Amsterdam Weekend Guide – February 2-4
I can’t quite believe it either but, yes really, we’re already in February 2018. Or, of course, we’re not – if you’re being efficient and looking at this in January to plan your weekend activities in advance (well done you!). Either way it’s happening, but luckily Feb is starting with a bang, and the contents of that bang include loads of cracking events.
This week we have the final weekend of a brilliant exhibition in the heart of Amsterdam city centre, we’ve got two amazing gigs (on the same night so you can only go to one – boo hiss), a sporting event like no other, and the chance to escape to Italy for a short while. You’re welcome.
We Have a Dream
Don’t miss your last chance to see ‘We Have a Dream’ this weekend, an exhibition focusing on three world-renowned figures who profoundly influenced the course of the 20th century: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Ordinary people who led extraordinary movements against racial discrimination and social injustice, ‘We Have a Dream’ uses exhibits and iconic objects to trace the turning points in each of their lives, and examine what drove them to make such amazing contributions to humanity.
Fri – Sun // De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam // 10:00 – 17:00 // €16 // Website // Photo: Evert Elzinga
Hookworms @ Tolhuistuin
Hookworm’s set at their ‘Lost Weekend’ event in Manchester is up there with the best gigs I have seen in recent years: massively loud and melodic, and easily giving you those little spine-chills you only get when seeing a band at the very top of their game. Tracks from new album Microshift sound like the band’s trajectory continues ever upward, and as it’s actually released this weekend, this show will likely feel celebratory.
Sat // Tolhuistuin // 21:00 // €12 // Website
Watch the Superbowl in Amsterdam
I admit to having only a limited knowledge of how American football actually works, but that doesn’t stop me enjoying the drama of an amazing touchdown or 30-yard pass. And events don’t get more high-pressure than the Superbowl, where the two best teams in the US of A compete to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Of course, if you really aren’t bothered about the sport, you can always just enjoy the evermore spectacular half-time show. This year it features pop superstar Justin Timberlake, who will likely be ace, and Pink (singing The Star-Spangled Banner), who probably won’t. There are events taking place around the city – including the Sports Café and at Belushis – but our pick might be Coco’s event, where cheerleaders will provide half-time entertainment.
Sun // Various venues // 00:00 // Photo: Keith Allison
Ghostpoet @ Bitterzoet
OK, so I popped two gigs that are on the same night on the weekend guide. But the thing is, if I wasn’t already at Hookworms I would definitely be watching Ghostpoet, AKA Obaro Ejimiwe. If you don’t know him, then check out latest album ‘Dark Days and Canapes’ –an atmospheric listen where disjointed electronic sounds merge brilliantly with Ejimiwe’s almost spoken monologues. Mainly dealing with modern-day melancholy and tragedies, live Ghostpoet’s meditations on contemporary life are even more blistering.
Sat // Bitterzoet // 19:00 // €15 // Website
Little Italy Taste and Travel
This three-day event will transform a small corner of Amsterdam into Italy for just one weekend. That means you can go along to get plenty of inspiring ideas if you’re planning an adventure in the country. If you’re not, then simply stroll around and sample a selection of its finest foods, attend workshops and lectures about all things Italian, or grab a chair and relax at an aperitif bar. The perfect way to while away an afternoon, or even a full day.
Fri-Sun // Westgasfabriek // Various times // €15 // Website