Amsterdam Weekend Guide – January 26-28
If your January’s been anything like mine, it’s absolutely flown by. For me, it’s been mostly due to the awesome events happening in Amsterdam every weekend. Of course, the weekend starting 26 January is no different.
This time we’ve got the Netherlands’ only international improv fest, a cool indie gig, a sustainable market, a beer festival and an exhibition dedicated to Japanese art.
Amsterdam is a city known for its amazing improv nights, and IMPRO – now in its 23rd edition – is the capital’s yearly highlight for all things improvisational theatre. The festival is recognised worldwide and attracts crowds from Germany, the UK, Canada, North America, Italy and beyond.
As always, the line-up features a mix of international performers, including North Coast (New York, USA), La Carpe Haute (Strasbourg, France), Project2 (London, UK) and many others. In addition to the main performances, there are late-night shows, workshops, presentations, an open stage and an awesome afterparty to top everything off.
Amsterdam Bierfeest 3.0
No doubt this event will cut a few people’s Dry Januaries short. Totally worth it, as Amsterdam Bierfeest 3.0 boasts a whole range delectable craft beers. Brews from the likes of Brouwerij Troost, Bruut Bier, Amsterdam Brewboys will all be present, so get ready to wet your whistle with some truly tasty – or lekker, as the Dutch would say – Netherlands-brewed beer. And it’s not just the beer that’s great – there’ll also be some tasty tunes on hand, including live music from The Mosquitos – as well as DJ sets from Leontien Acda and DJ Roman.
The Lone Bellow
This Brooklyn-based music trio formed due to sad circumstances: frontman Zach Williams’ wife suffered temporary paralysis from a horse-riding accident, so he wrote some journals expressing his thoughts, feelings and anxieties. His friends found them to be touching, urging Williams him to learn guitar and turn his journal entries into songs.
Seven years later, and Williams’ wife has fully recovered, but the band are still going strong with their hearty cocktail of music – a combination of the best parts of alt-country, Americana and indie. They’re currently touring Europe to show off their latest record, Walk into a Storm, which has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
Modern Japanese Lacquer Art
The clue’s in the name, but Modern Japanese Lacquer Art features various pieces by world-renowned artists from Japan, including Sasaki Tatsuro, Kitaoka Shozo and Mitamura Arisumi – each one skilled in applying traditional lacquer art techniques to their modern works.
The process of designing and creating Japanese lacquerware is notorious in the art world for being extremely complex. This is the exhibition’s final weekend, so make sure you go along if you want to catch some truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art from Japan.
Modern Hippie Market
WesterUnie – in collaboration with Kameleon Concepts and the Modern Hippies community – will open its doors as a day-long market dedicated to vintage, hip and sustainable brands. Most of the labels are relatively unknown, so who knows? You might just discover the next TOMS. Brands present this time include PHIXI, Boula, Vintage Jungle and many more.