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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.
October 10, 2017

Amsterdam Weekend Guide – October 13-15

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.

This weekend we’ve got two great gigs, a meat-lover’s paradise, some unmissable poetry and the chance to grab some brilliant bargains. 

Butcher’s Heaven

Barbecue lovers rejoice! Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t get your foodie fix. That’s because Dutch barbecue chef Julius Jaspers Butcher’s Heaven is set to transform Amsterdam Food Center’s Market Hall into a paradise for carnivores. Featuring more than 25 restaurants, food challenges, workshops, master classes and tasting sessions, on Friday there’s even a special ‘burger night’ – where 30 restaurants offer sliders for just €5 each.

Fri, Sat and Sun // Amsterdam Food Center // Website: Butcher’s Heaven // Photo: Butcher’s Heaven Facebook


The poetry of Dylan Thomas

Witness the poetry of Dylan Thomas as you’ve never heard it before. At this special event, Flemish actor and director Koen de Sutter will sing, whisper and recite Thomas’ most celebrated works. Also featuring footage of the poet’s own performances, a discussion of his life by writer Auke Hulst and music from Jorrit Westerhof, don’t miss this chance to experience Thomas’ intense lyricism and emotion in new ways.

Sunday // De Nieuwe Liefde // 16:00 – 17:30 // €15 // Website // Photo: Event Facebook page


Nouvelle Vague

The clue’s in the name with French group Nouvelle Vague (which translates to ‘new wave’ in English), whose covers of some of your favourite songs has made them famous worldwide. If you don’t already know them, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have heard one of their brilliant takes on classic tracks piping out of a stereo somewhere at sometime.

Sunday // Melkweg // 19:30 // €30 // Tickets // Photo: Nouvelle Vague


IJ-Hallen flea market

The biggest (and some say best) flea market in Europe, the IJ-Hallen offers bargain hunters and vintage lovers the chance to get their hands on something new and most likely cheap. With more than 500 stalls and a vast array of craft, artisan, bric-a-brac and second-hand goods on show, the weekend market is the perfect place to while away a few hours finding your new favourite things.

Saturday and Sunday // IJ-Hallen // 9:00 – 16:30 // €5 // Website // Photo: Event Facebook page


Forest Swords

Producer Matthew Barnes’ experimental electronica mines chillwave, hip-hop and drones to devastating effect. On new album ‘Compassion’, bursts of distorted guitars, staccato samples and beats combine to form tracks which sound designed to soundtrack flat parties at 4am. If you’re not a raver don’t let that dissuade you, as Forest Swords’ compositions are beguiling enough to entice even the most dance-averse music fans.

Friday // Bitterzoet // 20:30 // €17 // Tickets // Photo: Event Facebook page


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