Amsterdam Weekend Guide – October 6-8
This weekend we’ve got a film festival, an international newcomers’ fair, a showcase of NDSM’s creativity, an eclectic gig and a charitable beer festival.
Parool Film Fest
Every autumn in De FilmHallen, Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool hosts its very own film festival. The event showcases international films across a wide range of genres, including drama, sci-fi, documentaries, animation and more. On top of smaller, independent films, you’ll also find Dutch premieres of big-budget blockbusters. This year’s films include Blade Runner 2049 (2017), God’s Own Country (2017) and The Woman Who Left (2016). You can check out the full programme here.
Amsterdam Craft Beer Festival
After a successful edition last year, Amsterdam Craft Beer Festival is back with even more DJs, bands and – of course – delicious craft beer! Dutch brewers present this year include Oedipus, Poesiat & Kater and Gebrouwen door Vrouwen. On top of the beer and music, there’s also delicious food and competitions with great prizes, including hotel stays, meals and Heineken-related goodies. The best bit: all the profits will go to children’s charity School of Life.
‘I am not a tourist’ Expat Fair
Everyone knows Amsterdam residents are some of the happiest in the world. I mean, the cultural agenda is incredible, the locals are awesome and the city’s work-life balance is one of the world’s best. But you’ve got to work out the logistics before starting a new life here. Enter the ‘I am not a tourist’ Expat Fair, which is for anyone who’s just moved to the Netherlands, is about to move here – or even if they’re just thinking about it.
The event provides an array of helpful resources on relocation, finance and taxes, jobs, families, healthcare, education, transport and housing. There’ll also be networking sessions, workshops and an entertainment-packed programme. And don’t forget to check out the IN Amsterdam booth, where their in-the-know team members will be available for questions.
This three-day art event at NDSM will mark 10 years of local non-profit foundation Art City NDSM. The programme features live music, workshops, art, guided tours and a children’s programme – all dedicated to the creative refuge that is the NDSM Wharf. Attendees are invited to witness top-notch art from local creatives, and – naturally – the area’s renowned creative businesses will be on site showing off their latest innovations.
Back in their original run (1989-1996), Slowdive were at the forefront of the now-popular-again shoegaze craze. The band reformed around three years ago, and they’ve been making some truly weird and wonderful tunes ever since. Unafraid of fusing ‘incompatible’ genres, the band have experimented with folk, metal, dub and even techno to craft their truly unique sound. Finding a gig that appeals to friends with different musical preferences is a challenge most of us face, but you won’t get that with Slowdive – there’s something for all tastes.