Amsterdam Weekend Guide – April 21-23
As the city draws a collective breath ahead of King’s Day next week, there’s still plenty going on in Amsterdam this weekend to keep everyone more than happy.
Music lovers will be pleased to hear that Amsterdam is participating in Record Store Day, whilst elsewhere there’s more music, film, culture and lovely beer to be found. Read on for our pick of things to do this weekend in Amsterdam!
Beer beer, lovely beer. The spring counterpart of the autumn Bokbier Festival returns to the holy setting of the Posthoornkerk on Haarlemmerstraat, bringing with it hundreds of opportunities to sample delicious spring beers (meibock) from breweries in the Netherlands and further afield. You’ll be handed a glass on entry which is yours for the entire visit, so treat it well and fill it as many times as you choose at the many brewers’ stands set up around the church. Entry is €7 (including the glass), or €20 will get you entry plus seven drinks tokens.
Sunday // 13:00 – 19:00 // Posthoornkerk // €7 // Website
Record Store Day
Come one, come all, and celebrate music in its physical format at the 10th anniversary of this global celebration of indie record stores. Many of Amsterdam’s best record stores are taking part this year, hosting live performances by bands and DJs as well as limited edition album releases. Head to stores such as Concerto, Eardrum Buzz, Rush Hour Records, Velvet Music or Record Palace to lend your support, or check the Record Store Day website for more outlets taking part. After a day of record shopping and music discovering, there’s an after party at Sugarfactory with lots more live music courtesy of a local label showcase.
House of Cards in Concert – Music by Jeff Beal
Remarkably, there are still some tickets left for this matinee concert of classical music from the acclaimed Netflix series. Composed by Emmy-award winning composer Jeff Beal (Ugly Betty, Rome), the series’ ominous score will be performed by a live orchestra against a backdrop of footage from the show. Settle down, enjoy the music, and reminisce about the times when House of Cards’ chilling political dramas didn’t feel quite so close to real life.
Mezrab Storytelling Night
If soup and a story sounds as delightful to you as it does to me, then head down to the Mezrab Cultural Centre on Friday night for their popular storytelling evening. This cosy spoken word event has garnered a loyal following over the past year, taking audiences on a monthly journey of imagination. Anyone is free to claim the stage and share their own tales of… well, anything really. The tales might be true, comedic or romantic, or they might be about myths, monsters and legends. Get down early to get a good spot/seat/cushion.
Imagine Film Festival
There are just a few days left to get involved in this 10 day film event at the EYE. Friday sees a full day of exciting and groundbreaking independent cinema from around the world, including Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia’s black comedy ‘The Bar’, while the festival closes on Saturday with a reprise of some of its most popular films in the Best of Imagine series. Don’t miss the chance to hear from Emmy nominated visual effects supervisor Staffan Linder in his Slashing Zombies masterclass, during which the audience will get an in-depth look at his work for zombie series ‘The Walking Dead’ (Saturday 16:00).
Friday & Saturday // all day // EYE Film Museum // €10 (masterclasses €5) // Photo: Almicheal Fraay via Imagine Film Festival
Have a great weekend!