8 things to look forward to in 2017
There’s something for everyone in Amsterdam: from the city’s renowned yearly dance festivals to its top-tier exhibitions and cultural events, there’s no shortage of things to do for visitors and locals alike. Some occasions – however – are more unique, such as grand openings, new architectural landmarks and one-off events. Amsterdam has never disappointed in this regard, and 2017 is looking no different. Read on for our top picks for things to look forward to in Amsterdam in 2017.
Over the past five years, 3D-printing technology has improved dramatically, becoming more available to businesses and consumers. Car prototypes, tools and even firearms can now be 3D printed. However, this is Amsterdam, so the companies here are naturally going one step beyond. In 2015, MX3D – a ground-breaking 3D-printing-tech developer – unveiled plans to 3D print a fully functional steel bridge in Amsterdam. The world’s first 3D-printed bridge, which is set become a new architectural hotspot in the Dutch capital, will be installed across the iconic Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in 2017. That’s not the only canal-related 3D printing going on in Amsterdam though: the development of DUS Architects’ 3D-printed canal house is well underway and is due to be completed sometime in 2018.
Dutch Masters from the Hermitage
Towards the end of 2017, an exhibition on the Dutch masterpieces from the Hermitage’s collection in St. Petersburg will be on show in Hermitage Amsterdam, and it will probably be your last chance to see these works together in Europe – let alone the Netherlands. With over 63 works by 50 artists from the Dutch Golden Age, including six of Rembrandt’s masterpieces, this exhibition is plainly too good to miss for any aficionado of art. Expect to see Rembrandt’s ‘Flora’ (1634) and ‘Young Woman with Earrings’ (1656), Govert Flinck’s ‘Portrait of a Man’ (1637), Joachim van Wtewael’s ‘Lot and His Daughters’ (ca. 1600) and many, many other works of Dutch artistic genius.
7 October 2017 to May 28 2018, Hermitage Amsterdam
Opening of Pestana Amsterdam
Pestana Group, the largest Portuguese tourism and leisure company, is expanding into the Netherlands with their upcoming Amsterdam location. The five-star hotel will be located in the old town hall of Nieuwer-Amstel, a historic building in one of the city’s most sought-after areas. Recovering heritage sites has been one of Pestana’s major goals over the last 10 years, so the company has made it its mission to respect the history of the architecture while updating it with a modern flair. The hotel is set to be a beautiful addition to Amsterdam’s new-and-improved Amsteldijk area.
Keukenhof Gardens: 100 years of De Stijl
The Keukenhof Gardens are one of Amsterdam’s top attractions; the park’s seven-million blooming flower bulbs attract people from all corners of the globe. 2017’s theme is extra-special, celebrating 100 years of the De Stijl art movement. From the groundwork laid by artists such as Mondrian and Rietveld a century ago, modern-day Dutch Design – including fashion, interior and graphic design – is internationally celebrated for its combination of minimalism, sobriety and innovation. Look out for special flower presentations inspired by aspects of De Stijl and Dutch Design, such as the Mondrian garden’s geometric blocks of primary colours, as well as exhibitions and events.
24 March to 21 May 2017, Keukenhof Gardens
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer in the world, are bringing their iconic ‘Varekai’ production to the Dutch capital for the first time since 2008. The production has been wowing audiences around the world since it premiered almost 15 years ago, and only this tour through Europe stops off at major indoor arenas rather than the company’s own Grand Chapiteau. The narrative tells the tale of a boy’s journey through a kaleidoscopically enchanted volcanic forest. The production is an unadulterated homage to the passion and art of circus, featuring Russian swings, aerial straps and all the usual staples – and some larger-than-life surprises – that make Cirque du Soleil one of the best in their craft.
20 to 23 April 2017, Ziggo Dome
Hotel Night’s fifth anniversary
Hotel Night is an event that gives Amsterdammers the opportunity to experience their city through the eyes of the tourists, giving them a chance to enjoy an overnight stay in a local hotel at a fraction of the regular price. Roughly 35 hotels participate, and they offer discounted rates and a variety of special activities throughout the weekend. The special fifth-anniversary edition promises even more festive culinary, creative and cultural events that will undoubtedly add an additional sparkle to the Amsterdam Hotel Night. Many of the participating hotels will be hosting special dining events, and – later in the evening – guests will have the chance to let go, mingle and discover new experiences as part of the festival’s programming. Do keep in mind that you need to be resident in Amsterdam to qualify for the hotel stay, but if you’re passing through town, you can pick up individual event tickets for all the fun extras. See a guide to some of this year’s highlights here (in Dutch).
14 to 15 January 2017, various participating hotels.
Opening of BrewDog Amsterdam
Scottish craft-beer company BrewDog is no stranger to Amsterdam: a selection of their award-winning beer, such as ‘Punk IPA’ and ‘Dead Pony Club’, is available across many of the city’s bars and shops. Yet, it is difficult for beer-loving Amsterdammers to get their hands on some of BrewDog’s other products. That’s all changing in 2017 with the opening of BrewDog Amsterdam in De Pijp (Eerste van der Helststraat). BrewDog’s bars, which are already well-established in other cities around the world, offer a place where people can indulge in everything that is great about BrewDog’s beer – as well as other brands that BrewDog loves. Expect exclusive beers, knowledgeable staff, a chilled-out atmosphere and, of course, the full range of BrewDog’s beers when this trendy bar opens its doors to the public.
Soho House’s regeneration of Amsterdam’s Bungehuis
Founded in London in 1995, Soho House is a group of private members’ clubs aimed at creative and media professionals – a place for them to inspire one another, relax and exchange ideas. Amsterdam’s world-renowned creative industry is, as ever, flourishing, so it was only a matter of time before Soho House opened an establishment in the Dutch capital. The club is due to open in late 2017/early 2018 in the iconic Bungehuis in the centre of the city, so expect some beautiful enhancements to the building in 2017. The club will boast a gym, a library, a games room, a member’s-only restaurant, 79 hotel rooms and a roof terrace. On the ground floor, there will be Cecconi’s – a Venetian-inspired Italian restaurant with an elegant cocktail bar – and a Cowshed spa, the Soho House relaxation experience that has seen success all over the globe.