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Always driven by a good story… before beginning his adventure in Amsterdam, Alex worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC in his home city of Manchester, and then spent several years as a senior reporter for the Manchester Evening News, where he went on to manage the newspaper’s video department. You’ll either find him in a bar supping some potent Dutch brews, discovering new places to eat and be merry, or cycling around Amsterdam still deliriously happy he lives in such an amazing place.
January 2, 2018

Amsterdam Weekend Guide: January 5-7

Always driven by a good story… before beginning his adventure in Amsterdam, Alex worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC in his home city of Manchester, and then spent several years as a senior reporter for the Manchester Evening News, where he went on to manage the newspaper’s video department. You’ll either find him in a bar supping some potent Dutch brews, discovering new places to eat and be merry, or cycling around Amsterdam still deliriously happy he lives in such an amazing place.

The first weekend of 2018 is happening, and like us I imagine you’re probably feeling old and like you might have had a little too much excess over the festive period. Well forget all of that and instead focus on the positives, like how Amsterdam’s array of great events continues to be as reliable as ever. 

This time we’ve got a world record attempt, a new year concert which promises a whole load of Dutch cheese (and we’re not talking Gouda), a celebration of the always amazing Studio Ghibli, amazing art and a Bowie tribute.

Guinness World Record Conga Line Dancing on Ice

Ice Village Amsterdam

Yes, you read that right. Let’s face it, everyone wants to take part in a world-record attempt, and maybe even manage to feature in the iconic tome that is the Guinness Book of World Records. Well now is your chance, as on Sunday hundreds of people come together to try and break the world record for most people dancing together in a conga on ice. Of course, you can also enjoy ice-skating in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful spots while you’re at it. What’s not to love?
Sun // Museumplein // 11:00 // Facebook page


Andre Rieu’s New Year Concert

Andre Rieu

Yes, we know it’s probably not cool to like Andre Rieu, but try to argue that there isn’t something inherently Dutch about celebrating one of it’s most famous contemporary composers (or, let’s face it, THE most famous contemporary Dutch composer). Likely to take cheese to whole new levels, we still guarantee that you’ll leave this concert with a smile on your face and feeling even more ready for a brilliant 2018.

Sat // Ziggo Dome // 20:00 // €55-99 // Website


Lab 111 celebrates Studio Ghibli

Howl's Moving Castle

Throughout January the ever-brilliant Lab 111 cinema celebrates the magical world of renowned Japanese animation auteurs Studio Ghibli. For those who don’t know, the studio produces deeply original and wholly unique anime films that are almost all bonafide classics of the genre. This weekend sees the cinema show a number of Ghibli’s productions, but our pick would probably be its screening of Howl’s Moving Castle. Directed by the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki, it follows the adventures of Sophie and her incredible odyssey to lift a witch’s curse. See it on Sunday at 21:15.

Fri, Sat and Sun // Lab 111 // Various times // Website // Photo: Lab 111 Facebook page


The Dutch in Paris 1789–1914

Van Gogh Museum

This weekend is the last chance to travel back to 19th-century Paris and discover the city through the eyes and hearts of eight Dutch artists at the Van Gogh Museum. Artists flocked from all over the world to be a part of the art scene in the French capital during this period and Dutch painters were no different. This exhibition looks at how these international talents mixed – French art influencing Dutch art, and likewise – showing major paintings from both nations, side-by-side, including Monet, Picasso, Boudin and, of course, Van Gogh himself.

Fri, Sat and Sun // Van Gogh Museum // 09:00 – 18:00 // Various prices // Website


Prof. Nomad Session: A Tribute to David Bowie

Nearly two years to the day that the world lost him, some of the best Dutch musicians around come together to pay tribute to David Bowie. Having already toured at festivals and venues in the Netherlands, this special show will see Professor Nomad run through Bowie’s incredible repertoire, so expect to hear favourites such as ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Starman’ and ‘Rebel Rebel’.

Sat // Poppodium P60 // 20:00 // €14 // Website


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