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What's On in Amsterdam July 2014


This is our listings guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during July 2014.

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

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. Art is Therapy, exhibition where British writer-philosophers Alain De Botton and John Armstrong show what art can mean. Runs until 7 Sep 2014. Calder at the Rijksmuseum, freely accessible exhibition of monumental sculptures from American Alexander Calder on display in the outdoor gallery. Until 5 Oct 2014.

Van Gogh Museum presents The World of Van Gogh: Photographs by Emmy Andriesse, an exhibition by Dutch photographer Andriesse (1914-1953) taken in Provence and Auvers-sur-Oise shortly before her death. To 5 Oct 2014.

Hermitage AmsterdamExpedition Silk Road, Treasures from the Hermitage, antiquities from the age-old trade route from east to west. This exhibition runs until 5 Sep 2014.

Stedelijk Jeff Wall: Tableaux, Pictures, Photographs, 1996–2013, a detailed selection of work from the leading Canadian photographer. Until 3 Aug 2014. Opera at the Stedelijk – poster and costume designs from the Dutch National Opera, runs until 19 Oct 2014.

Anne Frank HouseThe helpers of the Secret Annexe – temporary exhibition focussing on the people who helped the Frank family go into hiding. Runs to April 2015. Also see below in 'Other Events' section for details of the major new Anne play.

Amsterdam MuseumConverted Becoming Muslim - Being Muslim looks at the social development of some Dutch people converting to Islam. Ends 14 Sep 2014.

Allard Pierson MuseumThe Crimea. Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea archaeological exhibition – extended run to 31 Aug 2014.

Nieuwe Kerk Nieuwe Kerk Back in Time runs 28 June to 14 Sep 2014.

Oude Kerk Salon/Big Bang an exhibition looking at ideas of creation by humans and nature. Running until 24 Aug 2014.

Rembrandt House Brilliantly Drawn: Portraits by Johannes Thopas, exhibition of 30 drawings from the 17th century Dutch portrait artist. Open 12 July to 5 Oct 2014.

Tropenmuseum Dutch Doc Photo Award 2014, documentary photographers portray everyday life. Until 6 July 2014.

FOAMLarry Clark Tulsa & Teenage Lust, controversial photo exhibition on youth culture, showing 13 Jun to 12 Sep 2014. Anoek Steketee & Eefje Blankevoort – Love Radio, transmedia documentary project about reconciliation in Rwanda. Runs 11 July to 7 Sep 2014.

Huis Marseille Taco Anema / Dutch Committees highlights the peculiar Dutch phenomenon of creating committees for various social issues. Guido Guidi / Veramente by shows stark Italian urban landscapes. Both run until 7 Sep 2014.

StadsarchiefAmsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, an exhibition of old photos of Amsterdam taken between 1947 and 1970. Runs 6 Jun to 14 Sep 2014.

Beurs van BerlageVan Gogh the Ultimate Collection – 200 works of Van Gogh are recreated for display including special 3D animations. Runs until 14 Dec 2014.

Amsterdam ExpoThe Art of the Brick – internationally renowned exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures made from Lego bricks comes to Amsterdam. Runs 29 May to 14 Sep 2014.

Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum)They've taken all the children away, exhibition about the deportation of 1,300 Jewish children from the Vucht concentration camp. Runs to 31 Aug 2014.

Jewish Historical Museum Roman Vishniac (re)discovered, a photo exhibition of Jewish life in Eastern Europe by Russian-American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990). Runs to 24 Aug 2014. Holland's most popular actress, exhibition about the life of Esther de Boer-van Rijk, runs 19 May to 28 Sep 2014.

Museum of Bags and PursesWelcome Abroad – discover the history of travel and development of suitcases. Runs to 31 Aug 2014.

Geelvinck Hinlopen HouseEntertainment from the Canals exhibition at the grand canal house looking at how the upper middle classes from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries entertained themselves – from hunting and sports, to collectibles, dollshouses and board games. Running 4 July 2014 to 13 Jan 2015.

Museum Van Loon150 years carriages in Vondelpark Amsterdam, photo exhibition about the days when well-to-do families used horse-drawn carriages to travel into Vondelpark. Runs 15 June to 18 August 2014.

Willet-HolthuysenSilver Miniatures, presentation of part of the museum's collection of Dutch silver miniatures from the 17th to 19th centuries. Runs until 17 Aug 2014.

EYE FilmDavid Cronenberg, the Exhibition – major exhibition on cult director Cronenberg whose films focus on the relationship between body, mind, technology and mass media. Includes regular film screenings. Runs to 14 Sep 2014. The Hitchcock Touch – festival and exhibition on Alfred Hitchcock including film screenings, lectures and music. Runs 24 July to 12 Oct 2014.

CoBrA MuseumFrom the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum Amstelveen, see Cobra works from the Guggenheim (New York) collection. Runs until 31 Aug 2014.

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Dutch Championships (NK) – Dutch athletics championship. Held on 26-27 July 2014 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, 31 July 2014.

UCI BMX World Championship – watch the best BMXers in the world in action at Rotterdam Ahoy, 22-27 July 2014.

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. 98th edition will be held over 15-18 July 2014.

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

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, 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 a multilingual translation system for foreign visitors using tablets should be up and running by 1 July. Tickets on sale for dates up to 30 Nov 2014.

Fiesta CubanaJoin DJ Arno at the Badcuyp Amsterdam for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. €5 entry, 4 July 2014 from 10pm.

Sensation – World renowned DJ dance event and stage show at Amsterdam ArenA on 5 July 2014.

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. 3-13 July 2014.

PITCH – Progressive electronic music festival event to be held at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek over 4-5 July 2014.

Amsterdam Fashion Week – Summer edition showcasing Euro style and fashion around the city during the month.

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 12 July to 10 Aug 2014.

Electronic Family – Huge outdoor trance festival event to be held at Amsterdamse Bos on Saturday 19 July 2014.

Milkshake Festival – Music festival at Westerpark, Amsterdam organised by Paradiso. Sunday 20 July 2014.

Amsterdam Gay Pride – World famous gay cultural event over a week (26 July to 3 Aug 2014), the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on 2 Aug 2014 (1330-1800).

De Pure Markt – Special Sunday market event (hours: 1100-1800) with a focus on selling local, seasonal and healthy produce of high quality. With music and other activities, cafe and food stalls. 13 July 2014 at Amstelpark; 27 July 2014 at Park Frankandael, Amsterdam.

Sunday Market - Monthly market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. Sunday 6 July 2014 from 1200 at Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood Market – Another Sunday market event (from 1100) featuring local food products. Westergasfabriek on Sunday 27 July 2014.

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Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 20 July 2014.

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 19-20 Jul 2014.

Robeco SummerNights 2014 – Series of summer concerts (classical, pop and jazz) featuring international performers at the Concertgebouw. Starts 28 June 2014 to the end of August.

Comedytrain International Summer Festival – Amsterdam's Toomler venue hosts 5 weeks of top stand-up comedy (English). Runs 2 July to 2 August 2014.

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 Junior – 20 works of art made by children will be on display throughout Amsterdam's Vondelpark between 15 June and 24 August 2014.


North Sea Jazz Festival – Major international jazz event over 3 days, to be held at Ahoy Rotterdam. 11-13 July 2014.

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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).

Our full guide to Free things to do in Amsterdam

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.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Netherlands

Jack White – 1 July, Heineken Music Hall
Kanye West – 2 July, Ziggo Dome (POSTPONED)
The Dandy Warhols – 18 July, Paradiso
Los Lobos – 20 July, Paradiso
The Jacksons – 30 July, Paradiso

Liza Minelli – 8 July, Philharmonie Haarlem

Bryan Adams – 31 July, De Doelen Rotterdam

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