the national archive. Runs 12 June to 6 Sep 2015. Caio Reisewitz / Florestas, favelas & falcatruas, exhibition from the Brazilian photographer featuring forests, favelas and fraud. Runs 3 July to 3 Sep 2015. Otto Snoek / Nostalgia, Ukraine 1989–1992, the Dutch photographer's visits to eastern Ukraine before and after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Runs 3 July to 6 Sep 2015.

StadsarchiefMagical Central Amsterdam 1965-1975, photo exhibition from Cor Jaring (1936-2013) which chronicles the turbulent sixties in Amsterdam. Runs 13 Mar to 12 July 2015.

Museum Van LoonMade in the Kerkstraat exhibition about the history of Amsterdam's Kerkstraat, a street built between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals to accommodate coach houses. Running 1 June to 27 Sep 2015.

Dutch Resistance MuseumNames, Not Numbers, exhibition about Dutch political prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp. Runs 23 April to 25 Oct 2015.

Jewish Historical MuseumR.B. Kitaj: Unpacking My Library, exhibition of paintings and prints from American artist Ronald Brooks Kitaj (1932-2007). Running 20 March to 12 July 2015. Romantic Masters in The Hague: Rediscovering the Verveer Brothers, exhibition about the first successful Jewish artists in the Netherlands. Runs 3 July to 1 Nov 2015.

Museum of Bags and Purses Ugly, exhibition about different tastes in bags. Runs 1 April to 19 July 2015. ‘Wunderkammer’, exhibition from British designer Gabriella Ingram runs 7 July to 6 Sep 2015.

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

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Dutch Championships (NK) – Dutch athletics championship. Held on 30 July - 2 Aug 2015 at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam.

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Ajax Open Day – Amsterdam ArenA hosts an open day for Ajax fans to ring in the new season. Free entry, 20 July 2015.

Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs VfL Wolfsburg
– 17 July, 1900 (pre-season friendly)

Tour De France – Utrecht will host the opening stages of this year's Tour De France. The time trial prologue will be held in Utrecht on 4 July 2015. The first stage will be run from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans on 5 July 2015.

Nijmegen Vierdaagse – International four days marches event around the city of Nijmegen with over 50,000 participants - walking up to 50km per day over all 4 days. 99th edition will be held over 21-24 July 2015.

Beach Volleyball:
World Championships – Tournament to be held in the centre of 4 Dutch cities: Amsterdam (Dam Square), Apeldoorn (Marktplein), Den Haag (Hofvijver) and Rotterdam (ss Rotterdam). Runs 26 June to 5 July 2015.

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

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

Fiesta CubanaJoin DJ Arno at the Badcuyp Amsterdam for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. €5 entry, 3 July 2015 from 10pm.

Amsterdam Roots Festival – International music festival at Park Frankendael from 30 June to 5 July 2015.

Sensation – World renowned DJ dance event and stage show at Amsterdam ArenA on 4 July 2015.

Over het IJ Festival – Summer theatre festival to be held on the northern waterfront of the IJ river at the NDSM shipyard wharf. There will also be live bands, DJs and plenty of good food and drink. Get there by free city ferry. 2-12 July 2015.

PITCH – Progressive electronic music festival event to be held at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek over 3-4 July 2015.

Amsterdam Fashion Week – Summer edition showcasing Euro style and fashion scheduled for 3-13 July 2015.

Kwaku Festival – Multi-cultural festival in Bijlmerpark in south-east Amsterdam featuring music, dance, sport and of course food/drink. Runs during 5 weekends from 17 July to 9 Aug 2015.

Electronic Family – Huge outdoor trance festival event to be held at Amsterdamse Bos on Saturday 18 July 2015.

Milkshake Festival – Music festival at Westerpark, Amsterdam organised by Paradiso and AIR. Sunday 19 July 2015.

Amsterdam Gay Pride – World famous gay cultural event over a week (25 July to 2 Aug 2015), the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on 1 Aug 2015 (1330-1800).

Robeco SummerNights 2015 – Series of summer concerts (classical, pop and jazz) featuring international performers at the Concertgebouw. Starts 27 June 2015 to 30 Aug 2015.

Comedytrain International Summer Festival – Amsterdam's Toomler venue hosts 5 weeks of top stand-up comedy (English). Expected during July 2015.

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

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

Artzuid 2015 – International artist sculptures on public show around the south of Amsterdam between 22 May and 22 Sep 2015.

ANNE – Major ongoing theatre production of the diary of Anne Frank covering the 2 years Anne and family spent hiding in the Secret Annex. Held at the new Theater Amsterdam, a purpose-built theatre with 11,000 seats in the Westelijke Houthavens district, just north-west of the centre. Opened in May 2014, the play generally runs Wednesday to Sunday with shows afternoon 1400-1710 and/or evening 2000-2310. There is an onsite restaurant (Boven de Planken) serving lunch or dinner 2 1/2 hours before the show. Note, the play is performed in Dutch, however there is a multilingual translation system for foreign visitors using tablets. Tickets on sale for dates up to 27 September 2015.


North Sea Jazz Festival – Major international jazz event over 3 days, to be held at Ahoy Rotterdam. 10-12 July 2015.

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Free Concerts

Vondelpark open air theatre – Free concerts at the open lucht theater running during all July weekends (Fri-Sun).

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime organ concert every Friday at 1300.

North Sea Jazz Club – Free jam sessions are held every Wednesday evening at the neighbouring Pizza Pazzani restaurant (at Westergasfabriek).

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City Beaches

Boven NEMO – Chill on the roof of the NEMO Science Museum (at Oosterdok 2) with cool views of Amsterdam.

Ijburg Strand – Blijburg aan Zee can be reached by tram 26 (end of the line) – a real sandy beach on the Ij water.

Strand West – City beach pavilion located at Stavangerweg 900 in west Amsterdam near Houthavens (Westerpark).

Strand Zuid – City beach pavilion located at Europaplein 22 near Beatrixplein and RAI.

Alternatively head over to real beaches at Zandvoort or Bloemendaal – great to watch the sunset and have a meal on a summer evening.

Market events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular Market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs 1100-1800 at Amstel Park (12 July 2015) and Park Frankendael (26 July 2015).

Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Note, July 2015 event is unfortunatley cancelled due to the PITCH festival.

NeighbourFood Market – Sunday market event featuring local food products. Runs the Sunday 19 July 2015 from 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 19 Jul 2015.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 18-19 July 2015.

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Pop / Rock Concerts in Netherlands

The Who – 1 July, Ziggo Dome

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