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January 2, 2018

Amsterdam Weekend Guide – January 12-14

Rhys’ love of writing spans back as far as he can remember. Enticed by the video game magazines of the 90s, a young Rhys decided to try his hand at writing his own articles, and he hasn’t looked back since. Aficionado of all things gaming, skateboarding and metal music, the Welshman now applies his knowledge to write and blog about the Dutch capital and its various whimsical charms.

It’s only the second weekend of 2018, but the top-notch events are already pouring in. From high-octane arena shows to lower-key club nights, there’s so much happening in Amsterdam.

This time we’ve got a decadent opera performance, a sky-high party, an inspirational exhibition, a jazzy club night and a synth-laden gig. Now that’s diversity!

Scala!

Scala Amsterdam

This high-level theatrical dance performance is a direct sequel to Ed Wubbe’s world-renowned baroque work, Pearl. In Scala!, Scapino Ballet – now one of the most prominent dance companies in the Netherlands – joins forces with two opera singers and ten Combattimento musicians for a musical and dance performance packed with romance, splendour, piety and temptation – all under the expert guidance of Wubbe.

Friday and Saturday // Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam // 20:30-21:45 // €20-€40 // Website // Image (& top): Scapino Ballet


Wicked Jazz Sounds

Wicked Jazz Sounds Amsterdam

If you’re after a club night that combines the best of dance and jazz music, you’re in luck. Amsterdam’s Wicked Jazz Sounds, which has been going for a whopping 15 years now, boasts a bop-inducing programme of jazz, soul, hip-hop, funk and everything in between. The best part: seeing DJs and jazz performers side by side doing what they do best: performing diverse, quirky tunes to music lovers from all backgrounds.

Sunday // Sugarfactory // 23:30-05:00 // €9.50 // Website // Image: Wicked Jazz Sounds


Tomorrow of Yesterday

Tomorrow of Yesterday

After visiting Haitian island Île à Vache, Austrian-born photographer Stefanie Moshammer – who was selected as a FOAM Talent back in 2016 – was stunned. The island featured the picturesque vistas that you’d expect from a Haitian paradise, but it was riddled with litter. And so her idea for ‘Tomorrow of Yesterday’ was born. In the exhibition, Moshammer explores the contradictions between Western assumptions and the true nature of life on Île à Vache. Needless to say, this young shutterbug is an artist beyond her years, and this exhibition is not to be missed for photography aficionados.

Fri, Sat & Sun // Foam // 10:00-18:00 // €11 // Website // Photo: Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam


Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome

These giants of electronic music have 35 years of experience under their belts and were one of the first bands to establish a sound based solely on synths. After a massive gig in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome last May, the quintessential electro-pop band are back in Amsterdam to promote their 14th album, ‘Spirit’, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. And despite their age, they still put on one hell of a show, so expect stage theatrics and banter galore.

Saturday // Ziggo Dome // 20:00 // €64-€89 // Website // Photo: Depeche Mode


Madam’s View

The View Summer Nights 2017 via Facebook

Does a sky-high shindig overlooking one of Amsterdam’s finest vistas sound like your kind of thing? Madam’s View is just that: an all-night party on the 20th floor of one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, the now-iconic A’DAM Tower.

Most wouldn’t typically condone staring out the window in the middle of a party, but they’ll probably let it slide at a 360-degree panoramic sky bar (I mean, just look at that view in the above picture!) The DJs will be spinning a hearty mix of nu-disco, funk and real-house tunes. Oh, and the event is for 21-and-overs only, and the dress code’s decent-ish, so there’ll be no teens or bothersome stag-party types.

Saturday // Madam // 22:00-03:00 //Free entry // Website // Photo: The View Amsterdam


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