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What's On in Amsterdam September 2016


Check out what's on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for things to do during September 2016.

Listings include special events, festivals, sports, museum exhibitions, concerts, gigs and anything else of interest for both visitors and expats!

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

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. Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Landscape is an exhibition of paintings and drawings of one of the Golden Age's greatest artists. Runs 24 Jun to 25 Sep 2016. Japan Modern: Elise Wessels Collection shows a series of 20th century Japanese prints, 24 Jun to 11 Sep 2016.

Van Gogh Museum On the Verge of Insanity. Van Gogh and his illness is an exhibition which sheds new light on the infamous artist's mental instability. Runs 15 Jul to 25 Sep 2016. Van Gogh Inspires: Matisse, Kirchner, Kandinsky, 14 paintings on show from the Merzbacher Collection. Running 24 Aug to 27 Nov 2016.

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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.

StedelijkAvery Singer - Scenes, solo exhibition of the American artist with works from 2012, runs 23 April to 2 Oct 2016. 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.

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; Warhol: Royal (features the Marilyn work) runs 9 Apr to 15 Oct 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.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)100 years of Schiphol, photos and digital animation of the airport. Runs 9 Sep to 27 Nov 2016 in the main hall. Design for the Amsterdam School, exhibition of 94 drawings of the Shipping House, part of the centenary of the Amsterdam School of architecture. Runs until 23 Oct 2016.

Tropenmuseum Rhythm & Roots - from blues to hip hop, a journey of musical styles which have roots in Africa. Runs until 13 May to 30 Oct 2016. 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 Rembrandt, the Etcher – selection of some 50 etchings from the Rembrandt House collection. Runs 28 May to 29 Sep 2016.

Royal PalaceDynasty: Portraits of the House of Orange-Nassau,exhibition highlighting the long tradition of royal portraiture. Runs 2 Jul to 25 Sep 2016.

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.

Nieuwe Kerk Journey in Time, History & Royalty exhibition runs 16 Jul to 4 Sep 2016. The church is closed 5-30 Sep 2016.

Oude KerkPride Photo Award, international photo contest about sexual and gender diversity. Exhibition runs 10 Sep to 16 Oct 2016.

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 MuseumWorld War Two Today, exhibition by Dutch photographer Roger Cremers who travelled throughout Europe capturing images of tourists at war sites and commemorations. Runs 22 Apr to 25 Sep 2016.

National Holocaust Museum – The newly opened museum presents its first exhibition: The Demise of Abraham Reiss, a series of 9 harrowing paintings by noted Dutch actor and artist Jeroen Krabbé about the life and death of his grandfather. Runs 16 May to 2 Oct 2016. Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Opens 2 Sep 2016, ongoing until end 2019.

Jewish Historical MuseumAmy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, intimate exhibition about the life of the singer and her Jewish-London roots. Runs 29 Feb to 4 Sep 2016. The Power of Pictures, Early Soviet Photography and Film, exhibition running 27 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.

ARCAM – Architecture Centre Amsterdam presents an exhibition 100 Years of Inspiration, celebrating the centenary of the Amsterdam School of architecture and its influence on contemporary buildings. Runs 14 Apr to 30 Sep 2016, free entry.

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

Lloyd HotelEmigrants at Lloyd Hotel, exhibition on 4th floor about migrants departing Amsterdam nearly 100 years ago. The Lloyd Hotel and surrounding shipping buildings facilitated East European emigrants as they departed to south America. Free entry, runs to end 2016.

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.

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Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

International friendly match:
Netherlands vs Greece
– 7 Sep 2016, 2045 (Philips Stadion, Eindhoven)

Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Vitesse –
10 Sep 2016, 20:45 (Eredivisie, Dutch league)
Ajax vs Willem II –
21 Sep 2016, 20:45 (KNVB Beker, Dutch FA Cup)
Ajax vs PEC Zwolle – 24 Sep 2016, 19:45 (Eredivisie)
Ajax vs Standard Liège – 29 Sep 2016, 19:00 (Europa League)

KLM Open – European Tour event will be held this year at The Dutch links course in Spijk (Gorinchem) on 8-11 Sep 2016.

Dam tot Dam Loop – Very popular fun-run event with tens of thousands of participants - the 32nd edition takes place over the weekend of 17-18 Sep 2016. The main 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam is staged on Sunday 18 Sep 2016, with staggered starts at Prins Hendrikkade.

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Amsterdam City Swim – Charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city to be held on Sunday 11 Sep 2016.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (20:30, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

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 Fringe Festival – The Dutch Theatre Festival shows the best of last season's productions whilst the Fringe offers avant-garde theatre. 1-11 Sep 2016, multiple locations in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam in-water Boat Show – Boating event held at the new Amsterdam Marina. 30 Aug to 4 Sep 2016.

Fiesta Cubana – Join DJ Arno for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night at Mirror Center (near Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station). €7 entry, Friday 2 Sep 2016 from 22:00.

Pacha Festival – Dance music festival event at ArenA park in Amsterdam on Saturday 3 Sep 2016.

Valtifest 2016 – DJs perform dance, house and electro at NDSM-wharf on Saturday 3 Sep 2016.

West Beach Film Festival – Open-air film festival at the Sloterplasbad swimming pool in the west of Amsterdam (take tram 7 or 14) showing different feature films. Free entrance and and scheduled to run 8-18 Sep 2016.

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, 13 Sep 2016 at 20:00.

Magneet Festival – Inspired by the Burning Man event in the US, this crowdsourced, co-creational festival will be held over 9-11 Sep 2016 on an artificial sand valley at the Zeeburger Island to the east of Amsterdam (Oostpunt). The Magneet philosophy is “no spectators, only participators”.

IBC 2016 – International Broadcasting Convention. Conference and exhibition at RAI Amsterdam, 8-12 Sep 2016.

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NEU NOW 2016 – International arts festival which features emerging talent from Europe. 14-18 Sep 2016 at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Puur Fair 2016 - Event promoting sustainable living which covers aspects such as mobility, energy, apparel, food, baby, recreation and lifestyle. To be held on 18 Sep 2016 at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Drawing – International fair offering works of art on paper. 22-25 Sep 2016 in a temporary pavilion at NDSM-wharf in Amsterdam.

Jong & Gay – "Young & Gay", free photo exhibition from Dutch photographer Marjolein Annegarn about teenagers coming to terms with being gay. Melweg Gallery, 22 Sep to 9 Oct 2016.

Ambacht in Beeld Festival – Craft festival offering workshops, masterclasses and films covering a wide range of craft skills. 23-25 Sep 2016at De Hallen in west Amsterdam.

Unseen Photo Fair – International photography fair with a focus on undiscovered talents and unseen works. 23-25 Sep 2016 at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

International Sport Film Festival – Het Ketelhuis at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam presents a selection of sport films including Facing Ali. 23-25 Sep 2016.

24H Zuid – Special program of events in a 24 hour period highlighting the best of south Amsterdam, on 24 Sep 2016.

VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, between 27 Sep - 2 Oct 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.  The Glass Menagerie is performed on 15/22 Sep 2016; Husbands and Wives is performed on 29 Sep/6 Oct 2016.

Bill Bailey – The British comedian plays his new Limboland stand-up show at Amsterdam RAI Theater on 23 Sep 2016.

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

Sky The Musical – A groundbreaking 3D musical held at Theater Amsterdam about the problems of a teenage girl. In Dutch but available with multilingual translation options. Tickets for dates Thu-Sat in Sep 2016

Free Concerts

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 20:00.

Concertgebouw – New season of free lunchtime concerts. Held every Wednesdays at 12:30.

Dutch Opera & Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer every Tuesday at 12:30. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.

Market events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular Market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs 11:00-18:00 at Amstel Park (11 Sep 2016) and Park Frankendael (25 Sep 2016).

Sunday Market Monthly market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. Sunday 4 Sep 2016 from 12:00-18:00 at Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood & Flea Market – Sunday market event (from 11:00) featuring local food products at Westergasfabriek. 17-18 Sep 2016.

Antiques Market – Market event at Museumplein on Sunday 25 Sep 2016.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 18 Sep 2016.

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 10-11 Sep 2016.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Jules Reed – 7 Sep, CC Muziekcafé
Mitski – 26 Sep, Paradiso
Bryan Ferry – 29 Sep, Paradiso

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