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What's On in Amsterdam November 2016


A look at what's on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November 2016. As winter approaches there are still lots of things going on in the city.

Our listings include special events, festivals, sports, exhibitions, concerts and anything else of interest!

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

Museumnacht 2016 – The annual "Museum Night" event, now in its 17th year, where Amsterdam's museums throw open their doors to the public between 1900 and 0200. 1 special ticket can get you into any of the 50+ participating museums with plenty of activities/events on offer. The ticket also includes a 24 hour GVB transport ticket and further day entry into one museum. For night owls the after parties continue at various clubs. Expected Saturday 5 Nov 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. The Mystery of Hercules Segers is an exhibition of paintings from the intriguing Golden Age artist from the Rijksmuseum collection. Frans Post: Animals in Brazil, exhibition of the Dutch artist who travelled to Brazil in the 17th century. Both running 7 Oct 2016 to 8 Jan 2017. Kimonos from the Okura collection, exhibition of 7 Japanese 'No' theatre kimonos, running 21 Oct to 13 Dec 2016 at Asian Pavilion.

Van Gogh Museum Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape is an exhibition which shows the interconnections between Daubigny and the Impressionists. Runs 21 Oct 2016 to 29 Jan 2017. Van Gogh Inspires: Matisse, Kirchner, Kandinsky, 14 paintings on show from the Merzbacher Collection. Running 24 Aug to 27 Nov 2016.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Exhibition Catherine, the Greatest. Self-polished Diamond of the Hermitage is running 18 Jun 2016 until 15 Jan 2017. 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. Outsider Art Museum (in the Hermitage) includes world-class art works by Dutch and international outsider artists.

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. Dream Out Loud - Designing for Tomorrow's Demands, group exhibition on social design trying to solve complex societal issues. Runs 26 Aug 2016 to 1 Jan 2017. Jordan Wolfson - Manic/Love - presentation (part 1) of work from the American artist who explores the increasing digitalisation of society. Runs 27 Nov 2016 to 5 Feb 2017.

Beurs van Berlage The Art of Banksy, sizeable collection (over 85 art pieces and installations) of the iconic British street artist will be on show in Amsterdam from 18 Jun to 8 Jan 2017.

MOCO Museum – This new modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein opens with Banksy: Laugh Now (including the Beanfield work) running 9 Apr to 31 Dec 2016.

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. Black Amsterdam features images, stories and objects associated with inspirational black people in Amsterdam. Runs 7 Oct to 13 Nov 2016.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)100 years of Schiphol, photos and digital animation of the airport. Runs 9 Sep to 27 Nov 2016. Amsterdam 1900, exhibition of photos of Amsterdam around the year 1900. Runs 14 Oct 2016 to 5 Feb 2017.

Allard Pierson MuseumEncounters with the Orient, exhibition focussing on Oriental travellers who were in contact with academics of the Dutch republic. Extended run to 6 Nov 2016.

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.

Tropenmuseum The Buddha, 100 Buddha statues tell the life story of one of the most inspiring figures in world history. Runs 23 Sep 2016 to Jan 2017.

Rembrandt House Under the Spell of Hercules Segers: Rembrandt and the Moderns, this exhibition focuses on Segers' influence on Rembrandt and artists in his circle. Parallel exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. Runs 7 Oct 2016 to 8 Jan 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 and will run until 5 Feb 2017.

EYE FilmCelluloid, exhibition of international artists (Tacita Dean/João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva/Rosa Barba/Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder) exploring their work through analogue film. Runs 17 Sep 2016 to 8 Jan 2017.

FOAMOlya Oleinic - Made of China, a look at consumerism in China. Dynasty Marubi – A Hundred Years of Albanian Studio Photography, exhibition about the isolated European country. Both run 16 Sep to 27 Nov 2016. Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage, exhibition from the noted Chinese artist about the refugee crisis. Melanie Bonajo - Night Soil features experimental documentary films from the Dutch artist. Both run 16 Sep to 7 Dec 2016.

Huis Marseille Scarlett Hooft Graafland / Shores Like You, exhibition of photographic compositions from exotic lands. In the Spirit of Nature, exhibition from photographers Martin Gusinde (Germany), Rotimi Fani-Kayode (Nigeria) and Mario Cravo Neto (Brazil) connected by the subject of death and spirit. Both run 10 Sep to 4 Dec 2016.

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 MuseumThe Power of Pictures, Early Soviet Photography and Film, exhibition running 24 Jul to 27 Nov 2016. The Glory of the Jewish Book, Hebrew manuscripts from the Vatican and Ets Haim Library, runs 19 Sep 2016 until 8 Jan 2017. Maison de Bonneterie, exhibition about the famous Jewish-Dutch fashion house which closed in 2014 after 125 years. Runs 22 Aug to 27 Nov 2016.

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.

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.

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.

De Appel Arts CentreUnresolved, fragments of projects from Gabriel Lester. Runs 26 Jun to 6 Nov 2016.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the new 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.

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International friendly:
Netherlands vs Belgium
– 9 Nov 2016, 2045 (Amsterdam ArenA)

Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Celta de Vigo
– 3 Nov 2016, 21:05 (Europa league)
Ajax vs NEC
– 20 Nov 2016, 14:30 (Eredivisie, Dutch league)
Ajax vs Panathinaikos FC
– 24 Nov 2016, 19:00 (Europa league)

Olympic Stadium Run – The Olympischstadionloop (40th edition) is a 1km/5km/10km running event which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Sunday 13 Nov 2016.

Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 11 Nov 2016.

Movember Run Amsterdam – 5km charitable (and humorous) run around the Vondelpark in Amsterdam to raise funds for Movember. Also counts as the official Dutch Championship (NK) for running with a moustache. Saturday 26 Nov 2016.

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

Sinterklaas Arrives The Dutch version of Santa Claus (or St Nicholas) makes his annual arrival in Amsterdam on Sunday 13 Nov 2016. His boat will sail along the Amstel river before arriving at the Maritime museum at midday. He then jumps on his white horse surrounded by his helpers the Zwarte Pieten ("Black Petes") and heads to Dam Square and Leidseplein. This marks the start of the festive season - Sinterklaas is usually celebrated around 5 December.

Bijenkorf store – Check out the lights and window displays at the Bijenkorf department store on Dam Square.

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Ice*Amsterdam Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Opens 18 Nov 2016.

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. Every first Wednesday of the month at 15:00 is a walk-in tour (€7.50).

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, 1 Nov 2016 at 20:00.

Fiesta Cubana – DJ Arno hosts the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. At Mirror Center (near Muiderpoort Station), €7 entry, Friday 4 Nov 2016 from 10pm. For more info go here

Sieraad Art Fair International jewellery art fair (15th edition). Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 10-13 Nov 2016.

IDFA 2016 – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Annual event (29th edition) showing a wide variety of thought-provoking documentaries. Main locations at Pathé Tuschinski, Het Ketelhuis, de Brakke Grond theatre. Runs 16-27 Nov 2016.

Amsterdam Art Weekend – Special contemporary art event (5th edition) expected to take place over the weekend of 24-27 Nov 2016. With around 90 events in total (exhibitions, performances, film screenings and debates) at 50 locations around the city.

Meesterlijk – Event for beautifully designed and crafted products from furniture makers, fashion designers, glass artists, hat and shoe designers, food designers and leather crafters. Runs at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 25-27 Nov 2016.

PAN Amsterdam Large international fair for art, antiques and design. Amsterdam RAI, 20-27 Nov 2016.

Candlelight Concert Evening concert at the Portuguese Synagogue featuring music from the Soviet Union played by string quartet. 24 Nov 2016 at 20:00.

Dutch National Opera & BalletLa Bayadère (ballet) on 5-13 Nov 2016. Opera Jephtha (Händel) is on various dates 9-27 Nov 2016.

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. Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is performed on 24 Nov 2016 (and also 1 Dec 2016).

Eddie Izzard – The British comedian and actor plays his Force Majeure: Reloaded show on 18/20 Nov 2016 at Carré in Amsterdam.

'Allo 'Allo – Stage version of the classic British comedy on 19/20/25/26/27 Nov 2016 at Badhuis Theater in Amsterdam.

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

TEDxAmsterdam 2016 – The 8th edition of the speaker's conference event is scheduled to take place Friday 18 Nov 2016 at the Stadsschouwburg Theater in Amsterdam.

MTV EMA 2016 – International music award show will be at Ahoy Rotterdam on 6 Nov 2016.

Free Concerts

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday in November at 2000.

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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent - to be held Thursday 3 Nov 2016 at 12:30.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concert generally every Wednesday at 1230. Get there early to ensure admission.

Dutch Opera & Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer every Tuesday at 1230. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.

Our full guide to Free things to do in Amsterdam

Market events in Amsterdam

Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Sunday 6 Nov 2016 from 1200-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood & Flea Market – Sunday market event featuring local food products. Sunday 20 Nov 2016 from 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

De Pure Markt – Special Sunday market events (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. 27 Nov 2016 at Park Frankandael, Amsterdam.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 20 Nov 2016.

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 19-20 Nov 2016.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Rootsriders (Bob Marley tribute) 2 Nov, Meervaart Theater
Kenny Rogers 3 Nov, Heineken Music Hall
Flume 4 Nov, Heineken Music Hall
Andrew Roachford – 6 Nov, North Sea Jazz Club
The Lumineers 7 Nov, Heineken Music Hall
Red Hot Chili Peppers 8/9 Nov, Ziggo Dome
Level 42 9 Nov, Paradiso
The Cat Empire – 9 Nov, Heineken Music Hall
Kensington – 10/11/12 Nov, Ziggo Dome
The Analogues (play Sgt Pepper's) – 12 Nov, Carré
The Cure – 13 Nov, Ziggo Dome
The Human League – 18 Nov, Paradiso
Glen Hansard – 21/22 Nov, Carré
UB40 – 21/23 Nov, Paradiso
Elton John – 22 Nov, Ziggo Dome
Jean-Michel Jarre – 22 Nov, Heineken Music Hall
Beth Hart – 26 Nov, Heineken Music Hall
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) – 27 Nov, Melkweg
Pixies – 27 Nov, Heineken Music Hall

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